With more than 726 solo runners and 50 pairs entered, the one name that many in the trail running world will be watching closely is 4 Desert Champion Ryan Sandes.
Sandes, dubbed "The Sandman" has moved away from his multi-stage endurance events for 2011 to focus mainly on one-day mountain ultra trail races with the NorthFace 100km being the first for the year.
Defending champion from 2010 Stu Gibson, from Australia, will be back to defend his record breaking time of 9 hours 54 minutes and 19 seconds, along with other industry heavy weights including Killian Jornet from Spain – so Sandes will be in good company.
Sandes said, “I am super excited about running in Australia; and can’t wait to tackle some new challenges this year. The North Face Australia 100km will be perfect preparation for the Leadville 100 mile run (my first 100 miler) I will be racing later this year in the States.