2023 MELROSE RUNNING FESTIVAL
** FINAL ENTRIES CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT THIS THURSDAY JULY 27th **
Adelaide Trail Runners are very excited to bring you the 2023 Melrose Running Festival held at the Mt Remarkable National Park in Melrose, South Australia on Saturday July 29th, 2023
Mt. Remarkable National Park is located just over 3 hours drive north of Adelaide. This location really lives up to it's name - it's REMARKABLE!
First staged in 2017, the event now offers 3 distances to cater for runners of all abilities. A 50km Ultra Marathon starting at Wilmington will take in some incredible views, including Hidden Gorge before you finish with an 8 km descent from the summit of Mt. Remarkable into the gorgeous township of Melrose. For 2023, the 32km will also start at Wilmington and finish with the 8km descent into Melrose. The traditional "King of the Mount" is a 15km run up to the summit and back down again. All 50km, 30km & 15km finishers will be presented with a medal upon crossing the finish line.
50km QUALIFYING CRITERIA
Mt. Remarkable National Park is a very tough and challenging course, even for the most experienced of trail runners. For 2023 we will again have a qualifying criteria to ensure all 50km runners have the experience to handle such a course. This is not about speed and and is not about trying to eliminate slower runners. We are purely trying to identify runners with the necessary experience to handle such challenging conditions. Once you have entered the 50km Ultra, please send us an email with evidence and history of your qualifying run as outlined here.
CLICK HERE for examples of qualifying races. If you enter and do not complete a qualifying run, you will be entitled to a full refund, less a $20 admin fee or you can drop back to the 32km run. Please note, no refund will be provided in this instance. June 30th is when all qualifying races/runs must be completed by.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your qualifying races0
BIB PICK-UP & PRE-RACE DINNER
Bib Pick-up will be on Friday July 28th from 5:00pm at the North Star Hotel in Melrose. There will be 2 dinner sittings being 5:30pm-7:00pm and 7:00pm onwards. The 5:30pm is the most popular option and 50km & 30km runners will have priority if our numbers exceed capacity TBC.
Please EMAIL US to reserve your spot as space is limited. We would prefer ALL bibs are collected on the Friday night; however bibs can be collected on Saturday morning from 6:30am at Willmington for the 50km & 32km. 15km bibs can be collected at the start line in Melrose from 10:00am
AFTER-PARTY & MEDAL PRESENTATIONS
Medal Presentations will be held at our after-party at Jacka Brothers Brewery in Melrose from approx. 7:00pm on Saturday night. The top-5 male & female finishers in the 50km & the top-3 in the 32km & 15km distances will be presented with medals on the night.
For reservations to this event, you MUST book via the Jacka Brothers website. Please put "Adelaide Trail Runners" in the drop-down box titled "Add a special request"
CLICK HERE for the link to the Jacka Bros. Brewery website for bookings and to see the amazing transformation of Jacka Brothers Brewery!
BUS TRANSPORT FOR THE 50km & 32km
The starting location for the 50km & 32km is in Wilmington, a 20 minute drive from Melrose. The 50km Bus will depart from the North Star Hotel at 6:00am sharp with the 32km Bus departing at 6:30am sharp. There is NO return service back to Wilmington. Bus bookings can be made at the time of entry.
PRICING & START TIMES
Early Bird pricing (August 5th - August 31st 2022)
50km Ultra Marathon - $119 starts at 7:00am
50km Ultra Marathon + Bus Transfer - $135
32km Trail Run - $89 starts at 7:30am
32km Trail Run + Bus Transfer - $105
15 km Trail Run - $69 starts at 10:00am
Standard Pricing (September 1st - June 30th 2023)
50km Ultra Marathon - $129 starts at 7:00am
50km Ultra Marathon + Bus Transfer - $145
32 km Trail Run - $99 starts at 7:30am
32km Trail Run + Bus Transfer - $115
15 km Trail Run - $79 starts at 10:00am
Late Entry Pricing (From July 1st to July 25th 2023)
50km Ultra Marathon - $139 starts at 7:00am
50km Ultra Marathon + Bus Transfer - $155
32 km Trail Run - $109 starts at 7:30am
32km Trail Run + Bus Transfer - $125
15 km Trail Run - $89 starts at 10:00am
50km - 5:30pm (10 hrs 30 mins - 12:30 mins/km pace)
32 km - 4:30pm (9 hrs - 18 mins/km pace)
15km - 4:00pm ( 6 hrs - 24 mins/km pace)
Cut-off times WILL be enforced for 2023 so please take this into consideration when choosing which distance to enter.
50km & 32km TBA
15km runners will access the drink station at the Mt Remarkable Summit at the 7.6km mark.
All of these points will be marked on the course maps.
There will be NO disposable cups provided and runners MUST provide their own drinking vessel.
If 50km & 32km runners would like to provide their own "Drop Bags" these must be delivered to us on Friday night at the bib pick-up and dinner at the North Star Hotel. If you are not attending this event, we can accept these drop bags on race morning. All bags must be clearly marked and ATR takes no responsibility for the contents.
Mandatory gear requirements are put in place for the safety of all runners. With the unpredictable weather that is common in the Southern Flinders, we have developed a "Good Weather" and "Bad Weather" option. This will show you all of the gear you may potentially need to carry. We will make a final decision on mandatory gear in the days leading up to the event. Please remember that even a "good weather" day will still likely mean starting your races in 0 degrees temperature. Please CLICK HERE for the Mandatory Gear lists
CLICK HERE FOR 2022 RESULTS
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