Newsletter May

WOW! Only 6 weeks until we are up and running and there is so much to update you on. Our team has been blown away by the support we’ve had from the community locally, interstate and abroad. We are lucky to have the following ultra running stars athletes coming to our inaugural event;

Aaron Knight a climbing specialist, la Sportiva Athlete

Kellie Emmerson, (VIC) 110km Ben Duffus (QLD) 110km , Steph Auston (NSW) 60km , Sam Burridge (ACT) 60km , Beth Cardelli (NSW) (60 or 30km) , Karen Barrett (NSW) 100 Mile , Kieran O’Brian (QLD) 100 Mile , Lou Clifton (NSW) 30km, Ewan Horsbrough (NSW) 100 Mile, Isobel Ross (VIC) 110km, Jess Schluter (QLD) 110km, Aaron Knight (VIC) 30km and Alana Vought (QLD).

2nd from left Jess Schlüter 110km and Lou Clifton 30km , middle

We are super stoked to announce that we’ve formed another partnership with the infamously tough The 9 Dragons Ultra.

The 9 Dragons Ultra 50/50

The 9 Dragons Ultra are offering our 1st male and female 100 Mile Runners an entry to their 2020 event usually in February. T8 Typhoon Wear have also offered our 100 Mile Runners and 1st place relay runners a voucher to their website.

T8 Typhoon Wear Shorts

A bit of house keeping, for those who did not know sadly Hakuba International Trails was cancelled in 2019 due to erosion to the course. They have moved the timing of the event to June 2020. We are still honouring our partnership with Hakuba International Trails and excited to see how the new course will be designed for their June 2020 event. Hakuba, also know as the Japanese Alps, is beautiful in the Green Season, and it should be the perfect time for trail running in Japan as it misses the typhoon season with is traditionally in September.

We are 2 weeks out from our final training camp on the 8th and 9th on June. This training camp will on on the 100 mile course. See our links below;

June Training Camp Day 1 – 8th June 43.3km

Brisbane Trail Ultra 110k Course

June Training Camp Day 2 – 9th June 20km

We are doing an “Airport Pick Up” for those attending the camp from interstate on the afternoon on the Friday the 7th of June. We are also dropping runners off on the Sunday the 9th of June in the afternoon. Check out our training camp link for more details.

Training starts on both days at 5am. Bring a head torch and mandatory gear for your chosen event. Stay tuned for more details.

Allsports Physio Information Night was just is on This WEDNESDAY Night the 29th May at 7pm at The Gap Allsports Physiotherapy at 970 Waterworks Rd The Gap. I think we all enjoyed ourselves and gained a few tips especially from My Foot Doctor podiatry. Allsports and My Foot Dr have offered our entrants a 10% for your treatments. Mention that you are a BTU entrant and the Allsports Physiotherapy team will look after you.

Thanks to your partners Hammer Nutrition Australia, we have our checkpoints stocked up with tried and tested nutrition! We will have Heed, Energy Gels and a couple bottles of Endurolyte Extreme at our Check points.  We will also have Heed and Recoverite at the finish line to help you recover.

In addition,  GREAT NEWS!! The Brisbane Trail Ultra and Hammer Nutrition Australia have both decided on going green on race day.  

The BTU will be a gel pack-free race and gels will be provided in the form of multidose jugs in the D’Aguilar National Park so please bring along a gel flask for a top up.  If you don’t have a gel flask, then don’t worry, Hammer have come on board to look after you before our event and have given us a 

10% discount code: BTU 

to purchase your nutrition and gel flask.

Not sure how to best fuel for your race? Please find a link below that will help guide you through this process. 

How to fuel for an ultra run

Pacers, Pacers, Pacers!!!! Please email me your pacer details and I will link them to your registration. Your pacer must fill in a registration for for themselves as they must let us know of any medical conditions and sign a wavier.

If you don’t have a pacer and need one for the final 18km from CP7, please jump on the Brisbane Trail Runners FB Page and hopefully you will connect with a similar paced runner who can pace you into the city.

To reduce our greenhouse footprint we are encouraging as many of our runners as possible to use Public Transport for the Brisbane Trail Ultra or to carpool

Buses – to the Start Line – We are having a meeting with Brisbane City Council on Friday the 31st of May. We will then update you on the times of the buses and all further details on transport around the course especially for the 100 Mile and 110km runners so just hang in there we will have the full details after this meeting.

The Start line is on the 385 Bus route. The 385 journey from the Cultural Centre station, platform 1, South Brisbane takes around 22 minutes from finish to start line at The Gap State High School. This is a zone 1-2 fare $4.03 for an adult “go card”.

Pacers making their way to JC Slaughter Falls will catch the 471 from the City at the Adelaide Street Stop 41 at Broadway, Brisbane City (around 1km from the Finish line there is a bus that can connect you to this bus stop from the finish line but it will add 20 minutes to your journey) then they will have a short 571 m walk from the bus stop. This is a zone 1-1 journey $3.31 Adult fare “go card”.

Check Point Locations for Support Crews important information;

To reduce the impact of traffic on the local residence in the Mount Nebo, Mount Glorious and Brookfield community, it is important that the support crews DO NOT arrive at the check points before their runner has left the Check Point Previous. To prevent crowding at the check points You will not be allowed entry to Mount Nebo Public School or Gold Creek Reservoir unless your runner has left McAfees Lookout Check Point 1. This is also the case for our final check point JC Slaughter Falls, please do not enter this check point until your runner has left Gold Creek Reservoir.

Here are the google links to the check points below;

Check Point 2 Mount Nebo State School, Mount Nebo Road, Mount Nebo Park on View Street.,152.782382,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b96aba8aa1ae1df:0xc61bdce517e1fa8b!8m2!3d-27.3961935!4d152.784576

Check Point 3 Maiala Picnic Ground Western Side of Mount Glorious Road. Mount Glorious. Park at the Western Maiala Picnic Grounds Car Park.,+Mount+Glorious+QLD+4520/@-27.3332395,152.761799,18z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x6b96aa6e06209b25:0xf8bdf9bb64761b6e!2m2!1d152.7620448!2d-27.3334538

Check Point 4 Dundas Bush Camp – NB you cannot drive into this check point you must park at the dropped pin below, outside of the Mount Nebo Waste Transfer Station.. Queensland 4WD Club will ferry pacers and their support crew the 2km distance into the Dundas Bush Camp.,152.7669499,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b96abb01231af95:0x7feb190f21126a8e!8m2!3d-27.376503!4d152.7664698

Check Point 6 Gold Creek Reservoir Carpark.,152.8762114,16z/data=!4m14!1m8!2m7!1sgold+creek+reservoir!3m5!1sgold+creek+reservoir!2s-27.377775,+152.768642!4m2!1d152.7686424!2d-27.3777748!3m4!1s0x0:0xc405d6651cd4e60f!8m2!3d-27.4628142!4d152.8833778

Check Point 7 JC Slaughter Falls Picnic Area,152.9687331,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x6b915123095ce64b:0xb8435f1756d03080!2sJ.C.+Slaughter+Falls!8m2!3d-27.4709245!4d152.9709271!3m4!1s0x0:0x365901356a273e35!8m2!3d-27.4717434!4d152.971068

Finally our fundraising updates.

Our team would like to Thank You all for entering the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival. We have raised over $4600 for Queensland Fire State Emergency Services and $609 directly for Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation.

Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation Logo

T8 Typhoon Wear

T8- Typhoon Wear

The Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Team is super excited to announce that T8 – Typhoon Wear will be giving our 24 vouchers at our Brisbane trail Ultra Festival presentations on the Saturday the 7th of July.

T8 Typhoon Wear is deigned and tested in Hong Kong one of the most humid places to run in the world. It is these extreme racing and training conditions that has inspired the development of the T8 Typhoon Wear, super light weight and fast drying ultra trail race kit. We think the T8 range is perfect for our hot and humid Brisbane Spring, Summer, Autumn conditions.

Our lucky 100 Mile podium male and female runners will all receive a voucher of $200 HK dollars (postage included on online delivery) our 1st place 30km 2 person relay, 1st Place 60km 3 person relay, 1st Place 110km Relay will also receive this fantastic prize.

There is heaps of trail running kit to pick from on their website. Waist lights, light weight compression shorts, race shorts, race phones, trucker caps and I heard there is a new women’s range that is about to land in June…….stay tuned for more updates on their every growing range.

Medical Conditions

Medical Conditions

Your safety is so important to us and we really care about you while out racing on the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival course. Please get in contact with me if you’d like to update your medical conditions.

I am an asthmatic. I get exercise induced asthma, meaning the likelihood of me getting sick out racing an ultra is high. I am prepared with my preventives- asthma medications.

I fill out my race medical conditions form to the best of my knowledge meaning that if I am taking medications or if I am allergic or react to anything I list it.

​I list I am allergic to the following; wheat, 220, gluten, sesame, peanuts, tomatoes and dairy.

I put it on my entry form so then the Race Director will know what is best to have at the aid stations to prevent someone from getting sick whilst racing the event.

We are designing nutrition for our check point stations and we are aiming to be a Gluten Free Friendly Race so if you are a celiac or have IBS, allergic to peanuts, dairy, sesame, 220 or anything else let us know and we will make sure our aid stations with be safe for you. Or we will let you know of what the food content is of our food out on the course.

I am lucky enough to be a PT and Running Coach filling out the medical forms are part of my health screen of my clients and is an everyday part of life for me. I know that if I put on a form that I am asthmatic, have allergies or any other medical conditions that are safe to run with, and I have clearance from a doctor, I am not going to be prevented from racing. The reason we ask for all this information is to help us, Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Team and medical staff in the event of an emergency. We won’t prevent you from racing, we just want to know more about you to keep you safe. It is a way that you can let us know more about you so we can best cater the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival to best suit your needs.

Happy Long Easter Weekend

Shona and the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Team

Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Race Singlets

Hi All,

We have our shirt samples and we have the opportunity to do some last minute corrections in sizing so we are offering you a short time (24hours) to change your singlet size if you like! 

Please see Shona modelling the women’s size 6 (42cm half chest) and Adam modelling the men’s size M (53cm half chest) on our facebook page. 

Women’s sizing are from size 4 (40cm half chest) upwards and increase in 2cm half chest increments up to size 18.

size 4; 40cm (XXS)

size 6; 42cm (XS)

size 8; 44cm (S)

size 10; 46cm (M)

size 12; 48cm (L)

size 14; 50cm (XL)

size 16; 52cm (XXL)

size 18; 54cm (3XL)

Men’s sizing are from XS (47cm half chest) upwards and increase in 3cm half chest increments up to 3XL.

size XS; 47cm

size S; 50cm

size M; 53cm

size L; 56cm

size XL; 59cm

size XXL; 62cm

Size 3XL; 65cm

Please let us know ASAP via facebook or contact us directly if you would like to change your size.  If we don’t hear from you, we will order your original size.  

Thanks for your support,

WOW! Look at who’s behind the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival.

Tailrunner, Injinji Socks, Hammer Nutrition, Queensland Fire and State Emergency Services, Rural Fire Services, Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation, Australian Expat Finance, Allsports Physiotherapy, Trail Running Australia, Champagne Laurenti, AURA, Hakuba International Trails, 90 Degrees Adventure Co, Wildfire Sports and Trek, My Foot Doctor.

Thanks for supporting our event and your trail running community.

Your BTUF team

Shona Stephenson, Cora Lau and David Eastman

100 Mile Race Ambassador Kieran O’Brien

We are proud to announce our latest Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival 100 mile race ambassador Kieran O’Brien.

Kieran O’Brien is tough, humble, has not an once of BS in his body, he’s seasoned, in fantastic form, with loads of experience in 100 Mile events and longer. His temperament is perfect for 100 Mile distances.

He’s just placed 3rd at the gruelling Northbourne 170km in Otago NZ with over 10,000 vertical gain and loss and is ready to take on the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival 100 Mile. Our 100 Mile course is 8000 vertical gain and loss so we think Kieran will breeze through our ITRA 6 point and UTMB qualifying event.

Check Out Kieran’s Results

  • Equal 2nd Glasshouse 100 mile 2015
  • 8th Place Coast to kosci 150 mile 2015
  • 1st Place Larapinta Trail stage race 2016
  • 1st Place Glasshouse 100 mile 2016
  • 2nd Coast to kosci 150 mile 2016
  • 1st Overall Team Kokoda 96km
  • Equal 1st Glasshouse 100 mile 2017
  • 2nd Place Northburn 100 mile 2018
  • 3rd Place Glasshouse 100 mile 2018
  • 3rd Place Northburn 100 mile 2019

Our Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival Team welcomes Kieran O’Brien to our Race Ambassador Team and we can’t wait to see what he is capable of achieving on our course.

Stay tuned for a one on one interview with Kieran O’Brien