Start Location & Time
The 100mi, 50mi & 50km events (including relay) start at 6am, Saturday 23, 2023, 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. Note that access to NBC is via a coded gate – details will be available in the days leading up to the event.
Cutoff for all events is 6pm, Sunday 24th 2023.
There is limted parking avialable at Nanga Bush Camp during the weekend. We strongly encourage participants to car-pool to the event.
For the 50km event on Sunday morning, car-pooling will be mandatory. More information will be available in the lead-up to that event, but we would suggest people meet in Dwellingup (opposite the tavern) on Sunday morning and car pool to the start.
Bibs & Race Briefing
Bibs will be available for collection, per email advice ahead of race, generally:
- 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 (Saturday)
- at the start line from 8.00am (Sunday)
A race briefing will be given ten minutes before the races commences.
There are three separate legs to the event, each starting & finishing at the event HQ at Nanga Bush Camp:
- Leg 1 (red) is 29.0 km with ~1050m elevation gain
- Leg 2 (blue) is 32.5km km with ~700m elevation gain
- Leg 3 (green) is 22.5 km with ~650m elevation gain ** this distance will change ahead of the 2023 event.
The races follow these legs as outlined below:
- The 100mi event follows legs 1, 2 & 3. And then 1, 2 & 3 again. ~4800m elevation gain/loss
- The 50mi event follows legs 1, 2 & 3 (red, blue, green). ~2400m elevaton gain/loss
- The 50km event follows legs 1 & 3 (red then green above). ~1700m elevation gain/loss
- The 21km event follows leg 3 only.
Below is the race profile for the 50mi race:
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.
It is also a new requirement (as of 2022) to have the GPX file loaded on a smart phone for course following (in addition to course loaded on to your watch where applicable). We would highly recommend using the GAIA app (details below).
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
Presentations will occur as follows at Nanga Bush Camp HQ. Times may vary for 50km/50mi events, dependant on all place getters (1/2/3 male & female) having finished their race:
- 50km at 2pm Saturday
- 50mi at 4pm Saturday
- 100mi at 12pm Sunday.
All finishers will receive a WTF finishers medal as they cross the finish line.
Those who complete the 100mi in under 26h (male) and 28h (female) receive a belt buckle, awarded at the presentation ceremony.
Drop bags & Aid Stations
There are three on-course aid station locations:
- Aid 1 is on Leg 1, and is passed three times. Not accessible by crew. No drop bag
- Aid 2 is on Leg 2, and is passed two times while running that leg. Drop bag available.
- Nanga Bush Camp HQ, and is passed at the end (and therefore start) of each leg. Drop bag available.
Please mark your bags to show whether you’re a 50km, 50mi or 100mi runner (this will ensure your drop bag is returned from the aid station at the appropriate time). You may leave a larger bag (clothing etc) at the Race HQ (Nanga Bush Camp), as runners pass through this when transitioning between legs 1, 2 and 3, in addition to having a drop bag.
Aid stations will have basic supplies of water, coke, lollies, chips and gels with hot food options generally available at NBC for 100mi runners after the half-way point. Nanga Bush Camp HQ has a full kitchen, cold storage and showers.
Support crew can assist runners at:
- Nanga Bush Camp (race HQ, start/finish of each leg)
- Nanga Brook Campground (Leg 2 aid station)
Access is limited to the other aid stations:
- Leg 1 aid station: It’s a gravel road to Scarp Pool, then you’ll need to cross the river to get to the track. Not recommended if there’s been recent heavy rainfall. Please pay attention during the race briefing (and in the newsletters ahead of the event) regarding this access, however we would strongly recommend that you make no plans for crew to attend this location regardless.
- Leg 2 aid station: park at Nanga Mill and or Stringers and walk in. Navigate to Stringers. Park entry fees apply. Or park at the entry station/Trees Adventures and walk in 1km. Please don’t block traffic as Nanga Mill is very busy at this time of year.
Note: no assistance may be provided to runners outside of the official aid station locations – penalty is DQ.
100mi runners may have a pacer from the half-way (50mi) point. Pacers must carry all required mandatory gear, and may not “mule” for their runner (i.e. runner must still carry their own pack, hydration etc).
No pacers are permitted for the 50mi or 50km events.
The course will be flagged with signage at cricital intersections.
This is a moderately difficult event, and a key requirement is that you have experience with navigating in remote locations. Visit the Course Files page to download GPX files.
Runners should be able to self-navigate using GPX files on watch and/or phone. If you have a modern GPS-enabled watch with course following, ensure that you have the course loaded and are familiar with using that feature in-advance of the event.
On an iPhone or Android Phone, you can follow the course (offline) using a number of different apps. Carriage of smart phone with such an app is mandatory as of 2022. GAIA GPS is recommended (no reception is required, you can have your phone in plane-mode to extend the battery life).
Loading the course to GAIA
Start by installing the Gaia GPS app onto your smartphone. You do not need to pay for a membership or subscription, the free version works perfectly.
- On your phone, navigate to this website (and page), then click on the GPX file (above) to download the required file (scan the QR code below from your phone to save having to type the URL into your browser!)
- If prompted, select Download
- You then need to locate the downloaded file and use your phones “Send To” feature to send it to Gaia GPS app (note this behaviour will differ depending on whether Apple or Android phone, and depending on which web browser you are using).
- Select the Map screen in Gaia GPS app, then locate Dwellingup on the map. You should see the WTF course displayed.