Due largely to the inspiration of the Westfield Sydney-Melbourne races of the 1980’s & its satellite races and under the guidance of Geoff Hook and others, AURA was formed on 5 May 1987 under the Associations Incorporation Act of Victoria.
For sake of the record, the first meeting of interested parties was at the home of Geoff Hook, at 42 Swayfield Road, Mt Waverley, Victoria on 6 February 1986. This was followed by a further meeting at the home of Geoff Molloy (1984 Westfield winner) on 17 August 1986, and then a special general meeting at Geoff Hook’s home on 9 April 1987. Official incorporation was on 5 May 1987 and the first AGM was held in the clubrooms of the Box Hill Athletic Club’s rooms on 20 June 1987.
Its purpose is to foster and promote the sport of ultra running in Australia. It is a member of the International Association of Ultrarunners. For a more detailed overview of the purpose of AURA, view the very first AURA newsletter here. This document has been supplied by courtesy of AURA founder, Geoff Hook. Geoff Hook, Dot Browne and Colin Browne held executive positions from incorporation for a further 17 years. Their impact on the sport was profound and they were inducted as AURA life members in 2003.
AURA maintains open and age group records for distances (50km, 100km, 200km, 500 km, 1000km, 50 miles, 100 miles, 500 miles and 1000 miles) and for time (6, 12, 24, 48 hours and 6 days). AURA also maintains rankings (year to date and all-time) for these distances and times. These records and rankings apply to track and road races. A track is defined as a circuit of no less than 300 and no more than 500 metres in circumference. The type of surface is irrelevant.
Rankings and records for road races are recognised only for courses which are officially measured. AURA also conducts an annual points competition. A system has been devised where points are awarded for starting, placing etc. Valuable prizes are on offer. AURA is also charged with the responsibility of selecting teams to represent Australia in international competition.
AURA is desirous of attracting more athletes to the sport, ensuring that the races it recognises are properly conducted, ensuring that the participation is a memorable experience for those participating and that the quality of performances is competitive.