Friday, 13 April 2012

A life crowded with incident

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, April 13, 2012 with 1 comment

Happy Birthday Miranda, 59 today!

Australian Running Festival - very close now! (Yes I know the following is too wide but I am not going to try to compress it). The good news is that there will be marathon pacers. One other issue that I haven't heard about: let's hope we get "chip time" this year, as well as "gun time".

The weather forecast looks perfect.

Narrowing it down: not! I expect to finish the 50k between 10:40am and 12 noon.

Important information for all participants
The 2012 Australian Running Festival is only days away. We trust that your training has been going well and you are ready for the two day event. Over 5,000 have entered and more than $120,000 has been raised for charity so far. Please find below important information that will help make your race day more enjoyable.

Race details and maps are outlined through the below links:

Saturday, April 14, 2012
5km Dash 1pm (Note: starting time has changed from 12pm)
5km Fun Run 1pm
10km Dash 3pm
10km Fun Run 4pm

Sunday, April 15, 2012 
Ultra Marathon 7am 
Marathon 7am
Half Marathon 7am

What drinks will be available?Water, GU Brew and GU energy gels will be available at specific stations along the Ultra Marathon, Marathon and Half Marathon course. Water and GU energy gels will be available at the finish line for the 5km and 10km races. As these are multi lap courses, the drink station is passed several times during the event. In an effort to minimise our impact on the environment, all drinks will be served in fully biodegradable PLA cups. Personal refreshment services will be strictly limited to elite runners only.
What can I do with my gear?There will be a baggage holding area within the grounds of Telopea Park School, near the basketball courts and recovery area. Please do not leave valuables as all care but no responsibility will be taken.

How can I keep warm at the start area?Please do not bring garbage bags to the start area to keep warm, these can become a serious trip hazard for other participants. Instead why not wear an old jumper or jacket that you no longer require. All discarded clothing at the starting line will be donated to charity.
Road closuresRoad closure information for the event weekend can be viewed here.
Important information about your Race PackIf you entered on or before February 24, 2012, with a correct Australian address, you should have received your race pack via the post. If you have entered on or after February 25, 2012 or are an international participant, then you will need to print off your E-Ticket and bring it with you to the Event Expo or have it ready on your mobile device to collect your race pack. Your race pack includes your chest bib with bib tag and runners guide. Replacements for any lost bibs or tags are $20 (limited numbers) available from the Event Expo at Telopea Park School.
Where, when and what is the Event Expo?The Event Expo will be held at Telopea Park School hall on Saturday, April 14 from 10am – 5pm and Sunday, April 15 from 6am – race start. When you registered you will have received an E-ticket via email that you will need to print out and bring along with you or have ready on your mobile device to collect your race pack. If you have misplaced your e-ticket you can re-send it to yourself by clickinghere. A friend or family member may pick it up for you as long as they have a copy of your E-Ticket.
Will there be pacers?Yes, there will be pace setters for the Marathon Event only. Pace setters will be visible by coloured balloons. Finishing times will be from 3 hours every 15 minutes until 4.5 hours. For more information on pace setters, please click here.

When will results be available?A full event wrap will be available in The Canberra Times on Monday, April 16, 2012. Online results will be available on Saturday and Sunday evenings where finishers can also download their certificates. Photos and video from the event will be available on Tuesday courtesy of Marathon Photos.

Are there prizes?
Overall male and female winners of the Marathon will receive:
1st - $2000
2nd - $1000
3rd - $500
Prizes for other events are listed on the event website.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks SpeedyGeoff! A new age group rapidly approaching I guess! [Miranda]