We can’t wait for you to join us this year as we descend on the beauty of the Southern Gold Coast, as Coolangatta plays host to the GC50 Run Festival for the first time ever.
Whether your race day is Saturday or Sunday this year, we’ve compiled all your race day information below. If you have an unanswered question, simply drop us a line at [email protected]
Please note: The Start/Finish venue for all distances is Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta.
The 50km course will utilise a two lap format for 2020, with each lap measuring 25km. Runners will head north and run to the turnaround point in Palm Beach, before turning back and heading south to Coolangatta. To complete each lap, runners will head south to Greenmount, before making their way back to Queen Elizabeth Park to either finish or head out for their second lap.
The 30km event will follow the same two lapped format, with the turnaround point located in Currumbin Alley.
15km runners will complete one lap and turn at the same point in Currumbin Alley as the 30km runners.
Participants in the 5km event, will complete a one lapped course, incorporating a Northern out and back to Kirra, finish off with the south out and back to Greenmount as per other distances.
Certified Courses: The new 50km, 30km and 15km courses will have been professionally measured and certified.
Please note: Unfortunately due to the nature of the course, race wheelchairs and prams are strictly not permitted and this rule will be enforced on event day.
Saturday 5th December 2020
16:45 – Kids Dash Start
17:30 – 5km Start
Sunday 6th December 2020
05:30 – 50km & 2 x 25km Relay Start
05:45 – 30km Start
06:00 – 15km Start
Please note – should you wish to start at 5.00am (50km only) please contact Race HQ at [email protected] Please note that this wave is designed for those that may struggle to make the 25km 4-hour cut off.
(Please note that the above information and subsequent start time plans are subject to change to adhere to Government guidelines on delivering safe events in a COVID-19 environment).
There will be a 50km cut off enforced at the 25km point on the course. This cut off will be enforced after 4 hours (9.30am). Participants will need to have passed this point in order to continue onto their second lap.
Course cut off for all events is 1:30pm (8 hours for 50km).
If you feel you may struggle to achieve this cut-off starting at 5.30am (50km event) then we permit starting in the earlier 50km wave, scheduled for 5:00am.
Please email [email protected] should you wish to be considered for the 5.00am wave. Those that start in the earlier wave will not be eligible for awards.
The 2020 course format, means that participants in the 2 x 25km relay will complete one lap of the course each. The relay exchange point will be located at the top of the finish chute, within Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta.
Mass restart for 25km relay
Relay runners doing the second lap will leave when their outbound partner arrives at relay exchange point. However there will be a mass start at the 2hr 30min mark (approx 0800 hrs) for the runners completing the second lap whose outbound partner has not yet arrived by that time. Race times will be adjusted accordingly.
Athletes who drop out of the race must advise an official or an aid station captain of their withdrawal.
Full aid stations will be positioned at 3km intervals and will carry water, Hammer Nutrition Electrolyte, Coca Cola, chopped banana and glucose type lollies.
You can use one of the many showers located along the beachfront to cool down or refill your water carrying device, should you opt to carry one.
We’ll have drinks on ice for you at the finish line in our recovery marquee.
(Please note that the above information and subsequent aid station plans are subject to change to adhere to Government guidelines on delivering safe events in a COVID-19 environment).
For cuts and abrasions all aid stations will carry First Aid kits. First aid is located at the finish line and there will also be three roving teams throughout the course.
Enjoy the 5km & Kids Dash events with us on Saturday 5th December from 4.45pm.
Did someone say run, sleep, repeat?
The 50km, 30km, 15km and 2 x 25km relay events will be held on Sunday 6th December from 5.30am.
Saturday 5th December 2020
|10:00||Registration Opens (All Events)||Queen Elizabeth Park|
|16:20||Kids Dash Warm Up||Main Stage|
|16:30||Kids Dash Briefing||Start Line|
|16:45||Kids Dash Event Start (3km & 1.5km)||Start Line|
|17:15||5km Warm Up||Main Stage|
|17:25||5km Briefing||Start Line|
|17:30||5km Event Start||Start Line|
|17:35||Live Music Commences||Main Stage|
|18:00||Registration Closes (All Events)||Queen Elizabeth Park|
|18:15||Presentation - 5km Event||Main Stage|
|19:00||Live Music Concludes||Main Stage|
Sunday 6th December 2020
|04:50||Pre-Race Briefing - 50km (Early/05:00 Wave)||Main Stage|
|05:00||Start 50km (Early Wave - Pre Authorised Participants Only)||Start Line|
|05:20||Pre-Race Briefing - 50km Event||Main Stage|
|05:30||Start 50km Event||Start Line|
|05:40||Pre-Race Briefing - 30km Event||Main Stage|
|05:45||Start 30km Event||Start Line|
|05:55||Pre-Race Briefing - 15km Event||Main Stage|
|06:00||Start 15km Event - Wave 1||Start Line|
|06:05||Start 15km Event - Wave 2||Start Line|
|06:10||Start 15km Event - Wave 3||Start Line|
|08:00||On-Stage Live Music Begins||Main Stage|
|08:30||Presentation - 15km Event||Main Stage|
|10:30||Presentation - 50km, 30km & Relay||Main Stage|
|13:30||Event Concludes||Thank you!|
Official pacers will be provided by Gale Force Run Squad for 4:30, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 hours in the 50 km and 2:30, 2:45, 3:00 and 3:30 in the 30 km event.
Starts and finishes in Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta.
When entering the address into maps or navigation devices, we recommend entering 60 Marine Parade, Coolangatta.