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2020 MT MEE MARATHON IS ON 19TH JULY

Due to the COVID Situation, please read the following additional information:

According to COVID-Safe regulations it is essential that you bring your photo ID and e-ticket to prove that you are the person who has entered the event. You will also be required to sign a waiver which can be viewed here
Copies of the waiver will also be at registration.

Marathon

You will have a start time of 7am. Registration will be open from 6am at the Rangers Compound. All marathon runners will start together. A briefing will be held at 6.45am at the Rangers Compound and will take 5-10 min. After this you will have time to place items you don’t require for the event (eg. warm jumper) in cars/safe place. All runners are required to carry water/fluid of at least 250mL throughout the event.

Marathon runners are welcome to have drop bags with supplies that will be taken to aid stations. Please mark the bag with your name and the station you wish it to go to. If you wish to have items taken to checkpoint 1, they will need to be ready to leave by 6.30am. Bags will be returned to the base periodically during the day. Any items not collected at the end of the day will be disposed of.

Half Marathon

Registration for the Half Marathon will be from 7.15 am onwards at the Rangers Compound. Due to COVID-Safe regulations, the half marathon field will be two waves. You will have a start time of either 8.30am or 8.45am. You will be asked at registration to nominate which start time you wish to be in. We advise that faster runners select the 8.30am slot to ensure you are not running through slower groups. A briefing will be held at 8.15am near the Rangers Compound and will take 5-10 min. After this you will have time to place items you don’t require for the event (eg. warm jumper) in cars/safe place. All runners are required to carry water/fluid of at least 250mL throughout the event.

9km Run

Registration for the 9km run will be from 8am onwards. Due to COVID-Safe regulations, the half marathon field will be two waves. You will have a start time of either 9.00am or 9.15am. You will be asked at registration to nominate which start time you wish to be in. We advise that faster runners select the 9.00am slot to ensure you are not running through slower groups. A briefing will be held at 8.45am near the Rangers Compound and will take 5-10 min. After this you will have time to place items you don’t require for the event (eg. warm jumper) in cars/safe place. All runners are required to carry water/fluid of at least 250mL throughout the event.

All events start at the Rangers Compound.

At the completion of your event there will be drink and fruit for all competitors. In previous years we have offered a brunch post race. This year we reduced the fee for the 9km and removed this cost. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to provide a BBQ brunch. For the marathon and half marathon entrants you will receive a snack pack post race. These will have gluten free and vegan options. All runners will receive a 50mL sanitiser with clip when they register. Runners will receive a medallion when they finish. These have been produced locally on the Gold Coast in our commitment to support SEQ businesses wherever possible.

Toilet facilities

Portaloo facilities will be near the start area. Additional toilets are at The Gantry picnic area close by.

All the routes and Headquarters are in the D’Aguilar National Park and it is illegal to bring pets into a National Park. Fines will be given by QNPWS Rangers who will be in attendance.

For the benefit of those who may have entered Mt Mee previously but not in 2019, the following is a summary of course changes introduced that year: (Full course descriptions can be viewed by clicking on the Maps tab on menu above.)

Marathon – A new course for 2019 with all the running in the Mt Mee State Forest. We have finally broken with tradition and taken the last of the bitumen road section out. The course will proceed out along Lovedays Rd for 1km and then enter the Somerset Walking Trail for 1.6km. We have been given permission to use all the Somerset Walking Trail, (many thanks to QNPWS local Rangers) so the run course will jump on and off at various points to eventually make up the Marathon distance. A vast majority of the Trail is single bush track which is a Trail runner’s paradise. Back onto Lovedays Rd, down L. Traverse as it did last year and then it is all new from there. From Neurum Ck it will be a pleasant run for 500m and then a steep climb back up to Lovedays Rd. breaking through near Mt Archer Break. A longer section along Lovedays Rd and 2km from home the route will re-join the Somerset Walking Trail for 600m and then veer off to the NW where the 9km course has been run in previous years.

The Marathon course will do a longer loop of 9.4km before re-joining the Somerset Trail. The trail will crest at the Somerset Lookout and then it is 6km along this trail to the finish. Start and Finish are in the Ranger’s Compound and the start time is still 7am. Allow 1.5hrs to travel from Brisbane as there will be a good chance you will encounter fog along the way.

Half Marathon – A new course using much of the Somerset Walking Trail and the same NW section as the Marathon runners. Only 1km along Lovedays Rd and no bitumen road. This is a loop course and not point to point as previous, so no bus requirements. Start and Finish are in the Ranger’s Compound and the start time is still a little earlier 8.30am.

9.8km – In the similar area to last year but only the section from 4 to 6km is the original course in reverse to last year. Most of the new course is on the Somerset Walking Trail with some short cuts to remove the steeper section up to the Somerset Lookout. Course is slightly longer loop from the Ranger’s Compound and a start time of 9am which is an hour early than previous years.

2020 Entry Fees

Event (minimum age) Inclusions On-line entry up to
12:00 am on 14th April
(inc. GST) 
Marathon Solo (18) permit and forest fee, finishers award         $95
Marathon Relay (16)   permit and forest fee, finishers award       $75 per person
Half-marathon Solo (16) permit and forest fee, finishers award       $75
9km Solo (12) permit and forest fee    $28

Date

Sunday, 19th July 2020

2020 Race Day Schedule

Registration for all events is at Rangers Compound, Sellin Rd, Mt Mee.

According to COVID-Safe regulations it is essential that you bring your photo ID and e-ticket to prove that you are the person who has entered the event.

You will also be required to sign a waiver which can be viewed HERE.
Copies of the waiver will also be at registration.

All events start at Rangers Compound.

6.00-6.40am     Marathon Solo and Relay
                           Registration
6.45am              Marathon Solo and Relay
                           Race Briefing
7.00am              Marathon Solo and Relay
                            Race Start

7.15-8.10am     Half-marathon Solo Run
                            Registration

8.15am              Half-marathon Solo Run
                            Race Briefing

8.30am              Half-marathon Solo Run
                            FIRST WAVE Start for faster runners

8.45am              Half-marathon Solo Run
                            SECOND WAVE Start

8.00-8.40am     9km Run/Walk               
                            Registration
8.45am              9km Run/Walk
                            Race Briefing
9.00am              9km Run
                            FIRST WAVE Start for faster runners

9.15am              9km Run/Walk
                            SECOND WAVE Start

Cut off times

11.40am            9km Run & Walk

3.00pm             All other events

2020 COMPETITOR’S BRIEF

  1. If you are feeling ill or running a temperature do not start the race. Better to rest than cause further injury or death. This is a very demanding event and you will need all your faculties functioning 100% to complete this adventure.
  2. Follow Officials' directions. These are deemed to be best for your safety. If in doubt ask for the chief official who will be wearing a pink vest to clarify. 
  3. If you come across an injured or lost competitor assist where necessary. If you have a mobile phone call (if you get reception) for help (auto dial the race director’s number into your phone before starting). Never leave anyone alone. Generally you are only 5km from the nearest assistance. There will be 2 vehicles at all times traversing all parts of the course.
  4. You must carry water with you at all times. It is compulsory. You will be entering dense rainforest in some areas. NO WATER BOTTLE, NO START & DISQUALIFICATION for yourself and team if applicable.
  5. Your race number must be worn on the front torso only (QNPWS request) and easily visible at check-ins. If a bunch of runners enters timing check-in zones and the number is not visible you will go to the back of the bunch to wait your turn. With over 200 competitors and especially the earlier check-ins this could waste you some time. No excuses will be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are checked off. No check off, no finish.
  6. Competitors will be catered for at all Checkpoints and Aid stations. Special drinks and drop bags, clearly marked (Site no. top line, race no. 2nd line & surname bottom line) in black marker will be accepted. Do these before you arrive at the start venue. Drop bags for Marathoners will be delivered to all Checkpoints, provided they are received at Registration by 6:30am. All Checkpoints will have water, electrolyte, seasonal fruit and sweets. All other requirements to be supplied by competitors.
  7. Course markings are as follows:- 
    Marshal directions on all road intersections. If unmanned, directional arrows will be placed on barriers at sites. 
    In Forest areas, all intersections will be marked by A4 sized Red TRAQ arrows taped to trees (no nails are used).
    Large, white arrows on ground will indicate direction change. White surveyors tape streamers will also hang from trees.If no streamers within 400metres you are advised to retrace your steps as you may be off course. 
  8. All races start and finish at Rangers Depot, Gantry Mt Mee State Forest.
  9. The surface in some areas is very rough, so footwear (enclosed Shoes) must be worn at all times.
  10. All competitors must take their own cup with them. No plastic/paper cups will be supplied at drink stations. This way we can preserve the Environment from litter and wastage.
  11. Everything you take into the forest you take out. Bins are provided at every water table for your use. Discard all wrappers into bins not the roadside or forest.
  12. Toilets are available at start, in the Gantry Picnic area. If you cannot make any of these step well off the course, dig a deep hole with the heel of your shoe and recover with soil when finished. If wet conditions check for leeches afterwards.
  13. For safety reasons anybody using walking poles will start at the back of the field. Walking poles are very dangerous especially to head areas, when carrying the poles they must be in a vertical position at all times. This includes when attached to your pack. There have been many near eye gouging accidents seen at the Kokoda Challenge starting 2km with excited people jockeying for positions.
  14. When on course keep left at all times. This allows clear access for Event personnel, emergency vehicles and oncoming or passing competitors. Practise this in training as quite often you see packs split in 2 and go left and right. Some of these roads are blind bends and very narrow. KEEP LEFT WHERE POSSIBLE:
    it is for your own safety.
  15. Earphones are not recommended as you need to hear approaching traffic. You are out with nature; enjoy what it has to offer.
  16. Use anti-chafe lotion before starting. Most will stay on when wet and reapply every 3 hours. This can save your event and make it enjoyable. Anti-chafe can be purchased at registration.
  17. Practise drinking electrolyte before the event; it does not suit everybody.
  18. Relay changeover is at Rangers Compound.

2020 INSTRUCTIONS TO COMPETITORS

Mt Mee Classic Trail Run

All entrants must carry a water bottle or pack and finish with it. Ultra runners must complete a medical form when entering the race. Should there be any changes to your medical history between your entry and start time please inform the people at registration so they can update your record for our Medical Staff. Your weight will be written on your Race Number. Race Number and your weight will be checked when arriving at checkpoints. PLEASE WEAR YOUR RACE NUMBER ON THE FRONT to make it easier for recorders at the checkpoints and the finish.

1. COURSE MARKING:

a) White flagging tape in trees and bushes.

b) Red arrows which will indicate which checkpoint you are heading for.

c) White arrows on the ground OR lines across track to indicate not to cross.

STAY ALERT for these markings at all times particularly at intersections. If you have run for about 10 minutes and have not seen any of these markings you should backtrack. White lines may be placed right across track where there are critical turns. Do not cross these lines.

2. Do not LITTER the course. Anything taken from a checkpoint that is not edible should be placed in the rubbish receptacle at the next checkpoint. In case of a toilet emergency runners should carry some biodegradable toilet paper and depart the track and bury the human waste.

3. Competitors do not have the right of way over any traffic you may encounter while crossing or following gazetted roads. Some Forestry or Parks and Wildlife tracks and roads will be closed using signs but there may be trail bike riders or 4WD vehicles which will ignore these. If you hear them coming, get out of the road. The Police permit requires competitors to keep to the left hand side of the road when possible which means you run with the traffic on all roads.

In particular, keep to the left-hand side of the road when traversing Loveday’s Rd. (Police permit request) and give way to traffic when the Somerset Trail crosses roads.

The Somerset Trail is open to the Public and be polite to hikers and give plenty of warning which side you wish to pass them by. Call out “Passing on right” and then a “Thank you”.

4. No pets are allowed in a National Park so don’t bring them.

5. It is the responsibility of each runner to ensure they have their number is crossed off at each checkpoint. Failure to be registered as passing through a checkpoint may mean you are ineligible for awards. Report to the timekeeper before you leave the checkpoint.

6. It is important you know the order of the checkpoints (write them on your race number if you cannot remember them). Normally the red arrows taped to trees will have a number on them indicating towards which checkpoint you are heading.

7. Ultra entrants may have DROP BAGS taken to some checkpoints ( see Race Information ). Ensure the bags are clearly marked with your NAME, Race Number and Checkpoint Number. A permanent marker will be available to put your number on after it is assigned.

8. Remember to be polite and courteous to checkpoint staff as these volunteers are out there for considerable time for your benefit.

9. AT THE FINISH

i. Random Draw prizes will be place on a board near the finish. Check for your name.

ii. Placegetters names will be placed on a board as soon as available and they can collect their Trophy if they are not staying for presentations.

10. First Aid – There will be a FIRST AID kit at each checkpoint and there will be a Sports Trainers in attendance along the course.

11. TRAVEL TO EVENT:
Allow at least a 90 minutes to drive from Brisbane to the Start area. Parking is at the Ranger’s Compound on the left at the end of the bitumen opposite to the Gantry Picnic area Sellin Rd Mt Mee State Forest.

12. ON ARRIVAL:
Do not park in the picnic area parking. It will be quite busy later in the day as it will be the middle weekend of the School Holidays.

Bring an extra pair of socks and shoes for the Registration/Car park area which is on grass and always dewy in the early morning

Toilets are in the Gantry Picnic area which is 400m from the start/finish line.

Bruce Cook – Race Organiser – events@racepromo.com.au Ph. 0481 134 054.