This unique event is staged at the property of Blue Mountains Fitness at Mt Victoria, near Katoomba, The Blue Mountains.
Options from 10 km to marathon along with a LOS event, on a measured course, each run has laps of a challenging 5.3 km with enough scenery to keep you occupied. There's something here for everyone, including a free kids run.
The course weaves it's way around the property with constant interaction with other participants at all times, but without crossing at any point.
There's an option for everyone if you're up for the challenge.
December 2nd ...
08:00 – 02/12/23 - Half Marathon
11:00 – 02/12/23 - 'Fun' Run (10.55km)
12:00 – 02/12/23 - Last One Standing
13:30 – 02/12/23 - Kids Fun Run (under 10s)
08:00 – 03/12/23 - Marathon
Blue Goat's Backyard Marathons
Mandatory & Recommended Kit
Please familiarise yourself with the course map and course directions, both of which can be found on this page. (maybe print off the map and carry a copy if you’re unsure of directions)
Headlamp (for runs commencing before sunrise)
Access to a map of the course - either by mobile device or printed map (available from this page)
Mobile phone (most areas or the course have coverage and having a phone means you can relocate to an area that has coverage if that’s not the case)
Race directors contact added to phone, Hopefully you won't need it, but if you do, you'll be glad of it.
Bite and sting treatment
Compression bandage (cheaply available at most chemists)
Alun Davies - 0407 836 775
AAA racing accept it in good faith that the mandatory list is adhered to by participants, though there will be spot checks on course
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 (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.
Toilet facilities are available at the start/finish area and at some locations along the course (dependent on the event). Please do not remove paper from the toilets.
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. Many a runner/walker’s day can be blighted by the smallest of incidents and we want everyone to leave on Saturday night being a little better for their experience. 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!