Final Race Details

The 2024 Raffertys Coastal Run is nearly here! We can't wait to see you at Lake Macquarie on Saturday.Firstly, due to recent wet conditions National Parks have recently advised us of some short sections of trail that need to be avoided this weekend. The course has...

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Sold Out!

The 2024 Raffertys Coastal Run is now sold out! Congratulations to all runners who have secured their spot. Online entries have sold out and we will not be taking entries on the day. Anyone who is still keen to run will need to pick up a transfer entry from a runner...

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Event Program Available

The 2024 Raffertys Coastal Run is nearly here! We are excited to welcome everyone back to beautiful Lake Macquarie. The Event Program is now available with information on all race distances, including the event schedule, location, parking, registration rules and aid...

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The 2024 Event Program is now available.

race schedule

The event schedule will be confirmed in the official event program released two weeks before race day. For purposes of planning, below is the proposed schedule for Raffertys Coastal Run. Any last minute changes will be included in the Event Program and updated here prior to event day.

Event Registration Opens
Event Registration Closes
Event Registration Opens
36km Event Start
22km Event Start
12km Event Start
Kids Fun Run Start
Full Course Cut off on 36km Course at 22/36km split (13km in)
Results and Prize Giving Presentation
Course Closed

mandatory gear

You will need to carry a minimum 500ml water bottle or hydration pack (or similar) to refill at the Aid Stations out on course. There will be NO CUPS at the aid stationsNo other mandatory gear is required however we recommend all runners carry a mobile phone, basic first aid supplies and clothing to suit race day conditions.

race bibs

All runners will collect their race bib at the Registration Tent either the evening before or on the morning of the event. Check the event program for registration opening hours.

You will need to know your race number to collect your race bib, this will be emailed out after online entries close.

Race bibs are mandatory for all distances and should be worn on your front at all times. If you have any concerns please speak to one of our friendly staff when collecting your race bib.

aid stations

There are three marshalled aid stations along the course, see the 36km, 22km and 12km course details for distances. At these stations, trail runners will have access to the following:


There will be portable toilets at the Event Centre, and at Aid Station 1 (Scenic Drive), Aid Station 2 (Snapper Point) and Aid Station 3 (Mine Camp Road). National Parks toilets are also located at Frazer Beach (on the 36km course) and at Catherine Hill Bay Surf Club a short distance off the beach on the 36km course.


We are proud to be supported by Tailwind Nutrition, which is offered ready to go at all of our on-course aid stations. Lookout for the Tailwind Nutrition logo at our Aid Stations! Tailwind Nutrition’s fuel can meet your complete calorie needs, and sipping it regularly gives you steady energy all day. Tailwind Nutrition also has a full complement of electrolytes that mimic the composition and proportions of sweat, so you don’t have to take separate electrolyte pills to make up for what’s not in your drink.

Tailwind Nutrition is:

  • Easy on your stomach: No gut bombs. Tailwind Nutrition’s fuel and electrolyte mix maximises the absorption of calories, water, and electrolytes. It doesn’t require digestive time or effort like other drinks.
  • Simple and complete: Complete energy and electrolytes in one easy to mix drink. No need to bring additional fuel or electrolytes. you can ditch all those gels, pills, and chews.
  • Tasty all day: Clean, light flavours that get better the longer you go.
  • Hydration pack friendly: Dissolves thoroughly and rinses easily without any leftover film or goo.
  • Vegan, Gluten-free, GMO free, natural, and organic ingredients: Mixes up crystal clear with no artificial ingredients.

At Raffertys Coastal Run, Tailwind is mixed at approximately 200 calories/700mL as recommended by Tailwind Nutrition Australia. This ratio allows you to enjoy additional aid station treats and prevents consuming excessive calories in warmer weather.
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Mixing Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel
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safety on course

Please be aware you will be running on public trails and roads open to other traffic. Event staff and volunteers will be present to assist at road junctions and crossings but it is your responsibility to lookout for any pedestrians or vehicles. Please stay to the left hand side of roads and trails in public areas. Please obey all event, road and directional signage and always stay on the marked trails.

First aid teams will be located around the course. If you or another runner need first aid while out on course please make your way to the next marshal or aid station. If this is not possible please phone the emergency number on the back of your race bib.

Runners are expected to assist competitors who have injured themselves. If you come across an injured runner, provide assistance and ask a fellow runner to inform race officials at the next intersection, please make sure you inform race officials of the injured runner’s race bib number. Times will be adjusted to compensate for any time lost while helping fellow runners.