1,500 runners expected for Century as entries open
MORE than 1,500 runners are expected to take part in the Surf Coast Century ultra marathon on September 17 after race entries opened on March 23.
The Surf Coast Century opened entries for participants six months prior to the 11th instalment of the event in preparation for a massive influx of competitors.
General manager of course organiser Rapid Ascent, Sam Maffet, said the Century offers runners a unique opportunity to accomplish something special coupled with the one-of-a-kind environment of the Great Ocean Road.
“Set yourself the goal, achieve something great and gain that post-race satisfaction from doing something incredible,” Maffett said.
“We welcome you to be part of all this and more in September.”
Sixty-eight per cent of new competitors for this year’s race have already been confirmed by Rapid Ascent as first-timers, including Queenslander Craig Toomey whose brother Cameron is flying out from Auckland to run together.
Competitors will have the option of entering as an individual runner or in a relay team.
As an individual, a participant can complete either the 50km or 100km course.
In a relay team, two, three or four competitors will combine to complete the 100km course.
Rapid Ascent has also acquired two new partnerships to add a fundraising element to the Century.
This year’s event will shine a light on Bethany Community Support and The Friends of the Eastern Otways.
“Participants have the opportunity to make their run count by joining a corporate relay team and/or raising funds for Bethany, who help support women and children who have experienced family violence,” Maffett said.
“In terms of The Friends of the Eastern Otways, Rapid Ascent highly values the natural environment where we run, walk and live; so we wanted to increase our conservation and understanding of the unique landscape we race through, and the animals and plants that live here.”
The Century starts and finishes in Anglesea with the ongoing support of the Surf Coast Shire since the inaugural event in 2012.
Runners head from Anglesea to Torquay along the beach before returning along the clifftop tracks and hinterland trails through to Moggs Creek and Aireys Inlet, then heading back to Anglesea on the Surf Coast Walk trail, via Point Roadknight.
“We are excited to see the event come to life once again on the Surf Coast and can’t wait to be caught up in the emotions that encompass the finish line enthusiasm of supporters and finishers,” Maffett said.
Head to www.SurfCoastCentury.com.au to enter and find additional course information.