- 26.2 miles/Marathon, Other
- Road Race
Easy, online registration which closed a couple of days prior to the event. There was on-site registration for all events on the Saturday.
A little different to normal race expos since they mailed the bibs out to Australian residences. All international runners did need to pick up at the Health and Wellness Fair. All exhibitors were outside in the park running alongside the main street in Apollo Bay, and had tents set up from the main sponsors of the weekend (Tom Tom, Mizuno etc.), as well as a huge range of food vendors. Additionally the Apollo Bay Saturday markets were running which allowed access to some amazing locally made produce/goods.
No swag at all for anything less than the Marathon, the bib gets sent through to you in the weeks prior (if signed up by a certain date). For those competing in the Marathon, there is a “gifts” pickup which looked to be some sponsor products and a Great Ocean Road Marathon shirt.
The course starts and finishes on the main street of Apollo Bay, which is also the finish line for the Marathon and Half Marathon the following day. The 6K is a simple out and back, heading inland rather than following the ocean. It’s certainly an interesting and scenic course as we head away from the beach, and downhill (gotta remember that for the route back!) into open farm fields.
The road is well sealed, and closed to traffic both ways. That said, it is unpredictable on the side of the road which can open you up to injury, so it’s best to stay on the road.
The course has a turnaround point which utilises a cross street, funnelling runners into this street and past the only water location on course then joining back onto the main street for the remaining 3K.
There was one point near the end (with about 200m to go) where the course did get a little confusing but thankfully the traffic marshals were able to lead me on the right track. As you come down to the finishing chute, the course is un-fenced up to 50m before so you do have to be wary of any spectators at the side (or even crossing) as you run down the clock.
Once finished you pass over the timing mats (each race is timed) and straight to the medals. The medals look to be the same with the exception of the ribbon and a small inscribe at the bottom mentioning the race distance.
There is a water table set up as you exit the runners chute, no food offered for the 6k.