Race 4 - Anglesea

FINAL EVENT INFORMATION: We encourage all competitors to download and read the Race #4 Event Program that contains all the final event information like how to get there, schedule, course maps and more… CLICK HERE to download (right click ‘save as’ 16meg pdf).

 

RAce 4 Course Description

Anglesea’s setting provides for a diverse trail running experience that will really set it apart from the other races in the The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face due to the coastal, bush and undulating landscape. All races start on the crisp white sand of the Anglesea Main Beach before runners climb away from the coast along a healthy mixture of single tracks and double tracks that sweep through the coastal bushland like the local King Parrot flying through the forest.

The final descent down the Surf Coast Walk trail provides spectacular views across the clifftops to nearby Point Roadknight and further down the coast to Aireys Inlet, Lorne and beyond and will put a smile on your face for the beautiful places trail running has taken you.

Whilst the three races are the longest of the series, consensus is that they are not the hardest of the series due to smaller hills (compared to Silvan) and the undulating flow they capture through the bushland.

We are also thrilled to see the return of the KIDS RUN on Sunday (now in its' 4th year!) as part of the weekend's activities - designed for kids aged up to 10yrs this is a great way to get involved when you're young!

 

The courses

Long course: 22.7km 440m elevation gain / loss
Medium course: 15.4km. 293m elevation gain / loss (NEW beach section)
Short course: 8.7km. 163m elevation gain / loss
Kids' run: 2.5km. 5m elevation gain / loss

Cut off times: Long course 12:30pm. Short & Medium courses close at 12:00pm.

Course map

 

Elevation profiles

Long course:

STRS R4 Long Course Elevations

 

Medium course:

Short course:

Course description

Long Course - 23km

(Course goes in an anti-clockwise direction on the map.)

The course is an amalgamation of the first 2 legs of the Surf Coast Century and provides an incredibly scenic and varied trail run.

All runners will start on the beach, complete a short 300m out and back towards the SLSC and then continue along the beach, below the spectacular Anglesea Cliffs that tower 70m overhead for a spectacular run at low tide on hard sand. Climb over a rocky headland at the ~5.5km pt and then continue for another 1km to Pt Addis where you join a sealed road for a short 1.2km stretch on the asphalt.

Turning off the asphalt runners enter the magnificent single track in the Ironbark Basin that provides a couple of tough climbs and flowing descents until you reach the first water point at the 10.5km mark. Crossing back over Point Addis Road, runners continue into the Eumeralla single track network and enjoy kilometre after kilometre of terrific running on flowing trails, going through the second water point at the 18km pt and continuing back towards Anglesea.

The closing few kilometres provide some extensive views over township and coastline before skirting the back of the caravan park and the Anglesea River before swooping into the finish line at the Lions Park.

Medium Course - 15.3km

(Course goes in an anti-clockwise direction on the map.)

The course is an amalgamation of the first 2 legs of the Surf Coast Century and provides an incredibly scenic and varied trail run.

All runners will start on the beach, complete a short 300m out and back towards the SLSC and then continue along the beach, below the spectacular Anglesea Cliffs that tower 70m overhead for a spectacular run at low tide on hard sand. Medium course runners leave the coast at a rocky headland at the ~5.5km pt after which you enter the Eumeralla single track network and enjoy kilometre after kilometre of terrific running on flowing trails, going through the water point at the 10km pt and continuing back towards Anglesea.

The closing few kilometres provide some extensive views over township and coastline before skirting the back of the caravan park and the Anglesea River before swooping into the finish line at the Lions Park.

Short Course - 8.7km

(Course goes in an anti-clockwise direction on the map.)

All runners will start on the beach and complete a short 300m out and back towards the SLSC to get the blood pumping. Soon after passing the start line runners leave the beach via a concrete boat ramp and follow a gravel double track through the heathland that soon turns to single track and winds its way through some open wildflower country. After leaving the Surf Coast Walk at the 3km pt, runners are challenged by the first of 2 hills, the 2esecond one beign the larger of the two at the 4.3km mark.

Make sure you enjoy extensive coastal views from the top of the second climb because its all down hill from there as you skirt the back of the caravan park and the Anglesea River before swooping into the finish line at the Lions Park.

 

KIDS RUN - 2.5KM

The kids will love being part of the trail running series with their own event especailly for them on Sunday morning. The course is visible for spectators from the expo area nearly the whole way round! Marshals will be positioned in key places to encourage kids along the way.The course will run in an anti clockwise loop around the Anglesea River. The course keeps the river on their left the whole way around, with no road crossings, no turn-offs, and a very simple course - although it is likely that kids will get wet shoes as they cross the Anglesea river at the half way mark.

Please note, this run is NOT a race! It is purely participation-based to get the kids involved in this inspiring event weekend. Participants will receive a race plate however the event is NOT timed.

 

Course marking

Trail running events are quite different to road running events in that they require you to look and think about where you are going because, not only will you pass through some lovely wilderness, but you need to KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR COURSE MARKINGS. Trail running courses are not lined with fences or red and white flagging tape and will not have marshals every 10m ready to hand you a drink and direct you where to go every step of the way - you need to keep an eye out for and follow the course markings to make your way around.

Having said that, if you have your head up and are looking where you are going the course will be easy to follow and will be marked as follows:

Long course:

  • red and/or orange arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • fluoro pink coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground

Medium course:

  • green arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • green coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground

Short course:

  • blue arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • aqua blue coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground.

All track intersections will be clearly marked and care should be taken to follow the arrows. Surveyor’s tape will be placed immediately following a track junction to confirm you are on the correct track. Track markings on the longer, straighter sections, where there are no other options or intersections will be far more spread out so take your time at the intersections to make sure you are on the right track. Unless otherwise marked or directed, competitors should follow the most major track at all intersections. If there is no arrow at a minor track junction then continue along the major track.

Water points

Water points will have cups of water and sports hydration available. Please take only what you can drink and place your cup in a bin afterwards. We encourage you to bring your own reusable cup.

Short course: There will be no water points on the short course.
Medium course: There will one water point on the long course that will be located at the 10.5km point when you approach the Great Ocean Road.
Long course: There will be two water points, located at the 10.5km point and 18km point.
CLIF Bar Finish line hydration/nutrition station: There will be water, sports hydration and CLIF Bar available at the finish line. Bring your own bottle or cup.

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