Strap yourself in for arguably the toughest half marathon in Australia. Runners will start from the old Queen Victoria Hospital and head down, down, down Kedumba Walls to the campground. After crossing the river, runners will turn around and make the climb back up Kedumba Walls to the finish area. The entire course is on open fire trail, with approximately 800m of elevation change.
Whether you are training for Six Foot Track, want to test out your downhill speed, uphill toughness, or take in some magical views of Kedumba Walls, Mt Solitary and beyond, this is the race for you. We are expecting big numbers for this race, so get there early.
How to get there from Sydney: Follow Great Western Highway west. As you approach Wentworth Falls there is a ‘POTS’ store on your left as you reach the top of a hill. This POTS shop is on the corner of Kings Tableland Road. Turn left here and follow Kings Tableland Road for approximately 3-4km and you will reach the start/finish area
Course Description: The entire course is on graded fire trail/vehicle access tracks. The race will commence from the hospital and head down Kedumba Walls. Runners will pass the Jamison Valley maintenance track on your right – DONT TAKE THE TURN INTO JAMISON VALLEY. Continue down the trail into Kedumba Valley. You will reach the valley and cross a cattle grid. Be careful crossing the grid. Runners will continue past the turn off to Kedumba Ruins. Runners will take a right turn and run past Kedumba campground and get their feet wet crossing Kedumba River. A short distance after the river there will be a bollard indicating the turnaround. Runners will turn here and retrace their steps. The course has an elevation change of over 800m with the course broken up into two parts – 10.55km of downhill and 10.55km of uphill. The course elevation chart is attached.
Aid stations: There will be two aid stations. The first will be at the mid point of the course – approximately 5.25km and will be the turn point for the short course runners. The second aid station will be in the vicinity of Kedumba Campground around the 10km point. There will be water, sports drink and lollies at each aid station.
Mandatories: As per all our events, runners must carry a 600ml bottle.
Toilet Facilities: As some of you may be aware, there are no facilities on hand in the vicinity of Queen Victoria Hospital. We will be arranging for 2 portaloos to be on hand at the start area. Bear in mind there will be a few runners present, so there may be a queue pre-race to use the loos, but help any runners with pre-race nerves.
This is a cracking course with plenty of fast downhill running, followed by a tough haul out of Kedumba Valley. Runners will be presented with magnificent views of Kedumba Walls, Jamison Valley, Kedumba Valley and the rear of Mt. Solitary. The course winds down into the valley through towering Eucalypts and early runners will see plenty of wallabies, lyrebirds, bush turkeys and if you are lucky, black cockatoos. This is a great race for anyone preparing for Six Foot Track or else want to lay claim to having tackled arguably the toughest half marathon in Australia.
In addition this race will be part of the Sydney Strider Super Series, so an influx of city runners is expected. The team challenge will again be held with the best six times from Running Wild/BMMC -v- Striders members. At least one of the finishing times included must be a female runner.
“Trail Kids are collaborating with Running Wild to put on a 3 race series of trail races for kids! Race 1 will be in conjunction with the Kedumba half marathon. At Kedumba, whist the grown ups run, Trail Kids are offering a 1km un-timed race for under 10’s and a 3km timed race for 5-14 year olds. Head to the Trail Kids website for all the details and registration”