The BUAC COVID-19 Half Marathon gets the Green light!

Author : Andrew Creer

Last Updated : Dec 10, 2020

The BUAC COVID-19 Half Marathon gets the green light to proceed. Scheduled for Sunday December 20th starting at 7am from Crusoe No.7 Park.

With the running world sputtering back to competitive life as restrictions ease the BUAC ½ mara will once again cater to a wide range of abilities with 7k, 14k & 21k distances & multiple age categories (calculated from your age on the day).

  1. 21.1km Male & Female U18 (min 16), Open, 40+ 50+ 60+ 70+
  2. 14km Male & Female U18 (min 16), Open, 40+ 50+ 60+ 70+
  3. 7km Male & Female U15, U18, Open, 40+ 50+ 60+ 70+

Registration is via our Eventbrite page.
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bendigo-university-ac-covid-19-half-marathon-tickets-131282205611?fbclid=IwAR35q2kq27m-odu9Y09o6U8lhLhlRkwngUrCFRN0sOxOIsgWiurRBAxPTME
 
The traditional no fee for BUAC members is broadening for 2020 to also include Non-members. IT IS FREE FOR ALL!
 
No need for leg tags as we are reverting to manual timing for this event (it sounded like a good idea at the time..). Hence we need everyone running to register via Eventbrite so we get a pre-loaded spreadsheet of entrants to work with on the day.
 
No kids 3k event planned for this year due to the unknown status & complexity of the Covid situation however we anticipate some kids 7k entrants..
 
Confirming the course has been checked with a measuring wheel for all those people who are going to say that their Strava did not agree with the course length. Also while the course goes around both the reservoirs it is not the same as the Crusoe Crusade and does not use the usual trail around Crusoe Res. A couple of mild climbs including the Puddler trail so it’s probably not a PB course but is all very even and soft gravel with no potholes or chopped up 4wd tracks. Sunday scheduling has been designed to fit in with usual weekly long run timing of many people & recognising many are probably not going to be ‘racing’. Starting line is beside the shelter shed at No. 7 Park. Crusoe (COGB) venue was chosen to avoid the intricacies of dealing with Parks Vic in Covid time to use the usual course.
 
Covid planning on the day is primarily:-
     a/ we utilise the Athletics Bendigo QR code. Can all attendees scan the code on arrival pls (Posters will be up).
     b/ BYO drinks and sustenance.
     c/ Numbers. We were looking at a gathering limit of 50 and hence envisaged only a few spectators/ non-runners. Now the gathering limit is increased to 100 we can assess entrant numbers and advise the day before the event where we will be with regard    to the limit as it would be great to get as many of the BUAC family together as possible.

Don’t miss out, get on board.