Sheraton Mirage Resort Half Marathon
The course heads straight up the magnificent length of Four Mile Beach.
With the start line being Four Mile Beach and the sun rise over the Coral Sea being the start "gun", there really is no other event like it. The 21.1km Sheraton Mirage Resort Port Douglas truly is a stunning half marathon adventure course unrivalled in Australia. The first 4.5km running on the compact beach sands of Port Douglas sets the scene for how spectacular this race will be.
At the end of the beach runners will turn inland and weave through the resort town streets before heading out into the Mowbray Valley along Mowbray River Road, past the sugar cane fields and towards Black Mountain, crossing over the historic Diggers Bridge before turning around at the Bendigo Bank half way water station.
From this point runners head back onto the beach for roughly 700m before cutting back into Four Mile Park, weaving the way back through the streets of Port Douglas. The last 1500m brings you back to the start/finish area with a glory lap of the Port Douglas Esplanade in front of a great crowd.
This is not considered a fast course due to the terrain in which it runs along including beach, road, concrete, parks & trail. The 2015 winner Nick Carling completed this event in 1 hour and 21 minutes.
AT A GLANCE
|Date||22 OCTOBER 2017|
recommended arrival time: 5:45am - Port Douglas Esplanade Port Douglas.
|Cut Off Time||3.5hrs|
|Course||Will start and finish in Port Douglas. Course Map >>|
|Age Restrictions||Must be 15 years and over to compete|
|Age Categories||Male: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 69+|
Female: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 69+
|Training Diaries||Half Marathon Training Diary by Steve Moneghetti >>|
|Winners Prizes||1st Male / 1st Female|
|Inclusions||Commemorative Medal & race singlet|
|Race Entry Fee||$117 EARLY BIRD (On or before August 31st)|
$140 STANDARD ENTRY
|Online Registration||Closes 12 midnight 15th October 2017|
|In Person Registration||In person registrations can be made between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 21st October at the Port Douglas Esplanade Registration Tent|
|Registration Kit Collection||Start / Finish line. Pick up your registration kit at the registration tent set up on the Port Douglas Esplanade from 9am - 5pm on the day before the event, Saturday 21st October.|
|Festival Functions||After Party @ Central Hotel from 4pm|
Start times, Rules and Race Kit Pick Ups
Race Kit Pick Up - Saturday 5th November on the Port Douglas Esplanade from 9 - 5pm. Cairns runners can get theirs on Wednesday prior at The FunShip Playground on Cairns Esplanade from 4 - 7pm. If you register after Monday 26th October 12:30pm you will need to collect your kit in Port Douglas on the 31st
START TIME: 7am with race briefing 6:35am sharp. Bags can be left in the baggage area next to Registration Tent. GBRM takes no responsibility for valuables so please leave at your own risk.
CUT OFF TIME: 9am - You have 2 hours to complete the race, failure to do so will result in you being extracted from the course. If you have been pulled out of the race there is NO OPTION to continue on your own time. NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be a sweep bike with the last runner and will remain with until they finish.
· You must complete the marked course on foot under your own power. Trekking poles are permitted.
· Your race bib must be visible at all times on the front of your body.
· You must stay on the marked course. Short cuts are not permitted. If you think you have gone the wrong way, go back.
· During the course there are times in which you will be running across roads & driveways so please be diligent at all times and follow directions of the traffic marshals / controllers. Should they ask you to stop you MUST STOP. This is for your safety. Should you disobey a direct order from a marshal your bib # will be taken and you will be disqualified.
· You have 2 Hours to complete this event.
· All volunteers have the authority of PDEM to withdraw a runner if they show signs of distress and are deemed to be a liability to themselves and others. Should you see another runner in need of assistance, you are required to stop and give attention until a volunteer or St. Johns member arrives and dismisses you.
· Any head phones worn can only be on low and in one ear only – this is for your safety
· Drop zones apply for each water station – bins are located at start & finish of water station to dispose of rubbish. Failure to dispose appropriately may result in DQ.
· If you withdraw from the event, you must report to the closest checkpoint or finish line and hand in your race bib.
· Not all roads are closed for this event. Obey all road rules and give way to vehicles
· Pets/Dogs anywhere along the course are prohibited – this applies to competitors, volunteers, support crew and spectators.
· Support crews must follow the instructions of race officials.
· The event organisers are not responsible for the safety or whereabouts of support crew.
· For safety reasons wheelchairs are unable to compete in this event.