How to enter the Margaret River Ultra Marathon
- Run 80km
Margaret River Ultra Marathon route
COURSE TERRAIN AND TEXTURES
In the same way that the course passes through a range of landscapes, the terrain under foot also has plenty of variety with anything from hard pack dirt through to soft sand passing under your feet between the start and the finish.
Being a coastal race, sand is an overriding trail feature common to all legs. In the most part the sand is quite runnable with beaches having a hard sand down near the water and the sandy trails having a firm base. Sure, the run-ability may decrease as your legs get more tired but team runners could expect to pretty much run the whole thing.
Some aspects of the trail could be described as moderately technical with roots and rocks to jump over meaning you have to watch your step, whilst other sections provide easier, faster running on solid surfaces with few technical features.
Listed below is a very brief summary of the terrain types found on each leg:
Leg 1: Good running on a firm base. Minimal sand or technical aspects. Quite a bit of uphill.
Leg 2: Great running on firm, hard packed trails. No sand or technical aspects. Undulating.
Leg 3: Varied running with all trail types. A lot of running on soft angled sand – on beaches and trails, as well as some technical aspects with rock hopping and some trail obstacles. You've been warned!
Leg 4: Good running with all trail types. Quite a bit of running on sand - mainly on trails which mostly have a firm base with some sand on top. Some lesser technical aspects and trail obstacles.
Cheeky Monkey Leg 5: Good running with all trail types. A bit of running on sand - mainly on trails which mostly have a firm base with some sand on top. Some hard pack dirt roads at the end. Some lesser technical aspects and over trail obstacles. Uphill at the end.
THE COURSE BREAKDOWN - 80KM TOTAL
Leg 1: 10.5km Hamelin Bay to Boranup Campsite
Leg 2: 18km Boranup Campsite to Contos Campground. Total: 28.5km
Leg 3: 19.5km Contos Campground to White Elephant Café, Total: 48km
Leg 4: 20km White Elephant Café to Gracetown. Total: 68km
Cheeky Monkey Leg 5: 12km Gracetown to Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery. Total: 80km
RACE SOLO AS AN INDIVIDUAL OR FORM RELAY TEAMS OF 2 TO 5 RUNNERS
The Margaret River Ultra Marathon can be completed by individual runners doing the whole thing, or by relay teams of up to 5 doing one or more legs each.
Relay teams have the opportunity to gather team members of varying abilities who can still race together, eg. less capable runners can do the shorter legs and more capable runners can do the longer legs, or do more than 2 legs.
Eg, a team of 3 may split the course as follows:
Runner 1: Leg 1 and 5 (22.5km) | Runner 2: Leg 3 (19.5) | Runner 3: Leg 2 and 4 (38km)
There are many different ways to divide the legs between a team – see our suggested leg groupings here.
ITRA pts / UTMB qualifying race
The Margaret River Ultra Marathon 80km individual race is registered with the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and will provide successful runners with ITRA points (to help runners qualify for large international races), and UTMB points as an official qualifying race for this iconic event:
ITRA rating: 3 Endurance Points, 2 Mountain Points and Finisher Rating of 260.
UTMB points: 3 Points (new system).
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Margaret River Ultra Marathon weather forecast
Possible light rain in the morning.
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