Lightning Strike 50k - Stromlo Running Festival

Lightning Strike 50k

Date: Sunday 24th November 2019

Time: 6am start

Aid Station: Drink stations are approximately every 5-7km along the course and will provide water, Hammer Sports drink, and lollies.

Course Limits: The field will be limited to a maximum of 250 participants.

Performance Expectations: Runners are expected to be adequately trained to participate in this event and finish in the 9.5 hours time limit. There is a cut off of 5.5 hours at the 30km mark.

All runners who register before September 15 will receive a 50km finishers t-shirt (RRP $35).Every runner receives a finishers medal, and access to a post race snack station consisting of fruit and munchies.


Course Description:  Participants in the 50km event will complete three single trail loops.

Elevation: 960m

The first loop is a 20km scenic route which travels east along the Molonglo River and climbs through the National Arboretum to the top of Dairy Farmers hill, providing a stunning view of Canberra and Lake Burley Griffin, before returning through pine forests back past the event hub.

The next loop is the same as the Lightning Strike 10km course. The course comprises of a route that skirts around the lower slopes of Mt Stromlo, providing some beautiful scenery with a few undulations, but nothing overly gruelling.

The last loop is a 20km route that travels around the western part of Stromlo Forest Park featuring amazing views of the Brindabella mountains before ascending the western side of Mt Stromlo to take in all of the glory of Canberra. Runners then descend a fast few kms back to the event hub to finish the race.

The course will be well marshalled and marked to ensure that runners can run carefree and find their way.

This event is a challenging 50km race and from 2019 onwards has been opened up to even more avid trail runners to give it a go with a generous cut-off time of 9.5hrs.  It is important that runners are aware that a strict cut-off time of 5.5 hours will be applied as competitors pass through the 30km point. Any runner outside this time will be considered to be a 30km event finisher.


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