Tour de Ridges
Mawson Sportsfields off Beasley St, Mawson, ACT
Sunday 21 December 2014
2014 Tour de Ridges newsletter
1. Welcome to this year’s Tour de Ridges at the Mawson Sportsfields off Beasley St, Mawson on Sunday. Start times are:
6.30am 21.2 km run and 15.3 km walk. 7.15am 15.3 km run. 7.30am 10.6 km ‘flat’ out and back run and walk. Compulsory pre-race briefing 5 minutes before each start.
LATE ENTRIES: Please enter ONLINE by 5pm Saturday. Entries on race morning create a lot of work for the race organisers after the race and delay publication of the results. Entries on race day will be accepted but CLOSE 30 Minutes before the race start for each event.
2. Chest numbers
Were posted out to ACT entrants who entered by Wednesday night. All others will need to be collected at registration. Please wear your chest number on the front of your T shirt so it is clearly visible as you approach the finish. This will greatly assist the finish recorders.
Maps of the 3 courses are on the Australian Mountain Running Association website in the Event Management portal at http://www.mountainrunning.coolrunning.com.au/modules/EventManagement/2013%20Tour%20de%20Ridge%20courses.pdf
At Drink Station 2 in Isaacs Ridge reserve, 15.3k participants turn left and start heading back via an underpass under Yamba Drive while 21.2k runners do a large figure 8 circuit in Isaacs ridge reserve before heading back.
The 10.6k course is a simple out and back run on the fire trail behind Farrer and Isaacs to Drink Station 3 in Isaacs reserve. This is the route of the final 5.3kms of the 21.2k course.
The weather forecast for Sunday morning is a 5% chance of light showers and a temperature range of 11 degrees at 6am to 27 degrees at midday. http://www.bom.gov.au/act/forecasts/canberra.shtml
Last year there was an almost identical forecast but it didn’t rain, with cool overcast weather ideal.
5. Drink stations
There are drink stations at regular intervals with water and Gatorade. Please stay well hydrated. Please drink the water and don’t pour it over your head as it may run out. Douse your head in water before the start. You will be running in Canberra nature park. Please leave cups at the drink stations and don’t drop them in the bush along the way and don’t drop any other rubbish such as Gel wrappers.
6. Parking and toilets
There is plenty of car parking adjacent to the start/finish at the sports fields. There are toilets in the toilet block on your right as you drive in. However, arrive in plenty of time to avoid a long toilet queue just before the start, to get your name ticked off as a starter and to be at the start line 5 minutes before the start for a briefing. There will be around 250 competitors and limited public toilets (2 toilets in the ladies loo, and a single toilet and urinal in the men’s loo).
7. Finish procedure
You must check in at the finish tables and ensure your chest number and name are recorded on the list for your event, then take off your chest number and put it in the box for the barrel prize draws. There will be a separate recording pad for each of the 10k, 15k and 21k so ensure you are recorded for the correct distance. Both 10k runners and walkers will be recorded on the 10k pad and 15k runners and walkers on the 15k pad. The computer results afterwards will separately list runners and walkers.
Will be held at about 9am for the 10k and 9.50am for the 15k and 21k participants. At the finish there will be breakfast bars, drinks, and other things to eat.
9. Shoes and hazards
A couple of sections of the course (off Farrer hill and Wanniassa Hills ridge) have steep downhills on rough or loose surfaces. Please take particular care on these; above all ensure you are wearing shoes with good grip.
Last year 15k and 21k runners saw a wedge tailed eagle sitting close to the track. This is unlikely to happen again. There is a very slight chance of seeing a snake from mid-morning onwards as the day gets warmer. If you see one on the trail, stop and let it slither off into the grass.
Please read the section on first aid for snake bite in the following: http://www.anaes.med.usyd.edu.au/venom/snakebite.html In summary, if bitten, stop still, firmly bandage the affected area (use your running singlet) and get the next runner on the course to seek urgent assistance for you.
11. Have a good time
The Tour de Mountain was first held 15 years ago as a scenic, social pre-Christmas trail run. Usually there are some finishers each year who comment that it is one of the best runs they have ever done. So please enjoy yourself.
The course changed a few years ago from a start/finish at Mawson shops when the shopping centre and the roads became too busy.
Australian Mountain Running Association