Heysen 105

Oct 26-27 2019

105km · 60km · 37km

Name on bib deadline: Sunday October 13

Entry deadline: Tuesday October 22

Please note:

We've turned the Heysen 105 upside down and given the course an overhaul for the better. The 57km course is now 60km, and the 35km course is now 37km - that's 5km total at no extra cost! More importantly everyone will finish at Rocky Creek making for an awesome after-party! Join us around the fire and cheer on your mates.

 

An iconic South Australian trail running race, the Heysen 105 Ultra marathon is an endurance event like no other in Australia. Traversing a 105km section of the 1200km-long Heysen Trail, competitors experience the best trail running has to offer in the state, taking in rolling farmland, sandy forests, rocky hillsides and lots more. The views are spectacular through the magnificent conservation parks, with the backdrop of gum trees, abundant wildlife and both wide open spaces and closed in trails making this a truly Australian experience. Elevation gain is around 2400m, with the course record standing at 9h 43m 43s by Andrew Hough in 2019 and 11h 21m 47s by Bronwyn Young in 2017 for the females.

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The weather is normally mild, on average peaking in the mid to high 20s during the day. Though events have experienced both driving rain one year and temps in the 30s in another.

There is a choice of 37km, 60km, and 105km events, for everyone from a "newbie" to trail running up to those who want to test their limits to the extreme.

In 2019 we will introduced electronic timing to the Heysen 105.

Every finisher of every event receives a great piece of bling for their efforts, except for the sub-16 hour runners in the 105km who qualify for the much sought after Heysen buckle.

All events are catered and the courses marked, but be aware a mandatory gear list still applies to each event. See the lists below for all the details.

We hope to see you out at the Heysen in October!

...possibly the most life changing experience at the Heysen 105...when I finally got out of bed on the Sunday, I was announcing loudly that I was never going to run another marathon again - ultra marathons only for me from now on! I'm officially addicted.

Nancy W.

Race Information

Race Calendar

Race days: October 26-27 2019

Registrations open: February 1 2019

Name on bib deadline: October 13 2019

Entries close: October 22 2019

Start / Cutoff times

Gear checks: 5.15am – 6.30am - all 105km runners. Other gear check times and locations will be made available prior to the event. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

Any 105 km runner forecasting a sub-16 hour finish MUST run in the 7.00am group. All other 105 km runners are welcome to start in either wave. There is no need to nominate a wave - we will confirm which wave you wish to start in during check in.

RaceStart timeCutoff timeAllowed time
105 km (< 16 hr)7:00AM Saturday October 26 20197:00AM Sunday October 27 201924 hours
105 km (> 16 hr)6:00AM Saturday October 26 20197:00AM Sunday October 27 201925 hours
60 km12:00PM Saturday October 26 201912:00AM Sunday October 27 201912 hours
37 km2:00PM Saturday October 26 201910:00PM Saturday October 26 20198 hours

Race fees

105km · AUD $264.00
60km · AUD $154.00
37km · AUD $99.00

Early bird discounts

Please view our Pricing page

Pay before Apr 30th 2018: 35% discount
Pay before Sep 16th 2018: 15% discount

Ultra Runners South Australia/Yumigo! members and volunteers: email Ultra Runners South Australia to request your discount code.

Refund policy

Please view our refunds policy.

Maps

Runners will be provided with printed maps at check-in. If you wish to familiarise yourself with them they are available for download below.

Heysen 105 (2019) maps (PDF -  13MB)

GPX files

Download the appropriate GPX file to add the course map to your favourite running device.

105km GPX file

60km GPX file

37km GPX file

Apps for mobile devices

We have made a list of some of the apps used by runners throughout the world. Have a look at our Resources page for links.

105km course

60km course

37km course

Elevation Details

105km: 2,088 metres elevation

60km: 978 metres elevation

37km: 550 metres elevation

Route Details

Trace de Trail website showing details and elevation profile.

Race bling & merchandise

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Mandatory gear

All runners and pacers are required to carry the mandatory gear items for the entire duration of their event. Gear checks will take place at the start and at random points throughout the course. The list of mandatory items has been prepared based on running in 'good' conditions and should be treated as your minimum gear and should be adjusted upwards in terms of quality and quantity of gear depending on the forecast conditions.

All participants are advised that failure to have the approved mandatory gear at the start and at gear checks during the event will result in disqualification and the participant being removed from the event.

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Snake sightings on the Heysen trail are rare however we request that you view the video below to aid in the event that you or another runner are bitten.

Gear checks

Gear checks will be able to be conducted at pre-determined locations prior to the event, as well as at each event's start line.

From September 1 2019 bags can be checked at both The Running Company stores in Adelaide (278-280 Unley Road Hyde Park, and Shop 1/39A Beach Road Christies Beach).

All participants are advised that failure to have the approved mandatory gear at the start and at gear checks during the event will result in disqualification and the participant being removed from the event.

Aid stations

All Ultra Runners South Australia races are cup-free. Athletes, support crew, and volunteers are asked to bring their own refillable vessels such as flasks, bottles or collapsable cups.
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Below is a list of the things you can expect to find at the race aid stations.

Drinks:

  • Water
  • Powerade energy drink
  • Coke

Food:

  • Watermelon
  • Bananas
  • Chips
  • Lollies (Party Mix)
  • Trail Mix
  • Cucumber and Cheese sandwiches
  • Potatoes at Mt Compass/Kyeema/Finish
  • Extra savoury snacks
  • Hot meal (including vegan) at Finish

Race Briefing

While almost all the information you require about Heysen 105 is on this web page, the race director will provide a 'Race Briefing' shortly before the race. This will detail all crucial race information and alert you to any necessary adjustments.

This document is considered essential reading for all competitors, support crew and volunteers.

2019 Heysen 105 Race Briefing - PDF (6.2MB)

Share the love

We love seeing and hearing about your adventures. If you want to share any of your photos or stories about this event please use our hashtag: #Heysen105. Follow the links below to see what others have shared.

#Heysen105 on Facebook

#Heysen105 on Instagram

#Heysen105 on Twitter

#Heysen105 on YouTube

Provisional starters' lists

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Transport

Bus times

Bus bookings are now available through our store. Please note that two buses are booked for the 105km start line. Please select the appropriate bus for your elected start time. Any 105 km runner forecasting a sub-16 hour finish MUST run in the 7.00am group (bus #2). All other 105 km runners are welcome to start in either wave.

All buses depart from Rocky Creek Campground carpark which is a short walk from the Finish line. Please park in the carpark so as to try and avoid congestion at the finish line.

The bus departure times are as follows:

  • 105km (bus #1 for 6.00am start runners) – departs 4.15am
  • 105km (bus #2 for 7.00am start runners) – departs 5.00am
  • 60km – departs 10.30am
  • 37km – departs 12.45pm

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Volunteers & support crew

Our volunteers will contribute thousands of combined hours to assist, support and motivate you from the start to the finish of your run. Below is a list of volunteers for this year's race. We encourage you to say "thank you" to the volunteers whenever possible - these races simply cannot occur without their support.

If you would like to contribute to this or any race as a volunteer, please email the Ultra Runners South Australia team at your earliest convenience.

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Photos

Photos from all Ultra Runners South Australia events can be accessed via the Ultra Runners South Australia Bluemelon website. You will also find photos from our events on our Facebook page.

Race results

Full results from the 2019 Heysen 105 (including 60km and 37km)

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2018

2017

2016