The half marathon course begins on the beach accessed at the far end of the Point Addis Car Park. The course follows the exact route of the Surf Coast Walk all the way to the finish at the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club. It’s worth familiarising yourself with the route prior to running it.
The course is non technical and well signposted. While offering plenty of wild times for experienced trail runners, the course is also perfect for road runners looking to try the trail phenomenon due to the ‘easy’ nature of the trails (and the fact you’re never too far from a latte). Coming off the Point Addis beach, runners will climb via s short set of stairs to a well graded gravel trail. Stay on this – do not take any side trails) all the way to Anglesea, enjoying the clifftop views along the way.
At Anglesea you will divert briefly onto the beach before running up the near side of the river, picking up the trail again, which takes you on a U-shaped journey around the river inlet and back to the checkpoint at the Anglesea playground. From here, follow the graded trail up past the Anglesea Surf Lifesaving club, down to Point Roadknight beach.
Crossing the spit on a sandy trail, you will drop onto a long (4km) stretch of beach, from ‘Guvvos’ to Urquahart’s beach at the other end. From here you hook right into the carpark and pick up a winding, fun trail weaving through the heathland and clifftop landscapes all the way to Split Point lighthouse and Airey’s Inlet.
Running underneath the lighthouse, drop to the Inlet, where you will make for the bridge alongside the Great Ocean Road, and shortly thereafter, drop onto Fairhaven Beach and the finishline at the Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club.
EVENT PROGRAM DOWNLOAD
The Event Program will be available for download here closer to the event.
SURF COAST WALK MAP DOWNLOAD
The Surf Coast Trail Marathon is largely based on - and highlights - the popular Surf Coast Walk, a mostly graded walking trail that follows the stunning coastline between Torquay and Fairhaven.
It’s worth familiarising yourself with the route so when you are running on course you (1) have a general idea of where you need to be going and (2) so you know the Surf Coast Walk signage, which will also get you to the finishline should all our course marking be stolen!
NOTE: this is indicative only and is specifically for the Surf Coast Walk as a tourist walking attraction. The Surf Coast Trail Marathon course proper deviates slightly from this route, especially at the beginning (we do not start from Point Impossible, we start from in front of the Salty Dog Cafe, Fisherman’s Beach, Torquay).
Click HERE or on the image too download a copy of the map. Or visit a Surf Coast Visitor Information Centre at Torquay or Anglesea for more information.
Saturday 29th June 2019
Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club, Fairhaven
$85* plus third party fees
Race brief at start line
6.30am-8.15am, Saturday 29th
Salty Dog Cafe, The Esplanade, Torquay
9.30am - 10.30am, Saturday 29th
Pt Addis Car Park, Pt Addis Rd
(Half marathoners only)
AID STATIONS & WATER POINTS
There will be three aid stations / water points along the race route:
Anglesea River Mouth (8km)
Urquhart’s Beach Car Park (14.9km)
Finish, Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club (22.6km).
NOTE: THIS IS A CUP-FREE EVENT! There will be no cups supplied at aid stations on course or at the finish, in line with our, the Surf Coast Shire and Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee’s environmental stewardship. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN hydration receptacles – hydropack, hand held bottles, water belt, collapsible cup…