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The Australian Alpine Ascent Ultra trail runs feature two distances, the full 50km and the half 25km which will feature a combination of road and trail tracks. You’ll cross through locations like Perisher and Charlotte Pass and Summit Mount Kosciuszko. It’s brutal, but it’s beautiful and the courses have been designed to showcase the very best of the Snowy Mountains along the way.



run 50km

Entry Fees


EntryEarly Bird ClosesFirst Release ClosesSecond Release ClosesLate Closes^On The Day^
Closes5pm, 20th October5pm, 19th January5pm, 16th February5pm, 7th March10th March 2018
Event TshirtIncludedIncludedIncludedNANA

Course Maps

Event Information

Pre-Event Information
  • The 50km & 25km Competitor Categories
    • 18-24, 25-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ (Male & Female)
    • Age as of 31st December 2017
  • Request for withdrawal must be sent via email to our Athlete Services
  • Refer to the Refund & Transfer Policy details
On Event Day
  • Race briefing will be 30 min prior to start at Perisher Ski Tube (50k start line)
  • Shuttle bus provided from finish to start prior to the event and a few trips back to the start every 2 hours (more details soon)
  • Participants must be self sufficient, with refuel opportunities (water, electrolytes, lollies, muffins) and drop bags at 3 points to be advised. If weather is cold, we will supply soup at Perisher and finishline.
  • Personal belongings bags provided for gear to be taken from Start to Finishline
Mandatory Gear List
  • Minimum 1.5L of water
    There will be no cups on course to reduce waste and damage in such a fragile environment

  • Rain jacket
    Must be waterproof with sealed/taped seams.

  • Space blanket

  • Whistle

  • Emergency light
    Not phone light

  • Buff or beanie

  • Long sleeve thermal top
    Must be polypropylene or merino. Not a compression top.

  • Gloves

  • Waterproof overpants

  • Reflective vest
    For running on the road, and in low visibility on
    the entire course. Must be a dedicated reflective vest, not just fluoro in colour.

  • Compression bandage
    Heavy weight crepe bandage not loose crepe.

  • Emergency snack
    Muesli bar or chocolate bar or similar. for emergency only, above and beyond your race nutrition

    These items are all mandatory, and for your own safety.There will be bag checks to ensure that mandatory items are present.

    download your checklist here

Presentation & Prizes
  • Age group podium prizes for 50km & 25km only (1st, 2nd & 3rd)
  • Can be accessed via the Results link at the top of the page.
  • Results will be uploaded as soon as possible after the completion of the event.

What is the net Gain

  • The net gain of the AAA50k is 1338m.
  • The net gain of the AAA25km is 768m

What is the altitude

  • The lowest altitude of the 50k is 1722m above sea level, and the highest is 2228m (Mt Kosciuszko)
  • The lowest altitude of the 25k is 1781m above sea level, and the highest is 2228m (Mt Kosciuszko)

Will there be aid stations

  • The 50k will have two aid stations – one at Perisher, which you will reach at 17.5km into the run, and Charlotte Pass at 26.5km into the run. You will need to be self-sufficient outside of that.
  • The 25k will not have an aid station.

What nutrition can we get on course

  • The on course hydration will be NUUN hydration. There will also be a variety of foods including fruit, lollies, muffins and packets of chips.

Can I drop to the 25k if I register in the 50k

  • Yes you can!

What are the cut off times

  • The cut off for the 50k is 10 hours.
  • There are 2 checkpoint cut offs. Checkpoint 1 is at Charlottes Pass turnaround, participants must make this point in 5hrs and 15mins i.e. 2:15pm.  The distance to this checkpoint is 26.5km, and will require participants to average 11.53min/km pace. Checkpoint 2 is the finish line. Participants must make this checkpoint by 7pm, thus giving the last participants through checkpoint 1, 4hrs and 45mins to finish the final 23.5km (i.e. averaging a pace no slower than 12.08min/km).
  • The cut off for the 25k is 7.5 hours.

Is there a minimum age

  • The minimum age is 18 years for both races.

Is it trail or road

  • The 25k is entirely on track (fire trail and well maintained single trail)
  • The 50k does have an almost 14km section of road in it, along Kosciuszko Road, and the balance is fire trail and well maintained single trail.

What is the maximum grade ie.10%

  • The longest average gradient for a climb in this race is at just after the 36km mark, there is a 2.7km climb with an average of 7.2%.

Will it still go ahead in adverse weather conditions

  • There may be shortening of the route due to adverse weather conditions, and that is something that the National Parks and Wildlife consultant will make the ruling on. The alpine condition can be closed due to thick fog, or snow, even in March.

What do I have to carry?

  • Please download our mandatory gear list HERE 

Can I use poles in the race?

  • Yes you sure can, however any equipment you start with you must finish with.

Can I stash gear in certain places prior to the race?

  • Yes you can have your own drop bag that can be available for you at the aid stations at Charlotte Pass and Perisher.

Is there somewhere to put litter on the course?

  • No there isn’t. You will need to carry out what you take in with you.

What if I need to poop can I use my sock to wipe?

  • As this run is in National Park, the issue of human faeces is a tricky one. It is a pristine, delicate alpine environment and there simply cannot be any faeces left on course. We need to abide by the “leave no trace” principles (http://www.lnt.org.au/)
  • There are toilets located:
    • At the start of the 50Km at Perisher Skitube (heaps of toilets!), you will get to go past this again at 17.5km
    • At Charlotte Pass – approximately 26.5km into the run
    • At Rawson pass – approximately 40.5km into the run
  • If you are someone who may have troublesome bowels on a run like this, we suggest you buy a Go Anywhere Toilet Kit (Wag Bag) from an outdoor retailer, or online.  Each toilet waste kit is pre-loaded with waste treatment Poo Powder to gel and solidify liquid waste to a solid. Poo Powder encapsulates solid waste (once activated by a liquid), controls odour and contains a decay catalyst to break down solid waste.  After using the kit, carry it with you to the next checkpoint where there will be a waste bin for disposal.
  • We don’t want anyone having a “one sock run”!!!

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