This is it!
3 Weeks to go till the “Big Easy Mountain Marathon” this includes some information you are going to find really useful, the course outline, distances and estimated times, as well as what will be at the aide stations.
As we get closer we want to give you as much information as possible to help you prepare the best you can and take some of the workload out of the event weekend, especially during registration.
This is the same course as last year with the finish line in Luggate, which will be a great place to hang out. In regards to having children at the finish line – there is plenty of space for them to come and support you, but there is a creek running alongside the finish line, and cars coming and going throughout the day from the car park, so make sure that you are aware of where the kids are.
Weather – the long range forecast is looking like good and hot weather again this year. Last year, the event was on in the HOTTEST day of the summer. So it’s a good reminder that it is Summer, anything could happen out there. Our main concern is dehydration and overheating, and it is difficult for crew vehicles to get to places on the course quickly.
We suggest you plan to carry plenty of water, and electrolytes, even though there are aide stations on course – it could take you longer than you think to get there!
Compulsory Gear – included in this newsletter is the final compulsory gear list. This is the gear you must carry for all the event. You’ll note that everyone has to carry the same gear.  Please ensure you have all the gear with you and use it accordingly. There will be random gear checks, and all the first finishers will be checked. Would be a bugger to be disqualified after you’ve just won your category!

Minimum Gear: Yep it could well be 30+ degrees at the finish but up at 2000m above sea level it could very easily be windy and feel absolutely freezing. if you take a wee tumble and have to sit and wait to be rescued you will appreciate the extra layers! So make sure you take them with you:

  • Mid-weight fleece or merino thermal top (you can easily pull over your cycle top)
  • Seam-sealed (waterproof) jacket. Shell is fine.
  • 2L water carrying capacity

Event T-Shirts

Last CHANCE to get a T-shirt – must order by Monday 14th Jan 2019.
This year we are scaling back the ‘busyness’ of our dry-fit T-Shirt which will have the Big Easy logo on left lapel.
Sizes are:
XS – (approx sizing 8)
S – (approx sizing 10)
M – (approx sizing 12)
L – (approx sizing 14)
XL – (approx sizing 16)
There will be limited opportunities to swap your tops out to a new size as we will only have 1-2 extras in each size so please go to the website and check the sizing there –
Briefing notes – the briefing will be held 12.45 pm at the Start line at the Snow farm Lodge – I will have last minute info and updates- but these are the key things you need to know from the briefing – might as well read them now and get ahead of the game! 1pm is late in the day – late enough so that by time most of you finish it will njot actually be the hottest part of the day down at the finish line! Up beween 1500m and 2000m it shouldn’t be too bad – there will likely be a gentle zephyr blowing!
We have a marshal this year to point you down a wee short-cut and save you 2km (ensuring a 42km course) – so you have an 8km beautiful, fun wee loop before coming back passed the start here. Be sure to refill at this aid station because it’s about 15km to the next aid station – and it’s all uphill and you’re not going passed any creeks on those ridges.

 You bypass the very boring ‘top’ of Mt Pisa and carry onto the next aid station as you climb out of Sally’s Pinch. This is a full aid station with water, electrolytes fruit and chips.

Now the big down hill starts – about 20km and some of it is quite rough under foot so you really need to watch where you’re going and NOT be looking at the scenery (a runner fell 2 years ago and dislocated his shoulder – keep your eyes front and centre!) Hopefully it’ll be cloudy (and cool) so you won’t see anything anyway.

We’ll have water half way down (10ks from previous aid station) as you get further down the hill gets steeper! Take it easy on these steeper sections. No need to totally blow out your knees/quads… this is a fun run remember! Then 2kms after you get off ‘the hill’ Boom! You are finished!

There is food and refreshments awaiting you at the finish. Prize giving 6pm at the finish line. Free Beer and Hot chips after 8pm to encourage you to hang around and cheer on the late finishers in the 100k!

A couple more things;
  • There will be water, electrolytes, and food at the aide stations –
  • If you come across an accident it is important that you stop and help, send the next rider down to alert the nearest marshal. If you have a phone you can right the race director on 021 284 6844 or if an emergency ring 111! Cheers.
Take it easy getting to the event and we’ll see you on the 26th (25th if registering on the Friday).