The 5th edition of the NorthFace 100 – one of the most difficult 100km ultra-trail marathon events in the Southern Hemisphere – will be starting on the 19th of May in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park in Leura, Australia. With more than 700 solo runners and more than 50 pairs entered, the one name that many in the trail running world will be watching closely is 2011 Leadville 100 miler winner and 4 Desert Champion, Ryan Sandes.
Having been placed 3rd in 2011, the Sandman has unfinished business with this race and hopes to better his performance this year.
“I’m back in the Blue Mountains, Australia, for the North Face 100 in just over a week’s time. Last year my race did not go according to plan and it ended up being a long day at the office. That said I gained a lot of experience from the race and it has definitely benefited my running,” says Ryan Sandes. “I am super excited to be back in Australia to run the North Face 100 and looking forward to the adventure. The course is really beautiful but tough on the legs in the final 30km, so I will need to save something for that. I’m looking forward to a fun day out and will be using this race to prep for the Western Sates 100 miler in June this year.”
Ryan will be competing against some other top names including UK runner, Jezz Bragg (a previous UTMB winner), and top Australians Mike Donges, Davies Lee, Brendan Davies and Andy Lee.
After winning the 2011 Leadville 100 miler in the 3rd fastest time ever set, all eyes are on the Sandman to prove his magic at this race this year.