WTF – Course Information – 50 miles

Start Location & Time

The 50 mile event starts at 6am, Saturday 25, 2021, from Nanga Bush Camp, a 10 minute drive south from Dwellingup.

Dwellingup is an approximately 80min drive south from Perth CBD, and runners should aim to be at the start no later than 5.20am.

Accommodation will be available at Nanga Bush Camp for Friday night before the race, and Saturday/Sunday night after the race.


Bibs & Race Briefing

Bibs will be available for collection, per email advice ahead of race.  Your options will probably be:

  • in the days before the event from the event sponsor (Runningworks, located in Hilton),
  • from the “race headquarters”, Nanga Bush Camp, between 7-8.30pm on Friday night,
  • at the start line from 5.20am.

A race briefing will be given ten minutes before the race commences.

UTMB Points

The 2019 50mi event was awarded 3 UTMB points; no application has been submitted to ITRA/UTBM for the 2020 event at this stage — if you have an interest in obtaining points, please contact David.

Course Information

You can view the course online on our Caltopo maps page (shown below)

Course overview showing main aid locations and trail:

  • start and finish is at Nanga Bush Camp (NBC)
  • begin by heading south-westto Nanga Brook Road @ 19km
  • return to NBC @ 38km
  • head south-east to Nanga Rd @ 60km
  • return to NBC for the finish @ 82km
  • the 100mi and 50mi races start at the same time, and follow the same course, so you’ll probably see the 100 mile runners a fair bit
  • there’s a bit more elevation on the course this year than in the last several years (in 2018, it was roughly 1680m climb & descent)
  • there’s a variety of single track, fire trail, power-lines and mixed-use mountain bike trail
  • it’ll be very different to the last few years!
  • An extremely generous cutoff time of 36h (same as the 100mi), i.e. 6pm Sunday.

Drop Bags

50 Mile Runners will be able to drop off supplies for the aid stations. There will be tubs for this available the night before at Nanga Bush Camp (from 7pm-8.30pm) and in the morning before the race commences.

Label your drop bags for

  • Bag #1 – Nanga Brook Road – 19km
  • Bag #2 – Nanga Bush Camp – 38km
  • Bag # 3 – Nanga Rd – 60km

Ensure that your drop bags are labelled clearly with your name, race number, and the name of the aid station (we’ll provide more information soon on the number and names of aid stations!)

Outside Support and Pacing

Support can only be provided at the listed aid stations:

  • Nanga Brook Road (19km)
  • Nanaga Bush Camp (the half way point)
  • Nanga Rd (60km)

Your own support crew can provide unlimited assistance at each of the aid stations, however we request no assistance outside of the aid stations in fairness to those without a crew.

Maps for crew will be provided closer to the event date, however you can see from the image above that the aid stations are easily connected by roads, and navigation will be quite straight forward.

No pacing is permitted for the 50 mile event.

Mandatory Gear

It is a requirement that all runners carry a mobile phone throughout the race. Please be aware that reception is very patchy if not with the Telstra network.

Weather conditions can be variable at this time of year. Runners should bring gloves, a beanie, running tights or thermals and a jacket for night time and possible wet weather running. Runners will need to carry adequate nutrition supplies between aid stations.

There are long sections where runners will need to be self-sufficient between drink stations. This will mean runners will require at least 1 litre of water to be carried between aid stations. Slower runners will require more.

Any runners expecting to take longer than 11 hours to complete the event should ensure they carry a torch after 3pm.

Bibs must be clearly visible at all times.

Finshers medal and presentations

All finishers will receive a WTF finishers medal.

Presentations will be held at the finish line (Nanga Bush Camp) immediately after all place getters are in (i.e. 3rd place female and male). This generally occurs around 4pm.

GPX file etc

See the Routes & Maps page.