Triple Crown

The Ultra Running Triple Crown

Rapid Ascent conduct three of Australia’s largest, and most noteworthy ultra running events. To complete the long course alternative at each event is a considerable accomplishment so in order to recognize (and encourage) runners to achieve this feat we have created The Rapid Ascent ‘Ultra Running Triple-Crown’.
The Triple Crown is awarded to any competitor who completes these 3 ultra running events within a 5 year period:

The Triple Crown is the ultimate challenge for Australian ultra runners and is set as a bucket list objective for those brave enough to commit to the three events, and strong enough to make it to the finish line.

Triple Crown achievers receive:

  • An exclusive Patagonia fleece embroidered with the event logos to wear with pride*
  • Your name listed on the Triple Crown ‘honor-board’ listed on the website for each event
  • Your name engraved on the Triple Crown shield that is displayed at each event
  • Your name forever in the Rapid Ascent history books
  • AND ultimate bragging rights!

The Triple Crown is gaining popularity and ~10 people are inducted at each event having completed the trifecta. Will you be one of them?


As of March 2024 – We’ve added a “jewel” to the triple crown challenge to denote those who complete our fourth ultra running objective, with the new Run Bibbulmun Track Stage Race now a part of the prize *. Run Bibbulmun is truly a diamond class event in terms of difficulty, scenery and camaraderie and those who complete the long course race will earn a new ‘jewel in the crown’ as part of the Triple Crown achievers.

Jewel in the Crown finishers will be acknowledged by:

  • A new Run Bibbulmun pin for your triple crown jacket
  • A golden name plaque on the Triple Crown shield (all other names are silver)
  • Your name listed separately on the event websites
  • Presented with an official Jewel in the Crown certificate signed by the race directors
  • And… ultra running immortality!

Triple Crown Hall of Fame

Jewel in the Crown inductees:

Scott BeamsKate CushJacqui TolSandra HeriotMaria Lissenberg
Lonneke KefalasShane AntrobusGrant WallaceShannon Lissenburg

Triple Crown finishers:

Deb NichollRowan BrookesCerina MeredithAnge ChampionLouise Edwards
Graham ChalliceSarah NivenDamian BowdenCarl KoudelkaPauline Overington
Miriam HeroldLinda BaadeIan WestawayDarian Cairns-CowanZara Palise
Erica RusbridgeLyal DouglasLeif ChristensenMatthew WoodElyse Cripps
Teresa WoodJason RawlingsNgan HarwoodLinda WhiteTodd Lakeman
Adrian HudsonLes CorsonShannon LissenburgGeraldine MillardGeoff Quinton
Asha MahasuriaSteven ScottTania WilleyAmy CurrieKate Cush
Deb GaleLucinda ScottScott BeamsJoanna MaidmentLorna Bade
Kirsten KellyEmmeline FisherJacqui TolCamille NichollsMaria Lissenburg
Meredith PrettyHeather DuffyFelicity PidgeonScott McGloneDiane Breant
Steve WhalleyAnnMarie DarcyShayne EganMatt MenheereSusha Fisher
Gayle CowlingJackie WelchBruce WalpoleFiona SmeatonLinda White
Geoff QuintonPhillip HickeySteve GoossensStewart TomsWilliam Erskine
Patrick MapleShane AntrobusRobert FluryGrant WallaceCasie East
Amanda CraigJacqui NixonSheree CottellSandra HeriotPaola Flury
Michelle GrocockAlec LennonDavid ClarkIan LeaJamie Blair
Luke MiddletonNatasha ClancySharon ChetwyndVanessa MecanovicDuncan Gillis
April MorganAriarn HustonEsther WelshGemma RuddickGuy McLaren
Jeremiah MierkeJo CollinsLonneke KefalasMandy HobbsMark Falkingham
Megan ScottMelanie BartonSally TheobaldCorey NeiraChrissy Warman
Daniel GouldDan BennettKatherine BooyDayle Olson
Barb EastwoodEmma MorganJoanne VitoneJodi WhelanShayne Halls
Marie HeitzJennifer DowlingWill ErskineMichael Donovan

* Run Bibbulmun is a renewed version of the successful Great Southern Stage Race that was held in 2022 – 2023 that covered a 200km course over 3 days for solos and teams. A handful of runners have been retrospectively awarded Jewels in the Crown status from their participation in the Great Southern event because they either: completed the 200km course solo (Scott and Kate), OR completed no less than 2 of the 4 legs each day (approx. 40km a day). CONGRATULATIONS.

Points to note:

The introduction of The Jewel in the Crown does not effect the original Triple Crown award what so ever. Triple Crown recipients still need to finish the long course at Run Larapinta, Surf Coast Century and Margaret River and when done so they will still receive all the same acknowledgements and respect as always (you are awesome after all!). The addition of Run Bibbulmun adds a very impressive jewel to your crown.

  • Runners will only receive the Jewel in the Crown once all 4 races are complete
  • Runners have the same 5 year time frame in which to complete all 4 races
  • Runners must let Rapid Ascent know when you are approaching the completion of your Triple Crown and/or Jewel objective with at least 1 months notice (so we present your awards on the day!).