THE TRACK – Race Profile

Posted on 12 August 2010

The following information was provided byJérôme Lollier, race director for THE TRACK. More information is located at: www.thetrack-outbackrace.com

THE TRACK

THE TRACK will hold its first event May 10th to the 19th 2011, in the Northern Territory of Australia between Alice Springs and Uluru.

THE TRACK

What time does it start/ check in time, what’s the “average” weather like at that time of the year?The limit time for normal stages is 10 hours. For the long stage (approx.180 km) will be held partly overnight. This stage will have a maximum authorized time of 40 hours.  The average temperature in May is 12°C at night and 27°C during the day.

How long has the current race director been handling the race, are they endurance sports athletes? I am the Race Director. I was international sportsman during several years. I have put my experience to use – and to profit – in organizing high-level sports events such as the Championships of the World, the cycling Tour de France and others. As a consultant in sports marketing, I have operated for 10 years alongside sports federations, the media and various companies who have sought to use sport as a way of communicating. Passionate about travel, the last few years I have played an active part in organizing, of particular note, around fifteen races in Africa.

THE TRACK

What’s the entry fee and what does the athlete get with respect to shirt, medal, food, etc.   Is there unisex sizing for the race shirts? The race fee is 2 600 €. This race fee included:

  • Road transfers in Australia (Alice Spings Airport to camp 1)
  • Camping accommodation prior to the race (2 nights)
  • All meals at the pre-race camp
  • Accommodation at Ayers Rock after the race (2 nights in a hotel)
  • Accommodation during the race (camp)
  • Mineral water
  • Technical and medical support
  • Race medal, t-shirt and race number for THE TRACK

What makes the race memorable for athletes?   Any recent changes to the course, race, etc.? THE TRACK Outback Race takes place in a beautiful and authentic place: the Outback!  What is memorable? THE TRACK is one of the longest races, with stage and self-sufficient for food, in the world.  The route is varied: mountain, river, plain and sand… landscapes are incredible!  THE TRACK is the unique opportunity to across the National Parks and Aboriginal Lands.

Is there a pre-race/post-race dinner? The meals pre-race will be adapted to the sportsmen. Meals guaranteeing an energy contribution. After the race the meals are free except the meal at the Award ceremony.

How has the growth been with the race? We organized in May 2011 and this will be the first edition of THE TRACK.  Team of professionals bring a large experience which ensures the organization of this event. A medical team chosen by the organization and made up of doctors and nurses will be present throughout the race. They are there to assist the competitors during the race stages and while camping.  A media team will ensure the production and the diffusion of the images via satellite and will produce 48 minutes of film.

Where do most of the athlete’s come from for the race (what states)? The runners come from all over the world: Australian, French, Germany, Italia, Spain, UK, China, Japan and USA.

Is there an airport close to the venue? The airport is at Alice Springs – Northern Territory. And to return is Ayers Rock or Alice Springs.

Are there hotels close to the start? Yes. We can reserve hotels at Alice Spings before the transfer to the first camp (the 8 May 2011)

Is there anything in the area to keep the kids busy during the race or do I want to leave them home ? We have a partnership with a Tourism Agency and we can organize for families a tourist tour around the Outback. The tourist tour can cross the race.  We propose you what you want for your family.

In terms of logistics is the race a point to point or does the race start and finish in the same area?  If point to point, is there transportation back to the start for athletes?

  • THE TRACK is a 590 km foot race with 9 stages. Each competitor must carry his/her own backpack containing food, sleeping gear and other material.
  • A shorter version of the race, THE Short TRACK will be run simultaneously. The Short TRACK is a 320 km foot race. The runners use the same route and the same race conditions apply but there are less kilometer to run each day.

The compulsory equipment and the personal belongings of each participant (food, survival equipment and kit, etc.) should weigh no more than 15kg. This maximum weight does not include your daily water supply.  Each entrant must provide his/her own food from May 10th  to the 19th inclusive (10 days). Each competitor must have 20 000 k/calories, that is to say a minimum of 2 000k/calories per day, otherwise he/she will be penalized.  The competitors will have at the beginning 5 days of foods in their backpack then will recover the morning of the 6th stage food for the 5 remaining days.  For the travel bag, we will transport it bivouac departure to arrival hotel.

Are there an abundance of bathroom facilities or porto-potties at the start/finish and out on the course? On each camp we install several showers.

Are there any specific training idea’s to prepare the athlete for the race, based on the specific course terrain? The course terrain is varied with mountains (700 / 1100 m), plain, river and sand. The course terrain for the long stage is easy, what is very hard is to keep the rhythm during 10 days.

Aid stations, how many on the course, what are the specific items/products at the aid stations? Check points are located at regular intervals through each stage of the race. There will be two to eight check points depending on the length of the stage. Competitors must go through the check points, otherwise penalties will be applied. Check points will allow race officials to record times and distribute water. Medical assistance will be available at each check point.

Is the course clearly marked, what is used? The participants must follow the route as marked by the organizers, failing to do so may incur penalties of varying severity depending on the particular stage. For the liaison stages, the course will be marked approximately every 500 meters. There are several natural landmarks that will serve as additional points of reference.  In the non-stop stage, illuminated markers will be used at night.  A Road Book will be compiled from survey reconnaissance missions. The exact course will remain secret and will only be revealed at the time of distributing the Road Book on 6 May 2011.

Budget Items for summary of costs:

  • Race entry Fee (2 600 €)
  • Hotel (included in the price)
  • How many dinners/ meals to buy (3 meals after the race)
  • Transportation flight cost or gas (1 300 € at the beginning of Paris, London, Frankfurt)
  • Rental Car Requirements (not necessary)

Will there be water and or coffee at the start of the race? The organization takes charge of supplying water to each competitor. Water is typically distributed as follows.

Liaison stage – 12 liters per person per day

  • 1.5 liter before the start each day
  • 6 liters during the race, at check points 1.5 or 3 liters
  • 4.5 Liters at arrival post

Non-stop stage – 24 liters per person per day

  • 1.5 liter before the start each day
  • 18 liter during the race, at check points 1.5 or 3 liter
  • 4.5 liter at arrival post

Water will be distributed at the competitor’s campsite each morning before the start of the race. Each participant must manage his/her own daily water intake based on the programmed water distribution times/places. Water will not be supplied at any other times.

Is there cell phone coverage in the area? There is no cell phone coverage in the route. Only on the finish area.  We use satellite phone during the race.

Is there a race photographer on the course? We have a race photographer on the course and 2 cameramen.Our media team will ensure the production and the diffusion of the images via satellite and will produce 48 minutes of film.

Why should an athlete consider this race? THE TRACK is a new race and an incredible challenge! THE TRACK is a race organized by a professional team which keeps the spirit of the adventure. To travel to the other end of the planet for sporting adventures, to feel the emotion of the early Outback explorers… to discover new horizons and splendid landscapes…These are objectives of the organizing team!

THE TRACK

THE TRACK is an event which rests on simple but essential values: authenticity, freedom and escape!

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