30km Wyong Ultra Marathon
September 7 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
WYONG RIVER ULTRA
Tacoma is one of PaddleNSW competitors’ favourite Marathon Series venues, even in bad weather. Past years have seen the lap distance fluctuate between 5km and 10km.
For the 30km “Wyong River Ultra,” the first lap will be 17km, exploring much of the River’s beauty and changing nature – broad, straight stretches near the mouth – with narrower, tree covered winding banks upstream.
The second lap, of 13km, will turn near Hope Street Wharf, in Wyong township.
The Start/Finish area will be the Tacoma Reserve, Wolseley Avenue, which is maintained by the local Residents.
As usual, for PNSW Events, the Start/Finish line will be indicated by two blue buoys. A pink separation buoy will be added, to enable “lap tracking.” If attempting the full course, do not pass between the blue buoys after completing the first lap. When finishing either distance, pass between the blue buoys.
Some bends, where visibility is limited, will have one, or two, separation buoys, for added safety.
Your co-operation is requested regarding navigation. To broadly comply with the “keep to the right” rule, it may mean that when rounding a right hand bend, you will need to keep reasonably close, but safely, to the right hand bank, so that approaching Paddlers can pass on your left, and are not tempted to cut the corner, inside you! When negotiating a left hand bend, allow room for approaching Paddlers to pass on your left.
There are several large yellow buoys with wire cages on top, which belong to the Council, for water monitoring purposes. These do not form any part of the course.
After the Start, there will be a couple of bends with Separation Buoys, before you come to the Bridge – about five kilometres upstream. When passing under the Bridge, use the “right hand” span. When returning, again use the “right hand” span.
About 800 metres upstream, past the Bridge, you will see a Yellow Buoy for the Lap 2 Turn.
Approximately 7.5km upstream, (from the Start), you will see large power lines above the River, which signal the approaching Top Turn, with another Yellow Buoy.
The “bottom” turn will have three yellow buoys.
Separation Buoys will be positioned approximately as per the “30km WYONG RIVER ULTRA” map.
There will be multiple Rubber Duckies, manned by trained SLSC personnel, to assist any Paddler as required, including “remounting”, as the upper reaches of the River feature difficult access.
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Medals will be awarded for the 30km Ultra, after the Event.
Medals will also be award for places in the 17km distance.
North Gosford Rotary will provide a BBQ etc and Cafe2U will supply coffee, etc.
The original “30km Marathon” was begun in 1974 with the “Van Stappen Trophy.”