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Race Director, Brett Saxon from Trailsplus, on behalf of Race Patron, Dr Lachlan Fraser, welcomes you to the 10th annual  Marysville Marathon Festival. Thank you for showing your support for the Marysville community recovery. The committee would like to acknowledge the support of all our sponsors, in particular, the RACV who have embraced the spirit of the event, and provided their assistance in staging the event from 2009 – 2017, we are sorry to we wont have the RACV on board for our 10th edition, however a great opportunity exists for a new naming rights sponsor to join us as we continue to serve and support the community. Thank you also to the committee for all their hard work and support. Please read the following information to ensure your safety and enjoyment.

Pre-Race Dinner

We will be holding a pre event a dinner on the Saturday night for all competitors, volunteers and supporters and their families. This social event has been an enjoyable start to race proceedings. This year, the dinner will be held at “VENUE TBC”, in Marysville. Numbers are limited to 200, so get in quick to avoid disappointment. During your registration you have the opportunity to advise us if you would like to attend and how many in your party, no payment is taken, you are simply booking your seat and will pay at the venue.

Time: approx 6pm – 8:30pm   Menu TBA

Race Pack Collection

In keeping with our #goinggreener policy we are no longer providing race packs with printed material that so often ends up in landfill, we will be focusing on providing offers from our sponsors via electronic communications. Your race pack this year may cosnosit of your race bib and any sponsor product that is donated, i.e food bar, water, fruit, and these, can be collected from the Community Centre at Gallipoli Park at the following times:

Saturday 10th November 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 11th November from 6:15am

There will be no mail outs of race numbers or tee shirts before the event.

Change of Event

You can change events on the morning but you must collect a new race number for your new event. For upgrading, the fee is the difference between your old and new events (late fee schedule). For downgrading, the fee is $10 for administration costs.

Race Bibs & Timing

An electronic timing system which uses two chips attached to the back of your race bib is used at the finish line. It is extremely important that your race number is worn clearly on the front of your chest. If it is on the side of your shorts or your back and not visible to timing officials you may not receive a finish time. Once you cross the finish line, a volunteer will collect your timing chip and you will be ushered to an area for runner refreshment. We ask that runners don’t congest the finish line area. TIMING CHIPS MUST BE RETURNED or a $20 fee will be charged.

Race Start Times

50km Ultra Marathon 7am
42km Neil McKern Marathon 8am
21km Half Marathon 9am
10km Run/Walk 10am
4.5km Run/Walk 11am

Event Briefing Times

Briefing for each event will take place 15 mins before start time.

Registration Times

Registration for each event begins 1 hour before the race start. Please allow plenty of time to collect your race pack and be at your briefing 15 minutes prior to the event.

Long Course Cut Off Times

The Falls Rd must be re-opened to public traffic at 2pm. Therefore, a cutoff time of 1pm will be applied to all 50k, 42k and 21k runners as they pass through Gallipoli Park before heading out to Steavenson Falls to complete the final 10km of their event. This equates to:

50k runners: 7hr cutoff for first 36km
42k runners: 6hr cutoff for first 28km
21k runners: 4hr cutoff for first 11.1km

Anyone with any concerns about these times should contact the race director. The possibility of an early start may be available, early starts are only considered for slow runners unlikely to make cutoffs, not as a general option.

Parking

The SES and Volunteers will manage parking and will direct cars as required to available parking locations. Please follow signs and directions. A gold coin donation would be appreciated to support the essential work of the SES.

Course Information

Please see the information under the MAP tab on the main menu. All courses are expected to remain the same as last year, so please take a look and familiarise yourself with your course.

Results

With the use of the electronic timing system, results will be posted on this website at intervals throughout the day.

Photographs

For 9 years we have provided photographs at the MArysville Marathon Festival, there are over 30,000 photos that have been taken and made available free of charge. The time and cost associated with making these available has become to big a task and a small fee for photos will be charged from 2018. The fee will be in the range of $4.95 for a single high quality downloaded image to a maximum of $9.95 for as many images as you want. Photos will be uploaded gradually and made available from the Wednesday after the event.

Medcial

First Aid will be available at various aid stations and at the start finish area. Please make sure that you bring your own gels, sunscreen, Vaseline, band-aids and other personal requirements.

Aid Stations

There are 10 aid stations located around the full course. The longest distance between any 2 stations is a 6km stretch for the ultra-marathon and marathon runners.  All other stations are 3-4kms apart. Sports drinks are available on the ultra marathon, marathon and half marathon courses. During registration, Ultra- and Marathon runners may leave their own provisions in drop boxes for the following distances: As always aid stations are only available if enough volunteers can be sources for the event.

50k runners: 9k/27k 36k 41k
42k runners: 9k/19k 28k 33k

Recovery area

Enjoy a cold and refreshing dip in the Steavenson River after your run to settle those tired muscles. We hope to have a post race recovery and massage service available also.

 

Clothing Bags

An area near registration will be provided for you to leave clothing bags. Please label these clearly and please do not leave any valuables in this area. A secure\ box will be provided at the registration area for car keys.

Presentations

The main presentation will be held on stage at approximately 12:00pm. Trophies will be presented to the first three finishers in each event. Random prizes will be handed out during the presentation time, but you must be present to receive one!

Food & Stalls

There will be plenty of food available at the oval and local shops offer a variety of options for meals and snacks. Or…BYO picnic. Tables and chairs are provided for your comfort and convenience.

Entertainment

The kids will love the face painting and patting all the animals from Leigh’s Farmyard Friends!

LEIGHS FARMYARD IS BACK for 2018

 

Musical entertainment will be a big feature on the day with the very entertaining “Coolgrass” as they delight you with their hilarious take on Bluegrass .  Check them out now!  Cool, aren’t they!!

Merchandise

If you ordered merchandise you can collect it during registration. Feel free to swap your size if it is not suitable. You may also purchase t-shirts and other merchandise, such as singlets and mugs, on the day.

Cancellation of Event

The event organisers wish to advise that in the event of code red or high fire danger the event will be cancelled. In keeping with permit requirements if it is a high wind day we may have to alter the course. Unfortunately, most of the course would come under the high wind ruling, if applied. Therefore, in this case, our options are either to run a lap course using the 10km loop or to cancel the race. Safety must always be our priority. This call will not be made until the day of or day before the event.

Where a cancellation is forced on us we would be trying to have an alternate reserve date in place but this too is very difficult and unlikely to suit everyone. Unfortunately with most of the income spent on creating the event before race day, forced cancellation also mean there are no refunds, we will be considering all means to assist  with discounted entries to the following years event if this unfortunate situation occurs. We know you understand and thank you for the support of the Marysville Community.

On behalf of the Marysville Marathon, I hope you have a wonderful day. United We Run!

Info Pack

2017 Pre Race Brief

The previous year info pack is generally correct. We update this pack to current year during the final week to cover weather and other urgent matters


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