The beauty of this run is that it traverses wild alpine areas of Tasmania’s Cradle Mt Lake St Clair National Park and World Heritage Area. The altitude of the track in several areas of the plateau is greater than 1000 metres, which by world standards is not high, but here is well above the tree line. This low tree line illustrates the exposure and harshness of conditions that can prevail even in summer.
The event is a Run not a Race and mutual help is an important aspect. Hills are steep, the mud can suck your shoes off and roots and stones make the going slow for the less nimble footed.
Because of its difficulties, runners must provide evidence of their suitability to tackle this run. The current entry criteria are as follows:-
1) Minimum age of 18 years on race day AND
2) You must have completed a previous Cradle Run OR any trail based single stage ultramarathon longer than 80 km finished within race cutoff time, within the last three years. Tasmanian events Kunanyi Mountain Run 68km within 15 hours and Gone Nuts 75km within 14 hours will be accepted.
Please Note:- all results must be easily verifiable by the Cradle Run organisers (eg results on web). If information cannot be provided to easily verify results the organisers will reject the application.
Potential runners should note that entries fill extremely quickly.