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Where?
When?

August 20th

Options
  • 7:00 am: Marathon (18 and over)

  • 8:00 am: 30km (18 and over)

  • 9:00 am: 22km (16 and over)

  • 10:00 am: 13km (12 and over)

  • 11:00 am: 7km (12 and over – under 12s can run if accompanied by an adult)

  • 1.30 pm: Free kids race (under 12s)

  • 2:30 pm: Presentations

 

The Lithgow Ridgy-Didge

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About the Event

A trail running race at Hassans Walls Reserve has been on the minds of many runners over the years as they’ve explored the ridges above Lithgow.  With the help of Paul Ledger, Paul Vanstone, Lithgow Council, Lithgow Pony Club, private property owners and many more supporters, Blue Mountains Fitness is proud to announce the Lithgow Ridgy-Didge Trail Festival! 

 

There will be six events to choose from:

  • Marathon

  • 30km

  • 22km

  • 13km

  • 7km

  • 1km Kids Race

The Marathon takes in thirteen ridges with varying elevation gain/loss, accumulating over 2000 metres on dirt roads, 4WD trails, walking trails and mountain bike single tracks. The other distances will be shorter and have less elevation gain/loss. You’ll pass by many lookouts, give spectacular views of the Lithgow, Hartley, Megalong and Kanimbla Valleys.

At the event:

  • Tailwind Nutrition Australia

  • Free massage in the recovery area

  • T8

  • BMF

  • Summit Gear Katoomba

  • Catering

  • Camping

Summit Gear Katoomba and Blue Mountains Fitness will also have their ranges of trail run gear at the Event Hub.

 

Schedule of events:

  • Friday, August 19th

    • Afternoon check in/registration for all races at a local venue – to be confirmed

  • Saturday, August 20th - start times:

    • 06:00-11:00 am:check in/registration for all races at The Pony Club

    • 7:00 am: Marathon (18 and over)

    • 8:00 am: 30km (18 and over)

    • 9:00 am: 22km (16 and over)

    • 10:00 am: 13km (12 and over)

    • 11:00 am: 7km (12 and over – under 12s can run if accompanied by an adult)

    • 1.30 pm: Free kids race (under 12s)

    • 2:30 pm: Presentations

 

Cut-off for all events is 5:00 pm

 

Prizes

There will be Overall Male and Female Winner trophies in the Marathon, 30km, 22km, 13km and 7km with sponsor prizes for 1st in Age Groups.

Catering

There will be catering at the event hub with food and coffee available. The Pony Club will be providing plenty of catrering choices. There will be a Coffee Cart at the event.

Accommodation

We will advertise local accommodation options on the Blue Mountains Fitness website and Facebook Page and via emails to Registered Runners. A good place to start searching for accommodation is the Lithgow Visitor Centre - https://tourism.lithgow.com/

 

Camping

Camping will be available on site at The Pony Club. Drive in Sites will be non powered and sized to fit a miaximum of 5 people and 2 vehicles. There will also be suitable sites for Caravans and Camper Trailers. Camping Bookings will be an Optional Extra in the Registration process. Cost will be $30 per site per night. Late check out Saturday (3pm) or Sunday (3pm) is available. 

 

Merchandise 

Merchandise will be available as an optional extra to your registration or purchase on the day at the Event Hub. We will have buffs, hoodies, performance run T shirts and caps.

 

Aid Stations

There will be three major Aid Stations on course, two of these you will visit twice. Tailwind Endurance Fuel, Water, Lollies, Chips will be available. Drop Bags will also be available for Marathon and 30km runners - We will transport the bags out on the course for you. More details soon.

Toilets

There will be toilets at the following locations:

  • Hassans Walls Rd x 2

  • Start of the West Ridge x 1

  • Norman Henry Drive (start of Braceys Ridge) x1

 

Transfers, Cancellations, Event Changes

Transfers, cancellations and event distance changes are covered in the waiver details. The transfer fee to another person is $25 and can be done on the day but preferably done in advance. Details on how to do this will be available on the website soon.

 

To change events, you can swap to an event of a lesser distance for a fee of $25 either payable in advance via a transfer email/process or with a paper form and payable on day. To transfer to a greater distance event the fee is the difference between the race fees. More details on these processes will be available on the website soon. See full Terms and Conditions on website.

 

If you have any problems with the registration process, please email info@bluemountainsfitness.com.au or call 0402925608 and we'll do our best to get you through it.

 
 
Mandatory Kit
  • All Events - Raincoat, Long Sleeve Thermal, Buff or Beanie or Cap, Gloves, 500ml fluid capacity, Whistle, Mobile Phone, Survival Blanket, Snake Bandage. 

  • We may make the call on the shorter events (7km and 13km) to drop the requirement of the raincoat and thermal on the day. We will not drop the Mandatory Gear requirements for the Marathon, 30km or Half Marathon.

Course Maps

Maps coming soon with links to Strava, Garmin Connect, Maps.Me, All Trails and downloadable GPS files.

During the Event
 

Course Marking

Course marking will consist of flagging tape, arrows on trees and signage where necessary


Hydration

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) - Note:  this will be a 'no-cup' event

 

Litter

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.


Toilets

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.

Withdrawal

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.


Practice mindfulness

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 the event 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:
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/poisonsinformationcentre/bites_stings/bs_pressure.asp

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!