Blue Goat's Backyard Marathons
Set in the Backyard of Blue Mountains Fitness’ Tony Williams, the BGBM offers a challenge to suit all levels with plenty of time to accommodate individuals of any experience.
With options from 5km, 10.5 km, Half Marathon, 30km, Marathon and 50km plus the possibly interminable Last One Standing Endurance Run (The LOSER), there’s opportunity for everyone to take in the stunning surrounds and be in the box seat to spectate the action as it unfolds.
We have a brand new 5km loop for the Last One Standing and the 5km runs.
For the 10.5km, Half Marathon, 30km, Marathon and 50km you will do 10.5km laps.
This year we have decided to give the Last One Standing Endurance Runners a daytime start on the Saturday. The LOSER will start at 12pm Midday.
The 5km runners will do a hot lap of the LOS course. Every other race runs the 10.5km lap.
7.00am - Tailwind 50km - 5 Laps
8.00am - Blue Mountains Running Company Marathon - 4 laps
10:30am - Birdwood Podiatry 5km Dash
12:00pm - Last One Standing Endurance Run (LOSER) - 1 x 5.25km lap on the hour, every hour
2:15pm - Kids Race 1km
7.30am - T8 Run Gear 30km - 3 laps
8.30am - First Choice Physiotherapy Half Marathon - 2 laps
10:30am - Papadinos 10km Fun Run - 1 lap
Mandatory & Recommended Kit
You will not be far away from help or shelter all along the course so we just ask you to carry a 500ml bottle or flask so you stay hydrated. Please carry a mobile phone so you can call the Race Director if needed. Please carry a headlamp if you will be running at night.
During the Event
Course marking will consist of flagging tape, arrows on trees and signage where necessary
It is essential, with no exceptions, that each participant carries a water bottle at the very minimum. There will be water at all CPs along with other provisions, including Tailwind Nutrition products (specifics to be advised as necessary to participants by email, prior to event day)
Any rubbish can be taken from you each time you visit a checkpoint. Anything that leaves the checkpoint with you must stay with you until you can dispose of it properly and not on the course. We’d like to set and maintain an example to those less conscientious.
If you pull out or have to leave the course for any reason, please advise the checkpoint staff or those at the start finish area.
Regardless of ability, please be mindful of other runners: If you’re a faster runner wanting to pass, advise the runner in front by all means, but be patient and don’t pressurise anyone. It can be unnerving and easily lead to a trip. Conversely, if you are aware of a faster runner behind you, take the utmost of care and allow them to pass when it’s safe. Look after each other out there.
Health and injury
This isn’t the nanny state by any means but we are out on the trail. As per the waiver agreed to on entry, should you become injured or should event staff consider that you need medical attention or examination, do not continue until authorised to do so. If it’s deemed that it’s not in your interests to continue, you will be withdrawn from the event. We’d rather make the mistake of scratching someone who could continue than letting someone who shouldn’t.
Remember where you are
We don’t like to talk about it, but we are in the Australian bush and many of the locals aren’t so friendly if they’re frightened or disturbed. Watch where you’re putting your feet and keep a close eye on the ground as well as ahead.
We recommend that you carry a compression bandage and understand how to apply it. Take a look here:
Yes, as someone has already pointed out, this is NSW not Queensland, but we believe NSW snakes behave in pretty much the same way as their cousins north of the border.
The event crew are running the show
Cooperate with event crew/officials/volunteers all the times - they're there not only because they enjoy giving something back or participating in a different way, but because they have event experience. They know what they're doing and they'll be under instruction from the race directors. Under whatever circumstances, the event directors decisions are final ... and they're usually the same as the crew! :)
Finally, have Fun!
It is a compulsory requirement of all participants at AAA Racing events to have fun. Failure to have any fun will be frowned upon by the event management team!