The Margaret River Ultra Marathon gives you 80 kilometres of magnificent trail running through one of the most breathtaking regions of Australia – the Cape to Cape coastline of south west Western Australia.
Complete the whole course as an individual and you will fulfill an epic journey you will never forget; or gather your mates for a relay team of 2-5 runners and spend some quality time in this much loved part of the world.
Superbly organised race from start to finish, by far the best way to see the scenery of the Margaret River region. Sensational event! – 2021 Competitor
A must-do trail running event of the year with breathtaking scenery and a wonderful atmosphere. We have taken part every year since the beginning and each year has just been the best race ever, so well organised with a wonderful crew. – 2021 Competitor
Located between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, the region is renowned for its superb wineries, rolling country farmland, pristine beaches, world-class surf breaks, limestone caves and magnificent tall-timber forests. To run though this rich tapestry of natural wonders will be a joy for anyone who enjoys putting one foot in front of the other.
The full 80km end to end course, from the crisp white sands at Hamelin Bay in the south to our finish point at the Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery in the north, is a sizable (but achievable) challenge for any athlete and caters for the growing population of ultra marathon runners the world over.
The Margaret River Ultra Marathon can also be completed by relay teams of up to 5 runners doing one or more legs each. With legs varying in length between 10km and 20km, the relay team categories put this event within the grasp of just about any runner who wants to experience the thrill of fresh air and scenic trails in Australia’s South West.
This is a ‘full service’ event with all the customer service considerations you’d expect from an industry leader; such as busses to the start for solo runners, well stocked checkpoints, a marked and marshalled course, and stop off points for spectators and support crews that allow them to take in the best of the landscape as well.
Utilising large sections of the famous ‘Cape to Cape’ walking track, the terrain underfoot is not overly technical and includes a range of trail types, from hard packed clay trails to soft sandy beaches with plenty of weaving single track between. It is unfair to call the course ‘flat’ but with a total ascent / descent of ‘just’ 1,700m the course is far from mountainous with long runnable sections that are a sheer delight to pass along.
2020 Highlights video – wow, what a race day!
2019 Highlights Video – relive the memories
All in all this is ultra marathon running at its’ best with a spectacular course that caters for runners of all abilities in one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. We look forward to sharing the journey with you…
THE COURSE BREAKDOWN – 80KM TOTAL
- Leg 1: 11.5km Hamelin Bay to Boranup Campsite
- Leg 2: 18km Boranup Campsite to Contos Campground. Total: 28.5km
- Leg 3: 19.5km Contos Campground to Riflebutts Reserve, Total: 48.0km
- Leg 4: 18.5km Riflebutts Reserve to Gracetown. Total: 66.5km
- Cheeky Monkey Leg 5: 12.5km Gracetown to Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery. Total: 80km
For full course description including detailed legs and maps, CLICK HERE.
RACE SOLO OR FORM A RELAY TEAM (2-5 runners)
The Margaret River Ultra Marathon can be completed by individual runners doing the whole thing, or by relay teams of up to 5 doing one or more legs each.
Relay teams have the opportunity to gather team members of varying abilities who can still race together, eg. less capable runners can do the shorter legs and more capable runners can do the longer legs, or do more than 2 legs.
Eg, a team of 3 may split the course as follows:
- Runner 1: Leg 1 and 5 (22.5km) | Runner 2: Leg 3 (19.5) | Runner 3: Leg 2 and 4 (38km)
There are many different ways to divide the legs between a team – see our suggested leg groupings here.
ITRA pts / UTMB qualifying race
The Margaret River Ultra Marathon 80km individual race is registered with the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and will provide successful runners with ITRA points (to help runners qualify for large international races), and UTMB points as an official qualifying race for this iconic event:
- ITRA rating: 3 Endurance Points, 2 Mountain Points and Finisher Rating of 260.
- UTMB points: 3 Points (new system).
Plant it Forward
Rapid Ascent is committed to creating sustainable events and part of this is reducing the number of event t-shirts we produce which may then be relegated to landfill.
As part of our increased environmental awareness, we have partnered with Plant it Forward, offering you the option to plant a tree instead of receiving your race t-shirt. If you choose this option, we will pay Plant it Forward to plant you a tree as part of their WA Trees for Change program. You can find out more here.
Plant it Forward partner with a range of not-for-profit environmental groups, and in WA they have partnered with an organisation who engage with school children to plant trees and conserve natural lands for us all to enjoy. By planting a tree, in lieu of receiving a t-shirt you will be making a positive environmental impact. You will receive details on the program you’ve supported and the trees and revegetation you have planted.