CONGRATULATIONS TO BALINGA PASCO AND KATIE GREENFIELD, WINNERS OF THE INAUGURAL 'DIRTY DOZEN'. Results for the 12km and 2.5km races HERE
Thanks to the DDCC, the City of Busselton, Busselton Dunsborough Times and all the volunteers who made this possible.
The action kicks off on Saturday afternoon with a guided course familiarisation run. Then the tempo is really cranked up with the 'Dry Tri' Challenges - off-road run-cycle(MTB)-run events for the juniors. Wind down at the presentations and a family dinner at DDCC.
On Sunday the main event is a dynamite 12k off-road run - a true dirt runner's dream, a roller coaster of switchbacks, banked turns, 300m+ of vertical gain and trail trickery that will test you if you want to push the limits, but is still kind enough (and scenic) for first timers prepared to take it more gently.
And then, as the sweat, exhilaration and fury of the 'dirty dozen' are subsiding, it's time for the Leukaemia Foundation
Sunflower Dash. This is led out by a 2.5k race for under 16s, followed by a non-competitive family fun run/walk on the same course (2.5k).
Bring the whole family, smash yourself on the 12k, cheer like mad for the kids and then warm down with family and friends in a gentle jog/walk for a great cause.
SATURDAY 31 August
SUNDAY 1 September
|7:30am||Guided 12K Familiarisation Run|
|2:30pm||Registration and Bib Collection|
|3:30pm||7-12yrs 'Dry Tri' Challenge - 1km Run 3km MTB 1.5km run|
|4:30pm||13-16yrs 'Dry Tri' Challenge - 1km Run 6km MTB 2.5km run|
|6:30pm||Family Dinner & Kids Challenge Presentations|
Email us for all enquiries.
|6:00 - 7:45am||Coffee & Muffins|
Registration (by prior arrangement) + Bib Collection
|7:45am||12K Race Briefing|
|8.00am||12K Race Start|
|10:20am||Junior 2.5K Race/Sunflower Dash Briefing|
|10:30am||Junior 2.5K Race Starts|
|11:15am||Leukaemia Foundation Sunflower Dash Start|
|12:30pm||Tiny Tots 200m Dash|
|1pm||Lunch/Bar Open| COURSE MAPS Saturday Events Sunday Events12 km COURSE DESCRIPTIONDirty Dozen 12k
The action starts at the Country Club and ascends easily on gravel service tracks before dropping into the first of a long line of single tracks. Making its way, more or less, towards the coast, the course then follows the Coastal Track for a short distance before descending to the sand of Curtis Bay. From here it's 4km of mostly uphill forest trails - with banked corners and jumps that only make sense to mountain bikers heading in the opposite direction. The next 3.5km take you around some of the best preserved remnant vegetation in Meelup Park, until it's 'hold onto your laces' and you hurtle down what can only be described as a 2km dirt and rock bobsled track, back towards the coast. Then, just when it's nearly over, with 10k down and the finish line just around the corner to the left, the course takes a sudden right back up the hill and onto more single track. (Please note that the course beyond this point will be closed at the 2hr mark, and if you arrive after that time, you will not be permitted to continue.
) You'll wind your way through woodland areas between the fairways of the golf course before making a big, skidding left hander and belting 1km downhill towards the start/finish. A heart-breaking view of the finish line, a quick wave at the crowds and you turn back onto some hidden single track that takes you to the final turn around - and a 200m dash down the 18th fairway.IMPORTANT NOTES
Sections of the course pass through Meelup Park, an A Grade reserve. It is an environmentally sensitive area. The following notes reflect the need to treat the Park with respect.
1. There is a compulsory shoe wash down station on the course where it enters a dieback-free zone. Failure to step through the mat with both shoes will result in disqualification.
2. There will be 2 drink stations (water only in cups). The drink stations are officially 'off course' and you must dispose of the plastic cup in the bin provided before re-entering the course.
3. This is a 12km event and there is no real need for gels, etc. We ask that all competitors consider *NOT* taking any gels or other food/supplements in wrappers.
4. In many places the course follows switch-backs. You *must* stick to the marked course and not take short cuts across the bush.
5. Please don't use an iPod (or similar) - you need to be able to hear other runners and instructions from course marshals. Email us for all enquiries.