The 2024 Margaret River Ultra Marathon is now officially sold out with the NEW 42km trail marathon reaching its’ field limit last Thursday (23 November); joining the already full 80km race and bringing the event to capacity.
The seventh edition of the event is set to take place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2024 in south-west Western Australia.
A record breaking 27 hours is all it took after opening entries on the 11 October for the field limit of 1,500 competitors to lock in their place for the 80km in-demand ultra marathon. And with only 400 places up for grabs in the 42km event – capacity was inevitable as the event cements its reputation as one of Australia’s premier trail races.
“We feel truly honoured and completely flattered at runners’ enthusiasm to be part of this landmark event,” said Sam Maffett, Rapid Ascent’s General Manager. “The fervour, camaraderie and scenery along the course are no doubt all part of the allure!”
“We knew there’d be a high demand on entries based on previous years, but credit goes to the 2024 entrants themselves for showing their willingness to challenge themselves and help make the event so special,” said Maffett.
Rapid Ascent have a self-imposed entry limit to preserve the competitor experience on each race day, with the event consistently reaching participant capacity months out from race day.
350 competitors will tackle the 80km ultra marathon as solo runners; whilst 1150 will be running as part of a relay team of 2 to 5 members covering 10-20km each. The 42km trail marathon is for solo runners only, capped at 400.
The 80km point-to-point ultra course offers magnificent trail running with competitors starting at Hamelin Bay and heading north along the Cape to Cape coastline, passing through the breathtaking scenery of Boranup, Redgate and Gracetown. Runners then head inland to the finish line at Howard Park Winery.
The new 42km trail marathon held the day after on the Sunday provides a stepping stone to those aspiring to run the popular 80km solo one day. The course promises a new adventure to the 80km race, starting at Yallingup Beach and heading south along the spectacular Cape to Cape track to the same finish at Howard Park Winery in Wilyabrup.
The unique landscape will keep runners buzzing from start to finish, as the courses wind their way through tall karri tree forests, coastal trails, beaches and bluffs with sweeping views across the magical Margaret River region.
Competitors will finish with a celebratory beverage at the official event venue, Howard Park Wines.
A 2km Kids Run will also be held on Sunday morning prior to official presentations in the same location.