Course

Event Precinct

The Mallacoota Fun Run starts and finishes on Betka Road adjacent to the stunning Betka Beach. There is a grassy picnic area with picnic tables and chairs overlooking the Betka River and Betka Beach.

This is where you will find toilets, water, our food and refreshments stall, and the Mallacoota Ambulance providing first aid assistance if necessary. You will find the gazebo Check-in desk near the start and finish line on Betka Road.

Please stay at Betka Beach after the event to cool off at the beach, enjoy some lunch with us, and relax and listen to music while the kids get creative in the sandcastle building competition.

You can view or download a copy of the Mallacoota Fun Run Course Map. There will be a race briefing just prior to the 9am race start.

Races and Distances

3km event – $5

West side of Betka River
The 3km event is a beautiful scenic course for everyone to enjoy. From the young-in-age to the young-at-heart, it is a distance that many people can participate in. You can walk, jog or run this event. The event is designed for general participation and is therefore not competitive and not timed.

The event begins on Betka Road adjacent to the beach day visitor area with a 600 metre gradual incline along the bitumen road heading south-west in the direction of Shipwreck Creek. At the marked crossing turn right to enter the Betka loop portion of the Mallacoota Coastal Walk. The track is relatively flat and made of gravel and is approximately 1.5 – 2 metres wide and meanders north/north-east through Mallacoota’s spectacular bushland along the Betka River.

There is plenty of opportunity for views of the tranquil river. The track opens to another pedestrian crossing on Betka Road near the event precinct. Follow the signage to cross the road and head back into the eastern side of the Betka loop. Here the track winds its way south through tea tree overlooking the stunning coastline between Betka Beach and Point Difficult. There is a medium level incline in the earlier part of the track and then it flattens out.

You will arrive at the crossing on Betka Road at the top of the loop. Head down the road to return to the finish line. Note that the overall distance is just a little less than 3km.

5 km event – $10

East side of Betka River loop
The 5km event is long enough to be a race yet short enough for the avid walker to complete. The course is identical to the 3km event however incorporates an additional return leg to Fisherman’s Point. Similar to the 3km event, the 5km event begins on Betka Road adjacent to the beach day visitor area with a 600 metre gradual incline along the bitumen road heading south-west in the direction of Shipwreck Creek. At the marked crossing turn right to enter the Betka loop portion of the Mallacoota Coastal Walk.

The track is relatively flat and made of gravel and is approximately 1.5 – 2 metres wide and meanders north/north-east through Mallacoota’s spectacular bushland along the Betka River. The track opens to another pedestrian crossing on Betka Road near the event precinct. Follow the signage to cross the road and head back into the eastern side of the Betka loop. Here the track winds its way south through tea tree overlooking the stunning coastline.

For the 5km course, participants will continue along the Mallacoota Coastal Walk past Point Difficult and Airport Cove to arrive at Fisherman’s Point. This is the turnaround point in the 5km event and a water station. Participants head back along the track a short way past Point Difficult where the track heads towards the Betka Road crossing. The event is completed similar to the 3km event with a final 600 metre straight down Betka Road home to the finish line.

The majority of this event is flat with only a slight incline as you head higher above the coastal clifftop. The course is closer to 5.3km.

10 km event – $25

Quarry Beach
The 10km event is a continuation of the 5km event with plenty of additional features. The 10km event begins on Betka Road adjacent to the beach day visitor area with a 600 metre gradual incline along the bitumen road heading south-west in the direction of Shipwreck Creek. 10km runners will do the Betka Beach loop around the Mallacoota Coastal Walk.

Once on the eastern side of Betka Road on the track along the coastline, the 10km event passes Point Difficult, Airport Cove and Fisherman’s Point (water station). From here to Pebbly Beach the track is not made of Genoa gravel; it is a cleared bush track about 1.5metres wide with more uneven surface and tree roots. After a gradual incline runners arrive at a steep flight of steps on the clifftop above Quarry Beach. Head down the steps and south along the beach sand for about 50 metres. Note that in the event of heavy rainfall and high tide there is occasionally a very small creek often with river stones to cross on the beach. This can be anything from a trickle to a few metres wide. Watch your step. Look up and you will find another flight of steep steps to climb to get back onto the Mallacoota Coastal Walk upon the clifftop.

Continue south on the track atop of Quarry and Secret Beaches for nearly 2km until arriving at your turnaround point and a water station at Pebbly Beach carpark. Pebbly Beach borders the Croajingolong National Park. Return along the track tracing your steps all the way a few hundred metres past Point Difficult to head off the Mallacoota Coastal Walk out to Betka Road crossing and run the final 600 metres down the bitumen to the finish line. This course is nearly spot on 10km.

Half marathon event – $35

Betka River Mouth
The half marathon event involves a little more than two circuits of the 10km event. Upon reaching Pebbly beach water station, instead of turning around with the 10km event runners, continue right along the dirt road 500 metres to the marshals and turn around to return back along the entire course. On the first return to the Betka River and Beach loop runners will not run down Betka Road to the finish line. They will pass through the pedestrian crossing from the east to the west side of the loop where they begin their second lap of the event. They will therefore pass through the event precinct providing a great opportunity for spectators to offer support and encouragement. Runners will travel back out along the Mallacoota Coastal Walk past the Fisherman’s Point water station, on to Quarry Beach via the steep steps and all the way to Pebbly Beach water station and right along dirt road 500 metres before turning to trace steps along course. The home leg brings runners back along the track to Point Difficult where they head towards the Betka Road crossing. Turn right for the final 600 metres of bitumen road which is slightly downhill towards the finish line! This course is spot on a half marathon (without having been ‘officially’ measured).

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