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 that entrants need to carry given the number of RFS aid stations for general support.
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.
During the 2016 race with higher than usual levels of heat and humidity a number of runners towards the rear of the field were impacted by a shortage of Tailwind at some aid stations. We have conducted a review of the factors that led to this shortage and have introduced a number of additional measures to mitigate the potential of this happening again.
However 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.
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