A run to keep the Pilliga Wild
Welcome to the Pilliga Ultra – the ultimate test of your limits and your chance to make a difference.
Join For Wild Places for Pilliga Ultra 2023, as we traverse the rugged, ancient landscapes of the Pilliga Forest and stand up against Santos’ gas exploration activities impacting the environment and local communities.
Participating in the Pilliga Ultra will support the local communities’ advocacy against Santos and its harmful practices. The funds raised will help protect the forest, its inhabitants, and the future of the surrounding communities. You’ll be part of a movement of people who care deeply about the environment and its future, dedicated to preserving it for generations to come.
But this isn’t just any race. The Pilliga Ultra offers a range of race options, from the fast-paced PU6 to the speedy yet scenic PU20 and the ultimate PU50 ultra-marathon. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a first-time participant, there’s something for everyone.
Run through the stunning landscapes of the Pilliga Forest and experience the natural beauty of this unique environment. It’s a chance to challenge yourself, push your limits, and achieve something extraordinary.
Sign up today and join the team in raising funds and awareness to protect this precious place.
Here are some answers that might help.
Why is the Pilliga Forest significant?
The Pilliga is the largest inland forest in eastern Australia. It’s a biodiversity hotspot—home to at least 300 native animal species and more than 900 plant species. It’s sacred to the Gomeroi/Gamilaraay people, and rich in cultural sites. Underneath its rare eucalypt forests lie recharge zones for the Great Artesian Basin—one of the largest groundwater sources in the world.
But fossil fuel giant Santos plans to drill 850 coal seam gas wells into the ancient landscape of the Pilliga Forest. Despite widespread community opposition. Despite the risks.
How much is event entry?
Early bird entries (until Thursday 1st June 2023) the race entry fees are as follows*:
PU6 – $70, PU20 – $170, PU50 – $240
As of Friday 2nd June 2023, the race entry fees will be as follows*:
PU6 – $90, PU20 – $190, PU50 – $260
*Discounts are available for FWP Members and AURA Members
Is this a fundraising event?
Yes, this is a fundraiser! But don’t let that put you off. Each runner will help fundraise to support the campaign to stop CSG (coal seam gas) extraction in the Pilliga Forest. We understand fundraising can be intimidating, scary and hard. But were are here to support you – not only to give you the tools you need to tackle your running goal, but to also smash your fundraising goal. We’ve helped hundreds of people just like you raise large amounts of money and we are incredibly passionate about it!
As soon as you sign up you’ll be fully supported by our experienced fundraising coordinator, Karin. Over the coming months, Karin will guide you through the fundraising process here.
What is and isn’t included in event entry fees?
For each event (PU6, PU20 & PU50) the following is included
– Entry into your chosen event
– Dinner at Pilliga Pottery on Friday & Saturday night
– A post-run refreshment
– An FWP event Buff
– Personalized Race Bib
– Access to the Raisley Fundraising Platform via the event page
– Access to the private Pilliga Ultra Facebook group
The following is not included:
– Travel to/from Pilliga Pottery
– An event tee-shirt (these will be available via an opt-in system closer to the event)
Are there age restrictions?
Participants must be 18 years or older to enter PU50. For PU6 and PU20 events, participants must be at least 16 years old. Participants under 18 must provide written consent from a parent or guardian.
I haven’t participated in a trail running event before. Why is this event for me?
The Pilliga Ultra is the perfect entry-level event for runners and hikers of all fitness and experience levels. With a few months before the event, there is plenty of time to train and get experience running on trails. Soon we’ll be lanching a 12-week training plan for each event (PU6, PU20 & PU50) which will guide you through the necessary training to not only finish your chosen event but have a blast while doing it!
I’m not a runner but would love to volunteer. Can I?
Of course! Volunteers are integral to bringing events like this to life. If you’re interested in volunteering, reach out to Karin our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com for more details.