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STROMLO Running Festival

Lightning Strike 50km

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Date: Sunday, 20 November 2016

Time: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

For those runners seeking a real challenge then the 50km could be exactly what you are looking for. The clover leaf course comprises of the 10km and 20km loops featured in the 30km event, but followed by an additional 20km loop.

The initial 10km course comprises of a route that skirts around the lower slopes of Mt Stromlo, providing some beautiful scenery with a few undulations, but nothing overly gruelling. Participants then pass through the event hub before completing a second loop of 20km. This first 20km loop is a challenging run which travels around the western part of Stromlo Forest featuring amazing views of the Brindabella mountains before ascending the western side of Mt Stromlo to take in all of the glory of Canberra. Some of the major climbs will provide a test for all runners and include the "Out-Back", "The Prelude" and "The Mother". The final few kilometres are a fast descent back down to the event hub. The final 20km loop travels east along the Molonglo River and climbs through the Arboretum to the top of Dairy Farmers hill, providing a stunning view of Lake Burley Griffin, before returning through pine forests to the event hub and the well-deserved finish line.

This event will be a tough 50km race and is intended for accomplished runners who are capable of running a marathon in under 4 hours. Although there is no qualifying performance required to enter the 50km event, in order to receive what will be a highly sought-after finishers medal and t-shirt, competitors must complete the course in under 5 hours. It is important that runners are aware that a strict cut-off time of 3 hours will be applied as competitors pass through the 30km point. Any runner outside this time will be considered to be a 30km event finisher.

Drink stations will be provided at approximately every 5km along the entire length of the course and will provide water, Hammer Sports drink, and lollies.

It is also very important to note that the event will be limited to 200 competitors so make sure you enter early to ensure you don't miss out.

All finishers will receive a Mizuno 50km finishers t-shirt (RRP $50), a finishers medal, and a post race breakfast.

Course Map and Profile

Please note that due to on-going negotiations with other Stromlo Forest users, there may be some final small adjustments to the courses, but these maps provide what we hope will be the final course layouts.

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50km Medal

50km T-Shirt

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ACT Government

Event Sponsors

Mizuno The Canberra Times Hammer Nutrition