36KM TRAIL RUN

  • 36KM
  • July 13, 2024
  • LAKE MACQUARIE, NSW

COURSE STATISTICS

  • DISTANCE:
  • 36KM
  • ELEVATION:
  • +/- 978M
  • TRAILS:
  • 20% SINGLE TRAIL, 50% FIRE TRAIL,15% SEALED PATH, 15% SAND
  • COURSE RECORDS:
  • 2:27:20 (MALE) 3:02:40 (FEMALE)
  • COURSE CLOSES:
  • 3PM (6.5 HRS)
  • RACE REGO:
  • 5:30-7:30pm Friday 12th July & 7:00-8:00am Saturday 13th July 2024
  • RACE START:
  • 8:30am Saturday 13th July 2024

COURSE DESCRIPTION

36km runners are in for a wide variety of terrain and trails as you journey from the calm shores of Lake Macquarie over to the rugged coastline and back again.

After exiting Raffertys Resort and winding through Murrays Beach, you will emerge back on the lake shore for some flat easy running. Turning right and up the fire trail, you will soon cross Murrays Beach Rd and follow the footpath under the highway and back into the bush. A mix of trails take you through the old quarry before the first ocean views emerge and you reach the first Aid Station.

Following fire trail towards the ocean, you will be rewarded with views in both directions along spectacular coastline. Dropping down next to the ocean, along some rocky trails and across a small bridge – you’ll keep heading south and the ocean views continue. Before long you’ll head out onto the rock platform south of the infamous Shark Hole for an exhilarating run along the edge as the waves crash alongside. A small exit trail up off the rock platform leads you to the 36km/22km split point.

Runners continue south along Catherine Hill Bay Beach and under the impressive historic jetty. Around the next headland and across Moonee Beach for a bit more sand. Then the climb up the fire trail starts to really put the pressure on, hopefully with the help of a cool ocean breeze. At the top turn left, check for whales at Snapper Point, and head down to the clear waters of Frazer Beach and your second Aid Station.

Make sure you fill up here as it is quite a distance to the next Aid Station. Follow the roads away from Frazer Beach and back up the hill before turning left and retracing your steps back to Moonee Beach. Cross the headland via the ‘upper’ path this time, back under the jetty and along the beach, fingers crossed the tide is on your side so the sand is hardpacked!

After crossing the beach back to the split point, head up the fire trail – keep an eye on course markings as numerous 4WD tracks enter from each side. Check out the disused bunkers at the top of the hill, then drop down to the last Aid Station on Mine Camp Rd.

The finish is near but some challenges still await. If you still have some energy you can up the pace on this next stretch of nice wide fire trail. Before long you’ll hit a creek crossing and a short steep climb (most will walk this!) before the trail flattens and the running starts again. Popping out onto the old highway for a stretch, you’ll cross the new highway on the footbridge. The last few kilometres skirt the edges of Murrays Beach on nice trails before you re-enter Raffertys Resort and reach your finish line on the shores of Lake Macquarie!

COURSE MAP

AID STATIONS

There are three marshalled aid stations on the 36km course:

  • 8.5KM
  • AID STATION 1 (SCENIC DRIVE)
  • 20KM
  • AID STATION 2 (FRAZER BEACH)
  • 30KM
  • AID STATION 3 (MINE CAMP road)

ACCREDITATION

International Trail Running Association

Raffertys Coastal Run has accreditation an accredited event with the International Trail Running Association (iTRA).

Finishers of the 36km and 22km courses will earn 1 iTRA point. Some trail running events, especially in Europe and North America, require runners to have a certain number of iTRA points to qualify for these events.

As an accredited iTRA event Raffertys Coastal Run will contribute to all 22km and 36km finishers ‘Performance Index’. Some trail running events use this ‘Performance Index’ to determine start waves or similar.

UTMB World Series Index

Raffertys Coastal Run 22km and 36km events are also UTMB® World Index Races.

A UTMB Index race contributes towards every Finishers UTMB Index in the corresponding category (20K, 50K, 100K or 100M) and gives runners access to the UTMB World Series Events or Majors.

Finishing a UTMB Index race will contribute towards your UTMB Performance Index. However, it will not provide Running Stones which are mandatory to enter the UTMB Mont-Blanc lottery for the World Series Finals.

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