A new trail marathon event is set to shine the spotlight on the Surf Coast Walk.
The inaugural Surf Coast Trail Marathon will take place on Saturday, 28 June, 2014, with marathon runners starting at Torquay, an hour south west of Melbourne, and finishing 42.2km further west on the beaches of Fairhaven, located on the world-renowned Great Ocean Road.
Runners will be enticed off road by a course that takes in impressive coastal scenery, including a short run along world-famous Bells Beach.
There is also a half marathon course being offered, beginning from Point Addis, and a relay team option allowing two runners to complete half of the marathon course each.
The Surf Coast Trail Marathon will benefit local organisations with a percentage of each entry fee going towards three Surf Coast beneficiaries, including the Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club, where the event finishes, and the Anglesea Primary School.
Some funds will also go back into supporting the trail and environs via the Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee.
There has been a marked increase in the popularity of ‘adventure racing’ and nature based tourism and sports on the coast, with many opportunities to get inv0lved and active in the great outdoors.
Are you entering for the marathon?
Entries have opened for the Surf Coast Trail Marathon and runners can stay in touch on Facebook at www.facebook.com/surfcoasttrailmarathon