11 – 12 May 2024: The Margaret River Ultra Marathon delivers plenty of magnificent trail running through one of the most breathtaking regions of Australia – the Cape to Cape coastline of south west Western Australia.
The event includes an 80km ultra marathon open to solo runners and relay teams and NEW FOR 2024 a 42km trail marathon for solo runners over a new and unique course.
Complete the either course as an individual and you will fulfill an epic journey you will never forget; or gather your mates and complete the 80km in a relay team of 2-5 runners and spend some quality time in this much loved part of the world.
My #1 favourite event for the stunning location, extraordinary event team and amazing community ! Diane- 2022 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. Bri – 2021 Competitor
Location and courses
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 being in the great outdoors.
The full 80km course starts on the crisp white sands at Hamelin Bay in the south and follows large sections of the Cape to Cape Track to our finish point at Howard Park Wines 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 NEW 42km course starts in the on the beach at picturesque Yallingup in the north and follows a varied and equally spectacular course heading south to finish at Howard Park Wines. Its a great course in its own right or can act as a stepping stone for those working up to the 80km distance one day.
The course is magic and super accessible for runners of all levels. I love this event and we look forward to it every year. – Sarah, 2022 Competitor
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 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 courses ‘flat’ as they both include some slow undulations delivering ‘just’ 1,700m of climbing over the 80km course of 1,000m across the 42km course.
THE 80KM COURSE BREAKDOWN
- Leg 1: 11.5km Hamelin Bay to Boranup Campsite
- Leg 2: 16km Boranup Campsite to Contos Campground. Total: 26.5km
- Leg 3: 19.5km Contos Campground to Riflebutts Reserve, Total: 48.0km
- Leg 4: 18.5km Riflebutts Reserve to Gracetown. Total: 66.5km
- Leg 5: 13km Gracetown to Howard Park Wines. Total: 80km
For full course description including detailed legs and maps, CLICK HERE.
THE 42KM COURSE BREAKDOWN
Water point locations and sections:
- WP1: 6.3km – Yallingup + support crew access point
- WP2: 13km – Wyadup Rd + support crew access point
- WP3: 24km – Moses Rocks car park
- WP4: 35km – at the Juniper Rd junction
- FINISH: 42.4km – Howard park finish line
For full course description including detailed maps, CLICK HERE.
80KM ULTRA – RACE SOLO OR FORM A RELAY TEAM (2-5 runners)
The 80KM 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).
2023 Promo video
2022 Highlights video – inspiring!
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…