Aid station information
The following covers all of the various supplies that are available at the aid stations along the course. The race course has a multitude of aid stations available to provide a general backbone of supplies to suit the general field. The details of what is available at each aid station and position on course is included in the table below.
For a unique race like 6ft, and with a field of around 900, we know that each person may have different needs for fluid, electrolyte, sugar, food intake and this can also even vary on the day along the course based upon other factors such as heat & humidity. Unlike many other ultra races, we do not have any mandatory items other than requiring runners to carry the collapsable reusable cup provided at registration or another fluid carrying item such as a hand held bottle, waist belt bottle or backpack bladder.
The race day fluids available will include supplies from our sponsor Tailwind, water and at some aid stations Coca Cola. This will also be augmented through additional food supplies such as fruit and snakes/lollies at some aid stations. There will be no gels provided at aid stations on race day. We are providing some specific information below in regards to Tailwind so entrants are able to plan and make decisions ahead of time in regards to their own potential needs on race day.
Each entrant needs to plan their race nutrition intake and if they feel that to finish they may have a dependency for hydration beyond water that they plan on potentially carrying 1-2 portions of sports drink powder to use if needed. In addition if you require or use a specific brand/flavour/strength of sports nutrition or other intake such as gels or salt tablets other than water then you do need to plan to be self sufficient to satisfy these needs.
2019 Race changes and no disposable cups
For the 2019 race, we have introduced a no disposable cup policy. This was after direct feedback from our entrants. As a direct result of this, just under 40,000 cups will not go to landfill this year. Instead we will provide every runner at registration with a squeezable and collapsable 200ml cup. Each aid station will have drums fitted with a spring tap, as well as jugs to be able to use to fill your disposable cup or other fluid carrying item.
Tailwind general information
Tailwind is designed to satisfy the 3 key needs for runners in one simple combination. These specific needs are; to replace or top up fluid, electrolytes and calorie/sugars in the body as they are being consumed. The general concept behind Tailwind is to ensure that in one drink you satisfy all of these components eliminating the need for supplements often used in addition, such as gels and salt replacement tablets.
On race day Tailwind at the aid stations will be mixed in a ratio of 200 calories per 500mls of water which is the approximate ratio that an average person is able to consume/absord on an hourly basis. So if you consume this 500mls per hour you are taking on board both your bodies capacity to consume calories as well as electrolytes needed for that time period.
There are toilet facilities at the following locations
- Park & Ride at Katoomba Christian Centre
- Start line
- Megalong Rd Crossing
- Alum Creek
- Caves Rd Crossing
- Finish Line