The Surf Coast Century has become a mainstay on the ultra marathon circuit, after just two years it has already built a reputation as one of Australia's must-do trail running events...
The 100km and NEW 50km ultra trail runs take in the famous Great Ocean Road region along Victoria's famed surf coast, starting and finishing in the seaside town of Anglesea.
The 100km race features a figure 8 course that runs past lighthouses, waterfalls, scenic lookouts, renowned surf beaches, surf life saving clubs, remote wilderness and almost everything in between. Meanwhile the shorter 50km option introduced in 2014 includes an equally diverse range of landscapes.
There's headlands to traverse, clifftop trails, sweeping single track, hard sandy beaches, unique coastal flora, bushland, hills and plenty of jaw-ropping views across the southern seaboard. It's all part and parcel of the 100km Surf Coast Century and NEW 50km Half Century, an ultra trail run like no other.
Ultras can be for everybody! Solo or relay teams...
Best of all, the Surf Coast Century gives everyone the opportunity to get a taste for ultra running without necessarily having to run an entire ultra!
The 100km event is open to individuals and relay teams of up to four runners, with each team member tackling legs between 25km and 50km.
Meanwhile the NEW 50km race is open to individuals (only - no teams) and provides a stepping stone for those entering the world of ultra running for the first time. Either way the various options make this a very do-able event by all.
Make it an ultra holiday experience
The 100km Surf Coast Century encompasses a figure eight course, ensuring plenty of spectator opportunities with ease of access to checkpoints and other viewing areas (all withinin 10-15 minute drives max.) for friends and family to cheer along their runners. With the course starting and finishing in the stunning seaside town of Anglesea, there's plenty of great local food, accommodation and entertainment options to make a holiday of the occasion.
The 50km race course is the same as the first 50km of the 100k, so comptetes a loop course to start and finish in Anglesea and is equally accessible to spectators and supporters.
In the words of past competitors
"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
"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
“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
2014 Surf Coast Century race blogs and videos:
Check out the Surf Coast Century photo galleries on our Facebook Page - 2012 HERE and 2013 HERE and 2014 HERE
Course preview video
Part 1: Matt Cooper showcases the first 50km leg of the Surf Coast Century. Sweet single track!
Part 2: Matt Cooper runs the second 50km of the Surf Coast Century. He gives it a pretty big thumbs up!