Six Foot Track Marathon - Entry Criteria for 2018 Race

To enter the 2018 race the following criteria and rules apply to all potential entrants,

1 - Minimum age of 18 years on race day AND

2 - Run faster than the qualifying time at one of our qualifying races between July 1st 2016 and November 26th 2017

Qualifying races with times are :

  • 2017 Six Foot Track under 7:00
  • Any standard 42.2km marathon under 4:20 (The list below of these is not exhaustive as there are lots to choose from! We do not differentiate re harder or easier courses or road vs trail, the qualifying time is 4:20 it is up to the entrant to choose a suitable event to use to post a qualifier)
  • Any Ironman distance triathlon run leg (42.2km) under 5:00
  • NSW
    • July 2016 : Cities Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • July 2016 : Raffertys Coastal Run 35km under 5:05 [website]
    • August 2016 : Centennial Park Ultra 50km under 5:15 or 100km under 11:00 [website]
    • August 2016 : Bilpin Bush Run 27km (shortened course just for 2016) under 3:30 [website]
    • August 2016 : Glenbrook Trail 34km under 4:15 or 42km under 5:15 [website]
    • September 2016 : Great North Walk 100km under 21:00 [website]
    • September 2016 : Sydney Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • September 2016 : Coastal Classic 29km under 4:20 [website]
    • October 2016 : Washpool Heritage Trail 50km under 7:35 [website]
    • November 2016 : Carcoar Cup Ultra 60km under 7:00 or Marathon 42.2km under 5:00 [website]
    • January 2017 : Narabeen all Nighter Ultra 50km under 5:15, 100km under 11:00 (relay results not accepted) [website]
    • January 2017 : Knapsack Lap Race 8 laps completed under 6:00 (relay results not accepted) [website]
    • April 2017 : Jabulani Challenge 45km under 7:45 [website]
    • April June 2017 : Mount Solitary Ultra 45km under 9:00 [website]
    • May 2017 : UTA 100km under 21:00 or 50km under 9:00 [website]
    • June 2017 : The Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon 42.2km under 7:00 [website]
    • July 2017 : Cities Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • July 2017 : Raffertys Coastal Run 35km under 5:05 [website]
    • August 2017 : Glenbrook Trail 34km under 4:15 or 42km under 5:15 [website]
    • August 2017 : Bilpin Bush Run 31.5km under 4:15 [website]
    • September 2017 : Coastal Classic 29km under 4:20 [website]
    • September 2017 : Sydney Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • September 2017 : Great North Walk 100km under 21:00 [website]
    • October 2017 : Washpool Heritage Trail 50km under 7:35 [website]
    • November 2017 : Carcoar Cup 60km under 7:00 or 42.2km under 5:00 [website]
  • ACT
    • November 2016 : Stromlo Running Festival 50km under 5:00 or 30km under 3:40 [website]
    • December 2016 : Deep Space Marathon 42.2km under 5:30 [website]
    • April 2017 : Canberra Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 or 50km under 5:15 [website]
    • November 2017 : Stromlo Running Festival 50km under 5:00 or 30km under 3:40 [website]
  • Queensland
    • July 2016 : Gold Coast Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • August 2016 : Rainbow Beach Trail Run 43km under 5:45 [website]
    • August 2016 : Brisbane Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • October 2016 : Blackall 100km under 21:00 or 50km under 8:00 [website]
    • October 2016 : Nerang State Forest 50km under 7:00 [website]
    • December 2016 : Kurrawa to Duranbah 50km under 5:15 [website]
    • January 2017 : BW@N 30km under 4:12 or 50km under 6:30 [website]
    • April 2017 : Wildhorse Criterium 53km under 6:30 or 32km under 4:00 [website]
    • April 2017 : BW@D 30km under 4:12 or 50km under 6:30 [website]
    • April 2017 : Numinbah to Pollys 50km under 8:00 [website]
    • April 2017 : Mt Mee Marathon 44km under 5:15 [website]
    • June 2017 : Gold Coast 100 100km under 11:00 or 50km under 5:15 [website]
    • July 2017 : Gold Coast Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • August 2017 : Rainbow Beach Trail Run 43km under 5:45 [website]
    • August 2017 : Brisbane Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • October 2017 : Blackall 100km under 21:00 or 50km under 8:00 [website]
    • October 2017 : Nerang State Forest 50km under 7:00 [website]
  • South Australia
    • August 2016 : Adelaide Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • September 2016 : Yurrebilla Trail 56km under 9:00 [website]
    • May 2017 : Barossa Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • August 2017 : Adelaide Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • September 2017 : Yurrebilla Trail 56km under 9:00 [website]
  • Victoria
    • August 2016 : Wonderland 36km under 5:20 [website]
    • October 2016 : Melbourne Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • January 2017 : Bogong to Hotham, Langford Gap checkpoint 35km under 7:00 [website]
    • January 2017 : Two Bays Trail 28km under 3:15 or 56km under 7:30 [website]
    • March 2017 : Rollercoaster Run 43km under 6:20 [website]
    • April 2017 : Buffalo Stampede 42km under 9:20 or 26km under 6:15 [website]
    • August 2017 : Wonderland 36km under 5:20 [website]
    • October 2017 : Melbourne Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
  • Tasmania
    • January 2017 : Hobart Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
    • April 2017 : Convicts and Wenches 50km under 5:15 [website]
  • Western Australia
    • September 2016 : Fifth Leg Trail Marathon under 7:00 [website]
    • December 2016 : Six Inch Trail 46km under 6:00 [website]
    • June 2017 : Perth Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 (relay results not accepted) [website]
    • September 2017 : Fifth Leg Trail Marathon under 7:00 [website]
  • Overseas 
    • December 2016 : Kepler Challenge (60km) under 10:30 [website]
    • June 2017 : Comrades (90km) within cutoff (12 hours) [website]
    • For overseas entrants we will consider other overseas ultra marathons : Please contact us in advance to confirm eligibility before entries open. For Australian based runners the above list of events is to be used.

Other qualifying events?

The above list (especially if you take into account that any standard marathon from around the world is also eligible) provides an extensive list of options for potential entrants to plan and choose from well ahead of the entry dates.

If any race directors for other events are interested in being included in the above list of official qualifiers please feel free to contact the Race Committee via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have 2 key requirements for any potential qualifying event

  1. The potential qualifier is conducted over a standard set course and distance (30km or more) year on year with electronic timing results published on the web
  2. The potential qualifier has a suitable quantity of results from previous entrants that have also run 6ft to be able to determine an accurate 6ft scaling attribute and cut off time.

Additional Notes

  • The entry form will ask you to list one qualifying event, the date of the event, it's distance, the time you finished and for a link to the online listing for your result. This information will be used to seed and place you in a starting wave.
  • Some of the above events include a relay option, a qualifying run must be done as a single continuous run, participation as a relay runner does not meet the entry criteria.
  • The onus is on you to list an event with the results on the race website and provide a link so we can check. If you have multiple qualifying events, just pick your best effort and one that clearly makes the above criteria. You can use our special calculator here to determine your best qualifying event for the best possible wave allocation.
  • If you are a Six Foot finisher from 2017 in under 7:00:00, you do not need to qualify but if you want to get allocated a faster wave than last years result indicates then you will need to run and record a comparitively faster qualifier which you can also check using the above calculator.
  • As a guide the approximate wave cut off times for 2017 were as below. These could change for 2018 depending upon the qualifying times entrants use but are a good guideline
    • Wave 1 - 4:24
    • Wave 2 - 5:09
    • Wave 3 - 5:41
    • Wave 4 - 6:10
  • We require all entrants to have already secured a qualifying event and time at the time of entry. We will not be accepting entries for those who have not qualified at the date of entry. If you are serious about wanting to race in 2018 then you need to plan your racing schedule now to aim for a suitable qualifying event. Likewise for those who want to potentially use a faster qualifier, this needs to have been achieved by the time of entry.
  • As stated above, the entry criteria applies to all runners but following are some further details that apply to prospective entrants. We use the entry criteria, not just to establish a minimum standard that all entrants are capable of, but also to use in establishing starting wave allocations, given the unusual nature of the start and early stage of the race, down Nellies Glen.
  • First time runners - We are not trying to make the race "elite". The race is actually longer (at 45km) and hillier than a standard marathon, and its often hot on race day, so is not suitable for a person's first ever marathon. It is roughly the equivalent of a 60km road race. We want to discourage runners with no proven race history that might get into difficulties - we have had no fatalities in the history of the event, and would prefer to keep it that way. 

  • Previous Runners – You may ask "Why, if I have already run this race and proven my ability, do I have to qualify again?" Firstly, as above it does help us to determine wave allocations, but it also removes the temptation for previous finishers to try to enter and run "on memory" rather than actually doing the required training and build up. A distressed runner on course is a challenge for our support team, regardless of how many times they have finished before.
  • There is one exception to the entry criteria and this is for anyone that has officially finished 18 races or more. We respect their knowledge and capability in achieving this feat and they more than anyone know what is required to get to the finish line. Often these runners now only prepare and run 6ft each year as their major event for the year. For entrants with 18 or more official finishes, they are able to specifically use an official 6ft race finish from the 3 previous events to qualify. However, the standard qualification criteria will reapply to these runners if they have not successfully finished in under 7:00 for the past 3 years.