The 2014 Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival
Runners (and their supporters), start your engines and mark your calendars for November 9, 2014, for Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival. Even if you won't be pounding the blacktop here this November, you don't want to miss the territory's biggest sporting festival.
The trails in Port Douglas were practically made for marathon runners, so it should come as no shock that this event is starting to gain steam. Drink stations will be provided every 3 to 4 kilometres along the course, where runners will be provided water, electrolytes and fruit. Here are some particulars you may want to know about the event so that you can plan your HomeAway accommodation accordingly:
- Early Bird: $50
- Regular: $70
10 km course: This course will begin and end on Port Douglas' Four Mile Main Beach, with the path cutting up the beach track, then winding over to Port Douglas Road.
Half Marathon (21 km)
- Early Bird: $100
- Regular: $140
Half Marathon: The half marathon course will begin and end on Four Mile Beach as well, but will also cut up the base of the peninsula and Captain Cook Highway. The path will then continue around Mowbray River Road. Half marathon runners on this course will also get to admire the famous cane tracks on the Mowbray Valley turn-off.
Marathon (42 km)
- Early Bird: $150
- Regular: $190
Marathon: This path will include the aforementioned description, but will also go through Spring Creek Road, parts of the Daintree Rainforest and Black Mountain Road. This will be quite challenging terrain, as the path winds through asphalt, sand, grass and gravel, and goes through steep ascents.
Ultra Marathon (74 km)
- Early Bird: $200
- Regular: $270
- About the Courses
Ultra Marathon: The ultra marathon, the most gruelling of them all, which will start in Port Douglas and include two ascents on the Bump Track. You are required to carry water at all times on the ultra marathon, and there will also be aid stations providing food and other sustenance at the 37- and 59-kilometre marks.