Race Details


EVENT WEEKEND

The Surf Coast Century starts and finishes at the pleasant little seaside town of Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road, approximately 1.5hrs drive from Melbourne.

The following information details some of the specific arrangements over race weekend so you knwo how it works (note: there may be some very small changes to a couple of things prior to race day).

Event centre at Anglesea Riverbank Park

The event centre for the Surf Coast Century will be in the Anglesea Riverbank Park where the following services, facilities and activities will take place:

  • The start and finish line for all races - 100km, 50km and kids' run
  • Mid-way point for the 100km course and Check Point 4 (CP4) with associated services like race kitchen and bag drop off
  • Race registration and information marquee
  • Event expo with extensive displays by our event sponsors and exhibitors (Friday night through to Sunday)
  • Massage and athlete recovery centre
  • Event bar - housed in an awesome Airstream caravan and stocked with tasty beers from the Forrest Brewery
  • Food and coffee from a range of providers
  • Jumping castle and activities for kids
  • Medical assistance station
  • Music and commentary on the race finish (on Saturday afternoon and Sunday).

This is also the start and finish of the Victorian Trail Running Series events on Sunday 10th September.

Race start - 100km

5:30am, Saturday 9th September on the Anglesea Main Beach.

The race will commence with a mass start with all solo and team 100km runners starting together at the same time. NOTE: Sunrise is set for 6:34am so all runners will need a torch.

 

 

Race start - 50km

10:00am, Saturday 9th September on the Anglesea Main Beach.

The 50km race (individuals only) will commence with a mass start at 10:00am from the beach before heading out on a new course (for 50km runners) over ‘ the back 50km’ of the 100km course.

 

Run Start - kids' run 1.9km

11:00am Sunday 10th September, at the Anglesea Riverbank Park (near Competitor Registration). All kids will start together - it is a RUN, not a race.

 

"Who would run bitumen when there is this to experience? The great out doors, the beauty, serenity, team work, and celebration all rolled into one amazing and fulfilling day out. My most favourite of all time event." Lucy2016 competitor

 

Competitor registration and briefing - 100km & 50km

Friday 8th September

4:00pm – 8:00pm, in the expo area at the Anglesea Riverbank Park.

At registration all competitors will receive:

  • Your unique race number plate
  • Your event t-shirt – a technical running shirt with customised event print (seperate 100km and 50km t-shirts)
  • Printed course maps
  • Support crew car sticker - numbered (100km solo and teams only)
  • other event information and sponsor give aways

Competitor briefing

There will be one competitor briefing for all runners - solo runners and team runner information. The briefing will be conducted in the expo area at the Anglesea Riverbank Park and we encourage all 100km and 50km runners (especially solo runners) to attend.

  • 6:30pm Elite Athlete Q & A session - all welcome
  • 7.00pm Friday - 50k and 100k Solo Runners

 

Kids Registration 

Sunday 10th September

9:30am - 10:30am in the expo area at the Anglesea Riverbank Park.

Kids will receive:

  • Number plate (to pin to their t-shirt)
  • Sticker
  • Fruit at finish

COMPETITOR SERVICES

We understand that the challenge of competing in the 100km and 50km Surf Coast Century is hard enough without having to juggle difficult logistics and event requirements on the day. As such, we will be providing the following services to competitors to help make your run as enjoyable, and straight forward as possible.

We will transport a bag (that may have spare clothing, personal nutrition, supplies...) for competitors from Anglesea registration to each of the check points and back again.

Bags will be transported from registration in Anglesea to:

  • CP2 – the 21km point at Point Danger, Torquay
  • CP4 – the 49km point at the Anglesea Riverbank (note – you can also drop these off yourself as CP4 is immediately adjacent the start)
  • CP6 – the 77km point at the Moggs Creek picnic ground.

Support crews / team mates can also take bags to any of the checkpoints CP1 - CP7 and can give them to runners directly.

 

On course nutrition and hydration

Food and drinks will be available at each of the following checkpoints (CPs) on the 100km and 50km courses:

  • CP1 - 10km Point Addis car park – Intermediary race point
  • CP2 - 21km at Point Danger at Torquay – Race kitchen
  • CP3 - 32km Ironbark Basin picnic area – Intermediary race point
  • CP3A - 40km Hurst Road end. Unmanned water point only.
  • CP4 - 49km at Anglesea Riverbank Park – Race kitchen
  • CP4A - 60km at the junction of Loves Track and the Distillery Creek Road. Unmanned water point only.
  • CP5 - 70km Distillery Creek Picnic Ground – Intermediary race kitchen
  • CP6 - 77km at Moggs Creek Picnic Ground – Race kitchen
  • CP7 - 86km Aireys Inlet Skate Park – Intermediary race kitchen.

All competitors, both relay teams and individuals are welcome to access all food at the CPs. As indicated above, there will be 2 different levels of catering for runners out on the course:

Race food will be equally available to 50km runners and 100km runners.

 

"The best part of this race is that it is impossible to be bored. Always amazing views. From running along the beach in the morning, through to the single trails on Leg 3. The excitement that builds as you get closer to the end." Eddy 2016 competitor

 

Race Kitchens

Race Kitchens will be set up at the end of each leg and provide a more substantial range of foods and drinks. The Race Kitchens will have a range of hot and cold meals and snacks available in small, easy to eat-on-the-move portions that include foods such as:

  • Sandwiches – sweet and savoury
  • Bananas
  • Fruit cake and/or honey and oat slice
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Savoy biscuits (salty)
  • Snakes and lollies
  • Hammer Energy Gels (1 per person please)
  • Hammer electrolyte sports drink and water. Both will be in drums for you to refill your own containers
  • Risotto (CP4 and 6 only)
  • Veggie and noodle soup (CP4 and 6 only)
  • Two minute noodles (CP4 and 6 only)
  • Cans of Red Bull (CP5, 6 and 7 only)
  • Hot water and cups so you can make your own tea and instant coffee (CP4 and 6 only)

Race Kitchens will be set up at the following points:

  • CP2 - 21km at Point Danger at Torquay
  • CP4 - 49km at Anglesea Riverbank Park
  •  CP6 - 77km at Moggs Creek Picnic Ground

Support crews and team mates can take hydration / nutrition and other items to any of the CPs   and can provide outside assistance within the fenced off confines of the checkpoint only (such as help change shoes, water refills...).

Intermediary Race Kitchens

Intermediary race kitchens will be set up roughly half way along each leg of the legs and provide an intermediary refuel location when you need it most with the following items:

  • Sandwiches – sweet and savoury
  • Bananas
  • Fruit cake and/or honey and oat slice
  • Snakes and lollies
  • Hammer Nutrition electrolyte sports drink and water. Both will be in drums for you to refill your own containers
  • Cans of Red Bull (CP5, 6 and 7 only)

Intermediary race kitchens will be set up at:

  • CP1 - 10km Point Addis car park
  • CP3 - 32km Ironbark Basin picnic area
  • CP5 - 70km Distillery Creek picnic ground
  • CP7 - 86km Aireys Inlet skate park

NEW for 2017: Support crews and team mates can also items to these odd numbered CPs as well - CP1, 3, 5 and 7 and can provide outside assistance within the fenced off confines of the checkpoint only (such as help change shoes, water refills...).

Designated support areas

Competitors may only receive external assistance from support crew and/or team mates within the confines of the Check Point fencing at any of the Checkpoints CP1 - CP7.

Any runners seen to be receiving any external support outside of the checkpoints will be given a 30 minute penalty - this includes collecting water bottles or other hydration or nutrition from spectators as well as items that have been ‘pre-placed’ on the course for collection during the race. This will be strongly enforced.

 

EVENT FUNCTIONS

Elite Athlete Q & A

When: 6:30pm Friday 8th September
Where: In the expo at the Anglesea Riverbank Park

Immediately before the competitor briefing at we will conduct a Question and Answer session with some of the elite 100km runners participating in this year’s event.

Topics to be covered include their training programs, nutrition strategies and ambitions for the year and it should make for some interesting listening as these are some of the best runners in Australia.

Race presentations

Presentations for the Surf Coast Century will be made at the race finish line in the Anglesea Riverbank Park at 12:30pm on Sunday morning. These presentations will be conducted immediately after the presentations for Race #4 Trail Running Series and provide an opportunity for all runners of all abilities to unite and celebrate their trail running success.

Follow the race progress

Social media: Live event updates on Twitter #SurfCoastCentury

Live event updates will be posted on Twitter across the weekend so make sure you search for #surfcoastcentury or follow Rapid Ascent at http://twitter.com/Rapid_Ascent and you’ll receive a steady stream of results, photos and news snippets from around the course as it happens. Tell your friends and families at home to follow us so they can keep in touch with what’s happening too!

GPS trackers

You will be able to track runners around the course in real time via GPS. The top 5 seeded 100km male individuals and the top 3 seeded 100km female individuals will be carrying GPS units that broadcast their exact location around the course, live to the web, so we can see who is leading.

This live mapping feed will be on the event homepage at www.surfcoastcentury.com.au and will be on display on a large TV screen in the event expo, as well as at http://maps.opentracking.co.uk/century2017.cfm

Unseeded runners can rent a GPS tracker so loved ones can track your progress over the course (via the same URL link) for $55 each. Contact info@rapidascent.com.au to book one.

Live event splits

Live splits from each check point will be sent directly to the web (and a mobile friendly website) during the race so you can follow your team mates and friends to see how they are going (the live splits are a great way for team mates to track your team to see where they are.) You can nominate runners you want to track around the course or see the current standings in each category whilst the race is under way. The links will be provided just prior to race weekend.

Large TV screens displaying recent results will be located at checkpoints 2, 4 and 6. There is good phone reception across the whole course so mobile internet coverage and phone calls are possible throughout the course.

 

 

For exclusive offers and updates

Sign up to our newsletter

Sign Up

© 2017 Rapid Ascent. All rights reserved.