Sunday, 10 December 2017
Overview: The main event is a 50km run along the footpaths and roads adjacent to the Gold Coast beachfront, one of the world’s most attractive beaches, from Kurrawa to Duranbah & back.
Where: Starts and finishes in Miles Buisson Park, Broadbeach Boulevard, Broadbeach about 400 metres north of the Kurrawa Surf Lifesaving Club. Free car parking is available in the surrounding streets.
Event options: Solo ultra 50 km; two-person relay – 25 km each; solo 30km, solo 15 km and a 5 km run/walk. These are all on the road or adjoining footpath.
Club Challenge: Enter as a member of your Club or group and get the free use of your own 3 x 3 marquee. For details click here.
Official recognition: This is one of a handful of officially accredited AIMS-IAAF certified 50 km road races in Australia. The 50 km race carries an IAU label which mean that performances are included in the world rankings.
The run course: 50 km, from Kurrawa to Duranbah & return; 30 km, from Kurrawa to Currumbin & return; 15 km, from Kurrawa to Burleigh & return, 5 km along Hedges Avenue to Seaside Avenue and return. For more details, see map and course layout. The run course is on either footpath or roadway, not on the beach.
Walkers: Not only are they most welcome, but they are encouraged. To walk 50 km or even 30-15-5 km, is quite an achievement.
Start times: Start times are 0500 hrs for the 50 kms solo, 0515 hrs for the 2 person relay, 0530 for the 30 kms event, 0545 for the 15 kms and 0550 for the 5 kms event. Electronic timing will be employed and gun times will be used rather than chip times. Consequently, the early start time afforded to walkers and slower runners in previous years will be no longer available.
Cutoff time: There will be no cutoff times imposed. We will stay until the last competitor is in.
Mass restart: This applies to the two-person relay only. Relay runners doing the return leg (Duranbah to Kurrawa) will leave when their outbound partner arrives at Duranbah. However there will be a mass start at the 2:15 mark (approx 0730 hrs) for the return competitors whose outbound partner has not arrived by that time. Race times will be adjusted accordingly. Repeat… this relates only to 2 person relay teams.
Return transport (relay runners only): What most teams do is to have their vehicle driven to the turnaround by the returning runner. The keys are then given to the outbound runner upon their arrival, who drives the vehicle back to the finish. We will have an attended drop box for keys at the changeover point.
Aid stations: Competitors in the longer events are encouraged to carry their own supplies as the weather can be quite warm at this time of year, especially on the return leg. Full aid stations will be positioned at 5 km intervals and will carry water, Hammer Nutrition FIZZ sports drink, Coca Cola, chopped banana and glucose type lollies. Intermediate stations carrying water only will be positioned halfway between each of the 5 km aid stations. This race will be conducted during the onset of summer and it’s bound to be hot, especially on the return leg. Make sure you are properly hydrated the night before the race, take plenty of water during the race and don’t forget to take the Hammer Nutrition sports drink. It aids absorption of the water….water alone is not enough. If you are feeling dehydrated or dizzy, get under one of the many showers located along the beachfront. Ice will be available at all major aid stations. The last six aid stations will all carry ice.
Personal supply drop (50 and 30 kms runners only): We will drop any personal supplies at the 10 km aid station near Tallebudgerra SLSC (also 40km) and the 25km turnaround at Duranbah. Leave in the box provided at the start precinct. These boxes will be removed immediately after the 30 km race start at 0530.
First aid: For cuts and abrasions, the aid stations will carry First Aid kits. A qualified paramedic will be on hand to attend to anything more serious.
We provide public liability insurance for this and all of our events. This does not include Personal Accident (PA) cover for you as a runner. We have joined Qrun as a member organisation to access this PA insurance but for it to extend to you, you must also be a member of Qrun. You can join when you enter this race, by entering the information when prompted, at the low cost of $10/pa. If you are already a member of Qrun or Queensland Athletics, you can ignore this option. Likewise, if you enter another of our races, you need not join Qrun a second time. This insurance will also cover you on any of our organised training runs, but only if you have registered with us and, in turn, with Qrun. This insurance is good for any of our races and while participating in any of our organised training runs (currently at Nerang every Wednesday) but expires come end August each year.
Solo 50 km, 30 km, 15 km & 5 km to first, second and third placed male and female.
Two person relay; trophies for first male, female and mixed teams.
Finishers’ medallions will be awarded to all finishers at no extra cost. These will be presented by the famous Gold Coast meter maids soon after crossing the finish line. Photos will be taken.
The race will be timed electronically and the results will be available at the results page later on raceday. Race certificates will be available online and can be printed off at your leisure.
Prizemoney: See here.
Prizegiving: This will be held at the race finish as soon as practicable, most likely around 0700 for the 5 km, 0800 for the 15 km, 0900 for the 30 km, 1030 for the relay and 1045 for the 50 km.
Pacing and outside assistance: The 50 km race is an official race conducted under the IAAF/IAU rules of road racing. Pacing is strictly prohibited whether by another runner (not in the race) or by a cyclist. Likewise, runners may not receive outside assistance. By all means a runner can have a second on a bicycle. However, the second needs to ride ahead to the next aid station and hand out any requirements from there. The cyclist is not to ride alongside or even immediately in front or behind the runner. If there is a complaint by a fellow runner, due enquiry will be made and, if in the opinion of the race director, the entrant has infringed then he or she will be disqualified.
Official Pacers: Pacing by other runners in the same race is permitted. Official pacers will be provided by Gale Force Runners Squad for 4:30, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 hours in the 50 km and 2:30, 2:45, 3:00 and 3:30 in the 30 km event. Marathon legend Steve Moneghetti will pace the 5 mins//km pack (2:30) in the 30 kms event.
BBQ and other refreshments: A BBQ will be available at the race finish on a user pays basis. This will commence at around 0700 hrs. All proceeds go to the Kurrawa Surf Lifesaving Club. Other food vendors will also be in attendance along with Mr. Whippy and a coffee van.
Racebibs and timing chips: Competitors, other than late entrants, will receive a personalised race bib. Racebibs, timing chips and race singlets will be available for pickup from the race precinct on the afternoon of Saturday 10 December or in the race precinct area one hour before start time on race day. To relieve congestion on the morning of the race, please collect your race pack on the Saturday if possible. In the event of inclement weather (very unusual for that time of year, but it did happen last year) then the handout will be moved to the Kurrawa SLSC. Please check our facebook page for announcements in the 24 hours before race day.
Race singlets: Race singlets will be provided to all entrants. These need to be ordered by us no later than Tuesday 22 November, so please enter by that date. Runners entering after this date may not receive a singlet. For sizing details see the chart on the entry page.
Photos: We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with marathon-photos.com to cover our event this year. Marathon-Photos.com is the world-leading photographer of mass-participation sports events. In 2015 they photographed more than 575 events in 33 countries – taking more than 12 million images. As many photos as possible will be taken on the day. Images will be available for viewing and purchase within 24 hours of the race conclusion on the marathon-photos.com website.
Results: Final results will be available on the website on the day of the race.
Closing date: The closing date for online entries will be Friday 9th December at 5:00 pm. On the day paper entries will be available, add $10.
Accommodation: Not Local? Check out the race’s Trivago page for some great accommodation packages. On Trivago you can add custom filters and appraise customer reviews to ensure your hotel has all the facilities you need for your race buildup.