Steve Moneghetti Marathon
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 42.195km Steve Moneghetti Marathon truly is a unique adventure marathon course unrivaled 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 heading down Connolly Road to face the infamous Bump Track.
The Bump Track itself is a historic trail where gold & tin miners used to transport their finds from the Atherton Tablelands all the way down to the Port Douglas sugar wharf with carts and bullocks. It is also the point where everyone should train for.
The first part of the Bump Track ascends 360m in just 2.2km, it is very steep and most people will walk it. Please include steep hill climbs in your training plan. Take your time and breath, there are remarkable views along the way with the Mowbray River Waterfalls to the right roughly 3/4 of the way and the best view in the region at the top, the view looks all the way across the Mowbray Valley and across the Coral Sea to Low Isles. There's even a bench for a rest if you need! This is known as The Landing.
From The Landing it's a further 4km to the top of the Bump Track, this part is shaded, undulating and not nearly as difficult. Once runners have reached the top, you'll get to turn left onto Black Mountain Road and head towards East Black Mountain Road for approximately 3km - from here, runners turn around and it's all down hill from here. The course then continues back down the Bump Track before heading back in towards Port Douglas with the final 5.5km weaving through the streets of town with a final straight past The Sheraton Mirage Resort. 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.
Please note that the route description is subject to change.
AT A GLANCE
|Date||6 NOVEMBER 2016|
recommended arrival time: 4:45am - Port Douglas Esplanade Port Douglas.
|Cut Off Time||7hrs|
|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+
|Team Entries||No. This is an individual event only.|
1st Male / 1st Female
2nd Male / 2nd Female
3rd Male / 3rd Female
|Finishers Reward||Commemorative Medal|
|Race Entry Fee||$150 EARLY BIRD (Until August 31st, 2016)|
$200 STANDARD ENTRY
|Online Registration||Closes 12noon Monday 31st October, 2016|
|In Person Registration||In person registrations can be made between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 5 November at the Port Douglas Esplanade Registration Tent|
|Registration Kit Collection||Port Douglas Esplanade on Saturday 5th November from 9am - 5pm. Race kits can be picked up by fellow competitor, friend or family member.|
|Festival Functions||After Party @ Central Hotel from 6pm|
Race Rules & Briefing
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 31st October 12:30pm you will need to collect your kit in Port Douglas on the 5th November.
START TIME: 5:30am with race briefing 5:00am 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: 1pm You have 7 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
· Location of toilets on Esplanade & around the course (Craiglee, Connolly Road, Bottom of the Bump, Bruno Park on the way home)
· Lead & sweep bikes
· Rubbish – your responsibility. You must carry any rubbish created by you until you reach an event bin; these are located at every drink station. Failure to dispose of rubbish in the allocated bins will result in Disqualification.
· Cut off time 7 hours
· Location of drink stations every 3-4 km often closer. Each has electrolytes & water.
· 4.5km of beach turn right off the beach where the orange cones are, over the little bridge and along the path running beside Pullman Sea Temple. At the end, take caution, as you will cross Mitre St, listen to marshal and stop for traffic if the marshal directs you.
· Continue north up Mitre Street along the footpath, turn left onto Nautilus Street and continue along the footpath to Old Port Road, follow all the way along to Captain Cook highway. Remaining on the footpath past Paws & Claws, past Plantation Resort.
· Go UNDER the bridge and turn LEFT to head out toward Mowbray Valley. There are public toilets just to the right should you need before heading to Mowbray Valley.
· Follow alongside the cane fields all the way to the back of the Big 4 Caravan Park.
· From here follow Mowbray River road all the way along, over the bridge and veer left. Continue along the RHS of the road over the bridge and turn right into Spring Creek Road. Continue along to the turn around point before coming back to the Connolly Road intersection.
· There is a toilet at this point.
· Turn left into Connolly Road to the bottom of the bump track (another toilet), keeping to the LHS at all times.
· There are marshals at every road crossing and turning point. They will advise where to go.
· From the bottom of the bump, follow the 12km track all the way to the top. Be mindful the first 2km is a STEEP incline. We will provide bottled water at the bottom of the bump track. These bottles must only be disposed of at the Creek, roughly 3km further. There is another drink station at the creek and just 2km further there’s another. Then you’ve reached the TOP OF THE BUMP! There is St Johns up there should you require any assistance, let the volunteers know at the top.
· From here you retreat back down the bump track, heading back into town the way you came.
· Once you almost get to the beach there’ll be a drink station and a big TURN LEFT arrow, continue along Reef Street, being aware of traffic at all points. You’ll cross over 4 streets and a park entrance along here, there are marshals on each point so please look, listen and obey direction from them. Failure to do so will result in DQ.
· Opposite The Beach Shack, you’ll turn right into a little pathway in which you follow all the way through Bruno Reidwig Park.
· There are toilets on the right.
· From here you will be running on the RHS of the road all the way to the end – be aware there are over 20 driveways along this point with orange cones every 15 metres, please keep to the right of the cones and be aware of cars backing out of driveway.
· At the north end of Solander Boulevard you’ll cut left up along the path all the way to Port Douglas Rd, before turning right and running all the way along the edge of the Sheraton Mirage property, over the Sheraton driveway – smile for the camera – then to Port Sea resort where a marshal will point you right. BETWEEN THE SHERATON & PORT SEA YOU MUST NOT RUN ON THE ROAD, instant Disqualification will apply to anyone running on the road. All runners must keep to the right and run on the marked grassed area.
· Last stretch is a “dog leg” through Tide, Sand, Beryl and Garrick Street before coming around to the right and doing a glory lap along the Esplanade.
· Wellness @ Port will be on hand to provide 10min massages for everyone
· 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 carry the Mandatory Gear and produce it if requested by a course official.
· 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
· Be diligent at all times and follow direction of road marshals. 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 8 Hours to complete this course
· 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 for each water station – bins 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.
· 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.
Best of luck, see you at the finish line!