The North Face 100: Top 10 Tips for Newbies

Continuing the great tradition of ‘Top 10’ lists which may delight, misinform, or annoy you, here is our list of Top 10 Tips for first-timers running the fantastically unmissable North Face 100 in the Blue Mountains in barely 12 days from now. Whether you haven’t run 100km before, or you just haven’t run this particular 100km… Enjoy!

The Hoka OneOne Australia Top 10 Tips for TNF100 Newbies

  1. If marathon distance is the furthest you’ve ever raced or trained, savour the moment when you pass the 42.2km mark. You still have 57.8km to go.

    You only get a buckle… if you don’t buckle.

  2. Keep your pack as light as functionally possible, but remember that most of the elite runners who carry a 59 gram rain shell are usually back in their hotel room before sunset.
  3. Guys, stick to one lycra garment – shirt, or pants. Not both at once. Please.

    Try to find that happy middle ground where technical fabrics and individuality meet.

  4. Try to spend more time running than talking about running. You’ll have more to talk about later.
  5. Death by chafing is worse than death by hypothermia, which is worse than death by effort. Lube everything and keep running. You’ll be fine.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! And that’s just the shirt.. (prevention, prevention, prevention . . .)

  6. Press ‘start’ on your GPS watch 5 seconds before the race actually starts. Then you can press ‘stop’ before you get your Finish photo taken. Then yours will be different than everyone else’s. Difference is good.

    Typical ultra starting line…

  7. Shuffling 7km/h up Kedumba on 80km legs is about the same as running 34km/h on flat road without a backpack.
  8. No pain, no elevation gain.

    Fortunately, the sky isn’t full of vicious flying lizards.

  9. There is a hospital at the final checkpoint. You do not want to stay there. Keep running.

    Of course, some runners belong in a hospital.

  10. The nice thing about racing 100km is that nearly everyone gets at least one good patch. But it’s what you do with the bad patch that makes the difference. A runner has just dropped you, your legs hurt, your stomach is in a somersault, it’s so cold, and you ask yourself ‘why am I doing this?’ The answer is at the finish line. Just. Keep. Running.

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