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Checkpoint Cutoffs

The following information outlines the cutoffs that will be applied for each checkpoint.  The same checkpoint cutoff times apply for both 100km and relay runners. Cutoffs will be strictly enforced and any runner not able to leave a checkpoint before the designated cutoff time will be removed from the race.

Apollo Bay - Startline

Cutoff 5:30am Saturday

Blanket Bay Campground - CP1

Cutoff 9:30am Saturday

(21.8kms / 4 hours)

Aire River Campground - CP2

Cutoff 1pm Saturday

(42.1kms / 7.5 hours)

Johanna Beach Campground - CP3

Cutoff 3:30pm Saturday

(55kms / 10 hours)

The Gables (Carpark) - CP4

Cutoff 8:30pm Saturday

(80.1 / 15 hours)

12 Apostles Centre - Finishline

Cutoff midnight Sunday

(100.3 / 18.5 hours)


Blanket Bay

Checkpoint 1

Blanket Bay checkpoint is in the Day Visitor area at the southern end (far end) of the campground. Runners will leave the bush track and emerge onto the beach. You then turn right and traverse the beach to the southern end where there will be signage, ribbons and a marshal to direct you up a ramp straight into the checkpoint in the day visitor car park and picnic area. There are toilets here if needed. This means you won't run through the campground as done previously. NO CREW are allowed at Blanket Bay due to Parks restrictions, please ensure your crew are aware of this restriction. Crew can meet their runner at the Otway Lighthouse carpark but no assistance can be given here.


Aire River

Checkpoint 2

Cross the bridge towards the camp ground and continue straight ahead through the trees on the footpath until you see the aid station.

Johanna Beach

Checkpoint 3

Johanna aid station is at the southern end (far end) of the campground. You climb off the beach about 300 metres after crossing the creek and then make your way along the 4WD track through the camp ground until you reach the checkpoint on your right. It is a long tough section from here to the Gables so be sure to fill up your bottles/bladder. Look towards the beach access (but do not go back down onto the beach) to pick up the trail-head which climbs parallel to the beach.


Moonlight Head

Unmanned water drop

There will be an unmanned water drop at Moonlight Head just past the farm gate (you can't miss it). Follow the fence-line past the cow paddocks until a stile turns you left into the forest. Don't miss this turn! It is only 5km to the Gables aid station from Moonlight Head.

The Gables

Checkpoint 4

You will hit a T-junction in the track around 80km. Turn right at this Gables junction signpost (follow special GOW race arrows) a very short distance to the Gables checkpoint. Do not miss this turn into the checkpoint. Return to the junction and go straight ahead this time. Follow the supplementary race signage returning you to the course.

12 Apostles

The 12 Apostles Visitor Centre checkpoint is at the very rear of the visitor centre carpark, near the helipad (see Course directions page for a map of the finish area). Shelter and lighting and 'patio' style heaters and chairs, etc will also be set up in this space for runners waiting for a ride into Port Campbell. Please share any space you have with runners needing a ride into Port Campbell. Family and crew arriving early can enjoy the viewing platforms overlooking the 12 Apostles. There are commercial helicopter joy-flights available on-site. Absolutely no overnight camping or sleeping in cars is permitted. Please respect other users to ensure our ongoing viability.

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