2020 Margaret River Ultra Marathon | Entries open

Entries have opened for the third Margaret River Ultra Marathon for those brave enough to endure the breathtaking 80 kilometre journey from Hamelin Bay to Cheeky Monkey Brewery

The event takes place on May 9 next year, and so far has attracted more than 1,500 runners from Austraila and overseas since it started in 2018.

Runners have the option of tackling the entire 80km course as a solo runner or as part of a team of two to five person team completing between 10km to 20km each, making it achievable for runners of all abilities.

Entrants pass through popular locations like Boranup Forest, Gnarabup, Preverly, Gracetown and a whole range of landscapes along the Cape to Cape track.

Running die-hards will witness iconic surf breaks, ancient Karri tree forests, cliff top trails, endless coastal views, huge granite domes, white sandy beaches and world-renowned vineyards.

The Margaret River Ultra Marathon is organised by Rapid Ascent-a Victorian-based events management company who deliver other ultra-running events like the Surf Coast Century and Run Larapinta held in Alice Springs.

Rapid Ascent general manager Sam Maffett said the unique landscape in the Margaret River region kept runners buzzing from start to finish.

"The course traverses such a diverse range of landscapes within easy reach of the wineries, cafes and beaches the area is famous for," he said.

"Accessibility is so important too. Friends and family can watch and track their friends and family at lots of intervals along the coast."

"The South West of WA is a sensational area with a great reputation for holiday makers and when you run the course you can see why - it's just beautiful.

"Ultra marathons are increasing in popularity the world over and the 80km distance places it in reach of many runners.

"Combine this accessibility with the beautiful landscapes and popularity of the Margaret River region and it's obvious the event is fast becoming one of the most popular ultras on the Australian running calendar."

It's been described as a "full-service" event with all the customer service considerations you'd expect from an industry leader-including transport, well stocked checkpoints with food and drinks, a marked and marshalled course and stop off points for spectators and support crews.

Runners can check-out some all new travel packages on offer for 2020 as well. Five night packages are available with local tourism authority Margaret River Tourism.

For more information regarding the event head to www.MRUltramarathon.com.au.

This story Margaret River Ultra Marathon entries open first appeared on Augusta-Margaret River Mail.