COVID Safety at Running Wild:
This event will operate according to all NSW Health COVID- 19 public health orders and the Running Wild NSW COVID Safety plan. All runners are asked to adhere to all guidelines at all times during the event and not attend the event on race day should they be unwell or have any symptoms for COVID-19.
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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 valley, with a river crossing thrown in as we love rivers. After crossing the river, keep going to the turn around point at approx 10.6km, then 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 or UTA, or 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.
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, starting from the Queen Victoria hospital and heading down Kedumba Walls. Runners will pass the Jamison Valley maintenance track on your right –
For our usual course we would say DONT TAKE THE TURN INTO JAMISON VALLEY – instead continue down the trail into Kedumba Valley. But for 2022, there has been a landslide slightly further down and the trails are CLOSED into the Kedumba valley.
So, for 2022, we will say DO TAKE THE RIGHT TURN INTO JAMISON VALLEY!
The short course turnaround is at 5 km (just as you turn right on to the Sublime firetrail).
The long course will keep going along the Sublime firetrail, cross a river and turn around at 10.6 km.
This is a cracking course with plenty of fast downhill running, followed by a tough haul out of the Valley. Runners will be presented with magnificent views of Kedumba Walls, Jamison Valley, Kedumba Valley and Mt. Solitary. The course winds down into the valley through towering Eucalyptus 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 UTA or else want to lay claim to having tackled arguably the toughest half marathon in Australia.
Aid on the course: There will be two aid stations. The first at the mid point of the course – approximately 5 km and will be the turn point for the short course runners. The second aid station will be around the 10.6km point. There will be water, sports drink and lollies at each aid station.
Mandatory Gear: As per all our events, runners must carry a 500ml bottle. Not negotiable
Toilet Facilities: There will be portaloos at the start area.
Catering: On the day catering will is provided by Snax on Trax. Entry includes a free sausage sandwich or vegetarian options plus a cold drink.
Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to help out on the day – any help is appreciated. Please contact us if you are able to help out. Aid Stations, on Course Marshaling and other various jobs.
Cut Offs – the cut off for this event has a guide of 3.5 hrs for the normal 21 km course. For 2022, with extra “up” we will be a bit more flexible with the time cut.
The Usual Course – as an FYI for future years:
When you DONT take the right turn, instead heading straight on, you will reach the valley and cross a cattle grid – take care when crossing the grid – then 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 the 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. (see the course elevation chart in the maps section).
To be confirmed – “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”