Six Foot Track Marathon - Qualification Criteria for 2020 Race
To enter the 2020 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 2018 and December 1st 2019
Qualifying races with times are any of the following below (with the inclusion of ITRA ranking option your qualifying performance must come from the list below) : (* subject to review and confirmation race dates and distances by end of April 2019)
- 2019 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
- An ITRA ranking of 400 or greater : Must include a ITRA defined race distance of Small or greater with a rank of 400 or more and run within the time period of July 1st 2018 to December 1st 2019, more details on ITRA below
- July 2018 : Westlink M7 Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
- July 2018 : Raffertys Coastal Run 36km under 5:05 [website]
- August 2018 : Bilpin Bush Run 31.5km under 4:15 [website]
- August 2018 : Glenbrook Trail 34km under 4:15 or 42km under 5:15 [website]
- September 2018 : Great North Walk 100km under 21:00 [website]
- September 2018 : Sydney Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
- September 2018 : Coastal Classic 29km under 4:20 [website]
- October 2018 : Washpool Heritage Trail 50km under 7:35 [website]
- November 2018 : Carcoar Cup Ultra 60km under 7:00 or Marathon 42.2km under 5:00 [website]
- January 2019 : Narabeen all Nighter Ultra 50km under 5:15, 100km under 11:00 (relay results not accepted) [website]
- January 2019 : Knapsack Lap Race 8 laps completed under 6:00 (relay results not accepted) [website]
- April 2019 : Jabulani Challenge 45km under 7:45 [website]
- April 2019 : Mount Solitary Ultra 45km under 9:00 [website]
- May 2019 : UTA 100km under 21:00 or 50km under 9:00 [website]
- June 2019 : The Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon 42.2km under 7:00 [website]
- July 2019 : Westlink M7 Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
- July 2019 : Raffertys Coastal Run 36km under 5:05 [website]
- August 2019 : Glenbrook Trail 34km under 4:15 or 42km under 5:15 [website]
- August 2019 : Bilpin Bush Run 31.5km under 4:15 [website]
- September 2019 : Coastal Classic 29km under 4:20 [website]
- September 2019 : Sydney Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
- September 2019 : Great North Walk 100km under 21:00 [website]
- October 2019 : Washpool Heritage Trail 50km under 7:35 [website]
- November 2019 : Carcoar Cup 60km under 7:00 or 42.2km under 5:00 [website]
- November 2018 : Stromlo Running Festival 54km under 6:30 or 32km under 4:00 [website]
- December 2018 : Deep Space Marathon 42.2km under 5:30 [website]
- April 2019 : Canberra Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 or 50km under 5:15 [website]
- June 2019 : Kowen Trail Run Marathon 42.2km under 6:30 [website]
- November 2019 : Stromlo Running Festival 54km under 6:30 or 32km under 4:00 [website]
- July 2018 : Gold Coast Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
- August 2018 : Rainbow Beach Trail Run 43km under 5:45 [website]
- August 2018 : Brisbane Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
- September 2018 : Coastal High 50 49km under 9:00 [website]
- October 2018 : Blackall 100km under 21:00 or 50km under 8:00 [website]
- October 2018 : Nerang State Forest 50km under 7:00 [website]
- December 2018 : Kurrawa to Duranbah 50km under 5:15 [website]
- March 2019 : Wildhorse Criterium 55km under 7:00 or 33km under 4:00 [website]
- April 2019 : Mt Mee Marathon 44km under 5:15 [website]
- June 2019 : Gold Coast 100 100km under 11:00 or 50km under 5:15 [website]
- July 2019 : Gold Coast Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
- August 2019 : Rainbow Beach Trail Run 43km under 5:45 [website]
- August 2019 : Brisbane Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
- September 2019 : Coastal High 50 49km under 9:00 [website]
- September 2019 : Nerang State Forest 50km under 7:00 [website]
- October 2019 : Blackall 100km under 21:00 or 50km under 8:00 [website]
- South Australia
- August 2018 : Wonderland 36km under 5:20 [website]
- October 2018 : Melbourne Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
- January 2019 : Bogong to Hotham, Langford Gap checkpoint 35km under 7:00 [website]
- January 2019 : Two Bays Trail 28km under 3:15 or 56km under 7:30 [website]
- February 2019 : Rollercoaster Run 43km under 6:20 [website]
- April 2019 : Buffalo Stampede 42km under 9:20 [website]
- August 2019 : Wonderland 36km under 5:20 [website]
- October 2019 : Melbourne Marathon 42.2km under 4:20 [website]
- Western Australia
Other qualifying events?
The above list (especially if you take into account that any standard marathon from around the world and any ITRA race of Small or longer length is also eligible) provides an extensive list of options for potential entrants to plan and choose from well ahead of the entry dates. We will not accept any results from any events not covered by the above criteria.
We have 2 key requirements for any potential future qualifying event
- 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
- 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.
- The International Trail Running Association (ITRA) has an extensive list of evaluated races both within Australia and around the world. ITRA evaluate these races when requested by organisers and apply a points scale for each respective race. This points allocation is based upon the race distance and elevation/climb (more details here). When results are submitted from an event each runners performance is then given a ranking based upon their time and the race points calculation.
- As a runner you can go and see your profile from the ITRA Home Page which will show all ITRA registered performances
- To qualify for Six Foot entry using ITRA you need to satisfy the two points below:
- You need to have at least 1 event that is of category S or greater (we will not accept a rank only based upon XS category results)
- This event also needs to have been run between July 1 2018 and December 1 2019 and have a rank of 400 or more
- 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 2019 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 2019 were as below. These could change for 2020 depending upon the qualifying times entrants use but are a good guideline
- Wave 1 - 4:21
- Wave 2 - 5:12
- Wave 3 - 5:42
- Wave 4 - 6:16
- 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 2020 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 Six Foot Track Marathons 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 Six Foot Track Marathon 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 Six Foot Track Marathon 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.