- Finisher’s medal
From the organizerOrganizer's website
Welcome to the Afterglow Trail run - shine bright in this epic event running through twilight into darkness. We wonder what the owls will make of a bunch of glowing runners speeding past on either the 21km or 12km course.
A half marathon, 21km we reckon its the perfect trail run distance. Achievable. Go fast-able. But what would make it better? Start it at twilight and run it into the night on the world famous Surf Coast! AND, for those who want a taste try the 12km option!
Distances in this event
- Run 21km
6:30pm Sat 24th Nov 2018
- Run 13km
8:30pm Sat 24th Nov 2018
- Run 5km
8:00pm Sat 24th Nov 2018
Where could you finish?
We’ll work out your time based on past results, elevation and terrain.
Included With Entry
The Half Marathon starts at the far end of the Point Addis car park.
Runners will start by running up the road for 300m before taking a right hand turn to take them into the bush onto the Koorie Nature Trail, which climbs to the top of the Addiscot Beach cliffs – you’ll still get a glimpse of awesome views in the fading light. Then it’s a steady climb into the Ironbark forest (awesome night running here!) to a ridgeline that is pancake flat for a while before dropping down to Southside headland and further to iconic Bells Beach. Briefly, on the sand, there is a short stair climb to the car park. Stay to the right, following the gravel pathway. This is your golden laneway all the way back to Torquay.
The course briefly heads inland through heath before coming back to the cliffs at Jan Juc. We divert you for a short descent and then climb back up, before rejoicing the official Surf Coast Walk, which leads you on past Jan Juc beaches, to Eagle Rock, onto the boardwalk at Spring Creek, past the Torquay SLSC and eventually, into the town. You jump onto a sealed footpath at Point Danger which leads along the promenade – strut your stuff, the nightlife is watching. After reaching a large playground on the other side of town, it’s onto some sand for a way, where we lead you to a short but fun dune run, then doubling back for the run into the finish line (which you may have heard as you passed by the beach. Under the finish arch, it’s time to ‘get your glow on’.
The 13km course begins at the bottom end of the Southside Car Park, accessed via Bones Rd / Jarosite Rd, on the Surf Coast. The course follows from the approximately halfway the route of the half marathon Afterglow course along the Surf Coast Walk all the way to the finish at the Salty Dog Cafe, located at the Torquay Angling Club, Fishermans Beach, Torquay. It’s worth familiarising yourself with the route prior to running it.
The course is non-technical and well signposted. While offering plenty of wild times for experienced trail runners, the course is also perfect for road runners looking to try the trail phenomenon due to the ‘easy’ nature of the trails (and the fact you’re never too far from a latte). Runners will begin in the car park, heading northeast via a well-graded gravel trail. Stay on this – do not take any side trails as you enjoy the clifftop views along the way.
Please note that all runners now need to catch the supplied bus (part of entry fee) from Torquay to the start of this run. Please do not self-drive.
From Southside it is a short run down onto the sands of Bells Beach. After briefly trotting over the hallowed sands, it’s up some stair to the Bells Beach Car Park. Follow it north, staying on the footpath. From Bells, the course briefly heads inland through heath before coming back to the cliffs at Jan Juc. We divert you for a short descent and then climb back up, before rejoicing the official Surf Coast Walk, which leads you on past Jan Juc beaches, to Eagle Rock, onto the boardwalk at Spring Creek, past the Torquay SLSC and eventually, into the town. You jump onto a sealed footpath at Point Danger which leads along the promenade – strut your stuff, the nightlife is watching. After reaching a large playground on the other side of town, it’s onto some sand for a way, where we lead you to a short but fun dune run, then doubling back for the run into the finish line (which you may have heard as you passed by o the beach. Under the finish arch, it’s time to ‘get your glow on’.
The 5km Mini-Glow begins on the beach at Fisherman’s Beach, below the Salty Dog Cafe (where the finish line and race HQ are situated). Runners beeline up the beach (northeast, away from Torquay township), before turning left off the sand near the halfway mark. Runners will pick up the walking tracks above the beach, and return back south-west to the Salty Dog Cafe.
The course is non-technical and well marked with lots of ‘glow’ en route and a marshall at the turnaround.
How do I decide which bus I should take, early or late?
Be realistic when you decide what length of time you generally take to cover 21km or 13km. It matters to the logistics and how much night time running you will get in. Sunset is not until approximately 8.30pm and last light (when it is actually dark) is not until 8.50pm, so for the night time experience we suggest choosing a start wave that means you will be out there in the dark. Rule of thumb – fast runners select the last wave, slower runners select the earlier wave.
What are the rules?
When do I receive my number plate?
We will not be posting out number plates and it is your responsibility to attend Registration on:
Will there be a pre-event briefing?
Yes there will be a briefing at the start line for each wave and each event. If you require information prior, please see officials at registrations, Torquay, 1pm-4pm.
Do I have to carry any compulsory items?
Otherwise: as the course is signposted and near civilisation, it is not mandatory to carry a first aid kit or space blanket or mobile phone. It is HIGHLY recommended that you carry a water bottle or hydration fuel belt/back pack to keep yourself sufficiently hydrated and with food. We also suggest this from an environmental standpoint, as we are trying to ensure the event is as low impact on the environment as possible. We will have biodegradable paper cups at hydration points, but prefer you to have a bottle / receptacle to refill, saving paper, trees, energy, waste – you want any more guilt, we can go on… just run with a bottle or bladder, okay? Everyone will point at you and laugh and accuse you of being an enviro-terrorist if you don’t. It is up to you if you want to carry a mobile phone or other clothing or first aid kit. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR AFTERGLOW IS A CUP-FREE EVENT. BYO HYDRATION PACK, FUEL BELT, HANDHELD or SOFT FLASK!
Are trail shoes recommended?
Yes, we highly recommend Brooks Cascadia or Caldera! Okay, so you can wear any brand or indeed type of running shoe – yes a road runner will suffice. The trail is not classed as a technical one, and in fact is groomed most of the way. So yep, road or trail – either way you’ll be good. Did we mention Brooks do a great range of road shoes, too? 😉
Will you have first aid available on the course?
Yes there will be first aid available to you. We will have St Johns first aid marshals at the start line, at the half way (Boobs surf beach car park) and at the finish line (Torquay, Fisherman’s beach). We will also have a roving first aider able to get in to most of the course quickly.
What happens if I get injured on the course and unable to finish?
Am I likely to get lost?
The Afterglow is conducted on the signposted Surf Coast Walk. There will be both Surf Coast Walk markers and dedicated Tour de Trails (red with white arrows) signs and ribbon positioned along the course with sufficient course markings. No, you won’t get lost.
We may even have some glow sticks out there to help guide you a little easier as darkness draws.
Are there water points along the course?
Yes, there are water/aid stations/water points along the race route:
However, you must carry your own hydration receptacles. To repeat the point: if you want to drink without having to cup your hands or bend backwards to open your gullet beneath the tap…you must carry a water bottle or hydration fuel belt/backpack to keep yourself sufficiently hydrated. We suggest this from an environmental standpoint, and in line with new regulations being brought in by the Surf Coast Shire Council and the Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee. AGAIN (in case you aren’t getting the message) PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR AFTERGLOW IS A CUP-FREE EVENT. BYO HYDRATION PACK, FUEL BELT, HANDHELD or SOFT FLASK!
Is there a bag drop off?
You shouldn’t require a bag drop off because all competitors will be parking in Torquay at the finish line and getting the bus to the start line.
If you wish to take a jumper etc to the start line on the bus please take a bag with you, with your name on it and will have an area you can drop you this before you start and we will bring it back to the finish line for you to pick up.
Are there showers at the finish line?
There are no showers at the finish line, but there is a beautiful beach you can go and jump in!!
There are toilet facilities, but no showers.
What happens at the finish line?
Aside from you hollering and hooting across the finish line, backflips and all? Well, we invited Yazz to congratulate each and every competitor, and we’re waiting to hear back. But otherwise, there will be an inflatable arch set up as the finish line. The after race festivities (with or without Yazz) will take place at the finish.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the town that you can go and enjoy a good feed and beverage after the presentations have been held.
What are the age categories of the event?
Volunteers – my friend/family would like to help?
Yes please. There will be volunteer roles as course marshals, support at registration or TA’s. Please email [email protected] or call 0430 376 621. Peri Gray 0419 376 594 to register your interest as a volunteer.
Are there cut off times?
Yes. There will be a cut off of 3.5hours for the people in the first wave start and 3hrs for the faster second wave start.
Can I run with my dog or push a pram?
No. This is not Albert Park.
Do I have to cross any rivers or roads?
No, the only section of the course that is bitumen is a short stretch leading up to the car park at Point Addis and there will be course marshal at this section. There are no rivers to cross, nor mountains to climb (beyond your own mental ones). There are a few car park entrances to cross – please do so with care. They will all be marshalled for runner safety.
What about beach sections?
There are two beach sections to run on totaling 2.5km. There will always be plenty of sand to run on, although if tide is higher, the sand will be softer. Beach sections are:
How much does it cost to enter?
I like ‘stuff’ – can I win ‘stuff’?
Maybe. If you run the course backwards. Or can tell us an amazing story about overcoming some depths of human adversity to now be running the trails. Seriously? You want to win ‘stuff’, huh?
Okay, here at race HQ we have decided that while we appreciate ‘winners’ and their dedication to training and hurting and all that, essentially we are hippies who yearn for a time when the Dream Team was not allowed to compete in the Olympics, it being an amateur field of athletic endeavour back then and all. So in the spirit of rewarding the spirit rather than the bank account or gear cupboard we’ll award trophies of sorts to:
>>21km and 12km winners, male & female
>> Random runners – we fling spot prizes out on no particular basis whatsoever. Randomness is after all part of the beauty of running wild.
Do I have to pay for parking?
No there will be parking available at the finish line in Torquay on the foreshore in the designated parking area/s or alternatively parking is available in the surrounding streets. Please adhere to street parking rules. It is NOT the event manager’s responsibility should you park illegally and recieve a parking fine, no matter your excuse. There are parking officers in Torquay, so we advise to get to the event area with plenty of time to spare, so you can find and secure a legal parking spot that remains so for the duration of the time you will be running.
It is mandatory that all HALF MARATHON and 12km competitors catch the buses provided to the start line from Torquay. There will be minimal parking at Point Addis and the road will be closed from the competitors start, until they duck into the trails.
Can I go to the toilet on course?
Please use the toilets provided and/or located at the transition areas along the course. There are also numerous public toilets located along the Surf Coast Walk, which we encourage you to use to spread the, ahem, load. Please DO NOT go to the toilet in the bush.
Is there any reason the event might be cancelled?
Any changes to the schedule or format of the event will be updated on the event website, Facebook and emailed to registered participants.
Does God exist?
We have no idea, but if he/she/it does, we reckon he/she/it will be found running trails somewhere. Maybe on the Surf Coast. Either that or he may be spied surfing under moonlight at Bells Beach. With Kelly.
Should I train?
Preferably. It has been scientifically proven to assist in the completion of a marathon or half marathon. Having said that, there was this one time that we didn’t train at all…oh, actually, no that really, really hurt. Train fool.
What are the start times for each wave?
Are lights/head torches compulsory?
Head a head torch is compulsory for all competitors. We have based the start times on the fact we hope everyone will have to run in the dark. Should you need to buy a headlamp, we recommend the Black Diamond Sprinter or any of the Black Diamond range, available at The Happy Runner, 1/15 Bell Street, Torquay.
How do I get to the event via public transport?
Trains leave from Spencer St and arrive at Geelong. From Geelong there are buses that go to Torquay. V/Line is the company that runs the buses and trains.
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