Is Australia part of Asia? This question. has been going around our ATM community for nearly a year. Politically and geographically quite certainly not. But in sports, quite often it is and more and more so. Australia will be able to compete in selected sports disciplines at the 2022 Asian Games, for example. In World Cup soccer, Australia needs to qualify itself competing against Asian nations. Because Mr Ian Cornelius, event organiser of Nerang 200 - as Ultra Trail Gold Coast was called until 2018 - kept on pushing for entry into ATM, we eventually decided: let’s go down under! The 2018 event was a Candidate Race, and in 2019 the event is included in our Asia Trail Master Championship series.
However, the event is quite particular, with a fantastic runner’s atmosphere and a beautiful technical loop of 25km at its core. This loop can be run almost as many times as you like, but competitors for the Asia Trail Master Championship will be required to focus on the 100 km and 50 km race distances. Both of these are also A-races, which means maximum 400 performance points for the winner on top of the 100 (100 km) or 50 (50 km) finisher points. All races as of 100k, so also the 175k, 325k and 500k are of course valid for 1 point in the Grandmaster Quest.
Some reasons to make the journey to Australia end of September:
Conducted in suburbia behind the Gold Coast, Australia's premier holiday destination (come for the race; stay for the vacation)
Within one hour's drive from two major international airports (Brisbane & Gold Coast)
looped course of 25 km loops, impossible to get lost, great for crews
options of 25-50-100-175-325-500 km races. Note: only the 100k and 50k races offer points for the Asia Trail Master Championship. Both are A-races.
895 metres of elevation gain per 25 km loop
electronic timing with progressive internet update for all event options
medical facilities available at race headquarters 24 hrs/day for the full 6 days
For all event details and fine print, please go to the official event website
As mentioned above, you can choose between Brisbane and Gold Coast. Both are one hour’s drive away from Nerang, the event town.
Accommodation in those cities is plenty, and during the event you can also camp in Nerang along the race loop.
Download the PDF version of the course map