From Knowsley to the heart of Heathcote, this run follows the historic O'Keefe Rail Trail passing Lake Eppalock, open fields and dense bushland. It is a mostly flat route, so is accessible to everyone.
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DATE: Sunday 19th April 2020
START LOCATION: Knowsley, 20 Knowsley-Eppalock Road, Knowsley, VIC 3523. (Map Link)
RACE BRIEFING: 8:15 AM
RACE START: 8:30 AM
FINISH LOCATION: Barrack Reserve, High St, Heathcote
CUT OFF TIME: 4 Hours
Pioneer (Until midnight 26th January 2020) $60.00
Early Bird (Until midnight Monday, 9 March 2020) $70.00
Standard (Until midnight Wednesday, 15 April 2020) $80.00
* plus third party booking fees i.e. Register Now.
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About the Course
The course follows the historic O’Keefe Rail Trail, which is a generally firm running surface topped with gravel. The course has a gradual rise from start to finish, and is mainly flat with some small undulations.
Our Half Marathon runners will depart from Knowsley and head 2.3km west towards Bendigo. After a turnaround in the Knowsley Forest, they follow the O'Keefe Rail Trail and Marathon course all the way to Heathcote.
The route does increase in elevation over the second half – and this has tested many participants in the past.
As the trail approaches Heathcote, runners will enjoy a sealed walking track and a fast road section before their final dash across the grass into the finishing chute on Barrack Reserve oval.
You can ‘Opt In’ for the McIvor Transit / Bendigo Coachlines bus service which will be transferring participants from Barrack Reserve, Heathcote (Corner of Herriot and High Streets, Heathcote) to the start line.
Participants are encouraged to ‘Opt-In’ for the bus during the online registration process to assist us with planning.
Departure Time: Leaving Heathcote at 7:40 am for the Marathon start in Knowsley.
There will be drink and aid stations, manned by local volunteer groups, along all course routes and at the start and finish locations. Please note these are water only.
Locations: Start Line, 3.5 km, 7.5 km, 9.5 km, 12.5 km and 17 km.