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SQUADRUN is the affiliated training partner for all three Oceania Ultra-Trail races, including Ultra-Trail Kosciuszko by UTMB, delivering tailored training programs for hundreds of athletes of all abilities. The experienced team are runners first, so committed to helping you achieve your goals. They’ll be there throughout your training journey and on race-day to see you succeed.

As with UTA and TUM, hundreds of SQUADRUN athletes will take to the Kosci trails because the infectious community, relentless enthusiasm and robust coaching method that always makes for fit, happy and successful runners.

You'll be able to purchase a 4-week trial training plan with them at checkout, or you can learn more about them and sign up for a full training package over on their website

Training on Course


If training on any part of the Kosci courses, please take care and give way to members of the general public. This is especially important if you are planning a run on any sections of walking track near the Kosciuszko summit and surrounding trails due to the significant number of tourists that visit these trails.

Please note you must not take dogs into the National Parks, and it should go without saying that there is no smoking. Please also obey all information signs such as track closures (worth checking on any track closures before you head out).

For updates on track closures, check the local alerts/track closures section of the Snowy Mountains National Parks website.

Out of Bounds Areas (applies to KosciMiler only)

Please be aware that there are some areas of private property on the course that you are not allowed to enter except on race day. We have kindly been given permission from the landholders to use tracks for the event day only. This includes trails between Sawpit Creek and the boat crossing on the KosciMiler course, near the lake. Please respect private property in these areas.

These landholders understandably value their privacy and therefore do not want people trespassing on their properties outside of the event day. Anyone caught on these sections outside of event day may be disqualified from the event without refund.

All other sections of the course are OK to train on however it is always advisable to check on track closures.

Safety when training

Much of the event course is through remote areas which likely provides a very different experience to going on a trail run near your home. For your own safety, when training on the event course, you need to be aware that you could be in great danger if you got lost, especially in difficult weather conditions. You can easily end up a very long way off the course route in areas with no phone reception. You should only train on course if:

  • You know how to navigate with a map and compass.
  • You are fully prepared with the navigation tools listed under The Course. The best tool to make sure you don't get lost is the Mapping Phone App. But as a bare minimum you must have the course maps, course descriptions and a compass. You also need to know how to use and pay attention to these things as you travel the course route. You may also choose to use the GPX file downloaded onto your GPS watch.
  • You are carrying safety equipment similar to that from the race mandatory gear list, plus enough food and water.
  • There are no weather warnings (storms, big rainfall events, high winds) or total fire bans in place at the time of your run.
  • You have told someone your plans including your intended route and expected return time.

Medical Info

Ultra-Trail Kosciuszko by UTMB is a physically challenging event and participation in it presents medical risks that all athletes should be aware of.

Although the event has experienced medical personnel at numerous points along the course, the inaccessibility of much of the trail may make it difficult or impossible for medical assistance to reach the runner in a timely fashion. Our medical support team are experts in the field when it comes to trail running and their number one goal is to ensure you finish the event in good health. Below are some simple tips, and a link to some more detailed information. We highly recommend all athletes read this, but especially those running the KosciMiler and Kosci100.

  1. Say no to NSAIDs – Ibuprofen, nurofen, diclofenac, voltaren, naproxen – sure to cause trouble!
  2. Drink to thirst – Drink varied fluids, take on food during the race, have a varied intake
  3. Be prepared for the condition - Hot, cold, dry or wet – have a plan for a range of conditions
  4. The race doesn’t end at the finish line – Pack warm clothes and a range of food for basking in your success at the finish
  5. Look out for each other


If you are concerned about any runner, please notify the next course marshal or aid station volunteer with the runner’s race bib number immediately.

Nutrition

Getting your nutrition right can be the difference between an enjoyable Ultra-Trail Kosciuszko by UTMB and not making it to the finish line. For the longer distances especially, it is important to start training with your planned nutrition and adapting your body to what will fuel it come race day.

The checkpoints at Ultra-Trail Kosciuszko by UTMB are a feast – but make sure you know what will be at each before race day so you can practice fuelling on the same things you'll be consuming on race day.

Checkpoints are generously stocked with:

  • Lollies
  • Water
  • Fruit
  • Bakery goods
  • Hot water, tea, coffee, soup
  • Electrolyte (pre-mixed)

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