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Afterglow Trail

Sat 24th Nov 2018
330 Wurdale Rd, Winchelsea South VIC 3241, Australia
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Grab your head torch and hit the hills for this gorgeous night-time trail run. Perfect night-owls who enjoy getting some miles under their belts. Come along the for finisher's medal and stunning views of the Surf Coast.
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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

  1. 21km

    Run 21km
    6:30pm Sat 24th Nov 2018
    AUD $85
    Event passed
  2. 13k

    Run 13km
    8:30pm Sat 24th Nov 2018
    AUD $50
    Event passed
  3. 5k

    Run 5km
    8:00pm Sat 24th Nov 2018
    AUD $25
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Where could you finish?

We’ll work out your time based on past results, elevation and terrain.

What’s Included

Included With Entry 

  • a medal
  • sense of pride
  • Fully marked and signposted course
  • Medical and emergency support
  • Professional timing and results
  • A magnificent organised event on the Surf Coast Walking track allowing to experience the natural beauty of the landscape from Point Addis to Torquay.
  • Water/electrolyte at all aid stations and both water and fruit at the finish line. Please note that this year afterglow is a cup-free event. Byo hydration pack, fuel belt, handheld or soft flask!
  • Entertainment at the finish line
  • Eligibility to receive spot prizes at presentations
  • Toilets
  • and of course, bragging rights if you finish.
  • Course Details

    Half Marathon

    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’.

    13km 

    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’.

    5km Mini-Glow

    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.

    Raceday Logistics

    Schedule

  • 1 PM Until 6 PM – Registration – At Event Hq (Finishline)
  • 6.15 PM – First Wave Bus 21Km – Leaves Torquay
  • 6.45 PM – First Wave 21Km Start – Point Addis, (For Slower Runners)
  • 7.15 PM – Second Wave Bus 21Km – Leaves Torquay
  • 7.45 PM – Second Wave 21Km Start, Point Addis (For Faster Runners).
  • 7.45 PM – Race Briefing 12Km @ Bus Departure
  • 8 PM Bus – 13Km Leaves Torquay
  • 8.20 PM – Start 13Km Southside
  • 10 PM – Presentations
  • 11 PM – Cut Off Time
  • 3Hr 30 Mins – For 1St Wave Start // 3Hrs – For Faster Wave Start
  • PM Event Entertainment
  • 11.30 PM – Event Close
  • FAQs

    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?

  • Run forwards on the course (although if you run backwards the entire way, we’ll think you are very special, extra so in the dark)
  • Headtorches are COMPULSORY on person for the entire race. Black Diamond are preferred (but you won’t be disqualified if like Craig Mottram you decide to wear a frog headlamp of unknown branding).
  • No biting, scratching, punching, kicking, and definitely no tripping, okay?
  • Don’t litter – this one’s serious. We’ll do all of the above to you if we find you doing that. Seriously, if you drop your gel wrapper, pick the damn thing up – the environment is way more important than your time. We’re tree huggers as well as runners. Don’t mess with this rule. We’ll disqualify your ass if caught.
  • Be courteous to fellow trail runners (they’re a nice bunch)
  • Use toilets provided at start line, transition areas and finish line. There are a few public loos along the route, provided for walkers of the Surf Coast Walk – feel free to use them, too. Just not in the bush, okay? We know it’s dark, but some decorum, please…
  • If you are under the age of 18, you will need a parent or guardian to sign an indemnity form at registration. If you are younger than 16 we’ll need to see some proof that you are a gun at these distances.
  • Please follow the signs along the course. It will be well signposted along the trail. Don’t take any shortcuts.
  • Keep to the left of the trail to allow faster runners to overtake
  • Wear your number plate at all times on the outermost garment
  • YOU MUST tell an official or volunteer marshal if you are pulling out of the event due to injury or feeling unwell so we can notify the timing company and not have to search for you on the course.
  • If a marshall requests you to do something (okay, within reason – sensible things), please follow their instructions. They are there to help you not hinder, so whatever it is they are asking, there is good reason. Thank them.
  • Smile. You’re doing this for fun, remember.
  • Be nice to yourself. You’re a legend for just getting out there.
  • No whinging if it’s cold and wet. It may be a few days away from the start of Summer, but we all know the seasons have shifted, and you’re in a southern state…it can get cold at any time! Suck it up.
  • Road runners: whilst this is an ‘easy ‘ trail marathon course, there are short sections of earth that do approach the meaning of ‘incline’. They are but pimples on this home we call earth. Beautiful pimples with great views, usually.
  • There will be NO kilometer markings – that’s just not cool in trail world.
  • It is the runner’s responsibility to have previewed the course (there are maps, KML and GPX files to download and a Google Map), and have some understanding of where you are supposed to be running. Not EVERY little trail leading off into the bush will be marked. Know where you are. What do they say? PPPP – Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. And getting lost.
  • On the Afterglow course, keep the ocean to your right, never cross the Great Ocean Road, in general head north/east along the coast, and you’ll get there. Torquay is hard to miss, especially on a Saturday night.
  • The event will take place on Saturday 26 November 2016 in all weather conditions UNLESS it is considered unsafe in extreme weather conditions. The event organiser will notify all participants if the event is considered unsafe and endeavour to reschedule the event to another date, at this stage 10 December 2016.  All participants’ entry will be credited towards the new date of the event. Unfortunately refunds can not be made in the event of a cancellation / rescheduling.
  • In the unlikely situation of the event having to be cancelled outright, the event organiser will endeavor to refund a percentage of your entry fee after all the event costs have been accounted for.
  • The event organiser has the right to change any of the course or time schedule due to weather conditions.
  • Any changes to the schedule or format of the event will be updated on the event website, Facebook and emailed to registered participants.
  • REFUNDS: will only be processed, minus an admin fee of $15, up to and including 6 November 2017. Three weeks before the race. Why no refund after that? Because most of your entry fee has already been spent on logistics, materials, permits (including your headcount) etc on the good faith that you are showing up. No exceptions, sorry people! Yes, still applies, even if injured after that date. We’re happy to transfer your entry to another person though!
  • When do I receive my number plate?

    We will not be posting out number plates and it is your responsibility to attend Registration on:

  • Saturday 25th November 12-4pm, Bomboras Kiosk, 50 The Esplanade, (Fisherman’s Beach – at the Torquay Angling Club), Torquay,  at the finish line. If you are lost – drive north east along the Esplanade, passing the Torquay Bowls Club on your left… the Angling Club and rego are to your right just thereafter, in the building down on beachfront on your right. NOTE: there is another Bomboras (albeit a restaurant bar) on the Surf Coast Highway, Torquay. This is NOT where you need to be! On Google, it will not find the correct location, so look for the Torquay Bowling Club – your destination is a little further along The Esplanade, accessed opposite where Beach Road meets The Esplanade.
  • 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?

    YES

  • a headtorch is compulsory. If you forget on race weekend, check out The Happy Runner who have a store in Torquay (Bell Street) or see their stand at rego – they will stock Black Diamond headlamps.
  • your number plate attached to your outermost garment
  • your best glow-style. Could be a fluro leg warmers.  Glow paint. Could be eighties. Just get it onnnnnn baby.
  • 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?

  • Please notify an event marshal or volunteer so we can get the relevant first aid to you. If you don’t have a mobile phone and you injure yourself, please tell someone on the course to notify the nearest volunteer/event staff so we can organize first aid to you.
  • We will notify timing and classify your result as DNF – Did Not Finish.
  • Please make sure you notify event staff if you pull out of the race due to injury or feeling unwell so we don’t waste resources in looking for you on the course.
  • The Race Director mobile phone will be on the back of the number plate if you are carrying a mobile phone and need medical attention in an emergency.
  • If you are a runner and you find someone injured on course, ascertain if they need you to stay with them. If they do, wait for the next runner and tell them to keep going on course and notify the first marshall. If they do not need you to stay with them, please run on and notify the first marshall on course.
  • 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:

  • Jarosite Rd/Trail Corner (5.6km)
  • Boobs Surf Beach car park (10.5km)
  • Fisherman’s Beach (16.7km)
  • Finish, Torquay Fisherman’s Beach (21km)
  • 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?

  • u/20 Grommet
  • 21 – 35
  • 36 – 55
  • 56 – 69
  • 70 +
  • 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:

  • Fisherman’s Beach (2km)
  • Bells Beach (300m)
  • How much does it cost to enter?

  • HALF MARATHON $90  including online fees, GST and bus ride to the start. On the day entries are $100 cash only.
  • 10KM $50 including online fees, GST. Competitor must make their own way to the start. On the day entires are $55 cash only.
  • 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?

  • The event will take place on Saturday 25 November 2017 in all weather conditions UNLESS it is considered unsafe in extreme weather conditions. The event organiser will notify all participants if the event is considered unsafe and endeavour to reschedule the event to another date, at this stage 10 December 2016.  All participants’ entry will be credited towards the new date of the event. Unfortunately refunds can not be made in the event of a cancellation / rescheduling.
  • In the unlikely situation of the event having to be cancelled outright, the event organiser will endeavor to refund a percentage of your entry fee after all the event costs have been accounted for.
  • The event organiser has the right to change any of the course or time schedule due to weather conditions.
    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?

    HALF MARATHON

  • Wave start 1 – 6.45pm (slower runners – bus leaves Torquay at 6.15pm)
  • Wave start 2  – 7.45pm (faster runners – bus leave Torquay at 7.15pm)
  • 12KM

  • 8.20pm (one wave, self seeding – bus leaves 8pm)
  • 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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    Reviews (9)

    4.9 out of 5 stars

    • Course
    • Organisation
    • Atmosphere
    • Did the 21km in 2018

      It was an awesome race. Loved that it was a night event + the colour & atmosphere.
    • Did the 21km in 2018

      How much extra bling and lights I could have worn!!
    • Did the 21km in 2018

      All went smooth easy access to collect bib and great that you get a bus out to start line. Awesome views which makes the run easier. Great that there are people on course to guide you in the correct way. Defiantly running this again next year.
    • Did the 21km in 2018

      This is a great course regardless of whether you're pushing along at the pointy end of the field or taking it easy and enjoying the scenery. The course is achievable even for the first time trail runner and that's what makes it.
    • Did the 21km in 2018

      You need to glow - like really glow - get in on the action and be as bright as fluro as possible.
    • Did the 21km in 2018

      Great fun. Didnt let the beach get the better of me this time!
    • Did the 21km in 2018

      Awesome event -10/10! Gorgeous trails, amazing atmosphere.
    • Did the 13k in 2018

      It was an awesome experience I loved it - and will definitely do it again.

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