The Big Sipper

21km of (mostly) downhill fun
Enjoy a Sunday Funday

The Big Sipper 21.4km

8th November 2020

The Big Sipper is a great way to dip your toe (or half your leg) into The Guzzler course. Runners will bused up to Mt Nebo ready for a downhill start directly onto the roller coaster trails that head down towards Enoggera Reservoir. After a run past this beautiful body of water, you'll turn your feet towards Mt Coot-tha where our finish line awaits.

Starting on Sunday morning, our Big Sippers will also get to run the second part of the course with some of our final 100km so give them a huge cheer and massive kudos as you do. And for the slightly mad among you, a Sunday start time means there's the very real possibility of tackling both the 50km and 21km on the same weekend (just sayin'...)!

The Big Sipper: it will be fun but it ain't no fun run!

Course Description

For this gem of a race, you'll first collect your bib and catch a Big Sipper bus from the Mt Coot-tha finish line up to the start line.

The action all begins from the top of Centre Road at Mt Nebo, where you'll find the start chute that will shoot you down "The Big Dipper" - a super fun and fast down* hill run towards Enoggera Reservoir. Run past the beach (no time for a swim) to the checkpoint for high fives, cheers and all the essentials that will keep you going for the next 15km. Round the reservoir and into Mt Coot-tha where you'll be approaching Kokoda Track, a little climb that gets BIG feedback. Conquered this? Well done! Now you'll jump onto some single track for the final flowing downhill run straight over the line and into our finishers lounge. 

Nailed it! Will your glass be half full the next year? 

*Fair warning... it's down, and then up, and then down, and then.. well, you get the idea!

Course Elevation

You'll be enjoying 740m of climbing and 890m of descent over the 21km course.

Start Time and Cut-Offs

The Big Sipper starts at 6:30am Sunday 8th November 2020. You'll have up to 4hrs to complete the course. 


CP Location Distance Cut-Off Food* Drop Bags Spectators & Crew
  Start         Not Permitted
1 Walkabout Creek 5km NA Fruit, chips, lollies, Coke   Spectators Only
Finish 10:30am Fruit, chips, lollies, Coke, bakery goods   Crew & Spectators

*Due to our COVID-safe event plan, we’ll be limited as to what types of food we can make available at checkpoints and may need to make changes at short notice.

There is one intermediate checkpoint for The Big Sipper at 5.1km, after 315m of descent, just before you cruise around Enoggera reservoir. This checkpoint will be fully stocked with food, big cheers and high fives, toilets and first aid. 

Toilets will be available at the Start/finish and Enoggera Reservoir checkpoint. 

UTMB & ITRA qualifying points

The Big Sipper 2020 has been awarded 1 ITRA and UTMB qualifying points. 

The evaluated course can be viewed here.

Check here for more information about qualifying for races in the Ultra Trail series.

GPS Track Data & Maps

Our interactive courses are best viewed in full screen. Click the following links to open the course in a new window. 

While training, and as an emergency backup on race day, we recommend you download and use the free mobile application. This will allow you to see, in real time, your location in relation to the course you're following.

To follow the 21km course, after installing on your mobile phone please download this .kml file and select "open with" application. 

If using a different application or gps watch you may also need to download the 21km .gpx file instead.

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