The 50km course of the Ultra Trail Kosciuszko is scenic and enjoyable to run.
Runners traverse through varied landscapes, encountering two larger steep climbs coupled with rapid descents, and winding trails. When looking at the 2023 course, you can see that the elevation profile is fairly flat for the first 20+ kilometres.
The race begins with a 1km road stretch, allowing runners to find their rhythm and position in the pack. The initial 20km, though seemingly flat on the map, is replete with turns and undulations, demanding focus and energy conservation. This section, mostly single trail, may also involve overtaking some of the slower 27km runners. The first 10km are around the starting area, and then the course takes you along the Thredbo River towards Thredbo town.
From 29km to 33km, the course presents its first major challenge: a steep ascent up a ski slope, arriving at the ski lifts and aid station at Eagles Nest. This segment requires a fast hike, with poles being particularly useful. The descent from Eagles Nest is equally demanding, with steep, technical trails that test your agility and concentration.