Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains to Host the Inaugural UTA11

Six hundred runners will descend upon Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel on Thursday 16 May 2019, as it gears up to play host to the inaugural Ultra-Trail Australia 11 (UTA11). Set amongst one of the most iconic backdrops in the world, entrants will line up at Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains on the edge of the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains National Park, to run 11km, as part of a new race organised by Ultra-Trail Australia (UTA), the same organisers of the renowned UTA100, UTA50, and UTA22 events.

As the name suggests, UTA11 is an 11km race, a challenging but achievable race for trail runners of all abilities, unlike the gruelling 100km UTA100, offering a good taste of what the UTA100 is all about. Entrants will head out from Fairmont Resort & Spa at 1pm and finish at Scenic World – UTA’s race hub.

This challenging course will see entrants traverse the most stunning walking tracks of the Blue Mountains and some of the best parts of the other courses, including the Pool of Siloam, the bridge at Elysian Rock, Leura Cascades, Bridal Veil Falls, Amphitheatre Track, Lila Falls, Leura Forest, and the infamous 951 Furber Steps.

Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains’ General Manger Scott O’Neile expressed his excitement at the opportunity to play a part in the UTA11. As an avid four-time UTA100 runner, Scott is gunning for a personal best this year and is a passionate wellness advocate himself.

“With a passion for all things wellness, this new event is particularly close to my heart, which has essentially brought about our relationship with UTA. We are excited to be the starting line for the new UTA11 race as well as a checkpoint on the 50km and 100km track. We were keen to throw our support behind this event as it makes trail running more accessible to people of all abilities.

“Aligning with the UTA race programme ties in nicely with our wider wellbeing strategy at Fairmont Resort & Spa, as we strive to create a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. We have recently launched new wellbeing menu items, yoga classes, and opened the 16-treatment room Ubika Day Spa.

“We look forward to welcoming UTA entrants, staff and supporters to experience the ongoing revitalisation of the resort, and to showcase the best of the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains region,” concluded Scott.

The Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains is offering rates from $205* per night on Wednesday 15 May to streamline check in for Thursday’s race. All runners staying at the resort, can check-in for the race at the resort itself, saving valuable time allowing more time to focus on preparing for the race. Check-in for all other runners is at Scenic World – with buses shuttling between check-in and briefing at the Fairmont Resort start line throughout the morning.

Ultra-Trail runners can soothe their tired muscles and calm their mind with a de-stress massage with hot stone healing and foot renewal at Fairmont’s new Ubika Day Spa. Peruvian Basalt stones will melt away tension and a blissful foot exfoliation will leave runners walking on air. Ubika Day Spa is located on the grounds of Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountain, to book, phone 02 4785 0062. Ubika Day Spa also features a Vichy Shower room, and a quiet Zen room to relax pre and post treatment in front of a fireplace sipping iKOU branded herbal teas.

Located only 90 minutes’ drive west from Sydney, Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains is the pinnacle of upscale accommodation in Leura, one of the most charming upper-mountains villages in Australia.

To book a stay at Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, phone 02 4785 0000 or email reservations@fairmontresort.com.au