Welcome to the Surf Coast Century

Imagine running at the foot of some of Australia's tallest coastal cliffs, while the low tide of the Southern Ocean laps the sand at your feet. Ahead lies a magical 100km trail run journey along Victoria's wild surf coast and wildflower hinterland. This is a unique run with a promise that no two steps will be the same... and we welcome you to be part of it in 2014.

Entries are now open!

 

EVENT DETAILS

  • DISTANCE: 100km and 50km ultra trail runs
  • DATE: Saturday 13th September 2014
  • LOCATION: Start/Finish in Anglesea, Victoria - Great Ocean Road
  • GET INVOLVED: Do the 100km solo or in a Relay Team of 2 or 4. + a NEW 50km solo option
  • ENTRY INFORMATION: Details HERE. Enter online HERE
  • PHOTO GALLERY: Check out the breathtaking views from the our course recci photo gallery HERE

 

THE COURSE

 

If the course can be summarised in one word, that world would be ‘spectacular’. There's cliff top trails providing endless ocean views, there's single track that weaves through the hinterland bush, there's wild flowers, water falls, lighthouses, beaches and a whole range of other jaw dropping landscapes that you'll race through as part of this incredible event.

 

We have stopped-at-nothing to secure the best possible course for this race and being in our own backyard we’ve included all the secret spots that few people know about… this is a course that provides plenty of variety to keep you interested and excited, plenty of access for spectators and support crews, plenty of on course support and assistance, a few challenging hills but equally a few rewards and easy kms for the work you put it.

 

In summary, this is an ultra trail run like no other, and is already one of Australia's must-do running events. Make sure you're part of the phenomenon in 2014.

 

FULL COURSE DETAILS & MAP HERE

 

Surf Coast Century  

 

2013 TESTIMONIALS

"The event really showcased the picturesque and uniquely Australian coastline. I can see the event gaining a lot of popularity in the coming years due to this, and the fact that the course has so much single track (which we all know is a trail runner’s favourite kind of track!)" Ben Duffus - 2013 Overall Male Winner

 

"It's great to see a race take the local terrain, walking tracks and conditions to incorporate them into a uniquely Australian trail race, taking in a wide variety of truly Australian landscapes and environments that took us all on a spectacular journey!" Brendan Davies

 

"Thanks so much for organising a perfect event!!! What a great course and what a wonderful and unforgettable (and painful...) experience! My legs may disagree but I enjoyed (almost) every moment and will be back next year." Michael Severin

 

2012 TESTIMONIALS

“I had a ball down there at Anglesea. I loved the event and the people. The event was superbly organised and seamlessly delivered,” Brendan Davies - 2012 Australian Male Ultra Runner of the Year 

"I entered the 100km Surf Coast Century run and enjoyed very single minute of the 14 hours and 8 minutes I was on the course.

It was the first trail run I’d ever done and the experience was made a memorable one by your enthusiastic and very helpful staff at every hydration point and kitchen. Without the food, drink, leg cream and cheers I wouldn’t have made it.

It was a day I’ll never forget and I’m proud to have say I’ve run/walked 100km.

Thank you for making a truly special occasion possible by organising and executing a superb weekend!" Matt Daniels
 

 

 

Latest News

Runners are encouraged to enter early for the Surf Coast Century

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Entries have opened for the Surf Coast Century 2014, one of Australia’s ultimate ultra-running events. The Surf Coast Century will be held on Saturday 13th September, starting and finishing at Anglesea, Victoria, in the famous Great Ocean Road region.

SURF COAST CENTURY 100KM | Review

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Congratulations to all competitors in the 2013 Surf Coast Century 100KM trail run ultra marathon! Some solo and individuals have finished, others are still finishing through the evening!

600 LINE UP FOR SURF COAST CENTURY 100KM

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

600 participants will line up for the second annual Surf Coast Century 100km trail run ultra marathon this Saturday 21 September on the spectacular Surf Coast trails, starting and finishing in Anglesea, Victoria.

With entry numbers doubling from last year, up to 200 runners will attempt the event solo, along with 400 relay team members tackling a separate 25km or 50km leg each over the figure eight course.

At the pointy end of the field, spectators will be in for a treat as we see 2012 Surf Coast Century winner and 2013 Oceania Road Marathon Champion Rowan Walker, go head to head against Australia’s ultra trail runner of the year and 2013 The North Face 100 winner Brendan Davies.

In the women’s division, 2013 The North Face 100 winner Beth Cardelli will go in favourite against 2012 Surf Coast Century winner Shona Stephenson, and Whitney Dagg, one of New Zealand’s top female ultra trail runners.

A seeded start list has been attached to this release; and below you’ll find a brief interview with our top seeds.

BRENDAN DAVIES

What are you looking forward to the most about the Surf Coast Century?

Running along the beautiful coastline and through the stunning rainforest areas. Also, the relatively 'flat' nature of the course is very appealing. It is very rare to run a fast trail ultra and I think that I am suited to this type of course much more than a really mountainous and technical one; the Surf Coast Century is really unique in this way.

What goes through your mind on the start line of an ultra marathon?

Not really that much, I'm usually too busy catching up with the other runners to have time to think! If I do, I go over my race plan and the things I'm going to focus on during the race and make any last minute adjustments according to the conditions that the day presents. Then I try and think over positive thoughts, about the weather, the scenery, the people and how privileged we are to be able to do what we do. I like to start a race in a very optimistic headspace. It's really important to go into the day thinking it's going to be a great day!

BETH CARDELLI

How have you prepared for the Surf Coast Century 100km?

I've been doing my usual pre-race training consisting of a couple of long runs on the weekend with lots of smaller runs in between. I've been mostly running on the trails as this is what I enjoy most, even though my local trails are hillier and more technical than what I expect Surf Coast Century to be.

What advice would you give to solo participants tackling a 100km event for the first time?

Firstly, 100km is a long way. If you are tackling this distance for the first time then I would suggest running conservatively along with eating and drinking small amounts regularly. You will learn more about yourself if you finish than if you DNF (do not finish), even if you end up walking more than you planned. Plus, the next time you tackle another 100km event you will be more experienced and likely to get a massive personal best! Due to the length of time you will be on the course you can expect to have some high and low points. If you persevere, then the low points eventually disappear and are replaced with more positive emotions. Whenever I feel down I just lift my head and use my surroundings as a positive distraction. Best of all, the felling of euphoria and triumph when crossing the finish line puts it all in perspective.

ROWAN WALKER

How will you approach this years’ Surf Coast Century after winning the inaugural event?

I've tried to get on the trails a little more in the lead up this year. Despite the fact that I've moved back to Canberra and haven't had the chance to run on the course in the lead up I'm hoping that the extra time off road will help me. My basic approach to try and hold a solid but still conservative pace early, concentrate on getting the nutrition right and then trying not to slow down as much as last year in the second half. This year that the competition will be stronger and inevitably the strategy on the day can also be influenced how your competitors are faring. That said, distance running is so often about the individual battling against their own fatigue and the course rather than worrying about the competition.

What makes the Great Ocean Road regions a great place for an event of this calibre?

The Great Ocean Road region has it all in terms of what it offers competitors, their support crew and families. Fantastic scenery and varying landscapes keep you engaged and the local infrastructure can comfortably support events of this size. Accessibility is another plus as it isn't so remote that it presents excessive logistical hurdles in getting there or having your supporters travel between checkpoints, yet it still delivers in terms of course quality and challenging terrain.

COURSE MAP – Click Here

KEY EVENT DETAILS

- Saturday 21 September, 2013

- Anglesea, Great Ocean Road

- 100km ultra trail run

- Solo or Relay Teams of 2 or 4

KEY TIMES

Friday September 20th

- 7:00pm - Elite Athlete Q & A and Briefing – Anglesea YMCA Camp

Saturday September 21st – Race Day!

- 5:30am – Surf Coast Century RACE START – Anglesea Main Beach

- 7:00am – Lead runners pass through Torquay – Point Danger

- 7:40am - Lead runners pass through Ironbark Basin

- 9:00am – Lead runners through Anglesea (Anglesea Riverbank Park – main event site)

- 10:30am - Lead runners pass through Distillery Creek

- 11:00am - Lead Runners pass through Moggs Creek

- 11:30am - Lead Runners pass through Aireys Inlet Skate Park

- 12:50pm – Winning Relay Team expected to FINISH (Anglesea Riverbank Park)

- 1:50pm – Winning Individual expected to FINISH (Anglesea Riverbank Park )

- 3pm-7pm – Peak finishing time for participants (Anglesea Riverbank Park – main event site)

- 7pm onwards – Finishers continue through the night

- 6:00am SUNDAY – Cut-off time for last individual finisher

- 11:00am SUNDAY – Official Presentations (Anglesea Riverbank Park )

FULL COMPETITOR LIST (Individuals and Teams) – CLICK HERE

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