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A course that will literally take your breath away! Both the 11km and 25km Coastal Ascent courses start and finish in the Dixon Park precinct. This provides runners and supporters not only an epic finishing experience as you fly down Bathers Way on the final push home, but access to all the amenities that will complete your race day experience.

The 2km Kids course will run within the immediate vicinity of Dixon Park.

The 11km and 25km courses will challenge all runners. The fastest possible route from Dixon Park, through Merewether and into the Coastal Rainforest of Glenrock Reserve will elevate your heart rate on the outward journey and reward you with epic views on the return journey. Within the reserve take on sections of technical single track, fast flowing fire trail, grasslands, beach sections with plenty of challenging hills and course giving many coastal views.

How to enter the Coastal Ascent

  1. 25k

    Run 25km
    AUD $85
    Event passed
  2. 11k

    Run 11km
    AUD $30–AUD $70
    Event passed
  3. Kids Bolt Mile

    Run 1.6km
    AUD $15–AUD $20
    Event passed

Coastal Ascent routes

25km

The 25km course starts on the beach at Dixon Park and runners will head south towards Merewether Beach. Continue along the beach, then pedestrian footpath before turning right and running up the 100 Merewether stairs!

At the top of the stairs turn sharp left staying on the footpath and running past the carpark entrance until you hit Robinson street where you will turn left and then right heading up the grass reserve and turning right onto Lloyd street.

Run down Lloyd street for 200 metres and turn left running up the 100 Hickson Street stairs and turn right immediately at the top. Continue on Hickson Street for 500 metres before turning left and running into Glenrock Reserve at the first aid station. Follow the directional markers on this section of technical single track which will then take you down towards the treatment plant. Here you will turn left and head towards Burwood Beach. Turn right onto the beach running approximately 300 metres before following the markers to the right and onto Baileys Trail. Continue heading West on Baileys Trail through the tall eucalypts before turning sharp left at the 4km mark and up the hardest climb of the course! Short but sharp head straight up the infamous Gun Club Road hill, you will climb 60 metres in 250 metres before continuing along Gun Club Road until reaching the second aid station at the 5km mark.

Turn left onto the the Easement Trail immediately after the aid station and head towards Yuelarbah Trail where you will turn right and make your way over a creek crossing after which you will turn left and then right, still on Yuelarbah Trail over another smaller creek crossing. Continue onto the Depot Trail reaching Scout Camp Road at the 7km mark.

Turn left onto Scout Camp Road running down to the Scout camp where you will do an anticlockwise loop of the  Scout Campgrounds, before heading back up and out onto Scout Camp Road. This is also a tough climb. Continue back along Scout Camp Road until you reach Gardeners Link Fire Trail where you turn sharp left, running down a short technically challenging trail section before  turning left at the bottom and onto the flowing Dudley North Trail. Continue east until you run-out onto Dudley Beach where you will turn right and run South for approximately 1 km before turning right and heading up the Banksia Fire Trail and reaching the far turnaround checkpoint at approximately 13.5km. Turn around and head down back onto Dudley Beach turning left and taking in the stunning views back towards Newcastle. Keep heading back North along the beach for approximately 500m before turning left and running up into Dudley Beach Car park and the second Aid station at 15.5km.

Exiting the Car park turn right onto Gardners link fire trail and continue veering left and taking a steep incline back onto Scout Camp Road. Turn left returning along the road and then right, back onto the Depot Trail. Continue back to Aid station 2 reversing the route you took on the way out. When you again reach Aid station 2 turn left onto Gun Club Road and running  towards City Road, exciting Glenrock reserve at approximately 20km.

Turn right onto the bike path and run in a Northerly direction, returning back into Glenrock reserve and taking the Scenic Drive Trail then Baileys Trail back deep into the the Rainforest. Continue heading down Baileys Trail and densely wooded pockets of Rainforest reaching the treatment plant, running around its perimeter before turning left and then right onto the technical single track you first too when entering into Glenrock Reserve on your way out. You will then hit Hickson Street at about 23km returning back to Dixon park the same way as you ran at the start. Don’t forget to look up and take in the views on the final push home.  There is one change on the return leg where you will be guided off Merewether beach up onto the Bathers Way for the final 400m push to the finish line at Dixon Park.

11km

The 11km course starts on the beach at Dixon Park and runners will head south towards Merewether Beach. Continue along the beach, then pedestrian footpath before turning right and running up the 100 Merewether stairs!

At the top of the stairs turn sharp left staying on the footpath and running past the carpark entrance until you hit Robinson Street where you will turn left and then right heading up the grass reserve and turning right onto Lloyd Street.

Run down Lloyd Street for 200 metres and turn left running up the 100 stairs on Hickson Street followed by a right turn immediately at the top. Continue along Hickson Street for 500 metres before turning left and running into Glenrock Reserve at the first aid station. Follow the directional markers on this section of technical single track which will then take you down towards the treatment plant. Here you will turn left and head towards Burwood Beach.

Turn right onto the beach running approximately 300 metres before following the markers to the right and onto Baileys Trail. Continue heading West on Baileys Trail through the tall eucalypts before turning sharp left at the 4km mark and up the hardest climb of the course! Short but sharp head straight up the infamous Gun Club Road hill, you will climb 60 metres in 250 metres before continuing along Gun Club Road until reaching the second aid station at the 5km mark.

Turn right onto the Easement Trail taking on a short decline before a challenging climb up and out onto the Bike Path at Scenic Drive. Turn right and almost immediately you will then head back into Glenrock Reserve, following the same return route from this point as the 25km course.

Returning back into Glenrock reserve and taking the Scenic Drive Trail then Baileys Trail back deep into the the Rainforest. Continue heading down Baileys Trail and densely wooded pockets of Rainforest reaching the treatment plant, running around its perimeter before turning left and then right onto the technical single track you first too when entering into Glenrock Reserve on your way out.

You will then hit Hickson Street at about 9.5km returning back to Dixon park the same way as you ran at the start. Don’t forget to look up and take in the views on the final push home.  There is one change on the return leg where you will be guided off Merewether beach up onto the Bathers Way for the final 400m push to the finish line at Dixon Park.

The Beach Bolt Mile

The Beach Bolt Mile is a 1.6km course which starts on the beach at Dixon Park and heads South towards Merewether. Runners will turn right just before Merewether beach and return back to Dixon Park on Bathers Way, you will then do a short anticlockwise loop and then enter the finishing chute to the roar of the crowd. The first half is really challenging as you power through the sand, but those who have energy left will really be able to speed towards the finish on the way home!

Event Details

What’s Included

Race bib

Timing chip

Bag storage

Raceday Logistics

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday 29 March

Race Pack Collection 10am-6pm

Saturday 30 March 

Race Pack Collection 10am-4pm

Sunday 31 March 

Festival Village Opens 6am-2pm – Dixon Park

Baggage Opens 6am-2pm – Dixon Park

25km Event Briefing 7am – Main Stage Dixon Park

25km Event Starts 7:30am – Merewether Beach in front of Dixon Park Surf Club 

Registration and Race Pack Collection 6am-11am – Dixon Park

11km Even Briefing 8:30am – Main Stage Dixon Park

11km Event Starts 9am – Merewether Beach in front of Dixon Park Surf Club 

Kids Beach Bolt Event Briefing 10:30am – Main Stage Dixon Park

Kids Beach Bolt Event Briefing 11:00am – Merewether Beach in front of Dixon Park Surf Club 

25km Presentation 11:00am – Main Stage Dixon Park

11km Presentation 11:10am – Main Stage Dixon Park

Kids Beach Bolt Presentation – Main Stage Dixon Park

 

Kit List
Please attach your race bib clearly on the front of your shirt.
Spectators

The courses start and finish in the Dixon Park precinct - providing runners and supporters an epic finishing experience as they fly down Bathers Way on the final push home, as well as access to all the amenities that will complete your race day experience.

Volunteers

Join the volunteer crew for a fantastic experience along some of NSW best coastline and National Parks. There is a role for everyone, from restoring runners energy, cheering them on as they take on the course, or handing out well deserved finishers medal as they cross the finish line in beautiful Dixon Park. Volunteering is a life changing experience.

More information regarding Volunteer Opportunities coming soon. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions in the meantime.

FAQs

What Time Does Each Race Start?

25km 

  • Wave A 7:30am
  • Wave B 7:35am
  • Wave C 7:40am

11km 

  • Wave A 9:00am
  • Wave B 9:05am
  • Wave C 9:10am

1.6km (Kids Race)

  • All Participants 11:00am

Who Can Enter the Event?

25km – you must be over the age of 16 to enter the 25km event

11km – All participants 13 and over are permitted to enter as an individual in the 11km event. Any participant between the age of 11-12 years must be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent. The parent or guardian will need to register and pay the entry fee, and must run with the child at all times.

1.6km – Participants must be 12 or under. A legal guardian or parent may run for free with their child.

Are There Any Drink Stations on the Course?

There are two (2) aid stations along the 25km course and one (1) on the 11km course. Each aid station offers participants the opportunity to re-energise with a array of refreshments including lollies, electrolytes and water.

Please note, all participants are required to carry their own personal cup, which they can refill at aid stations on course. 

Gun Club Rd (approx 750m South East from City Rd) 
5.3km and 19.5km
(there will be a small number of portaloos at this Aid Station)

Dudley Beach Car Park (approx 1.3km from Burwood Rd) 
15.9km

Will Medical Support Be Available Along the Course?

Yes, there will be first aid support at each aid station and the start/finish line.

If you come across a fellow participant requiring medical attention on the course please the advise closest course marshal, providing clear instruction of the location, description of the person and possible injury/illness.

Can I Run with an iPhone or other music devices?

No, personal music devices are not permitted.

Can I Change My Events?

All race changes are subject to a $15.00 admin fee.

Any race downgrades submitted prior to the 15 February will receive a refund for the difference in fees minus the $15.00 admin fee. After this date, no refunds will be provided for downgrades.

Any upgrades will be required to pay the difference in fee plus a $15.00 admin fee.

Can I Transfer My Entry or Obtain a Refund?

Entry fees are non-refundable after the 15 February, 2019 and prior to this date we will retain 25% of the entry fee to cover administration.

All race changes are subject to a $15.00 admin fee.

Any race downgrades submitted prior to the 15 February will receive a refund for the difference in fees minus the $15.00 admin fee. After this date, no refunds will be provided for downgrades.

Any upgrades will be required to pay the difference in fee plus a $15.00 admin fee.

Participants are able to transfer entries online to another participant if they are unable to attend. The person who is taking the entry will need to pay a $25.00 transfer fee online to complete their new entry.

How Can I Collect my Race Bib?

Race bibs can either be collected from the registration centre

Or, from the registration tent located at the start line on event morning.

To collect your race bib, you will need to bring either a printed or electronic version of your e-Ticket emailed to you at the time of registration.

If you need help accessing your e-Ticket please email the event organiser at [email protected]

What Time Should I Arrive?

We suggest all participants arrive at least 1 hour before their start time to allow sufficient time to place belongings in the baggage area, stretch, attend pre-race briefing and walk down to the start line.

If you are arriving by car please be sure to add 15 minutes as parking can be challenging in a residential area.

Is There Somewhere I Can Leave My Things Whilst I Run?

Participants are able to drop a small amount of personal belongings to baggage area positioned within Dixon Park Festival Village. The baggage area will be open from 6:00am – 2:00pm on event day.

Their area will be manned by volunteers all day however participants drop their bag at their own risk.

Volunteers will not accept anything deemed as dangerous.

Coastal Ascent weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

23°C
Predicted highs
11°C
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 6mph

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