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Huge weekend of running ahead on Surf Coast, over 2,000 expected

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Rapid Ascent is excited to welcome over 2,000 trail runners to the Surf Coast this weekend for two huge events - the Surf Coast Century ultra marathon and Race 4 of The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face – making it one of Australia’s biggest trail running weekends.

The seventh edition of the spectacular Surf Coast Century will start and finish in Anglesea featuring a 100km off-road course that takes competitors along the beaches, 4WD tracks and hinterland walking trails in the Anglesea, Torquay and Aireys Inlet areas.

Surf Coast Century

The Surf Coast Century kicks off at 7:30am on Saturday 15th September with a mass start on Anglesea Main Beach and will see over 1,100 runners from around Australia and overseas participate in the 100km and 50km, solo and relay team events.

A similar number of trail runners will take to the Anglesea trails on Sunday morning for Race 4 of the Trail Running Series which features a range of shorter races of 8km, 15km and 23km in length as well as a fun 2.5km Kids’ Run.

Trail Running Series

Last minute on-the-day entries to both events are still available to keen runners who would like to be involved in the action of race days.

We encourage the general public to cheer on the runners if you see them – the figure eight course is very accessible for spectators, with Anglesea’s Lion’s Park being the start, half way point, finish and event hub with a sponsor expo, food and drinks.
Also please be aware of the course markings on pathways, trails, and beach stairways across the Surf Coast this weekend and we thank you for sharing the trails with the runners.

The event is organised by Torquay-based adventure sports event management company Rapid Ascent; well-known for hosting challenging and professional off-road events.

SURF COAST CENTURY EVENT OVERVIEW:

When: Saturday 15th September 2018
Where: Start/Finish in Anglesea, Victoria - Great Ocean Road (Event Expo Anglesea Lions Park)
What: 100km and 50km ultra trail runs
Entries: LAST MINUTE ENTRIES STILL AVAILABLE ON THE DAY

Race Start Location:
Anglesea Main Beach
• Race Start 100km - 7:30am
• Race Start 50km - 11:55am
• Race Finish from 2:40pm (Sat) to 4:00am (Sun)

More spectator points:
• Pt Danger 8:55am – 10:15am
• Ironbark Basin picnic area 9:40am – 3:00pm
• Distillery Creek picnic ground 12:30am – 9:00pm
• Aireys Inlet Skate Park 1:40pm – 1:00am

Who:
• Australia's elite runners through to those tackling their first ultra marathon, groups of friends and corporate groups in relay teams
• Defending 100km event champions Ross Hopkins and Kylee Woods, defending Team of 2 champions David Byrne and Blake Hose, David Eadie (former champion), Nikki Wynd (current Australian 48 hr Track record Holder) and more
• 15 international runners: from six countries (Chile, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore and United Kingdom)
• Noteworthy local runners: Defending Team of 2 champion team member Blake Hose (Geelong)
and many other Surf Coast locals

More information: www.surfcoastcentury.com.au and via the Event App

Event APP: “Run NZ & AUS” Surf Coast Century App – downloadable from the App store and Google play.

LIVE RESULTS:
Live event results will be available HERE

 

MORE PHOTOS:
To check out the photo gallery CLICK HERE

SOCIAL MEDIA - STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE SURF COAST CENTURY NEWS:
Facebook – @RapidAscentUltraRunningEvents | Instagram - @rapidascent | Twitter - @Rapid_Ascent | #SurfCoastCentury

Trail Running Series

TRAIL RUNNING SERIES – RACE 4 - EVENT OVERVIEW

When: Sunday 16 September, 2018
Where: Anglesea Lions Park, Anglesea VIC
Race Start Location: Anglesea Main Beach
What: Long Course: 22.7km | Medium Course: 15.3km | Short Course: 8.7km
Kids Run: 2.5km (Race Starts at the Expo at Anglesea Lions Park - NOT the beach)
Entries: LAST MINUTE ENTRIES STILL AVAILABLE ON THE DAY

Anglesea Main beach:
• Long Course Race Start 8:45am
• Medium Course Race Start 9:00am
• Short Course Race Start 9:15am

Anglesea Lions Park: EVENT EXPO
• Surf Coast Century race presentations from 9:00am
• Race Finish from 9:20am
• Kids’ Run Race Start 11:30am
• Race Presentations 12:00pm
• Event Expo (food, drinks, entertainment)

More information: www.TrailRunningSeries.com.au

LIVE RESULTS:
Live event results will be available HERE

2018 Series outline:
• Race 1: Sunday 17 June – Westerfolds Park - 5km / 11km / 15km
• Race 2: Sunday 15 July – Smiths Gully - 7km / 13km / 18km
• Race 3: Sunday 5 August – Silvan, Dandenong Ranges – 7km / 15km / 21km
• Race 4: Sunday 16 September – Anglesea – 8km / 15km / 23km
• Race 5 - night race: Saturday 6 October – Yarra Bend – 5km / 11km / 15km

SOCIAL MEDIA - STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE TRAIL RUNNING SERIES NEWS:

Facebook – @TheTrailRunningSeries | Instagram - @rapidascent | Twitter - @Rapid_Ascent #trailrunningseries #bitumenisboring

Media Information

Media passes are available to accredited journalists and photographers and entitle you to be positioned in a cordoned-off area immediately behind the finish line.

To apply for a media pass on race weekend or to simply enquire about access to editorial and photos, please contact Rapid Ascent on 03 5261 5511.

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