The Guzzler Ultra - Year 323rd—24th July 2022

The Glass Half Full

Brisbane’s 50km Trail Ultra-Marathon
The Glass Half Full Ultra

50km

23rd—24th July 2022

$240

STANDARD PRICE
3% Sold

Course Description

While The Guzzler is the main event of the weekend, the Glass Half Full packs a punch of its own, taking you around some spectacular and challenging trails. We’ll show you what locals know and love about our green city, just how much fun and how much nature you can reach directly from Mt Coot-tha, completely on foot, completely on trails! You’ll tour two of our reservoirs in the order they were built, soaking up fire trails, single track, rolling hills and some mean ones too! Let us take you on an adventure in our backyard.


Entry Includes

  • Bright and funky technical training tee

  • Vibrant start & finish event precinct

  • Challenging courses, exploring Brisbane’s beautiful reservoirs

  • Epic finisher medal and optional finishers’ prize*

  • Comprehensive, environmentally-friendly, course marking

  • Professional event timing with live feed for spectators and crew

  • Amazing volunteer support at each fully stocked checkpoint

  • Emergency medical support on-course

  • Comprehensive participant guide

  • Gear deals from The Trail Co.


  • *Finisher’s Prize can be added on after entry


Stats

Distance
51km
Elevation
2,102Meters+
Runners
400
Duration
4-12hrs
The Guzzler Course Profile

UTMB & ITRA Points

UTMB Points Brisbane

2 points

You’ll receive 2 ITRA and UTMB qualifying points for completing The The Guzzler Ultra. These points can go towards your ITRA tally, allowing you to qualify for a variety of races around the world. 

We’re also registered as a UTMB World Series Qualifier for 2022

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


Course Timing

The Glass Half Full Starts at 7:00 on Saturday Saturday 23rd July 2022. You’ll have 12hrs to complete The Glass Half Full. This cut-off should ensure that most runners are able to complete the distance, if you put in adequate training. We’ll also have checkpoint cut-offs along the way. See Checkpoints below for more details about these.


Checkpoints

LocationDistanceCut-OffFood*Drop BagsCrew & Spectators
Start Crew & Spectators
Gap Creek Rd crossing6kmWater tap only
CP1: Walkabout Creek18kmNA Fruit, chips, lollies, Coke Spectators Only
CP2: McAfees Lookout24kmNA Tailwind, fruit, chips, lollies, Coke, pastries Not Permitted
CP3: Gold Creek Reservoir32km3:30pm Tailwind, fruit, chips, lollies, Coke, bakery goods Spectators Only
Gold Creek Reservoir exit37km Spectators Only
Gap Creek Rd crossing46kmWater tap only
Finish7:00pm 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

Segments

The races you didn’t even know you were entering…
King & Queen Of The Mountain

Introducing the race you never knew you were entering…The King & Queen of the Mountain

Taking in the first 3.1km of both The Guzzler and The Glass Half Full (yep, from the start line!), The Trail Co. King & Queen of the Mountain will present competitors with a quandary like no other. Do you go out fast in a bid to become KOM or QOM, or do you hold back and chase overall Guzzler glory.

The KOM stats: 

  • Start : The Guzzler Start line
  • End : Channel 9 – the yellow gate at the top of Powerful Owl track
  • Distance : 3.1km
  • Elevation gain : 220m

Check out the Strava segment and KOM below:

King & Queen Of The Mountain Rules
  1. There will be ONE female Queen of the Mountain (QOM) and ONE male King of the Mountain (KOM) winner selected. Unless otherwise specified, KOM refers to both the male and female races.
  2. Winners will be the fastest person of their gender to complete the timed KOM section of The Guzzler / The Glass Half Full, as determined by our electronic race timing system, or manual timing backup in accordance with the race gun time.
  3. One winner per gender will be determined from all runners across the Guzzler AND Glass Half Full. For example the first runner across the line in The Guzzler may later be beaten by the first runner in The Glass Half Full, if their KOM segment time is shorter.
  4. To qualify to win the KOM, the racer MUST complete the whole of their registered event, within the designated race cut-off times, as per the race rules. If the fastest KOM racer later withdraws or is disqualified for any reason, the KOM title will roll down to the next eligible competitor.
  5. The King of the Mountain winner does not need to be the overall race winner of their registered event.
  6. Play nicely! Any pushing, jostling, obstructing of members of the public or other anti-social behaviour may see you disqualified from the KOM or potentially the whole event.
Hell Hole Hustle

We have thrown down one ripper challenge for you all: the ‘Hell Hole Hustle’. The fastest guy and gal to make it through Hell Hole will each win everlasting fame and fortune as well as an awesome prize pack*.

After the excitement of our K&QOM race start, the Hell Hole Hustle will present you with another quandry. Do you go all out through this section to be crowned grittiest Guzzler.. or do you pace yourself and chase overall Guzzler glory? Maybe you even have the trifecta in you?

And as though the bragging rights weren’t enough, we have put a prize pack on the line – one each for the Hustle King & Queen!

The Hustle stats: 

  • Starts: Exit of McAfees Lookout Checkpoint
  • Ends: End of Hell Hole Break (exit onto South Boundary Rd).
  • Distance: 3.3km
  • Descent: 243m
  • Ascent: 176m

Check out the Strava segment and KOM below.

*Fame and fortune not guaranteed. 

*Please note: the Strava segment has been made slightly shorter than the event day Hustle. This was done to allow everyone to compare their times during training without worrying abut GPS inaccuracy. Event day results will be tracked via live timing mats at the start and finish of the race segment.

  1. There will be two winners. ONE female GRITtiest girl and ONE male GRITtiest guy.  
  2. Winners will be the fastest person of their gender to complete the timed Hell Hole Hustle (HHH) section of The Guzzler / The Glass Half Full, as determined by our electronic race timing system, or manual timing backup in accordance with the race gun time. Placement of the electronic timing mats will be fixed throughout the duration of the race to create a fair and comparable HHH split time.
  3. One winner per gender will be determined from all runners across the Guzzler AND Glass Half Full. For example the fastest runner in The Guzzler may later be beaten by a faster runner in The Glass Half Full, if their HHH split time is shorter.
  4. To qualify to win the HHH, the racer MUST complete the whole of their registered event, within the designated race cut-off times, as per the race rules. If the fastest HHH racer later withdraws or is disqualified for any reason, the HHH title will roll down to the next eligible competitor.
  5. The HHH winner does not need to be the overall race winner of their registered event.
  6. Play nicely! Any pushing, jostling, obstructing of members of the public or other anti-social behaviour may see you disqualified from the HHH or potentially the whole event.
  7. While live tracking of the HHH will be available, we reserve the right to adjust the segment times of runners if required due to calibration or any other error of the live timing system.  

Mandatory Gear

While we hope you have nothing but fun on The Guzzler course, sometimes things go wrong. The mandatory gear that every runner must carry will help reduce the risk of anything happening or, if it does, will improve your chances of a smooth rescue and recovery.

Please note, mandatory gear is gear you MUST carry. For you comfort, please consider the weather conditions on race day and carry whatever gear you feel you need to keep you happy through the event. 

Click on each item if you’d like more details and feel free to contact us at The Trail Co. if you’d like more guidance.

Key
Mandatory
Required in some situations
Recommended

Capacity to carry 2 litres of water
This may be in the form of a reservoir, soft flasks, bottles or any combination of these.

You don’t need to have 2L of water in there at all times (after all – you should be drinking it!) but do need to be able to carry that much to ensure you can safely complete the distance between each checkpoint.
Recommended:
Salomon Soft Flasks | Salomon Reservoir
Race Bib
Will be supplied at registration. Bibs must be visible on your front at all times for the timing chip to work and for your safety.

Bibs will include your timing chip, your name (for early entries), and a unique number..
Recommended:
Race Number Belt
Mobile Phone
Every runner must carry a working mobile phone. Please ensure it is fully charged before starting the Event and that emergency and event phone numbers are saved and easily accessible.

For international guests, you may need to purchase an Australian SIM to use during the event or may be able to access an Australian network using roaming.

In case we need to contact you while you are out on course, please log back in to the registration platform prior to race day and ensure the number of the phone you intend to carry is up to date in the Event Contact Details section.
Recommended:
aLOKSAK waterproof phone case
Waterproof Bags
Dry Sacks will keep your gear protected from rain and sweat, protecting it from damage and ensuring it will be dry if you need to put any of it on.

You can use one large sack or several small ones. Zip lock bags are acceptable if they are in good condition and can be fully sealed.
Recommended:
4l Dry Bag | aLOKSAK waterproof phone case
Headlight

All runners carry a headlight, regardless as to whether you think you’ll be running in the dark. If you become lost, ill or injured, you may be out there much longer than intended.

A minimum brightness of 300 lumens is recommended so you can confidently run through the bush. However, for the 50km, if you expect to arrive well before nightfall a smaller light just in case of emergencies will be fine.

Recommended:

Petzl BindiPetzl Swift

Compression Bandage
Compression bandages will be useful in the event of a snake bite or sprain, if applied correctly. It is advisable that you learn how to use a compression bandage, and other basic first aid, before beginning the event.

As a minimum, the compression bandage must a heavy-weight, crepe bandage that is 7.5cm wide x 2.3m long (when unstretched).
Recommended:
Conforming Heavyweight Crepe Bandage
Emergency Whistle
An emergency survival whistle will allow you to make yourself more audible to rescuers than simply yelling can achieve.

It must not use a ‘pea’ to create a sound as these can become sticky when damp causing the whistle to fail – that means no sports whistles.

Many running packs include a whistle and The Trail Co. also sells some small, inexpensive whistles that can be attached to your pack.
Emergency Blanket
If you become too injured or ill to continue, an emergency blanket will prevent hypothermia while waiting for rescuers.

Recommended:
Emergency Blankets
Course Map

All runners must carry the course map loaded in the Maps.Me application on you mobile device.

maps.me allows you to find your location in relation to your current position even if no cell reception is available.

Please test this application and the map well in advance of the event weekend.

The following video is our guide on how to use Maps.me to navigate the course and share your location. There is also an iphone and Android guide to importing a map (bookmarks) here if you would like a written guide.



Get Course Maps

Thermal Top
This must be a long-sleeved, thermal base layer made of polypropylene or wool which will keep the participant warm in addition to their race clothing.

Cotton, Coolmax, lycra, compression garments and thermal compression garments are NOT suitable to be used as the ‘Thermal Top’.
Spare Food Portion
An extra portion of food (eg gel, bar, sandwich), must be carried at all times in addition to the fuel you intend to use if all goes to plan.

This extra portion may prove vital if you are ill or injured and find yourself taking longer to reach the next checkpoint than expected, or if you are waiting some time for aid to reach you.

For our November 2020 event we want to STRONGLY encourage you to include a small sunscreen & cap in your gear due to the high probability temperatures on course will be hot.
Recommended:
Premium: Salomon S/Lab 360 Jacket
Highly Technical: Salomon Lightning | Salomon Bonatti
Entry Level: 360 Degree Stratus
Waterproof Jacket
A good-quality waterproof jacket will keep you dry while allowing sweat to escape. It can also be useful for added warmth or protection from the wind.

At a minimum, the jacket must fit you and be fully seam-sealed, waterproof, and not include any large mesh vents, even if covered by flaps. Minimal underarm vents are allowed.
Recommended:
Premium: Salomon S/Lab 360 Jacket
Highly Technical: Salomon Lightning | Salomon Bonatti
Entry Level: 360 Degree Stratus
Soft Cup
Recommended:
Soft Cups
Sunscreen
Recommended
Cap / SunSafe Hat
Recommended
Fleece

If temperatures are expected to be low, or you think you may find yourself walking during the race, your energy expenditure may not be high enough to keep your core temperature up. A synthetic fleece is lightweight and can be very effective at keeping you warm.

Please carefully consider carrying a fleece for your comfort and safety.

Waterproof Pants

The event will proceed in the rain. If heavy rain is predicted we recommend that you carry Waterproof Pants.

While mandatory in some situations for the 100km runners, 50km runners can choose to take these or not. 


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. 

Wondering about how we mapped the course? Find out more here

Maps.me Phone App

All runners must carry the course map loaded in the Maps.Me application on you mobile device.

Maps.me allows you to find your location in relation to your current position even if no cell reception is available.

Please test this application and the map well in advance of the event weekend.

To follow the 50km course, after installing maps.me on your mobile phone, please download this .kml file  and select “open with” or “share to” Maps.me application. 

The following video is our guide on how to use Maps.me to navigate the course and share your location. There is also an iphone and Android guide to importing a map (bookmarks) here if you would like a written guide. Some iPhone users have found they need to restart their phone after installing the app before routes will appear. 


Rules & Docs

You can download copies of all of the important documents below. Your registration for any of the events will be taken as understanding and acceptance of the terms and conditions in each of the documents.

Conditions of Entry
Code of Conduct
Release Waiver
2021 Participant Guide
Brisbane's 50km Ultra-marathon

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