In this event, competitors will attempt to cover as much distance as possible in the given time.
Any runners entered in the longer distance/duration event (100K/12h) that do not complete their nominated longer event but do complete one of the shorter distances/durations (50K/6 Hour) will be credited with a finish at that level and will be credited with any split times/distances achieved but will not be eligible for prizes in the shorter events.
6 Hour and 12 Hour entrants will be credited with official split times for 50K and 100K if they make those distances in the set time.
The STROMLO ROAD CIRCUIT EVENTS will be held on the smooth asphalt of the STROMLO Forest Park Criterium Circuit during the Saturday night of the Stromlo Running Festival. February evenings in Canberra typically provide ideal running conditions and present a good opportunity for aspiring ultramarathon runners to run a personal best.
Latest weather observation parameters for Canberra can be found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN60801/IDN60801.94926.shtml
Average daily temperatures for February range from 14°C min to 28 °C max. Overnight lows in February 2012 ranged from 11 to 15°C with a mean of 13°C. Night time humidity is typically high (>75%). Sunset for Saturday night 16 Feb 2013 is 7:56 pm with last light at 8:23 pm. First light Sunday 17 Feb 2012 is 6:12 am with Sunrise at 6:39 am.
Each lap of the course is exactly 1 km. The course has been measured at AA Certified Accuracy and conforms to AIMS and IAAF road race specifications.
The course is open (no natural shelter) and is mainly flat but does have some slight elevation changes: a subtle climb running from the southern to northern end of the course, peaking at the northern turnaround cone on the western (Pavilion) side of the course.
Event Certifications and Sanctions
This race is sanctioned by the Australian Ultra Runners Association Inc. (AURA): http://www.aura.asn.au/
Runners that are current AURA members prior to the start of the race will be eligible for points in the AURA point score competition and inclusion in AURA rankings.
The 2013 events will be certified by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU), meaning that any performances in these races will automatically be included in IAU time/distance rankings. For competitors that are AURA members prior to the start of the race, such results can be used as primary evidence to support individual applications for Australian 100 K team selection and can also be used as secondary qualification or proof of fitness (for runners that have a primary qualifier achieved more than 6 months prior to the planned World Championships) to support inclusion in the Australian 24 Hour team.
Any runners entered in the 12 hour race that complete 100 K or runners entered in the 6 Hour race that complete 50K will have their split times validated for inclusion in International rankings.
Any runners entered in a longer distance/duration event (100K/12 Hour) that decide to drop down to a shorter distance/duration (50K/6 Hour) during their event will be credited with a finish but will not be eligible for prizes in the shorter event.
Food and Drink availability
As individual athletes have different food/drink requirements and tastes it is recommended that competitors bring their own special food/drink for the event. Water, sports drink (Endura), and flat Coke will be provided trackside. BBQ facilities are available for crews, and a hot water urn for tea/coffee/soup etc will be available up near the Pavilion registration window. The Race Venue is not guaranteed to have food available for purchase during the race duration. The nearest major shops for purchasing groceries and/or take-out food are about a 10 minute drive away.
Crewing, Food & Drink
Crews will be able to set up their drink table and chairs for their runners/walkers in a defined Crewing Zone. As this is an IAU certified event, the following crewing rules must be observed or competitor disqualification may occur:
Crew/helpers may not enter the course nor obstruct any athlete. They may hand the refreshment to the athlete either from behind, or from a position no more than one metre in front or to the side of, the refreshment table.
Crews are not able to pass food/drinks to their competitors anywhere else on the track outside of the defined Crewing Zone.
Crews are not allowed to run/walk with competitors at any time during the race.
In practice, what this means is that if a runner needs to give instructions to their support crew, or a crew has to provide information to the runner, they either have to do it in the seconds that the runner passes by the table or the runner has to stop for more detailed interactions.
The presentations will be held at 8:00 am at the top, sheltered level of the Stromlo Pavilion. Awards will be presented to the first 3 Male and first 3 Female competitors in each event, dependent on the number of entries in each category.
If you know of anyone that can help out during the night or at the end of the race then please contact Martin or Phil (see Contacts section below) as early as possible prior to the night.
If you have any other questions prior to the race please feel free to contact one of us at the contact phone and/or emails below.
Mobile: 0404 382 824
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