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Margaret River Ultra Marathon

Sat 4th May 2019
Hamelin Bay Rd W, Hamelin Bay WA 6288, Australia
Run 80km

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There is no better place to tackle your first or your 100th ultra marathon than the beautiful Margaret River region of Western Australia, featuring blue water, white sand, wineries, and more. This course will challenge you, but it is completely doable and accessible to all. It is not to be missed.
  • Trails
  • Mixed
  • Undulating
  • Race packs collected on the day

From the organizer

Organizer's website

The Margaret River Ultra Marathon gives you 80 kilometers of magnificent trail running through one of the most breathtaking regions of Australia - the Cape to Cape coastline of southwest Western Australia. Entries to the 2019 event will open in September.

Complete the whole course as an individual and you will fulfill an epic journey you will never forget, or gather your mates for a relay team of 2-5 runners and spend some quality time in this much-loved part of the world.

Distances in this event

  1. 80km Criterium or Relay

    Run 80km
    Sat 4th May 2019
    AUD $244–AUD $409
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Where could you finish?

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

What’s Included

Runners entering the Margaret River Ultra Marathon will receive the following as part of their entry fee:

  • T-Shirt
  • Cotton event t-shirt (2018 design featured)
  • Access to the significant amounts of food and beverages available from the Race Kitchens and Water Points located around the course
  • Finisher wine glass trophy for 80km runners finishing under 10hrs (large) or under 14hrs (medium)
  • Finisher medal for all 80km course finishers
  • Fully marked, marshalled course
  • Professional medical support on course
  • Professional electronic timing and results
  • Event photographer along the course to capture your finest moments
  • Opportunity to win a random prizes at the presentations after the race
  • Course Details

    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:

    80km solo

    ITRA rating: 3 Endurance Points, 2 Mountain Points and Finisher Rating of 260.

    UTMB points: 3 Points (new system).

    Raceday Logistics

    FRIDAY 3RD MAY

    4:00pm - 8:00pm Competitor Registration and Sponsors Expo – The Cheeky Monkey

    7:00pm Competitor Briefing solo and teams – The Cheeky Monkey

    SATURDAY 4TH MAY

    5:30am Shuttle bus departs – from The Cheeky Monkey to the start at Hamelin Bay

    6:00am - 6:30am Late registration (by prior appointment only), Hamelin Bay

    7:00am RACE START Margaret River Ultra Marathon - all runners – Hamelin Bay

    1:30pm FINISH: Winning 80km relay team expected to finish

    2:30pm FINISH: Winning 80km solo runner expected to finish

    1:00pm - 7:00pm Event Expo – The Cheeky Monkey

    Live Music, Food, Massage and Entertainment.

    5:00pm 10 hour large wine glass trophy cut off (80km solo runners)

    9:00pm 14hr medium wine glass trophy cut off (80km solo runners)

    midnight Finishers will keep crossing the finish line until approx 12:00am

    1:00am The Margaret River Ultra Marathon course closes

    SUNDAY 5TH MAY

    9:00am - 9:30am Registration for the Kids’ Run - The Cheeky Monkey

    9:30am START: The Kids’ Run - The Cheeky Monkey

    10:00am PRESENTATIONS for the Margaret River Ultra Marathon - The Cheeky Monkey

    Travel

    CAR HIRE

    Travel by car is recommended and car hire is available from Perth Airport. An alternative option is to catch a public bus from the Airport (East Perth Terminal) to Margaret River.

    MARGARET RIVER REGION

    There’s no better destination in Australia to kick back and unwind surrounded by nature, beautiful vineyards and glorious coastline, than WA’s South West. After the race, refresh the body and soul in this ultimate landscape. With a vast selection of accommodation options, including luxury retreats, group and family accommodation, budget lodgings, bed and breakfasts, caravan and camping grounds, the Margaret River Region offers something for everyone.

    Kit List

    MANDATORY GEAR LIST

    For ALL runners, solo and relay team members. Note, team members may pass this gear from one runner to another whilst at a transition.

      Race number plate. To be worn on your front, attached to the outermost garment at all times. (Our suggested way of wearing this is on a thin, elastic piece of cord or a triathlon band. This will allow you to easily have it on the outside no matter what you are wearing without having to fiddle with safety pins.)
      First Aid Kit (minimum contents: 2 x crepe bandages, 6 x wound closure strips, 1 x triangular bandage, 2 x non stick wound dressing pads and a pair of surgical gloves. Available for sale online (Merchandise page) or at Race Registration, $15.
      Space blanket. Available for sale (Merchandise page) or at Race Registration, $7ea.
      A whistle. Available for sale (Merchandise page) or at Race Registration, $5.
      Mobile phone
      1 x windproof jacket - goretex or similar waterproof fabric strongly recommended.
      Water container, minimum 750ml capacity (may be a water bottle or bladder in a backpack)
      A head torch when on the trail after sunset (as described below).
      Long sleeve thermal top – Polypropylene, wool or similar thermal fabric – not cotton, lycra or any ‘compressions’ garments. Weather permitting**
      ** This item will be confirmed as mandatory if the weather is going to be cold, wet and/or windy. Competitors will be advised if this is mandatory at the race briefing on Friday night and on the event website (although we strongly encourage you to carry it either way).
      Mandatory Gear List – for runners on course 'AFTER SUNSET'
      White light torch or headlamp sufficiently bright to light the track at least 50m ahead of you and sufficient battery power to get you to the finish line.

    RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST

    For ALL runners, solo and relay team members – ADDITIONAL to those listed above.

      Strongly recommended: 1 long sleeve thermal top (polypropylene, wool or similar). Note: cotton, lycra or any ‘compressions’ garments do not qualify.
      Additional clothing to match the conditions expected on the day – this may vary from water proof pants to a sun hat and sunscreen. BE SENSIBLE.
      Beanie or balaclava
      Thermal gloves
      Water proof bag or snaplock for your mobile phone
      Food and additional water / hydration
      Hat and sunglasses
      Vaseline, Body Glide or other body lubricant
      Sports injury tape (like Elastoplast)
      MP3/iPhone music is discouraged. There will be plenty of birds and wildlife to listen to and they distract your awareness of your surroundings.
    Spectators

    Spectators, support crews and team mates and actively encouraged to follow the event around, to clap and cheer on all runners at the various access points along the course. This not only helps the runners but builds a great atmosphere and enthusiasm across the entire event.

    The race course is very accessible to the public with numerous locations where you can see the runners - and in the process you’ll visit some very scenic sections of the Margaret River region along the way – perfect!

    CHECKPOINTS AND RECOMMENDED VIEWING

    The checkpoints are the best locations to see the runners and are the only places where competitors may receive external assistance from support crew and/or team mates.

    Designated checkpoints:

    Start: Hamelin Bay boat ramp

    Checkpoint 1: 10.5km at the Boranup Campsite. NO SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUAL RUNNERS HERE (there is not enough parking for everyone)

    Checkpoint 2: 28.5km at the Contos Campground

    Checkpoint 3: 48km White Elephant Café, Gnarabup

    Checkpoint 4: 68km Gracetown.

    Finish: 80km Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery.

    Volunteers

    Volunteer roles vary and the event organisers are very happy to match you up to the type of role that you want to do. Roles vary between setting up infrastructure, helping with registration, manning water points, marshalling on the course, helping run a checkpoint or being based at the start / finish line helping ensure that runners are ok. Your role will be allocated according to your experience, interest area and availability.

    FAQs

    HERE ARE THE ANSWERS TO SOME COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MARGARET RIVER ULTRA MARATHON.

    If you are unable to find the answer to your question on the website, please email [email protected]

    Is there a list of items that all competitors must carry at all times?

    Yes – this applies to ALL participants (Individuals relay team participants). Please see the kit list.

    Does this event have cut off times?

    Yes – please refer to the cut off times hereand the event procedure.

    I would like to participate but do not have a team…

    Log onto the Rapid Ascent Team Mate Finder and post your interest in joining a team or find someone already looking for a team member. This is the best way to meet other competitors.

    Where can I view the photos taken at the event?

    More information on photography will be available in due course.

    If I need to pull out during the event, what do I do?

    Any competitor who withdraws from the race MUST notify an official. This is an essential requirement to avoid unnecessary searches being conducted and emergency services being engaged.

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