Behind the scenes with Sam Burridge

It is amazing what Sam has achieved in such a short space of time. Having only started running in late 2012, Sam represented Australia last year in the World Mountain Running Championships. And leading up to this, he had the time for a 1st place finish at UTA 50km (2018), 4th Australian Mountain Running Championships (2018), 2nd Wagga Trail Marathon (2017) and 1st Hume & Hovell 50km (2016) amongst other achievements. The BTU team caught up with Sam Burridge between his work, training and running after his 16 month old son for a quick Q & A.

Sam, what has been your favourite race and course? “I don’t think I could pick one favourite race. Each race is generally awesome in its own way and each has really cool aspects that you take away from them.”

Being relatively new to running it general, we wanted to find out what attracted Sam to trail running. “The fact that every trail is different, each has its own beauty and challenges. I love exploring new trails and not knowing what is around the corner. I love traveling to new races to experience different parts of the world that I may not see otherwise. The trail running community is also a big part of why trail running is so awesome.”

Sam has raced a lot in the last few years. What has been your most memorable races? “I have two, the first is last year’s UTA. Winning that race far surpassed all my expectations. It was one of those days where everything just flowed perfectly and I was so stoked to come away with the win. The second would have to be running for Australia last year at the World Mountain Running Championships. It was such an honour to run for my country and was just amazing overall experience. Running against the best mountain runners in the world was just such an awesome and humbling experience for me.”

Sam at UTA50

Getting the training in is one thing but what do our elite athletes do differently? With the different demand trail running has on the body, we ask Sam if there are any specific training methods he does to prepare himself for trail races. “I try to tailor my training to whatever race I have coming up, whether its focusing more on mountains, endurance, speed etc. Other than that I have a stretching and foam rolling routine that I perform every night as part of my recovery routine. I also book in a massage every few weeks to keep my body feeling as fresh as possible.”

The race diet is always so individual. What race nutrition plan works for you Sam? “I generally only think about race nutrition for races over an hour and a half. For the longer stuff I’ll mainly stick with gels every 40min to 1 hour. I also use some electrolyte tablets throughout the race. I’ve found this works for me for up to 7 hours worth of running but I think if I were to race longer than that I’d have to mix in some real food in there too. I never try anything new on race day so everything is trialed in my training runs in the weeks leading into the event.”

And how about your general daily nutrition Sam? “Not really. I try to generally eat fairly healthy most the time but I’m not super strict. A couple of things I do do each day are I start every day with my porridge and I always try to have some simple carbs and protein straight after a run to replenish the muscles.”

What kit do you run in? “I don’t have any sponsors so I can run in whatever I like. I generally look for whatever I can find on special to tell the truth, I do have a few different shoes for varying terrain that I like and generally try to stick with, Altra Superior’s for the longer trails, Inov-8 210’s for the shorter, more technical trails, then Nike for the speed work and just normal training runs.”

It is a tough job balancing work, training, family and life in general. How does Sam balance all of this and smash his races? “It’s definitely tough as I work full time and I also have a 16 month old son Elijah who’s full of beans. I try to not let my running impact my family time too much so weekend runs are generally early starts, I’m quite lucky with my work that I have the opportunity to run in my lunch breaks which helps a lot, also the running commute to/from work is a great way to fit another run in. With working full time and having a young family I just have to be prepared to switch up my scheduled run sometimes depending on everything else. I am lucky that I’ve got a supportive wife so I can get out for those long runs on the weekends.”

And last but not least, what is on the run horizon for you in 2019 Sam? “So far I’ve only really worked out the first half of the year up until BTU. I’ll be running Six Foot Track in a month, the UTA50 again in May then the big one BTU 60km come July. With those three races relatively close together I’ll be having a few easy weeks post BTU. After that I haven’t really locked anything in yet, I’ve got a few thoughts like maybe a road marathon or potentially Kepler if I can get in. I’ve also been toying at the idea of running my first 100km later this year maybe at the Great Ocean Walk. If I run well this year I’d also love to try for the Australian Mountain Running Team again and compete in the long distance race which is in Argentina in November. I think I’ll wait a few more months to see what excites and inspires me the most.”

Thanks very much Sam for taking time out to talk to us all things trail and we look forward to cheering you on with all your 2019 goals.

Brisbane Trail Ultra Maps Update

Great news – The team at Brisbane Trail Ultra have updated the website to make it easier to get to the course maps.

We have included a separate map page for each course linking to all of the mapping assets for your particular race. Get to them through the link at the top of your course page, through the following links, or have a sneak peak with the map below.

Brisbane Trail 30 – Maps

Brisbane Trail Ultra 60 – Maps

Brisbane Trail Ultra 110 – Maps

Brisbane Trail Ultra 100 Miler – Maps

Course overview interactive map:

Open map in separate tab

We’ll be adding more content as we go, and be sure to keep you posted with any major updates.

We’d love to get your feedback on what works and what doesn’t when you’re planning your race.

If you need something a little different or have any ideas around what mapping would better support your planning, please let us know. Either in the comments below or reach out directly to

The Brisbane Trail 30 – A Story Map

Brisbane Trail 30.Looking for the next challenge? Already achieved more than you thought you ever could by completing that half marathon? Want to be part of a truly unique and special event?

Looking for the next challenge? Already achieved more than you thought you ever could by completing that half marathon? Want to be part of a truly unique and special event?

The Brisbane Trails 30 is calling your name…

As part of the Brisbane Trail Ultra Festival, the Brisbane Trails 30 is set to become an iconic Brisbane race.

With an afternoon start, you’ll head out of the ‘The Gap’ and up Mt Coot-tha. Taking the trails through the bush land of Mt Coot-tha, you’ll emerge in the historic suburb of Paddington for your urban (downhill) transit into South Bank. There you’ll arrive to a party finish like no other at the newly refurbished Queensland Maritime Museum events lawn.

Not quite ready to tackle the full 30km? Team up and run it as a relay –

  • Leg one – The Gap to J.C. Slaughter Falls (CP7)
  • Leg two – J.C. Slaughter Falls to South Bank

Check out this new Story Map to get a full view of the course and explore the challenge ahead of you.

Brisbane Trails 30 – Event Page

Brisbane Trails 30 – Maps

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Brisbane Trail Ultra Trailer

Brisbane Trail Ultra Trailer needs your attention. Sitting at home recovering after your long run on the weekend?

Need something to inspired you in 2019? Check out our Brisbane Trail Ultra Trailer

In case you missed our update on Facebook, Brisbane Trail Ultra has released a cracking trailer to get you motivated for the race and the training ahead!

Get that foam roller going and check out the below.

Time to give yourself that early Christmas present?

If you haven’t already, register here for the Brisbane Trail Ultra – 30km/60km/110km/100miler. Early birds prices finish soon.

…it’ll make that third fruit mince pie all the easier to swallow this festive season!

Brisbane Trail Ultra Trailer

Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation

Brisbane Trail Ultra is proud to announce that in its inaugural year it will be part of the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation SESuper Series.

The SESuper Series is part of a national endurance event where you can run, swim, trail run, compete in cross fit to help raise fund to find a cure to Sanfilippo Syndrome.

What is Sanfilippo Syndrome?

Sanfilippo Syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes fatal brain damage. It’s referred to as a childhood disease as most patients never reach adulthood. Every year worldwide an estimated 2,000 babies are born with this neurodegenerative disease.

We are also lucky enough to have a new Charity Race Ambassador who is personally connected with the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation joining our Race Ambassador team, Michelle Morrice. Michelle will be racing for “Hope for Alec”. Michelle is Alec’s mum. Alec has Sanfilippo Syndrome and Michelle is doing everything in her power to raise funds and awareness for the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation and we are just so happy to be able to support Michelle. 

“Our hope is for the advancement of clinical trials to help develop a treatment and hopefully one day a cure for this condition so that children with Sanfilippo can live a life that every child deserves. We hope the wider community can help spread the word and help us to make exactly this happen.”

Michelle Morrice, Alec Morrice’s Mother.

The Brisbane Trail Ultra is excited to be able to do something positive to help find a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome. The Brisbane Trail Ultra and the SESuper Series is part of a national endurance event where you can run, swim, trail run, compete in cross fit to help raise fund to find a cure to Sanfilippo Syndrome.

You will be able to run as an individual or in one of our relay teams to raise funds for research and hopefully a cure. 

The mission of the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation is to fund medical research so a cure can be found in time for children battling Sanfilippo today and those born with it tomorrow.

Born seemingly healthy, over time the brain of children with Sanfilippo gets progressively damaged. Children experience hyperactivity, sleeplessness, dementia, loss of speech and cognitive skills, intellectual disability, cardiac issues, seizures, loss of mobility and finally death.

There is currently no effective treatment or cure, and life expectancy is just 12-20 years.

So the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation created the SFSuper Series – a group of events that will challenge and inspire you no matter how fit or how much experience you start with.

Funds raised by the SFSuper Series go towards funding vital research projects that show potential to halt disease progression; repair damage caused by the condition; or improve the quality of life for children suffering from Sanfilippo.

If you’re part of the Sanfilippo community, we support, encourage and help you to participate in events you may never have considered.

Brisbane Trail Ultra is giving Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation members a 10% discount code. Running and fundraising the SESuper Series means a discounted entry fee, free training plan, training sessions with world class coaches, a super supportive community of like minded runners, running merchandise, plus loads of other goodies. 

In 2019, the SFSuper Series enters it’s fifth year and we’re super excited to announce that it will be one of our Brisbane Trail Ultra charity partners. We’re anticipating a large number of SFSuper Series participants in the Brisbane Trail Ultra as it promises to provide a challenging course, incredible scenery and an epic finish festival and support crew experience!

If you’d like to jump on a relay team or go it solo and want to race the Brisbane Trail Ultra to raise funds on the SESuper contact the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation.