2019 Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival newsletter, 24 July 2019

2019 Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival newsletter, 24 July 2019


Registration centre, start/finish, and car parking for both days

The start/finish and registration tent is on the north side of Campbell High School, outside the gymnasium which has male and female toilets and change rooms. Only 100 metres away there is plenty of parking at the former CSIRO Headquarters car park. To access this from Limestone Avenue turn on to Quick Street in Ainslie then turn right in to Hayley Street and follow it south for 300 metres to the CSIRO car park. Please DO NOT PARK at the War Memorial or Campbell High car park off Treloar Crescent, or anywhere on the south side of the school, and then walk past the school buildings to get to the start/finish. If you do, you will probably set off the school building alarm system, which is extremely loud and difficult to get turned off.

Event information

Please download a copy of the start/finish map, event program, course maps and other event information at

Event program

SATURDAY  27 July 2019

8.30am           Registration opens to collect race bibs

9.30am            16 km run/walk

11.30am          10.6 km run/walk

11.45am          Under 13 years 2km children’s run/walk

SUNDAY  28 July 2019

6.30am           Registration opens to collect race bibs

7.30am           42.2 km bush marathon

8.30am           21.1 km bush half marathon run/walk

9.30am            12.5 km run/walk

Arrival time for your event
It is recommended that you aim to arrive 1 hour prior to your start time to allow sufficient time to find a parking spot, walk to the start/finish area, collect your race bib and pin it on the front of your T shirt or vest, warm up, visit the toilets, and attend the compulsory pre-start briefing 10 minutes before each start.

Weather forecast: good (see http://www.bom.gov.au/act/forecasts/canberra.shtml)

The current weather forecast is :
SATURDAY: Min 2, max 14 degrees. Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. Light winds becoming westerly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon.
SUNDAY: Min -1, max 14 degrees. Partly cloudy. Areas of morning frost. Light winds..

Start lists
Start lists will be posted on the website on Thursday in a news bulletin at http://www.mountainrunning.coolrunning.com.au

Race bibs
Race bibs have electronic timing chips attached and must be collected when you arrive on race day. If you are doing 2 events, eg. half marathon on Sunday and 16k on Saturday, you will need 2 bib numbers, one bib for each race, and the Sunday race bib must be collected on Sunday.
Race bibs for all runners and walkers MUST be worn on the front of the chest clothing and clearly visible as you approach both the start line timing mat and the finish line timing mats for the electronic chip to work and to facilitate backup recording of finishers. You must not have a backpack strap over the bib as this can prevent the electronic chip from recording.

Pre event injuries and ill health
Each year some runners start the events with pre-existing injuries which they managed by taking pain killers pre-start and while out on the course. The Sports Medicine Australia attendants have said that this is extremely dangerous, both to health and to masking pain from an impending stress fracture or muscle or ligament failure. Please DO NOT START in these circumstances.
You can also swap to a shorter distance or do one of the bush walks if those are manageable within the constraints of the injury.

Having a bad day on the day
If you are doing the marathon on Sunday, you can cut short and just complete the half marathon and go in the results for that event. However, you must advise the finish recorder you have done this. You will not be eligible for a place getter trophy if you swap to a shorter distance.

Toilets and change rooms
There are male and female toilets and change rooms at ground floor level in the Campbell high gymnasium, just near the start/finish. See the map at http://www.coolrunning.com.au/calendar/public_html/2019/2019e005.pdf
Please arrive early and warm up early and visit the toilets early to avoid a queue. Races will be starting on time.
There is also a portaloo at the Nature Park car park adjacent to the Hackett drink station at the 11.5 km/16.5km point on the half marathon course, and at the halfway point for the 10 km run and walk.

Campbell High School security system
Please do not walk close to any parts of the school building apart from the gymnasium, as this will set off the security alarm.

Start arrangements
All competitors in each event must be at the start line 10 minutes before the start for a compulsory pre-race briefing. This is a compulsory requirement in respect of the event risk management procedures agreed by the ACT government approval agencies, and so that you understand the finish procedures with the electronic timing.

Finish arrangements
Please ensure that your chest number is fully visible on the front of your jacket or T shirt as you approach the finish line. There will be a finish shute funnelling you to a finish recording tent. In that tent you must take off your chest number. If the weather is fine, there will be a scanner linked to a TV screen telling you your time and place. Hand in your chest number and collect your race mug.
You can get a muesli bar or chocolate bar and a cup of soft drink or sports drink from a table near the finish area. If you are on a gluten-free diet, there will be a box of gluten free muesli bars available.
Water: Providing sufficient water for hundreds of runners at the finish in addition to soft drink and sports drink is a major logistical problem. If you are a Canberra local, can you please assist by bringing your own water bottle. Thank you.

Results online
Live results will be available on any device with Web access (smartphone, tablet, PC) via the following link: https://my.raceresult.com/131204/results?lang=en
Copy and paste this link into your browser.

Your finish time recorded will be the gun time- ie time when you crossed the finish mat minus the start time at the start cones.

Online Finisher’s Certificate

When you access the Web result if you click on your name in any Results List a pop up box with a downloadable/printable Finisher’s Certificate will be available for you.

Out on the courses
Nearly all of each of the courses is within Canberra Nature Park. As a condition of access, Park Management has requested that runners and walkers do not drop empty cups or empty gels or other rubbish along the way, and that all such material is left in the garbage bags at each drink station.

We are also required to advise you that Mt Ainslie many years ago was an army firing range and a few unexploded ordinances have been found in recent years. You will not encounter any such things on the Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival trails. However, if you venture off the trail for any reason (such as answering a call of nature) and encounter any metal objects on the ground, stay right away from them and do not pick them up. If they look at all like an unexploded military device, please report the location to police.

Compulsory gear for events 16 km and longer (& recommended for 10km & 12 km races)

Wear a hydration vest or carry either a cup or 0.5 litre to 1 litre water bottle or water bladders in race vests and refill these at drink stations. Please bring your cup or 0.5 litre to 1 litre water bottle or race vest water bladder with you when you collect your race bib as a gear check.

There will be no cups at the drink stations and no cups at the start/finish.

Recommended gear
Beanie, gloves, trail running shoes. If the weather is inclement, a lightweight waterproof jacket. Warm clothes to change into after finishing.

Marathon drink stations
The marathon does 2 laps of the half marathon course. There will be a drink station at the start/finish turnaround where you may put your own special drinks and food. There will also be drink stations at the 6.5km, 9.4 km, 12.8km and 16km points on each lap, with water, sports drink, jubes and other lollies.

Race time limits and intermediate cut off times
In the interests of competitor safety and fairness to the volunteer helpers, there are time limits and cut off times. Competitors not achieving the cut off point time of 3 hrs 15 mins in the marathon at the end of 1 lap must withdraw from the marathon at that point but will be included in the results for the half marathon. The course is hilly by marathon standards, and the second 21.1 km lap tends to be significantly slower.

There are also time limits for the other events. Participants not finishing within the time limits will be disqualified.

Mobile phone coverage
There is excellent mobile phone coverage right around Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura.

Photographers will be taking photos of as many participants as possible. These will be published afterwards in online photo albums. If you do not want your photo published, please call ‘no photographs’ to any photographer you see.

Event queries
Please do not email event queries on Thursday or Friday. Course marking, filling water containers and packing all the gear for the weekend takes all day from dawn until late at night. Please read this newsletter and the event information and your question should have been answered. This includes information on withdrawals and refunds.

Additional helpers needed
I am short of a few helpers on Sunday (wine or chocolate as reward):
– half marathon course turnaround marshal (8.30 to 12.30)
– 2 extra drink station attendants (8.30 to 12.30 and 10.00 to 12.00)
– back up bib number recording at the finish (9.00 to 12.00)
Please volunteer online at

Events coming up after this weekend

See http://www.mountainrunning.coolrunning.com.au
Many helpers will be needed for the Mt Majura Vineyard Two Peaks and One Peak on 13 October, Deep Space Marathon and Half Marathon on 3 November and Tour de Ridges on 15 December. Please volunteer by completing a Volunteer Registration at http://www.mountainrunning.coolrunning.com.au/index.php?module=Home&action=volunteer

Finally, enjoy yourself and have a good time.

John Harding
Race Director
Australian Mountain Running Association