RUNNERS THAT ARE UNABLE TO REACH BEACONSFIELD PARADE/FITZROY ST (22KM) BY 9.40AM
THIS IS A CHANGE FOR 2014
The Medibank Melbourne Marathon has implemented a redirection point at the 22km mark of the marathon course for slow participants who will instead make up the lost distance by completing the final kilometres of their marathon via a looped course in Brunton Ave. near the finish
Participants who are unable to run at a sub 5.10hr marathon pace on race day must read the following and be aware of how they will be managed to ensure they complete the marathon safely and to have their result recorded.
Who will be required to do the Brunton Avenue redirection loop?
All runners who cannot reach the 22km of the course by 9.40am (2hr40mins for 22km).
When and where will the redirection take place?
The redirection will take place at the intersection of Beaconsfield Parade and Fitzroy St. Any runner/walker who reaches this point after 9.40am will be redirected at this point and will make up the additional 7.8km of their marathon via a looped course in Brunton Ave. near the finish
What will happen at the redirection point?
Those participants who miss the 9.40am cut off will be given a pink wristband by a race marshal and have their race numbers recorded. They will be redirected back up Fitzroy St at this point (22km). They will complete the rest of the course as per normal, but will make up the additional 7.8km (Fitzroy St to Elwood Beach and back) that they have missed in Brunton Ave just prior to the finish line.
What happens at Brunton Avenue?
Redirected course participants will do four 1.95km out-and-back loops (7.8km in total) in Brunton Ave before turning into the finish line to complete their marathon. Participants with pink wristband don’t go to the finish when they get to the MCG area. Instead they proceed along Jolimont Rd under William Barak Bridge into Brunton Ave, where they will be directed to complete 4 laps. A race official will mark off each lap and advise runners when they have completed four loops.
Drink station and Medical for the Brunton Avenue loop runners
An Aid Station will located at the halfway point (near Gate C) of the Brunton Avenue loop. This means runners will have access to water, sports drink, jelly beans and Medical services on eight occasions during the final section of the event.
This loop been measured officially.
The additional 7.8km loop has been officially measured to AIMS standards, runners who complete the redirected marathon course will have their results recorded and receive finisher medals. Older entrants should note that their time will be still be eligible for age-group race records.