This coming weekend (January 26-27) will be an important stepping stone for all those locked in and getting their legs loaded for The North Face 100 in May (18-19), with the inaugural The North Face 100 Training Camp. A second is planned for 22nd-24th March. Both are designed to assist runners of all levels achieve race objectives, whether that be simply finishing or getting a coveted Silver Buckle.
The camps will be hosted by The North Face Athlete, Hanny Allston, a former World Orienteering Champion and elite trail runner who has an established background in sports coaching and is also a Trail Run Mag regular contributor.
The camps will be based at the race headquarters, Fairmont Resort, and will include informative sessions on running technique, training, race strategy and nutrition. Each day runners will be taken on guided runs along the more technical sections of the course including the privately accessed Iron Pot Mountain for one of the camps.
The North Face 100 continues its dominance of the Australian ultra scene as the quickest to sell out (this time round within a week) and the most competitors at 1000 participants. Looking to further grow the sport and provide a stepping stone to the main race, event organisers have instituted a 50km run as part of the weekend’s roster. The 50km Solo replaces the 50km Marathon Pairs of previous years and organisers believe that this category has the potential to rival the popularity of the 100km event.
Race director and course designer Tom Landon-Smith shared his thoughts:
‘The new 50km event will allow more people to enjoy this incredibly spectacular setting and course, and to join in the wonderful event atmosphere of The North Face 100. With a start and finish also at Fairmont Resort there could not be a more memorable weekend for runners.’
The 50km course is touted to be as spectacular and as challenging as the long course, but in a smaller package, and ideal for those who can’t commit to the intense training program required for the 100km course, or who might be looking for a step in between a road marathon distance and the fully fledged The North Face 100.
For more information on the new 50km Solo and The North Face 100 Training Camps visit the all new event website: www.thenorthface100.com.au
And for more inspiration, be sure to lay your eyes on the new documentary about the race, 100 Reasons: Running The North Face 100. Check it out and order your copy – essential viewing for an insight into the realities of running The North Face 100 – HERE.