Heysen 105

Oct 26-27 2019

105km · 57km · 35km

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 51m 36s by Brendan Davies in 2014, and 11h 21m 47s by Bronwyn Young in 2017 for the females.


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 35km, 57km, and 105km events, for everyone from a "newbie" to trail running up to those who want to test their limits to the extreme.

For the first ever time, the 2019 event will have full electronic timing.

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.

The event is also held in partnership with the Friends of the Heysen Trail, who do a magnificent job maintaining the trail from end to end. Five percent of all entry fees go toward this worthy cause.

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

Start / Cutoff times

Gear checks: 5.15am – 6.30am - all runners. Other gear check 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 whichever wave they wish. There is no need to nominate a wave - we will know which wave you are in once you have checked in.

[To be announced soon]

RaceStart timeCutoff timeAllowed time
105 km (< 16 hr)7:00AM Saturday October 27 20187:00AM Sunday October 28 201824 hours
105 km (> 16 hr)6:00AM Saturday October 27 20187:00AM Sunday October 28 201825 hours
57 km7:00AM Saturday October 27 20187:00PM Saturday October 27 201812 hours
35 km7:00AM Saturday October 27 20182:30PM Saturday October 27 20187.5 hours

Race fees

105km · AUD $264.00
57km · AUD $154.00
35km · 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.


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.

Elevation Details

100km: 2,088 metres elevation

56km: 1,438 metres elevation



Route Details

Trace de Trail website showing details and elevation profile.

Race bling & merchandise

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Mandatory gear

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Bag checks

Bag checks will be able to be conducted at pre-determined locations prior to the event, as well as at the event venue.

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).

Aid stations

Below is a list of the things you can expect to find at the race aid stations.

All Ultra Runners South Australia races are cup-free. Athletes are asked to bring their own refillable vessels such as flasks, bottles or collapsable cups.


  • Water
  • Ice will be available at all CPs and Water Drops
  • Powerade energy drink
  • Coke


  • Watermelon
  • Bananas
  • Chips
  • Lollies (Party Mix)
  • Trail Mix
  • Cucumber and Cheese sandwiches (CP2/CP3)
  • Potatoes at CP3/CP4/Finish
  • Extra savoury snacks at CP4/CP5/Finish
  • Hot meal (incl vegan) at CP4/CP5/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.

2018 Heysen 105 Event Handbook - PDF (5.1MB) [revised 12:00pm 21st Oct 2018]

Provisional starters' lists

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Bus times

Bus 1: departs Rocky Creek Campground carpark at 4.20am.

Bus 2: departs Rocky Creek Campground carpark at 5.15am and continues to collects 57km runners from Checkpoint 3 at 5.45am.

Bus 3: departs Checkpoint 2 (corner James Track and Causeway Road) at 5.15am.

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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.

Both support crew and volunteers are encouraged to follow this link to download a complete map of the Heysen 105 with interactive links to all aid stations. Interactive links may require the Adobe Acrobat application to function correctly.

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 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

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