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.
|Event (minimum age)||Inclusions|| On-line entry up to |
12:00pm 18th April
|Marathon Solo (18)||permit and forest fee, finishers award, brunch||$105|
|Marathon Relay (16)||permit and forest fee, finishers award, brunch||$85 per person|
|Half-marathon Solo (16)||permit and forest fee, finishers award, brunch||$85|
|9km Solo (12)||permit and forest fee||$28|
Brunch Extras $15 per person, can be purchased with entry.
Sunday, 19h April 2020
Registration for all events is at Rangers Compound, Sellin Rd, Mt Mee.
Please bring your E-ticket (copy of confirmation
e-mail) and photo ID with you.
All events start at Rangers Compound.
6.00-6.45am Marathon Solo and Relay
6.50am Marathon Solo and Relay
7.00am Marathon Solo and Relay
7.30-8.15am Half-marathon Solo Run
8.20am Half-marathon Solo Run
8.30am Half-marathon Solo Run
8.00-8.45am 9km Run & Walk
8.50am 9km Run & Walk
9.00am 9km Run & Walk
11.00am 9km Run & Walk
3.00pm All other events
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
BBQ: Marathon and Half-marathon entrants will be given a BBQ ticket when they sign in. 9km entrants and any friends or family who are not competing will need to purchase their food ($15) unless they are volunteering to help out in a significant manner. These should be pre ordered on entry.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org Ph. 0481 134 054.