The Goodlife Rottnest Marathon is organised by the West Australian Marathon Club, founded in 1970 and responsible for the best running events in WA. The Rottnest Marathon was established in 1994 and each year runners visit this island, off the coast of Western Australia, to experience the marathon.
The island is a protected nature reseve and home to the quokka - a small, wallaby like marsupial, said to be "the happiest animal in the world.'
Photo Katy Clemmans
Rottnest Island covers 19 square kilometres and can be reached via a 30 minute ferry ride from the mainland. There is a permanent population of around 200, with approx 500,000 visitors annually. The coastal area is covered with white sand beaches and secluded coves.
Start with the wail of bagpipes at 6:40am to get you on your way in the Rottnest Marathon. The four lap course starts and finishes adjacent to the Heritage Common and circumnavigates the salt lakes in the center of the island via sealed roads. The course is designed to ensure runners take in the magical scenery and experience everything the island has to offer. The course is undulating and showcases the views that will stay in your memory for a lifetime.
Starting at the Heritage Common the race heads out across the salt lakes, to Armstrong Bay, where you will be confronted with a view that has to be seen to be believed. The race circumnavigates the island to ensure you miss nothing and see everything.
The Half Marathon covers the same course as the marathon, with two loops.
The 10km course is the same as the marathon and the 5km is an out and back course.
Marathon: 6½ hours
There are five drink stations on the course located at approx 2km intervals. For marathon runners, electrolyte drink will be available at approx 5km intervals. Special drinks are catered for and must be handed in by 6:00pm Saturday or 6:30am Sunday.
12 noon at the Heritage Common.
Rottnest Marathon finishers receive a medal, finishers' shirt and a Goodlife Health Club goodie bag. Half Marathoners receive a medla, goodie bag and three pairs of Mizuno socks. 10km and 5km runners receive a medal and goodie bag. In addition, all runners receive a free 14 day membership to any Goodlife Health Club.
All marathon runners will be sent their bibs in the first week of October. After this time, runners must collect their race pack from Heritage Common on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.
Further information and entry details can be found on the Rottnest Running Festival website by following this link.
The Western Australia Running Club organises many events, all year round, catering for all levels of ability. Click here to go to the WAMC website for further information.