Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival April Newsletter

Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival April Newsletter 

13 Weeks until race week and we are in the final stages of locking in all the details of the event. Itinerary has been set, race shirts have been ordered, headskinz’s have arrived, buckles and medals have been sampled. 

The bar is being stocked, Champagne Laurenti, Rose’, Craft Beer, boutique whisky and gin. Food trucks will be locked in too. We have some great vendors coming to the biggest trail running party in Queensland. 

All 4 Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival events have just become more interesting too. Local Brisbane legend Ben Duffus, 6 time Australian Representative who has won the Blackall 50km in 2018,  has swapped events and is now racing to win a trip to the Japanese Alps to compete in the Hakuba International Trails 50km in June 2020. He will be lining up against Ultra Trail Australia 50km winner from the ACT Sam Burridge. Sam has also competed for Australian in 2018 in the world mountain running championships.

Sam Burridge at the World Mountain Running Championships 2018

Watch out boys. Pocket rocket Steph Auston from the NSW Sapphire Coast is making the trip up to sunny Queensland for a winter break to compete in the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival 60km. Steph is racing herself into amazing form and has just won out right the Australian Alpine Climb 50km. She chicked all the boys and will really tis herself on our course. We’d love to see what she is capable of doing. 

Kellie At TDS, photograph credit: Tom Le Lievre

Our 110km event has a classy line up of Gold Coast super star Alana Vought who put in an amazing performance at the Blackall 100, only narrowing missing the record set. She will be lining up against the in form Kellie Emmerson who has just married to long time boyfriend and trail running legend Tegan Angel, who is taking is easy in the 30km. It will be a sprint for him. The couple are making the trip up from Victoria to Brisbane. The 110km event boast a $1000 prize for the winning male and female runners. Our team can’t wait to see what both Kellie and Alana  are capable of. Who will be the males who step up to race for this amazing $1000 prize? It is anyones race at this stage. 

Karen Barrett Brisbane Trail Ultra Race Ambassador, Photographer Paul Roberts

Our 100 Mile event will be exciting right to the end. We have strong local male and female runners doing the line and it really is anyones game. Who will race this 100 mile event the smartest will be the winner. Local knowledge of the area will help with Noelis Rheault, Tom James, Kerian O’Brian  all with a chance of the win.  The experience of NSW legendary runner and founder of Tail Runner Karren Barrett is also a key runner to watch and local Sam McNulty will give the women’s a great amount of interest. 

Who will be our up and coming runners in the 30km? We have a speedy teenage team of boys toeing the line the youth male 30km relay team from Cavendish High School. I heard on a grape vine they are fast, light and agile. We are hoping for a strong team from The Gap State High School too.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to all of our supporters. Hakuba International Trails, Wildfire Sports and Trek, Injinji Socks, Champagne Laurenti, Tail Runner, Allsports Physio, My Foot Doctor, 90 Degrees Adventure Co, Australian Expat Finance, AURA, ITRA, Trail Run Magazine for the help that have received and the volunteers who are helping out at the check points. Brisbane Trail Runners CP7 JC Slaughter Falls, CP6 Springfield Runners GroupCP 4 AAA Racing, White Rock Warriors CP3,  Mount Nebo Community CP2 and Bunyaville and Bunya Belle Trail Runners CP1. We couldn’t put on this event without you so a massive thank you! We have made “Legend Head Skinz” for the volunteers so say a massive thank you to our legends when they hep you out at the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival. The support from our community has been amazing. 

We are proudly supported by Queensland 4WD Club on the day. They will be ferrying pacers and support crew from Mount Nebo Waste Transfer to Dundas Bush Camp. They will also be acting as sweeper vehicles for the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival too. 

QFES, our chosen charity for the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival.

We are ecstatic to announce that we have raised $3911 for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)  and $509 from entrant donations for the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation via our website from entrant donations. We say a massive thank you. Meaning that we have raised $4420 for charities in our inaugural year thus far and we still have 12 weeks to go. We hope to raise over $6500. Let’s hope we smash through that fundraising goal. All those $10 and entry donations add up. Thank you so much for all your support. It proves how strong our trail running community really is. 

We have been working hard sorting out logistics for the event.  Our itinerary is set and we will have information about buses for you shortly. We have many of you traveling from interstate and abroad and need this information out quickly. Here is our itinerary below, please ask our team all the questions in the world we are here to help. 

Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Location

Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival and Finish Line Location

• Queensland Maritime Museum

• 412 Stanley St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Brisbane Trail Ultra Start Line Location

• The Gap State High School

• 1020 Waterworks Rd, The Gap QLD 4061

Friday 5th July Queensland Maritime Museum

  • 12:00:00 Noon – Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival, Food Trucks, Stores and Trail Running Industry Media opens.
  • 13:00:00 – Brisbane Trail Ultra Race Pack Pick Up Opens
  • 13:00:00 – Brisbane Trail Ultra Athlete/Pacer Check In Opens
  • 15:00:00 – Bag Drop 60km, 110 km and 100 Mile entrants Opens.
  • 17:00:00 – Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Safety Briefing 
  • 17:30:00 – 18:30:00 pm – Media Panel /Q/A of Athletes Kellie Emmerson, Ben Dufus, Steph Auston, Sam Burridge and Karen Barrett.
  • 19:30:30 – Brisbane Trail Ultra Race Pack Pick Up Closes
  • 19:30:30 – Brisbane Trail Ultra Athlete/Pacer Check In Closes
  • 19:30:30 – Bag Drop 60km, 110 km and 100 Mile entrants closes.

Saturday 6th July – The Gap State High School

  • 04:00:00 100 Mile and 110 km Athlete Weigh in Opens
  • 04:00:00 100 Mile, 110 km, 60 km Drop Bag, Finish Line bag Opens.
  • 04:30:00 100 Mile and 110 km Athlete Weigh in Closes
  • 05:00:00 100 Mile and 110 Km Race Begins 
  • 6:30:00 Drop Bag for 100 Mile, 110km and 60 km Closes.
  • 07:00:00 110 km Sub 14 Hour Race Begins
  • 10:00:00 60km Plus 8 Hour Race Begins
  • 12:00:00 60km Sub 8 Hour Race Begins
  • 15:00:00 30 km ALL Runners Start 
  • 15:00:00 Finish Line Bags for all entrants close.
  • 17:00:00 First finishers expected at the Qld Maritime Museum Finish Line.

Sunday 7th July – Queensland Maritime Museum

  • 01:00:00 First 100 Mile Runner Expected to finish. 
  • 10:00:00 Brisbane Trail Ultra Presentations Begin.
  • 10:00:00 110 km Race Cut of Time.
  • 11:00:00 100 Mile Race cut off time, champagne breakfast and presentations  

Drop Bags

Drop Bags will be from the following check points;

  • CP 2 Mount Nebo Public School (110km and 100 Mile Entrants)
  • CP 3 Mount Glorious Maiala Picnic Ground (100 Mile)
  • CP 4 Dundas Bush Camp (100 Mile Entrants) – Queensland 4WD Club shuttle to the CP
  • CP 6 Gold Creek Reservoir (60km, 110 km 100 Mile Entrants)
  • CP 7 JC Slaughter Falls (60km, 110km, 100 Mile Entrants) 

Drop Bags can be given to the check point trucks on Friday the 5th of July between 1pm and 3pm and 7:30pm on Friday afternoon and evening for 60km, 110km and 100 mile runners. Then again on Saturday 7th July Morning between 4am and 6:30am for 110km runners and 100 mile runners. 

Race Packs

Your race packs will include a Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Race Singlet and Headskinz. They are complimentary and part of your race entry. We hope you like them.  We will have trail running adventure deals and Hammer Nutrition samples for you to try too from our sponsors too. If you’d like to order an extra Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Race Shirt and Headskinz for yourself and /or your pacer you can now do this via our register now portal. The Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Race Singlets will be sold for $29.95 and Headskinz $10. 

Your race packs with your Bib number can be collected from the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Queensland Maritime Museum from 1pm – 7:30pm on Friday the 5th of July. 


It is important to now enter your pacer, they will have to enter themselves separately, sign the waiver, fill out the health screen form and disclose any illnesses that they have. They will also need to nominate you as their runner who they are pacing for. You can do this online through the register now portal. If you’d like to find a pacer jump on our Facebook page and put it out there on social media I am sure you will find a willing runner to guide you to the finish line festivities. 

• We have “Volunteer Legend Pacers” who are kind enough to pace runners into the finish line from the last check point, JC Slaughter Falls 18km from the Finish line after 8pm on the Saturday the 6th of July. If you’d like to be connected to a “Volunteer Legend Pacer” email us and we will point you in the right direction.

• Your own chosen “Mandatory Pacer” cost $25 ( pacer for mandatory pacer from CP7 JC Slaughter Falls to Finish line for entrants leaving JC Slaughter Falls after 6pm)

• $50 pacer for “Non Mandatory Pacers”, (pacer on the 100 Mile course allowed from CP4)

If you need a volunteer pacer please get in contact with us and we can point you in the right direction. 

Thank You Hammer Nutrition Australia

Check Point Hydration and Nutrition

We are lucky enough to be sponsored by Hammer Nutrition Australia we are locking in the details of the nutrition at each check point. Stay tuned for the next newsletter. 

Travelling to the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival

We have secured a discount Airtrain code for interstate and international travellers. 

The Airtrain offer is $30 Australian Return to the city. Use the discount code below;



We are lucky enough to have 2 hotels to pick from for the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival. 

The Novotel with a 14.5% discount code, see our link for more details

The Emporium Hotel, with a discount of 10% with the code F10.

Stay tuned for more details about accommodation for the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival. 

Training Camps

Final 12 weeks are so important to your performance and enjoyment of your event. This is why we have 3 more training days on offer. We have had a great turn out our Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival training sessions and are now venturing into the Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious Region of the D’Aguilar National Park to get to know the 110km and 100 Mile course more intimately. Shona will guide you through the course and make sure you are prepared for the training camp and the race too. Check out our dates below;

  • Saturday 13th April 2019
  • Saturday 8th June 2019
  • Sunday 9th June 2019

Shona race director of the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Training Camp Hostess has been hosting training camps since 2013 and has over 10 years experience in training runners directly and preparing them for their up coming ultra trail events. 

Shona’s own achievements are too long to list but she is a 3 time 3rd podium at UTA, 2nd place at UTMF, 9th Place UTMB, x3 Blackall 100 winner, Tarawera Ultra 6th place…the list goes on. 

She has asthma, celiac and has had to think her way out of some many ultra trail problems to have a consistent race results over the past 10 years of racing. For the past 10 years she has remained relatively injury free and her holistic knowledge of the human body is remarkable. She mapped the course on foot and knows every inch of the national park like the back of her hand and is keen to help her entrants get the best result possible from their training day with her to help them have the best experience at the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival. 

A group training camp run with Shona and her team is only $100 if you are an entrant. This includes a picnic lunch at the completion of the training day. Training camps are limited to 10 people so get in quick and secure your spot and really get some inside invaluable information about everything from trail running technique, drop bags, support crews, night running, injury prevention, sports nutrition. 

Training Camp Post Exercise Snack 

Vegan Buckwheat Pesto Pasta with pine nuts and green beans. 

Potatoes, sweet potatoes, beetroot and spinach salad with lemon, avocado, flaxseed oil and cashew nuts. 

Hammer Nutrition Recovery Bars and Drink. 

Bananas and seasonal fruit. 

Great. If you have any questions about the training camps or the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival contact Shona directly at

Allsports Physiotherapy Injury Prevention Seminar

Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival is lucky enough to be supported by AllSports Physio. The team will be hosting a Trail Running Specific information night.

Allsports Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Clinic. 

  • Where; 970 Waterworks Road, The Gap QLD 4061
  • When; Wednesday 29th of May
  • Time; 7pm

The team will be chatting about running related injuries and how best to prevent and manage them while ensuring you are able to still reach your Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival goal. 

Great! Now let’s kick onto the final stages of preparations. Stay fit, eat clean, get plenty of rest, keep stretching, cross train whenever a niggle pops up and you’ll have an amazing Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival.

Happy Trails

Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Team

Shona Stephenson, Cora Lau and David Eastman. 
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