CONTENTS 1 Event Guide


welcome 3 As we journey across this beautiful country, we acknowledge the Gadubanud people who cared for this country for over 60,000 years. We pay our respects to their history, culture and elders, past, present and emerging. Welcome to the 2024 Great Ocean Road Running Festival. We’re thrilled to welcome you to Australia’s most stunning running festival! I am very excited to announce that this will be our biggest event to date, with over 10,000 walkers and runners set to experience the scenic trails within the Great Otway National Park and the road courses that hug the seaside cliffs along the iconic Great Ocean Road. We have been blown away with the growth of running and are proud to deliver an event that everyone can get involved in. Make the most of your weekend along this stunning coastline and check out what’s on across the region, there are plenty of local offers available for all participants and don’t forget to visit the event hubs located in both Lorne and Apollo Bay! This event would not have been possible without the support of the local communities, our amazing event volunteers, partners, sponsors, spectators, and of course, the thousands of inspiring participants who will be out in force to help make history. A huge thank you for your support of this great event! Best of luck to everyone participating this weekend, whether you’re running in the 1.5KM Kids Gallop or taking on the 60KM Ultra Marathon we hope you enjoy the weekend, and we’ll see you at the finish line! Brad King, Senior Event Director

4 event days &times SATURDAY 18 MAY 1.5KM KIDS GALLOP 10.30am - Apollo Bay Finish - Apollo Bay PUB TO PUB WAITERS RACE Presented by Apollo Bay Hotel 1.05pm - Apollo Bay Finish - Apollo Bay SRILANKAN AIRLINES 6KM RUN 11.30am - Apollo Bay Finish - Apollo Bay CHOBANI FIT 14KM PARADISE RUN 1pm - Apollo Bay Finish - Apollo Bay Join in the action, for our Saturday events

5 event days &times SUNDAY 19 MAY Theres still time to join our Lorne events ULTRAMARATHON (60KM) 8am - Lorne Finish - Apollo Bay HIGH SIERRA 12KM TRAIL RUN 8.10am - Lorne Finish - Lorne MARATHON (44KM) 8am - Lorne Finish - Apollo Bay BROOKS HALF MARATHON (23KM) 8am - Kennett River Finish - Apollo Bay 6.5KM TRAIL RUN 8.20am - Lorne Finish - Lorne 5KM & 10KM GREAT OCEAN ROADWALK 8.30am - Lorne Finish - Lorne

6 event information RACEWEEK OFFICES Our Race Week Office will be operating at Lorne and Apollo Bay during Race Week for the following functions: *Sunday Race Week Office is open for general enquiries only, all bib replacements and event changes must be done by Saturday 18th May. *Please note, if you are collecting a replacement bib due to an upgrade/downgrade of events, you will need to bring the bib that you received in the mail with you so that we can exchange it for a new bib *A replacement bib costs $20. *You will not be able to upgrade into sold out events • Race Bib Collection • Replacement Bib Collection • Event Upgrades/Downgrades • General Enquiries LORNE RACEWEEK OFFICE Lorne Foreshore Friday 17 May 3:00pm – 8:00pm​ Saturday 18 May 9:00am – 8:00pm​ Sunday 19 May​ 6:00am – 12:00pm* ​ APOLLO BAY RACEWEEK OFFICE​ Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club Friday 17 May 9:00am – 6:00pm​ Saturday 18 May 8:00am – 6:00pm​ Sunday 19 May​ 6:00am – 2:30pm*

7 sunday services SHUTTLE BUSES POST EVENT RETURN BUS SERVICE Return buses will travel from Apollo Bay (Corner of Great Ocean Road and Thomson St) back to Lorne along the Great Ocean Road after the event. Buses will commence at approximately 11am, last bus is at 3pm sharp. If you require the bus service, you can purchase a bus pass here. Visit one of our Race Week Offices to collect this. A shuttle bus service is available to get participants to their respective event start line on Sunday 19th May. ​ PICK UP LOCATIONS​ ALL Buses leave at 5:45am Apollo Bay 44km / 60km – Great Ocean Road (Murray St) 23km – Great Ocean Road (Thomson St) Lorne Corner of Mountjoy Parade & Bay St Pisces Big 4 Holiday Park Skenes Creek Vline bus stop Kennett River Vline bus stop Wye River Vline bus stop

8 sunday services WARM CLOTHING We offer a warm clothing service for the Half, Full and Ultra Marathon events. Please note our staff will be handling a large number of bags, please be mindful of it’s size and weight. 1.) Attach identification tag to your bag There is a tear off section on your bib that you will be able to attach to your own bag for identification, securely tie this to an outer loop on your bag. 2.) Ensure bag is securely closed 3.) Drop at warm clothing truck A warm clothing truck will be situated at both the Half Marathon start line (Kennett River) and the Full/Ultra Marathon start line (Lorne). 4.) Collect post-race at Apollo Bay (Moore St) serena www.printrun.co.nz 1234 1234 1234 ultra marathon please attach to your clothing bag event medical 03 9864 1150

9 sunday services GREAT OCEAN ROAD CLOSURE The Great Ocean Road will be completely closed between Lorne and Skenes Creek (traffic will be under escort between Skenes Creek and Apollo Bay in the North bound lane only) from 7am on Sunday May 19th. We encourage all spectators to be in Apollo Bay before the road closes at 7am to avoid the Great Ocean Road closure and ensure you see your runner finish. We recommend competitors wishing to depart Apollo Bay by car after their event to head South along the Great Ocean Road through Marengo, Lavers Hill, Ferguson and Colac, or wait until 2:30pm for the Great Ocean Road to re-open. (please be aware that lengthy delays are likely to be experienced) For detailed road closure and detour information click below.

apollo bay FESTIVAL HUB Apollo Bay is home to the Start & Finish lines of all Saturday events, and the Finish line of the Marathon events on Sunday- but that’s not all! Check out the Festival Hub located on the Apollo Bay foreshore for deals on running products, sponsor activations, activities for the whole family, plus more! You will also find the Merchandise Store where you can pick up some Official Event Merchandise. Visit the Race Week Office in Apollo Bay to pick up your bib, change/register for an event, or for any questions you may have! Don’t miss: PUB TO PUBWAITER’S RACE, PRESENTED BYAPOLLO BAY HOTEL Saturday, May 18 – 1.05pm Watch the action as local wait-staff battle it out, racing to carry a tray of beer from the Apollo Bay Hotel to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse and back, trying not to spill a drop! Make sure you’re there to witness history in the making, and find out who will take home the trophy. 10

lorne FESTIVAL HUB Participants will be able to get involved in a a range of activities at the Lorne Festival Hub, located on the Lorne foreshore. Lorne will host the start lines of the 60km Ultra, 44km Marathon, and now the start and finish lines of the Great Ocean Road Walk and 6.5km and High Sierra 12km Trail Runs on Sunday, May 19 Visit the Race Week Office in Lorne to pick up your bib and for any questions you may have!’ 11

12 great ocean road nelson st moore st pascoe st THOMSON ST hardy st START & FINISH (SAT) FINISH (SUN) RACE OFFICE RETURN BUS (11AM-3PM) HALF MARATHON DEPART(5:45AM) ap0llo bay event precinct festival hub APOLLO BAY HOTEL APOLLO BAY TOURISM INFO CENTRE soundcore high sierra brooks the running company maurten steigen chobani fit kids activities FESTIVAL HUB toilets saturday drinks sunday drinks warm clothing collection (sun) participant bus departures (sun) participant return bus (sun) first aid surf club yoga kite festival merchandise st ali coffee presentation stage 60km ultra marathon 44km great ocean road marathon brooks 23km half marathon chobani fit 14km run srilankan airlines 6km run 1.5km kids’ gallop TO LORNE & KENNETT RIVER MARATHON & ULTRA DEPART (5:45AM)

lorne foreshore great ocean road bay st playground skatepark FINISH (TRAIL &WALK) LORNE HOTEL RACE OFFICE START RETURN BUS (1:00PM) DETOUR TO APOLLO BAY (SUNDAY) TO APOLLO BAY lorne event precinct toilets drinks warm clothing drop (sun) bus to kennett river (sun) return bus to apollo bay (sun) first aid surf club parking presentation stage kids activities high sierra 60km ultra marathon 44km great ocean road marathon 6.5km & high sierra 12km trail run 5km/10km great ocean road walk HALF MARATHON DEPART (5:45AM) 13

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kennett river caravan park information toilets drinks warm clothing drop (sun) 60km ultra marathon 44km great ocean road marathon brooks 23km half marathon kennett river half marathon start hub TO APOLLO BAY TO LORNE HALF MARATHON START BROOKS WARM UP 15



road closures The Great Ocean Road will be completely closed between Lorne and Skenes Creek (traffic will be under escort between Skenes Creek and Apollo Bay) from 7am on Sunday May 19. A detour route is marked in yellow on the map below. Although we strongly encourage all spectators to be in Apollo Bay before the road closes at 7am, it is possible to have someone drive you to the start of the marathon in Lorne, watch you start and then drive to the finish at Apollo Bay. Your driver having watched you start the marathon must immediately then travel via the inland route of Deans Marsh, Barwon Downs, Forrest and Skenes Creek to the finish at Apollo Bay. Please note, they may not get to Apollo Bay in time to see you cross the finish line if they see you Start. 18

LEAVING THE EVENT SUNDAY FROMAPOLLO BAY BY CAR The Great Ocean Road will be closed between the hours of 7:00am – 2:30pm. We recommend competitors wishing to depart Apollo Bay by car after their event to head South along the Great Ocean Road through Marengo, Lavers Hill, Ferguson and Colac, or wait until 2:30pm for the Great Ocean Road to re-open. Please note, we do not recommend heading North along the Great Ocean Rd after 7:00am / before 2:30pm to join the vehicle escort queue to the inland detour route as you will experience extensive waiting periods in traffic. 19

20 Shop the exclusive range of Great Ocean Road Running Festival merchandise. Our Merchandise Store will be located within the apollo bay festival hub, please see below opening hours: APOLLO BAY FESTIVAL HUB Friday 17 May 9:00am – 6:00pm Saturday 18 May 8:00am – 6:00pm​ Sunday 19 May​ 9:00am – 2:30pm official merchandise OPENING HOURS




24 i’ve finished, now what? RESULTS Results will be available after your event at greatoceanroadrunfest.com.au PHOTOS This year we will be teaming up with RaceAtlas to bring you your race day photos on the same day as the event! You will receive a text message as soon as photos have been added to your gallery and then again once all of your photos have been processed. RaceAtlas will be offering a special race day discount, with 20% off all purchases until midnight on Sunday using the code: OCEAN20 MEDALS All competitors will receive a Great Ocean Road Running Festival medallion on their way out of the finish area. Snap your @greatoceanroadrunfest medal moment and show it off via socials on #MedalMonday (May 20). MiTIME MiTIME captures the final piece of your journey with a personalised memento for your hard-earned medal. The custom engraved insert of your name and race time fits perfectly on the back. All MiTIMEs will be mailed out post-event week. Haven’t yet ordered one? Purchase yours today.

BACKPACKS FOR LIFE SHOP NOW @inspiredbysurfcoast @inspiredbysurfcoast Be Inspiredby the Surf Coast. Discover, Plan&Explore. Follow Inspiredby Surf Coast on Facebook and Instagramor Visit a Surf Coast Visitor InformationCentre for friendly local advice. www.inspiredbysurfcoast.com.au Explore walks and waterfalls in Lorne Torquay Visitor Information Centre Surf City Plaza, Beach Road Torquay Ph: 1300 614 219 Lorne Visitor Information Centre 15 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne Ph: 1300 891 152 25



28 local activities and offers In 2024, the Festival will return with a weekend long celebration of running, music and wellness hosted in the towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Whether you want to entertain the family at our kite festival or relax at a yoga session by the beach followed by an afternoon of live music – we have it all. Just make sure you have your Race Bib on you to gain access to all FREE activities.



31 LIVE MUSIC APOLLO BAY HOTEL: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ALLWEEKEND KITE FESTIVAL FREE KITES FOR CHILDREN Claim your free kite, 10am – 4pm Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May. LORNE THEATRE CONCESSION PRICED TICKETS + FREE POPCORN at any film across the race weekend for runners who show their registration

32 THE CLAM A hidden gem at the end of the earth, The Clam is a celebratory place – fun, irreverent and always evolving. COMPLIMENTARY KIDS MEALS OTWAY FLY TREETOP ADVENTURES TREETOPWALK – 2 FOR 1 OFFER ZIPLINE TOURS – 20% OFF WILDLIFE WONDERS WALKWITHWILDLIFE 15% DISCOUNT Use the code RUNFEST24 when booking to redeem the offer.

33 LIVEWIRE PARK 15% DISCOUNT Offer valid for bookings from Thursday 16 – Tuesday 21 May to coincide with the Great Ocean Road Running Festival weekend. INDIE SPA COMPLIMENTARY DIY RASUL STEAM (40 MINS) with any 1-hour treatment booked – subject to availability GREAT OCEAN ROAD GIN Gin Tasting Room & The Gin Kitchen 2 FOR 1 G&T’S AT THE GIN GARDEN IN AIREYS! Torquay Distillery Bar & Cellar Door 2 FOR 1 GIN TASTING TRAYS

34 LUX SPA & WELLNESS COMPLIMENTARY INFRARED SAUNA (45 MINS) with any 1-hour treatment booked- subject to availability WALKS AND WATERFALLS Explore a great variety of distances and environments. There are more than 70 bush and coastal walks in the Surf Coast region. Some are only short but, in 10 minutes or so, they can take you to a spectacular coastal lookout, waterfall or forest.


36 We want to say a big THANKYOU to those supporting this year’s event as a volunteer! The Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation source and organise all of the volunteers from Wye River to Apollo Bay, so that your Running Festival experience will be a great one.​ If you’ve participated previously you’ll know what a tremendous job the Volunteers do,​ Keeping the route safe by marshalling the roads​ Providing refreshments to competitors​ Ensuring safe and efficient transfer of your bags​ Handing out medals and cheering you on at the Finish Line​ Helping to clean up the Great Ocean Road after the event volunteers

37 The Great Ocean Road Running Festival is proud to be supporting the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation for another year! Since it’s inception in 1999, the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation have been distributing grants to the local community. These generous donations have assisted local community organisations. Many visit the Great Ocean Road to connect with its idyllic landscapes as well as our friendly locals. Make a donation to give back to the to the health and emergency services that look after the great people of the Great Ocean Road. GIVE BACKAND MAKE A DONATION TODAY official charity


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