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Australian Outback Marathon

Sat 27th Jul 2019
Petermann NT 0872, Australia

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Although this race is popular with local runners, for most, its a once in a lifetime experience. Its not every day marathoners get to take in the stunning views of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) as the kilometres tick by.

Enjoyed by both professional runners, club runners, casual runners and beginners, there are events for all running levels including the full marathon, half marathon, 11km and 6km fun runs. In addition to its beauty, the course is relatively flat, with only a couple inclines and sand dunes. Most of the course is on unsealed roads, bush tracks and soft-sand trails, with a few small sand dunes and plenty of Australia's famed "Red Earth" thrown in for good measure.

Our itineraries are designed to suit all budgets and travel plans. Each package includes shuttle services, first class accommodation, and guaranteed race entry. Whichever event you intend to enter, do it today so you dont miss out!

Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    7:45am Sat 27th Jul 2019
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    7:45am Sat 27th Jul 2019
  3. 11km

    Run 11km
    8:30am Sat 27th Jul 2019
  4. 6km Fun Run

    Run 6km
    8:30am Sat 27th Jul 2019

Where could you finish?

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

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What’s Included

Booking This Event

There are 5 options of packages that can be booked for this event. These packages include all accomodation, tours & experiences as well as a race ticket for the event. There are 5 different packages to choose from which cater to all budgets, experiences and lengths of stay in Uluru. These include Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver and Red Earth. Please see the event website to book your package today!

 

Course Details

Course Details

Please note: that the course can be quite “sandy” depending on the weather conditions in a previous couple of months

Marathon:

The course then turns in a north-easterly direction for another 2km and the ground changes once again from a desert track back to an unsealed but graded road. After approximately 8km you hit one of the few sealed roads on the course, Mala Road, which takes you through the village of Yulara on your way to more off-road trails. After crossing both Giles Road and Coote Road, a brief turn due North takes you back onto the red earth as you head up towards Connellan Airport.

You start to head back towards the start/finish area after approximately 12km. There are a few small dunes to navigate here with some spectacular views of Uluru awaiting you over almost every tiny bump in the road.

The 15km mark sees you cross a different section of the Lassiter Highway and another short stretch of sealed road awaits you before you head off once again into the bush. After approximately 18.5km you will take a left turn where a 5km stretch of pure Australian Outback awaits you, and there are once again some truly amazing views to be had here. Look out for the view at the top of Jem’s Dune which is almost exactly half-way.

At around 22.5km you take a right followed by a left (approx. 200m) and you start the trip home. Utilizing some of the tracks near the resort, you take a long, meandering loop over a small dune and continue on until you hit the track at the 26km mark. This marks the way back to the finish and you are now 3/5ths of the way back.

After once again crossing the Lassiter Highway you will get to see some fantastic views of Kata Tjuta, especially in the 30km-32km stretch. Back through Yulara village at around 32.5km sees you once again on Mala Road, the only sealed section of the course, with the red earth once again waiting to welcome you at around 36km. Here you will also get to see the twin sights of Kata Tjuta on your left and Uluru on your right.

From here it is plain sailing all the way to the finish line, with yet more breath-taking views to inspire you over the last few kilometers.

The entire course is relatively flat from a topographical point of view but there are a few little inclines here and there. A couple of short sand dunes also make an appearance and whilst they are not long or high they will certainly feel like a challenge when running up them. The views at the top will certainly make the effort worthwhile.

Half Marathon:

Setting off in a South-Westerly direction from the start/finish area, the ground underfoot turns from a graded bush road to a genuine bush fire-trail, with a combination of packed and soft, red earthy sand underfoot. After approximately 3km you will cross the Lassiter Highway and turn North-West for another 3km. Look out for stunning views of Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s) on your left.

The course then turns in a North-Easterly direction for another 2km and the ground changes once again from a desert track back to an unsealed but graded road. After approximately 8km you hit one of the few sealed roads on the course, Mala Road, which takes you through the village of Yulara on your way to more off-road trails. After crossing both Giles Road and Coote Road, a brief turn due North takes you back onto the red earth as you head up towards Connellan Airport.

You start to head back towards the finish area after approximately 12km and there are a few small dunes to navigate here with some spectacular views of Uluru awaiting you over almost every tiny bump in the road.

The 15km mark sees you cross the Lassiter Highway and another short stretch of sealed road awaits you before you head off once again into the bush. After approximately 17km you will take a left turn where a 6km stretch of pure Australian Outback awaits you, and there are once again some truly amazing views to be had here. Don’t forget to take a look around as you make your way back to the finish line.

The entire course is relatively flat from a topographical point of view but there are a few little inclines here and there. A couple of short sand-dunes also make an appearance and whilst they are not long or high they will certainly feel like a challenge when running up them. The views at the top will certainly make the effort worthwhile.

Underfoot can get a little soft in places but this is “the red earth” after all!

11km:

Setting off in a North-Easterly direction, you will have approximately 1km of graded road to navigate before you hit the “soft red earth” that central Australia is so famous for. Turning North-East towards the Ayers Rock Resort and then due North, the tracks underfoot will give you a real feel for life out in the bush.

After approximately 2 1/2 km you take a right turn onto another outback track where you will start to get some spectacular views of Uluru. Don’t forget to look up as you traverse over the top of the sand-dunes.

Heading once again in a Northerly direction, you take another right turn at the 4km mark. This will start to loop you back towards the finish area, but don’t think that the course is finished just yet. After approximately 6 1/2km you take a left turn onto one of the most private tracks in the area. Opened specifically for the Australian Outback Marathon, this 3 1/2km looping track has some of the best vantage points on the entire course.

After 10km you hit the main track back to the finish area to collect your reward, enjoy the views and tuck into your well-earned breakfast.

There is plenty of soft sand and a couple of small dunes for you to navigate but the end result will be well worth the effort!

6km:

Setting off in a North-Easterly direction, you will have approximately 1km of graded road to navigate before turning into a “soft red earth” outback trail that central Australia is so famous for.

After approximately 2 1/2 km you take a right turn onto another outback track where you will start to get some spectacular views of Uluru. Opened specifically for the Australian Outback Marathon, this 3 1/2km looping track has some of the best vantage points on the entire course. Don’t forget to look up as you traverse over the top of the sand-dunes.

After 5km you hit the main track back to the finish area to collect your reward, enjoy the views and tuck into your well-earned breakfast.

The incredible atmosphere of the Australian Outback Marathon is not just for full marathoners. Open to all levels of runners, the 6km running event is one of a kind. By running on part of the same route as the full marathon runners, you’ll experience the same RUSH! Not to mention the same spectacular scenery.

There is plenty of soft sand and a couple of small dunes for you to navigate but the end result will be well worth the effort!

FAQs

Does my accomodation package include my race ticket?

Yes it does. Please see the event website for more information!

How can I participate in the Australian outback marathon if I am a local Resident?

At the Australian Outback Marathon local participation is always welcome and this can take one of two forms:

1. As an Entrant
Special provisions have been made for local entrants living in and around Yulara to participate in the Australian Outback Marathon. If you are a local resident please contact the Australian Outback Marathon directly for entry details at [email protected]

2. As a volunteer
Given the remoteness of the location, the Australian Outback Marathon could not be run without the involvement of the local community. If you would like to volunteer to help out on the day of the Marathon, please contact Travelling Fit directly at [email protected]

What are the Minimum Ages?

Marathon: 18+ years
Half Marathon: 15+ years
11km Fun Run: open to all ages.
6km Fun Run: open to all ages

What Time Do The Events Start?

The Marathon and Half-Marathon will both start at 7:45 am.

The 11km fun run and 6km fun run will start at 8:30 am

Where Do I Pickup My Race Pack?

Your race pack will be waiting for you when you check in to the hotel. If you have elected to arrive at the Ayers Rock Resort prior to the start of your itinerary please let us know and we will organize to make your race pack available.

NOTE: for all activities that are included in your itinerary you MUST: be in possession of your wristband. This includes all tours, transfers (other than upon your arrival), all meals (including resort breakfast) and transfers to and from the race start/finish area.

If you have elected to purchase a “No Accommodation” package, please ensure that you have notified us of your accommodation choice NO LATER than Friday 14 July.

What Else Comes With My Race Entry?

Depending on the itinerary you have chosen, you will have various different tours and meals included as part of your Australian Outback Marathon experience. ALL participants who have booked an accommodation package have breakfast included for every morning that you are staying at the Ayers Rock Resort. In addition, everyone who has booked an accommodation based itinerary is invited to attend our Friday evening Carbo Load Dinner.

Everyone who has booked a standard package that includes Sunday night will also get to experience our exclusive Australian Outback Marathon ”Sounds of Silence” Celebration Dinner which will be held at a private, outdoor dining area.

All participants who have booked prior to 12 May 2017 will receive a limited edition Australian Outback Marathon-2XU running top.

NOTE: The Australian Outback Marathon Celebration dinner will only be available to those participants who have booked a package of three nights or more that includes the Sunday night.  This is a private function and completely separate from the Sounds of Silence dinner that can be booked at the resort.

Tickets for our exclusive Celebration dinner are not available for sale once you have arrived at the resort.

Finishers Rewards

All finishers will receive a special Commemorative Medal.
All finishers will receive their race photography FREE from marathon-photos.com
All finishers will receive a selection of their race video’s FREE from marathon-photos.com
Finishers certificates will be available online.

 

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