Race Details

UPDATE 20-9-21: It is with enthusiastic certainty that we advise the 2021 Surf Coast Century has been rescheduled to Saturday 4th December.

The Victorian Government’s ‘Roadmap out of lockdown’ ruled out our October date but it has given us direction and certainty for the delivery of events in the future. Any delay is a frustrating one when you are training your heart out and we are incredibly sorry to change the date a second time, but we are confident this is the last change and we are really excited the event can proceed.

We will follow the Government’s guidelines and at this stage it appears highly likely that all competitors over 16yrs will need to be full vaccinated in order to compete. So please get vaccinated – further confirmation to come.

ENTRIES: All entries have been transferred to the new race date. All entrants will receive an e-mail outlining your entry options with reference to our online refund policy.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Stay strong, stay active.

UPDATE 30-8-20: It is with regret that we advise that the Surf Coast Century has been rescheduled to Saturday 23rd October 2021. We wanted to give competitors every possible chance to achieve your goals on the original date of 11 September but with the lockdown continuing in Victoria and around the country, we will reschedule to Saturday 23rd October.
CARE PACKAGE: We understand the commitment and sacrifice competitors make when training for an ultra-marathon and the disappointment postponement provides. So we have prepared a CARE PACKAGE to assist, including: how to reset your mindset, how to restructure your training, strength training programs to do at home, tips to handle the stress + more. View online here or download as a PDF here.


EVENT WEEKEND

The Surf Coast Century starts and finishes at the pleasant seaside town of Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, approximately 1.5hrs drive from Melbourne.

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Event Centre at Anglesea Green

The Anglesea Green (next to the Anglesea Bowls Club) will host the event centre for the Surf Coast Century with the following services, facilities and activities all revamped for 2021:

  • FINISH line for races – 100km and 50km
  • Mid-way point for the 100km course and Check Point 4 (CP4) with associated services (eg, race kitchen and bag drop off)
  • Race Registration, Athlete Recovery Zone and Information marquees
  • Event Expo with extensive displays by our event sponsors and exhibitors (Friday night through to Saturday evening)
    • More LIGHTS, more FIRE PITS, more MUSIC, more FOOD, more KIDS FUN in 2021!
  • Event bar – stocked with refreshing beers
  • Food and coffee from a range of providers – more options in 2021!
  • Medical assistance station
  • Music and commentary on the race finish and a range of kids activities

Anglesea Township Map – Click Here (includes Parking, Start & Event Centre locations)

NEW Athlete Recovery Zone

NEW for 2021 is the Athlete Recovery Zone located at the Event Centre next to the Finish Line. All 100km and 50km finishers are welcome to use the facilities after finishing to add to your competitor experience.

  • Large enclosed marquee
  • Range of recovery food and snacks such as fruit, hot urn, salty crisps, water etc
  • Stretching area, foam rollers, massage balls and yoga mats
  • Chairs, tables, lounges and added heating
  • Separate change room
  • Located right next to the bar
  • plus more!

Believe it when they say this is an unbelievable event. The scenery and surrounds are amazing. Take a moment to take it all in. (Julie, 2019 Participant)

Race start – 100km

5:30am, on the Anglesea Main Beach.
With multiple wave starts NEW for 2021!

The race will commence at low tide with multiple wave starts from 5:30am for all 100km solo and team members. The new plan is in place for 2021 to reduce congestion over the first rocky sections of the course, and make it easier for ALL runners to get off to a smoother start.

Wave starts will be approximately 5mins appart and will be self-seeded (faster runners first) and your time does NOT start until you cross the start mats for your wave starts. Exact number of starts will be determined once final numbers are known.

Race start – 50km

7:00am, on the Anglesea Main Beach.

The 50km race (individuals only) will commence with a mass start at 7:00am from the beach and complete Legs 3 and 4 of the 100km course.

Competitor registration and briefing – 100km & 50km

Friday

  • 3:00pm – 7:30pm, in the expo area at the Anglesea Green (next to the Anglesea Bowls Club).

At registration all competitors will receive:

  • Race number plate
  • Timing Tag
  • Event t-shirt – a technical running shirt with customised event print (separate 100km and 50km t-shirts)
  • Bag tags
  • Steigen socks for 100km solo only – with custom Surf Coast Century design
  • other event information and sponsor give aways

Note: All competitors must attend registration to collect packs; packs are not posted out prior to the event.

Competitor Briefing

Friday – Anglesea Green

The briefing will be conducted in the expo area at the Anglesea Green and we encourage all 100km and 50km runners (especially solo runners) to attend.

  • 6:00pm Elite Athlete Q & A session – all welcome
  • 6.30pm Friday – Competitor Briefing

Kids’ Run Registration 

  • 8:00am – 9:00am Registration at the Surf Life Saving Club on Main Beach.
  • 9:00am Kids’s run start – on Anglesea Main Beach

Kids will receive:

  • Number plate (to pin to their t-shirt)
  • Finisher ribbon
  • Fruit at finish

COMPETITOR SERVICES

We understand that the challenge of competing in the 100km and 50km Surf Coast Century is hard enough without having to juggle difficult logistics and event requirements on the day. As such, we will be providing the following services to competitors to help make your run as enjoyable, and straight forward as possible.

Bag Transport

We will transport a bag (that may have spare clothing, personal nutrition, supplies…) for competitors from Anglesea registration to each of the check points and back again.

Bags will be transported from registration in Anglesea to:

  • CP2 – the 21km point at Torquay Surf Beach (Rotary Rotunda at the back of the Torquay SLSC)
  • CP4 – the 49km point at the Anglesea Green (note – you can also drop these off yourself as CP4 is immediately adjacent to the expo)
  • CP6 – the 77km point at the Moggs Creek Picnic Ground/Tallawalla Guide Camp (Boyd Ave).

Support crews / team mates can also take bags to any of the checkpoints CP1 – CP7 and can give them to runners directly.

On course nutrition and hydration

Food and drinks will be available at each of the following checkpoints (CPs) on the 100km and 50km courses:

  • CP1 – 10km Point Addis car park – Intermediary race point
  • CP2 – 21km at Torquay Surf Beach (Rotary Rotunda) – Race kitchen
  • CP3 – 32km Ironbark Basin picnic area – Intermediary race point
  • CP3A – 42km Eumeralla Scout Camp between Centre Rd and Browns Rd. Unmanned water point only.
  • CP4 – 49km at Anglesea Green – Race kitchen
  • CP4A – 60km at the junction of Loves Track and the Distillery Creek Road. Unmanned water point only.
  • CP5 – 70km Distillery Creek Picnic Ground – Intermediary race kitchen
  • CP6 – 77km at Moggs Creek Picnic Ground – Race kitchen
  • CP7 – 86km Aireys Inlet Skate Park – Intermediary race kitchen.

All competitors, both relay teams and individuals are welcome to access all food at the CPs. As indicated above, there will be 2 different levels of catering for runners out on the course:

Race food will be equally available to 50km runners and 100km runners.

Race Kitchens

Race Kitchens will be set up at the end of each leg and provide a more substantial range of foods and drinks. The Race Kitchens will have a range of hot and cold meals and snacks available in small, easy to eat-on-the-move portions that include foods such as:

  • Sandwiches – sweet and savory
  • Bananas
  • Fruit cake and/or honey and oat slice
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Savoy biscuits (salty)
  • Snakes and lollies
  • Tailwind Nutrition
  • Risotto (CP4 and 6 only)
  • Veggie and noodle soup (CP4 and 6 only)
  • Two minute noodles (CP4 and 6 only)
  • Cans of Red Bull (CP5, 6 and 7 only)
  • Hot water and cups so you can make your own tea and instant coffee (CP4 and 6 only)

Race Kitchens will be set up at the following points:

  • CP2 – 21km at Torquay Surf Beach (Rotary Rotunda)
  • CP4 – 49km at Anglesea Green
  •  CP6 – 77km at Moggs Creek Picnic Ground

Support crews and team mates can take hydration / nutrition and other items to any of the CPs   and can provide outside assistance within the fenced off confines of the checkpoint only (such as help change shoes, water refills…).

Intermediary Race Kitchens

Intermediary race kitchens will be set up roughly half way along each leg of the legs and provide an intermediary refuel location when you need it most with the following items:

  • Sandwiches – sweet and savory
  • Bananas
  • Fruit cake and/or honey and oat slice
  • Snakes and lollies
  • Tailwind Nutrition
  • Cans of Red Bull (CP5, 6 and 7 only)

Intermediary race kitchens will be set up at:

  • CP1 – 10km Point Addis car park
  • CP3 – 32km Ironbark Basin picnic area
  • CP5 – 70km Distillery Creek picnic ground
  • CP7 – 86km Aireys Inlet skate park

Designated support areas

Competitors may only receive external assistance from support crew and/or team mates within the confines of the Check Point fencing at any of the Checkpoints CP1 – CP7.

Any runners seen to be receiving any external support outside of the checkpoints will be given a 30 minute penalty – this includes collecting water bottles or other hydration or nutrition from spectators as well as items that have been ‘pre-placed’ on the course for collection during the race. This will be strongly enforced.  

For your first Ultra I would definitely recommend doing the Surf Coast Century. The location, friendly support, facilities and trails were fantastic! I will be back! (Maryanne, 2019 Participant)

EVENT FUNCTIONS

Elite Athlete Q & A

When: 6:00pm Friday
Where: In the expo at the Anglesea Green.

Immediately before the competitor briefing at we will conduct a Question and Answer session with some of the elite 100km runners participating in this year’s event.

Topics to be covered include their training programs, nutrition strategies and ambitions for the year and it should make for some interesting listening as these are some of the best runners in Australia.

Pasta Night

When: from 6:30pm Friday

Where: Anglesea Hotel, 1 Murch Crescent Anglesea.

Enjoy a delicious pasta dinner the night before the race at the local Anglesea Hotel. For $25 you can choose from a delicious pasta menu. Enjoy a relaxing evening with your friends and supporters at one of the best local pubs in town!

Ring 03 5263 1210 and state that you are a Surf Coast Century registrant to access the special meal deal.

Celebration Sunday – Recovery morning

Join us for a post race war stories, yoga session and invigorating swim to kick start your recovery and share in the celebrations on Sunday morning followed by breakfast options from the newly refurbished Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club.

8:00am – 8:30am on the Anglesea Main Beach. Bring a yoga mat and/or beach towel if you’ve got one handy.

from 8:30am at Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club for breakfast options.

Race presentations 10:00am SUNDAY

at Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club

Presentations for the Surf Coast Century will be made at the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club at 10:00am on Sunday morning. These presentations will provide an opportunity for all runners to unite and celebrate their ultra trail running success.