Gates Are Open For The 3rd Edition Of The Margaret River Ultra Marathon

Press Release / 20.09.2019

Entries opened 18th Spetember for the 3rd instalment of the Margaret River Ultra Marathon. The event will return to the south-west coast of Western Australia on 9 May 2020. Many runners will be confirming their entries now to avoid missing out on early-bird pricing.

The event has attracted more than 1,500 runners from Australia and overseas since inception in 2018. The point-to-point course has already cemented itself as one of the most popular and spectacular Ultra Marathons in Australia.

Runners have the option of tackling the entire 80km course as a solo runner or as part of a team of 2 - 5 doing 10km - 20km each. This makes it achievable for runners of all abilities—from elites through to trail newbies.

The 80km course starts at Hamelin Bay in the south and finishes at the Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery at Wilyabrup in the north. Entrants pass through popular locations like Boranup Forest, Gnarabup, Preverly, Gracetown and a whole range of breathtaking landscapes along the Cape to Cape track.

Running die-hards will witness iconic surf breaks, ancient Karri tree forests, cliff top trails, endless coastal views, huge granite domes, white sandy beaches and world-renowned vineyards.

The Margaret River Ultra Marathon is organised by Rapid Ascent—a Victorian-based events management company who deliver other highly regarded ultra-running events like the Surf Coast Century and Run Larapinta held annually in Alice Springs.

General Manager Sam Maffett from Rapid Ascent said the unique landscape in the Margaret River region keeps runners buzzing from start to finish 80 kilometres away.

"The course traverses such a diverse range of landscapes within easy reach of the wineries, cafes and beaches the area is famous for. Accessibility is so important too. Friends and family can watch and track their friends and family at lots of intervals along the coast," Maffett said. "And South West WA is a sensational area with a great reputation for holiday makers and when you run the course you can see why – it's just beautiful,". "Ultra marathons are increasing in popularity the world over and the 80km distance places it in reach of many runners. Combine this accessibility with the beautiful landscapes and popularity of the Margaret River region and its obvious the event is fast becoming one of the most popular ultras on the Australian running calendar."

Part of the allure is the opportunity to combine a love of running with a visit to one of Australia's most beautiful regions. It's been described as a "full-service" event with all the customer service considerations you'd expect from an industry leader—including transport, well stocked checkpoints with food and drinks, a marked and marshalled course and stop off points for spectators and support crews.

Runners can check-out some all new travel packages on offer for 2020 as well. Five night packages are available with local tourism authority Margaret River Tourism.

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