THE TRACK Australia

14 – 23 May 2025

THE TRACK Australia

14 – 23 May 2025

An outstanding challenge in the Australian Outback

Country

Australia

Distance

520 km

Duration

10 days
Destination

The Australian Outback

THE TRACK Australia takes place in the Northern Territory, between the town of Alice Springs and Uluru.

The Australian Outback provides unforgettable scenes. Its wide spaces evoke adventure and freedom. The first half of the race takes place within the West MacDonnell National Park. Then the route will continue south, towards the Finke Gorge National Park. For the second half of the race, runners will go down in direction of the Uluru / Kata Tjuta National Park, registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. They will then be in Aboriginal territory, in the community of Anangu.

The finish line will be near Uluru, true emblem of Australia. Uluru is the largest monolith in the world, rising to 348 meters in the middle of the desert. THE TRACK will allow you to feel like a pioneer discovering the Australian Outback authenticity.

THE TRACK Australia
520 km across the Outback
THE TRACK Australia map
Challenge

520 km across the Outback

THE TRACK Australia is a foot race of 520 km in 9 stages (10 days of competition) and in food self-sufficiency. Each competitor must carry a backpack containing the compulsory equipment, food and personal equipment.

The participants must follow the route as marked by the organizers and indications of the map given before the race. There are check points located at regular intervals. Every night a bivouac is organized by our team. A technical support and a medical team are present during the whole event.

Competitors who cannot respect the limit time (10 hours per stage) can stay in the race. They will be classified according to the kilometers they ran during the event.

Program

Save the dates

Monday 12 May 2025

  • 2 pm: Appointment at the organization’s hotel
  • Transfer from Alice Springs to the first bivouac (1h30 drive)
  • 4 pm: Installation in the tents
  • 7 pm: Dinner all together & night on the bivouac

Tuesday 13 May 2025

  • 8 am: Breakfast on the bivouac
  • 9 am: Administrative, technical and medical checks
  • 12 pm: Lunch at the bivouac and free afternoon
  • 6 pm: Briefing with the participants
  • 7 pm: Dinner & overnight on the bivouac

Wednesday 14 May 2025

Stage 1: 30 km / 700 mD+ / 700 mD- / 10 hours

Thursday 15 May 2025

Stage 2: 41 km / 1000 mD+ / 1000 mD- / 10 hours + Cut time at the CP2 

Friday 16 May 2025

Stage 3: 38 km / 10 hours

Saturday 17 May 2025

Stage 4: 49 km / 10 hours

Sunday 18 May 2025

Stage 5: 59 km / 10 hours

Monday 19 May 2025

Stage 6: 58 km / 10 hours

Tuesday 20 May 2025

Stage 7: 66 km / 10 hours

Wednesday 21 May 2025

Stage 8: 44 km / 10 hours

Thursday 22 & Friday 23 May 2025

Stage 9: 137 km / 35 hours

 

  • Check-In at the hotel on the 26 May in the afternoon
  • 7 pm: Dinner & overnight at the hotel

Saturday 24 May 2025

  • 8 am: Breakfast at the hotel
  • 11 am: Awards ceremony & rest of the day free
  • Night at the hotel

Sunday 26 May 2025

  • 8 am: Breakfast at the hotel
  • Shuttle transfer to Ayers Rock airport

Hotel

⇒ YHA Alice Springs
Address: Cnr Parsons Street and Leichhardt Terrace, Alice Springs, NT 0870, Australia.
Phone number: (+618) 8952 8855
Email: alicesprings@yha.com.au
Website: www.yha.com.au

Airports

BEFORE THE RACE:
⇒ Alice Springs Airport
(IATA code: ASP, ICAO code: YBAS)

AFTER RACE:
⇒ Ayers Rock Airport
(IATA code: AYQ, ICAO code: YAYE1)

Event Information

Send us a message specifying the race (s) from which you wish to receive Event Information. This document includes the itinerary of the event, the list of compulsory equipment and information to sign-up.

Photos

THE TRACK Australia photos

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FAQ

Frequently asked Questions

What equipment are compulsory for THE TRACK Australia?

During the pre-race checks, each participant must present the following equipment:

  • Backpack x1
  • Sleeping bag x1
  • Lighter x1
  • Compass x1
  • Knife (min. blade: 3,5 cm) x1
  • Signalling mirror x1
  • Whistle x1
  • Survival blanket x1
  • Headlamp x2
  • Additional batteries x4
  • Kit to cook & to eat x1
  • Solid fuel tablets x20
  • Medical pocket for the first aid x1
  • Salt tablets x20
  • Compression bands x2
  • Bidons of 1 liter each x2
  • Bag with food (5 days of competition) x2

How much food should we have for the competition?

Each participant must provide his/her own food for 10 days. You must have 2 000k/calories per day, that is to say a minimum of 20 000k/calories. You will have at the beginning 5 days of food in your backpack then will recover food for the 5 remaining days at the arrival of the day 5 (not the morning of the day 6).

At the technical control, you must present 2 bags with your food: one with food for Day 1 to 5 and a second one for Day 6 to 10. The weight of these two bags must be similaire (5% of difference are accepted). You must present us a document with details of calories included in each food bag. The food must be presented at the technical control organized « Day per day » (Pack Day 1, Pack Day 2, …) or « by type of meals » (Pack Breakfasts, Pack race/lunches,).

(!) You must let your freeze-dried meals in the original packaging to travel. We recommend to prepare your food to the competition at your arrival in Australia. Don’t travel with fresh food.

How will I be able to orient myself on the course?

Participants must imperatively follow the course provided by the organization under penalty of penalty. The course will be marked by the organization team. In addition, before departure, participants will have a map with the route, distances, directions to follow as well as the particularities of the course. The absence of a card during the event will result in a penalty.

When will we have water during the competition?

Participants receive water at checkpoints, morning and evening at the bivouac. We distribute between 8 and 12 liters per day and per competitor. It is imperative to have your bidons (compulsory equipment) because we do not give the bottles. In addition, we do not distribute hot water.

What are the temperatures expected during the event?

The theoretical temperatures during the event are between 20 and 30 °C during the day and 5 and 10 °C overnight.

How will we be accommodated during the event?

During the race the participants sleep in tents (two people per tent).

How to join the group in Alice Springs?

Registration fees do not include air tickets. Participants must individually manage transport (plane and airport transfer) to reach the meeting point with the group. Participants must be Monday, May 12 at 2 pm at the YHA Alice Springs, Cnr Parsons Street and Leichhardt Terrace, Alice.

Attention ! The return trip must be organized from Ayers Rock airport.

How do I validate my registration?

To register for THE TRACK Australia, we ask you to send us the registration form duly completed and signed. This document can be sent by mail or email. You must also send us a copy of your passport, a repatriation insurance certificate. Finally, to confirm your registration, you must pay the deposit.-> Entry fees details

What is the deadline to register?

There is no deadline to register for THE TRACK Australia but there are limited number of places available.

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