This amazing marathon course starts on the outskirts of Bendigo, and follows the historic O'Keefe Rail Trail to Heathcote. From the Bendigo Baptist Church in Junortoun on the outskirts of Bendigo, runners will pass through beautiful bushland, through the small townships of Axedale and Knowsley, cross the Campaspe River and along the banks of Lake Eppalock. Runners will reach their final destination in the heart of Heathcote at Barrack Reserve.
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DISTANCE: 42.195 km
DATE: Sunday 19th April 2020
START LOCATION: Bendigo Baptist Church,757 McIvor Hwy, Junortoun VIC 3550 (Google Map)
RACE BRIEFING: 7:15 AM
RACE START: 7:30 AM
FINISH LOCATION: Barrack Reserve, High St, Heathcote
CUT OFF TIME: 6 Hours
Pioneer (Until midnight 26th January 2020) $89.00
Early Bird (Until midnight Monday, 9 March 2020) $99.00
Standard (Until midnight Wednesday, 15 April 2020) $115.00
* plus third party booking fees i.e. Register Now.
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.
Marathon runners will experience (or enjoy?) the greatest change in elevation during their events as the trail cuts through Axedale, down across the Campaspe River and back up to follow the McIvor Highway.
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 6:15am for the Marathon start in Junortoun.
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: 2.5 km, 7.5 km, 12 km, 15.5 km, 20 km, 25.5 km, 29 km, 33 km, 36 km and 39 km.