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October 4, 2016

Hi All,

Hopefully this is your last update from me. 

The weather has been atrocious across Victoria but should be fine on Saturday. It could still be very cold so besides your mandatory kit, consider bringing some extra warm gear. And remember to definitely bring the full kit. There is a strong chance this could be required.

To help streamline the registration, please give the check-in lady, Wendy, your surname first. And if purchasing a map, bandage or breakfast, please bring money with you. She will not let you past without sorting everything first. (Think of the soup-nazi episode on Seinfeld!)

If staying at the Hostel on Saturday night remember you will probably need to bring a towel with you.

Remember that the coast road is closed past Lorne so you should take the inland route. 

If you are not across the latest research and developments on hydration, kidneys, cramps and salt then this article is worth a read (abstract):


Or skip to the conclusion:

CONCLUSIONS:
Exercise-associated muscle cramping, dehydration, hyponatremia, and nausea or vomiting during exercise up to 30 h in hot environments are unrelated to total sodium intake, despite a common belief among ultramarathon runners that sodium is important for the prevention of these problems.

So don’t overdo the hydration or the salt. Prehydrating in the days before can also be dangerous and remember to simply drink to thirst during the race.

The mandatory briefing starts at 6:30pm on Friday. Gear check runs from 4:30- 6:15pm.

Drive safe, see you Friday. 

Cheers,
Andy Hewat



September 26, 2016

Latest update sent to runners:
With less than 2 weeks to go I hope you are fit and well. This update contains important information to help your race weekend go smoothly. Please take a minute to read through it.

Weather update

After the heavy rain and flooding across Victoria last week, I have been reassured by Parks Vic that the course will be good to go by race day. They are working hard to repair any damage but there still might be the odd tree down on the course. We will be watching the weather over the next week and hopefully the worst of the spring rains has passed.

Unfortunately, however, the Great Ocean Road is still closed after Lorne as a result of landslides and the further potential of slippage. This means all runners and crew should take the inland route to Apollo Bay. For those coming from Melbourne, take the bypass ring-road around Geelong and stay on the M1 when it heads towards Colac (becoming the A1). It is now a divided road all the way to Winchelsea. Continue through Winchelsea and turn left at the last set of lights as you are leaving the town, onto the Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Road towards Lorne. Follow this road south for about 5km until an intersection signposted to Apollo Bay. Turn right here onto the Cape Otway Road and now follow the signage all the way to Apollo Bay. Drive carefully and stay safe.


Course

This is essentially an unmarked course. But it is very straightforward to follow. There has been significant improvement across the entire course with lots of new Parks GOW signage. This means there will be very little supplementary race-day marking. Check out examples on the course page of the GOW website.

Every runner carries a map but to help with navigation I have had the course loaded onto 2 smartphone Apps. Trail Run Project runs off GPS and not cellular network so it will have great coverage across the course. It can be used with your phone on Flight Mode to conserve battery or just flicked on when you need reassurance that you are on track or if you are concerned that you are off track. TrailRunProject . RunGo is a similar navigational app that actually provides voice navigation as well as a plotted trail showing where you are in relation to the course. Be careful not to run your battery down. RunGo

Of course your gps watch can help if you download the attached file. Here are 2 links to Garmin Connect and Movescount to help access (thanks Paul Day):

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/10891619 

http://www.movescount.com/routes/route1201412-GOW100-2015

For those coming for the first time or who didn’t run last year, the finish line is at the back of the 12 Apostles carpark. As you come around the kiosk you will turn right and follow the witches hats along the eastern border of the carpark all the way to the back near the helipad. This will be well marked and a marshal will greet the earlier runners who will encounter pedestrians and slow moving cars. Tell your crew to drive to the very back of the carpark and they will find us easily. Be aware of cars driving in the carpark.


Mandatory Gear

Every year runners turn-up without the right gear. The list is pretty clear on the website. If you are not sure, now is the time to ask, not at the gear check. We will not let you start without the appropriate gear. And the check-in process shouldn't be about trying to haggle. If your gear doesn’t meet the descriptions on the webpage then it won’t pass. Waterproof means waterproof, not just resistant. Thermals must be polypro or merino. Your bandage must be compression and 10cm wide. Not light, loose crepe or a conforming bandage. It is unfortunate but runners have missed the race because of inadequate gear in the past.

Check your mandatory gear meets the requirements and that you have everything before leaving home. There aren't any real sports stores in Apollo Bay.

Don't assume you won't need the heavy kit. Bring it all, the weather can change and the call will be made at gear check/briefing as to whether or not you will need to carry the extra kit or possibly have it in your Gable drop-bag or with your crew. There is a possibility of a random gear check during the race this year. You cannot progress if you are not carrying the mandatory gear.


Checking in at checkpoints

To ensure every runner is recorded at every checkpoint, you will need to get your bib punched at each aidstation when checking in. There will be a nominated marshal in a fluoro vest recording your time and punching a hole in a panel on the side of your race bib. If you miss this check-in process you will be deemed to have NOT completed the race. This is an essential process to avoid having a runner not being checked-in and then mistakenly thought to be missing. The Gables (CP4) is the only out-and-back checkpoint. Don’t miss it!


Snakes 

If the weather warms up it means that snakes will be out. For our Kiwi friends who love our snakes, assume any snake you see is poisonous. It is highly unlikely that you will get bitten but it won’t hurt to have a read on how to apply a snakebite bandage. Better to have the knowledge and not need it than vice versa. Important points to remember:

Maintain airway/breathing if impaired.
Immediately apply a broad compressive bandage to the bite site at the same pressure as for a sprain.
Extend the bandage to cover the whole of the bitten limb including fingers/toes.
Splint limb and immobilise the entire limb.
Keep the patient still and bring transport to the patient.
Do not give alcohol, food, stimulants, or cut the wound, or use a tourniquet.
DO NOT WASH OR CLEAN THE WOUND

More detail and diagrams here: Aust Venom Research Unit


Ambulance

You need your own ambulance cover. A simple accident can cost you thousands. If you need an ambulance we will call one. If travelling from interstate or overseas, consider getting travel insurance to cover you.

Gear check - briefing
Don't forget we are meeting in the Mechanics Institute Hall, 21 Great Ocean Rd. 
Don't come late - 4:30pm start and closes at 6:15pm. Briefing - 6:30pm start. 
There is no food at the hall so it will be a short, sharp briefing.

Just a reminder that the 6:30pm Friday evening briefing is mandatory. In the past unfortunately, runners have missed the race because they missed the briefing.


Friday night dinner

When you registered you had the option to book for the dinner at the Apollo Bay Hotel on Friday night. There was no payment taken, numbers were just for the booking. It will be a regular pay-at–the-bar-when-you-order process. We have the function room booked out from 7:30pm. This is a totally voluntary part of the weekend but most runners have elected to come along so it should be a great evening.


Sunday breakfast and presentation

This year the breakfast and presentation will be held at the Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club. This great venue is on the waterfront just down the street from the Hostel. The breakfast from 8:15am is being catered by Waves Restaurant again so it promises to be a great feed. It is essential to book for yourself and crew by this Wednesday 28th for catering purposes ($16 each).

The presentation will follow-on at 9am so if you are not having the breakfast, feel free to join us for the presentation where everyone gets their buckle.


Bus

The bus back to Apollo Bay will leave after the presentation from out the front of the Hostel at 10:30am sharp. It arrives back in Apollo Bay around 12:15-12:30pm. It is essential to book by this Wednesday 28th to secure a seat ($35 each).

Hydration/nutrition

At GOW 2015 we trialled a no-cup policy. This returns again this year. There will be no cups on course. Every runner will receive a light collapsible cup that they can carry if they want to drink coke, lemonade or Tailwind at checkpoints. Or they can use their bottles or hydration system of choice. (There will be paper cups for tea, coffee and milo at the Gables and the finish.) There will not be a specific electrolyte at checkpoints. Rather, there will be premixed Tailwind clearly marked.


Sponsors

Besides Tailwind Nutrition Australia providing hydration/nutrition across the course, we have ioMerino offering prizes to the podium and a discount offer on their website and Altra Australia providing runners for the podium and 2 pair as spot prizes. Andrew Peace Wines are providing specially GOW labelled wine for prizes. 


Most questions can be answered on the website. If not, shoot me an email.
Good luck with your final preparation and taper.

Yours,
Andy Hewat
Race Director GOW100s


September 7, 2016

This update was just sent to competitors:
With just over a month to go until race day, I hope your preparation is going well. If not, you have until this Friday 9th to withdraw and still get a refund (less admin costs).

It is also a good time to start thinking about your mandatory gear. Remember inadequate gear means no start. You will need to bring your gear to the mandatory registration (4:30-6:00pm) and mandatory briefing (6:30pm) on the Friday before the race. Once again this year, the registration and briefing will be held at the Mechanics Hall in Apollo Bay. Be sure to check the detailed Mandatory Gear page. There is limited opportunity to buy stuff in Apollo Bay so come prepared. We have booked out the function room at the Apollo Bay Hotel for dinner after the briefing for runners and supporters. 

You might also notice on the mandatory gear site that there will be NO cups at checkpoints this year. This was trialled a couple of years ago and it is returning this year. Each runner will get a collapsible silicon cup at registration that they can carry if they want to drink from a cup at checkpoints (for coke or lemonade). There will be cups at the Gables and 12 Apostles but that will be for hot drinks only. This will significantly reduce waste at checkpoints. 

As an added bonus for those who are navigationally challenged or simply want the reassurance of an electronic back-up, GOW is now available on the Trail Run Project App. Download the App to your phone and you will be able to see where you are at any time along the course. It runs off gps and not the cellular network so is not reliant on network coverage. The course is also available on the RunGo App which will provide spoken guided directions as well as the tracking blue dot on the map function. Of course, your phone battery life needs to be a consideration but with an auxiliary battery or simply selective use these apps will be useful back-ups or great for reassurance. And of course you can download the .gpx of the course to load to your phone off the GOW website.  There will be almost no supplementary course marking this year due to the comprehensive permanent Parks Victoria signage to direct you. You still need to carry a hard copy version of the map and an analog compass. 

I will follow-up with further updates before the race but if you have any questions don't hesitate to email me.




June 20, 2015

Port Campbell Hostel is the accommodation of choice for Saturday night and the post race get-together. They offer a variety of budget bedding starting at $25 a night for a dorm bed. They are offering to make your bed up for a small surcharge which can be requested when you book. Preference is for email booking reception@portcampbellhostel.com.au 

June 17, 2015

Latest update sent out by email:

Race date is Saturday 17th October. Please note that this is a week later than the originally posted date but the tides dictate that this is a better date.  

Thank-you for your patience, I am still waiting on verification from Parks but we are nearly ready to open entries.

Same as previous years, I plan to open entries over 3 days but General Entries open on Sunday 28th June at 6am. 

The sequence will be: 

Day 1: Friday 26th 6am will be for the guaranteed entries set aside for last years volunteers and the 2014 male and female winners. Bear in mind this race cannot occur without the valuable contribution of the volunteers so it is fitting that they are rewarded with a guaranteed entry spot. I will also offer a place to runners who have finished 3 or more of the previous GOWs. Check the Roll-call if you have lost count. Only those with 3 finishes qualify for this auto-entry. Do not enter on this day unless eligible, you risk having your entry cancelled.

Obviously not all of these (vols and veterans) will take up their offered spot. I will email these people separately to offer them a place in advance. The guaranteed entries are only open for 24hrs until 6 am the Saturday morning. 

Day 2: Saturday 27th June 6am will be just for the 55/45 Team entries. There will only be 10 spots reserved for teams. Any of those places unfilled by 5 am Sunday 28th will be rolled over and offered to solo entrants. After this any teams wanting to enter go onto the general (solo) waitlist.

Day 3: Sunday 28th June 6am will be for General Entries. Once again the field limit is restricted to just 70 places: 60 solo plus up to 10 teams. I will take up to 95 entries total on the 28th to allow for inevitable withdrawals. As per the guidelines on the website, I will operate a waitlist. If you miss an entry you will be asked to email me to go onto the waitlist. Once the list reduces back down to 70 entries the waitlist activates and as soon as someone cancels the next person on the waitlist will be offered via an email. If you do not respond within 48hrs the offer passes to the next person on the list. 

Runners not eligible for early entry (ie not veterans or previous volunteers) who enter early will be disqualified from entry. Do not enter Friday or Saturday unless eligible to do so. 

This year, there are now new owners at the Port Campbell Hostel but they have offered to still serve as the preferred race accommodation. We recommend staying Saturday night at Port Campbell Hostel . This modern budget accommodation offers shared bunk rooms. You can book direct through on (03) 5598 6305. Everyone who has stayed here in previous years was impressed with the hospitality and it is a great place to enjoy the post race banter. Hopefully, the presentation breakfast will this year be held once again at the Hostel.

During registration you will have an option to book:
  • Sunday morning breakfast Presentation for $16 a head
  • Sunday morning bus after the Presentation back to Apollo Bay $35 (we will organise ride sharing from the finish into Port Campbell on Saturday night)
  • Your Injinji sock size
  • Your Sportscience t-shirt size
  • compression bandage for mandatory gear $15 
  • GOW Ed4 map for $15 (new edition for  2015)
  • you will need to know your AURA membership number if claiming the discount

 (There is no organised accommodation on Friday night but many runners stay at  Apollo Bay Hostel accommodation in shared bunk rooms. You need to book directly with the Hostel yourself.)  

Once you have entered the online entry portal your entry place is secured so there is no rush to complete it. 

The breakfast presentation is always a huge success with runners getting to swap war stories and catch up in a relaxed atmosphere. The venue is still to be confirmed. There has been remodeling at the Port Hostel so it may no longer be suitable.


I am excited to announce that Injinji Australia have come on board again as the naming-rights sponsor for this years GOW100s. This continues their support from previous years. As a long time ambassador for Injinji I am very happy to have Injinji Australia involved again. Every entrant will receive a free pair of  Performance Toesocks. To help speed up your registration you can go to the Injinji online store to check-out your sizing in advance: Injinji Online Store 

T-shirt size:
I am also excited to announce that with the help of Injinji Australia the Tshirts this year will again be from Sports Science. A classic casual style T in performance fabric. You can check sizing in advance here: sport science  These Ts are always popular as a quality technical T that wears well as a casual.

This year each runner will carry a small gps tracker for safety so that we can see where you are but also your crew and family can follow your progress online: http://www.trackmelive.com.au/


Summary: 

Day 1: Friday 26th June - Notified 2014 volunteers and 3 time starters and 2014 winners only.

Day 2: Saturday 27th June - 55/45 Teams Entries. Only one team member needs to register the team but the entrant will need their partners details: Name, Phone, Age, email, sock & Tshirt size, AURA member or not, previous trail race experience. 

Day 3: Sunday 28th June - General Entries Open

Do not try to enter before Sunday unless authorised to do so.

Things you need to consider before registering:

Waivermandatory gearrefund policy and that you can make the mandatory briefing and gear check on Friday. These are spelled out on the GOW100s website and are conditions of entry.

Make sure you are comfortable with all of these before entering here: GOW100s online entry

Eligibility: many of you have already checked with me that you have sufficient experience to gain entry. If you have any doubt email me before entries open.

I have created a Facebook page for GOW100s. This will not replace official email updates but provides an informal line of communication and chance to discuss the race with other runners: facebook events page

I have increased the initial intake to 95 but there are still only 70 places on race day so entries will be tight with many runners returning and many more new runners wanting to experience this spectacular course. History shows that those who enter when entries open get in. Hopefully that is still the case.

Good luck with the entry process and I look forward to seeing many of you in October.

Until then, train safe.

Yours,
Andy Hewat
Race Director GOW100s


May 13, 2014

Latest email sent out today announcing entry opening date.

You are receiving this notification because you have either previously run GOW100s or have expressed an interest in running this years GOW. If you wish to be removed from this list just let me know.

Race date is Saturday 18th October. Please note that this is a week later than the originally posted date but the tides dictate that this as the best date in mid October. 

Thank-you for your patience, I am nearly ready to open entries.

Same as previous years, I plan to open entries over 3 days but General Entries open on Sunday 25th May at 6am.

The sequence will be: 

Day 1: Friday 23rd 6am will be for the guaranteed entries set aside for last years volunteers and the 2013 male and female winners. Bear in mind this race cannot occur without the valuable contribution of the volunteers so it is fitting that they are rewarded with an entry spot. I will also offer a place to runners who have finished 3 or more of the previous GOWs. Without their support the race would not have taken off. This has changed from 3 starts to 3 finishes because of the increasing numbers qualifying. Check the Roll-call if you have lost count. Only those with 3 finishes qualify for this auto-entry.

Obviously not all of these (vols and veterans) will take up their offered spot. I will email these people separately to offer them a place in advance. If you miss out on entry but still want to be involved, consider volunteering to help out and secure a spot for 2015. The guaranteed entries are only open for 24hrs until 6 am the Saturday morning. 

Day 2: Saturday 24th May 6am  will be just for the 55/45 Teams entries. There will be 10 spots reserved for teams. Any of those places unfilled by 5 am Sunday 25th will be rolled over and offered to solo entrants. After this any teams wanting to enter go onto the general (solo) waitlist.

Day 3: Sunday 25th May 6am will be for General Entries. Once again the field limit is restricted to just 70 places: 60 solo plus up to 10 teams. I will also open 30 extra entries on the 25th to allow for inevitable withdrawals. So, a total of 100 entries will be open over the weekend. As per the guidelines on the website, I will operate a waitlist. If you miss an entry you will be asked to email me to go onto the waitlist. Once the list reduces back down to 70 entries the waitlist activates and as soon as someone cancels the next person on the waitlist will be offered an email. If you do not respond within 48hrs the offer passes to the next person on the list. 

Runners not eligible for early entry (ie not veterans or previous volunteers) who enter early will be disqualified from entry. Do not enter Friday or Saturday unless eligible to do so. 

This year there are new managers at the Port Campbell Hostel but they have offered to still serve as the preferred race accommodation. We recommend staying Saturday night at Port Campbell Hostel . This modern budget accommodation offers shared bunk rooms from $25 per head or $30 for your bed pre-made and a towel included. You can book direct through Yvonne and Jon on (03) 5598 6305. Everyone who has stayed here in previous years was impressed with the hospitality and it is a great place to enjoy the post race banter. The presentation breakfast will this year be held just down the street at the Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Clubhouse.

During registration you will have an option to book:
  • Sunday morning breakfast Presentation at Port Campbell Surflifesaving Club for $16 a head
  • Sunday morning bus after the Presentation back to Apollo Bay $35 (we will organise ride sharing from the finish into Port Campbell on Saturday night)
  • Your Injinji sock size
  • Your Sportscience t-shirt size
  • compression bandage for mandatory gear $15 
  • GOW Ed3 map for $14

 (There is no organised accommodation on Friday night but many runners stay at  Apollo Bay Hostel accommodation in shared bunk rooms. You need to book directly with the Hostel yourself.)  

Once you have entered the online entry portal your entry place is secured so there is no rush to complete it. 

This year the Breakfast Presentation will be held at the PC Surf Life Saving Club for $16. There is a limit of 5 places available for each runner at the Sunday breakfast and presentation. Seating is limited to about 100 so if you have a big family/crew (more than 5) you might need to have breakfast at one of the other café/restaurants in Port Campbell and return for the Presentation. The breakfast presentation is always a huge success with runners getting to swap war stories and catch up in a relaxed atmosphere.

I am excited to announce that Injinji Australia have come on board as the naming-rights sponsor for this years GOW100s. This extends their support from previous years of GOW100s. As a long time ambassador for Injinji I am very happy to have Injinji Australia involved again. Every entrant will receive a free pair of  Performance Toesocks. To help speed up your registration you can go to the Injinji online store to check-out your sizing in advance: Injinji Online Store 

T-shirt size:
I am also excited to announce that with the help of Injinji Australia the Tshirts this year will again be from Sports Science. A classic casual style T in performance fabric. You can check sizing in advance here: sport science  


Summary: 

Day 1: Friday 23rd May - Notified 2013 volunteers and 3 time starters and 2013 winners only

Day 2: Saturday 24th May - 55/45 Teams Entries. Only one team member needs to register the team but the entrant will need their partners details: Name, Phone, Age, email, sock & Tshirt size, AURA member or not, previous trail race experience. 

Day 3: Sunday 25th May - General Entries Open

Do not try to enter before Sunday unless authorised to do so.

Things you need to consider before registering:

Waivermandatory gear and refund policy. These are spelled out on the GOW100s website and are conditions of entry.

Make sure you are comfortable with all of these before entering here: GOW100s online entry

Eligibility: many of you have already checked with me that you have sufficient experience to gain entry. If you have any doubt email me before entries open.

I have created a Facebook page for GOW100s. This will not replace official email updates but provides an informal line of communication and chance to discuss the race with other runners: facebook events page

I have increased the initial intake to 100 but there is still only 70 places on race day so entries will be tight with many runners returning and many more new runners wanting to experience this spectacular course. 
Good luck with the entry process and I look forward to seeing many of you in October.
Until then, train safe.

Yours,
Andy Hewat
Race Director GOW100s


September 22, 2013

We are now less than 3 weeks away from the big day. Hopefully your prep has gone well. Remember that there are no refunds after Saturday 28th.

I am pleased to announce a new innovation for this years GOW. In fact a new innovation in Australia, as we will be the first race to use this new concept. Every runner will get their own UltrAspire collapsible cup to carry on race day (or not if not needed) to use at checkpoints. This means you can still access softdrink or cup sized serves of Hammer Heed. Remember GOW has gone no-cups at checkpoints so the UltrAspire cup means less waste but you can still drink at checkpoints.  Check them out here: UltrAspire 

Don't forget to support our sponsors. Access them through the GOW webpage. Another offer has been extended to GOW runners and supporters by Shaun Brewster. Shaun is an exercise physiologist who offers a variety of running, fitness and training services online and has given access to some of this content for free through this link: BrewsterRunning which will also be available through the GOW webpage. You can download training or injury prevention videos for free.

Just a reminder to our overseas guests that you will need a mobile phone for the race so you either need a local sim or need to borrow a phone for the day. Be sure to give your number at registration.

If anyone has a crew person able to help out by driving a car from Johanna to the finish on race day could you contact me. 

Also, if you know of anyone interested in helping out at a checkpoint I still need a couple of pairs of hands.

Yours
Andy



September 15, 2013

We are just 4 weeks out from the big day. I hope this update finds you fit and well.

I have included entrants that have withdrawn in this update as I am putting out a call for anyone wanting to help out as a volunteer on race day. I have a great team of vols on board but could do with a couple of extra hands at a couple of checkpoints if anyone wants to experience the race from the other side.

If you are injured or look like not being able to make it just a reminder that you have until September 28th to withdraw and get a full refund (less the admin costs) after which there can be no refund. 

Just a reminder that there is a facebook page for those on FB to join the informal chatter in the lead-up to the race: https://www.facebook.com/events/451759574912841/

As always, mandatory gear will be strictly enforced. Make sure you have all the gear necessary at check-in on the Friday afternoon. Including the heavy kit. Do not read the forecast and anticipate what will be needed. Those that have run GOW will tell you how changeable and rough the weather can be.

I have a solo runner wishing to drop back to the relay option and looking for someone to run the first half for her. If you are not up for the full monty or know someone interested, please contact me.  

Our sponsors have provided excellent discount offers on purchases. Codes and links are available through the GOW100s home page. Injinji are the major sponsor providing all entrants with a pair of toesocks and offering 15% off through their online store. LineBreak compression gear are offering 40% off, a seriously great offer on seriously great gear. And of course Hammer Nutrition are providing the electrolyte on the day. They have a 10% discount on offer but also ongoing advice to help your nutrition strategy. The latest is here: http://www.hammernutrition.com.au/info-centre/less-best-right-way-to-fuel/  The other reliable on day sponsor is Andrew Peace Wines, and souvenir label bottles will be included in the spot prizes. Supporting these sponsors (and they have all been chosen because of the high quality of their products) helps encourage future support of this great race. 

As always, if you have any questions, drop me a line.

I hope your last few weeks of training and tapering go well.

Cheers,
Andy






July 11. 2012

Just a quick reminder and update regarding entries opening this weekend.


Do not enter on the wrong day. Your entry will be cancelled if this occurs.

Day 1, Friday 13th July 6am: Early entry for 2011 volunteers, 2011 male/female winners and 'veteran' 3 x entrants

Day 2, Saturday 14th July 6am: General entry for solo 100km runners

Day 3. Sunday 15th July 6am: 50/50 Team entrants.


One significant change this year will be the reduction of the overall cut-off from 19hours to 18hours. There will be a minor adjustment to checkpoint cut-offs to fit closer to race day. 


Please check the waiverrefund policy and mandatory gear list. Entry implies acceptance of all these. I strictly enforce the mandatory gear list. 
No gear=no start=no exceptions.


During the entry process you will need the following details:

Name
Email
Address
Mobile number
Emergency contact name
Emergency contact number
Accommodation Saturday Night Y/N
Sunday breakfast Y/N
Bus back to Apollo Bay Sunday Y/N
AURA member Y/N
Age on race day
Tshirt and sock size

There is a significant discount for AURA members. Consider joining before entering to take advantage of this http://www.aura.asn.au/why_join.html

AMBULANCE is not a free service in Victoria. A simple broken ankle that might require a helicopter lift out of the Park could cost you thousands of dollars. It happens. Please ensure you are covered.

Don't forget the facebook GOW event page for a convenient place to catch up with others interested in GOW http://www.facebook.com/events/201155736679412/  Any official updates will still come via email. 

I am looking forward to seeing many of you again and a few new faces for some spectacular trail running come October 13. 




July 2, 2012

After considerable consultation Parks Victoria have given me the green light to organise this years GOW100s. Race date is Saturday 13th October. 

Thank-you for your patience, I am finally ready to open entries.

Same as last year, I plan to open entries over 3 days: 

Day 1: Friday 13th July 6am will be for the guaranteed entries set aside for last years volunteers. Bear in mind this race cannot occur without the valuable contribution of the volunteers so it is fitting that they are rewarded with an entry spot. I will also offer a place to the 8 runners who have run all 3 of the previous GOWs. This is early in the life of a race to offer a loyalty plan for 'veterans' but it is also early in the life of a race to sell out so quickly. Without their support the race would not have taken off. Obviously not all of these (vols and veterans) will take up their offered spot. I will email these people separately to offer them a spot. If you miss out on entry and can still make it down the coast, consider volunteering to help out and secure a spot for 2013.

Day 2: Saturday 14th July 6am will be for general entries. Unfortunately not everyone who wants an entry will get in. I applied for greater numbers but once again was only granted the same number as last years, 60 solo (plus 10 Teams). As per the guidelines on the website, I will operate a waitlist. But I will open 10 extra entries initially to allow for withdrawals before activating the waitlist. If you miss an entry you will automatically receive a waitlist offer. You will be asked to email me to go onto the waitlist. As soon as someone cancels their entry the next person on the waitlist will be offered an entry by sms and email. If you do not respond within 48hrs the offer passes to the next on the list.

Day 3: Sunday 15th July 6am will be just for the 50/50 Teams entries. There will be 10 spots reserved for teams. Any of those places unfilled will be held for the Teams waitlist and if not filled by July 20 will be rolled over into solo entries and offered to solo waitlist entrants.

During registration you will have an option to book:
• Saturday night Port Campbell Hostel accommodation shared bunk rooms $20
• Sunday morning breakfast at PC Hostel before the Presentation for $13
• Saturday night shuttle from finish into Port Campbell: no bus this year, we will rely on ride sharing
• Sunday bus after the Presentation back to Apollo Bay $35
 (unlike previous years, if you want the Friday night Apollo Bay Hostel accommodation in shared bunk rooms for $26 you can book directly with the Hostel yourself)  

If you want to stay at the Port Campbell Hostel but want a private room you can book directly by ringing Tony direct on: 03 5598 6305. You must emphasise that you are involved in the race as he will only accept race bookings for that night. Tony goes out of his way to make runners and crew feel welcome. Everyone who stayed there last year was impressed with the hospitality. And that was after working on the Blanket Bay checkpoint during the race.

There is a limit of 4 places available for each runner at the Sunday breakfast and presentation. Seating is limited to about 100 so if you have a big family/crew you might need to have breakfast at one of the other café/restaurants in Port Campbell and return for the Presentation. I may be able to offer more places depending on demand after entries are closed. The breakfast presentation was a huge success last year with runners getting to swap war stories and catch up in a relaxed atmosphere.

Meanwhile, I can announce that Injinji Australia have come on board again to support this years GOW100s. As a long time ambassador for Injinji I am excited to have Injinji Australia involved. Every entrant will receive a free pair of  Performance Mini Toesocks. To help speed up your registration you can go to the Injinji online store to check your sizing in advance: Injinji Online Store
Further, the great team at Injinji are providing a pair of Altra Lone Peak 'Zero-Drop' trail shoes for the male and female winners plus a pair to be drawn as a random spot prize (Altra). These are great trail runners offering serious protection and grip while having a zero drop from heel-to-toe. They have been reviewed in the latest edition of Trail Run Mag (see below).

T-shirt size:
I am also excited to announce that with the help of Injinji the Tshirts this year will again be from Sports Science. A classic casual style T in performance fabric. You can check sizing in advance here: sport science  

And not specifically GOW related but full of trail running content, here is a link to the latest edition of the online Trail Run Magazine AUS/NZ. This is a professional production aimed at the Australian and NZ trail running fraternity and is full of local content. This first five editions of the magazine are currently available as free PDF downloads so check it out: Trail Run Magazine

Summary: 

Day 1: Friday 13th July - Notified 2011 volunteers and 3 time starters only

Day 2: Saturday 14th July - General Entries Open

Day 3: Sunday 15th July - 50/50 Teams Entries. Only one team member needs to register the team but will need their partners details: Name, Phone, Age, email, sock & Tshirt size, AURA member or not, previous trail race experience. 

Things you need to consider before registering:

Waiver, mandatory gear and refund policy. 

Make sure you are comfortable with all of these before entering. www.GOW100s.com

Eligibility: many of you have already checked with me that you have sufficient experience to gain entry. If you have any doubt email me before entries open.

I have created a Facebook page for GOW100s. This will not replace official email updates but provide an informal line of communication and chance to discuss the race with other runners facebook events page

Good luck with the entry process.
Until then, train safe.

Yours,
Andy Hewat
Race Director GOW100s





September 25, 2011

With less than 3 weeks to go I hope your preparation and training are on track.
If they are not and you are contemplating pulling out remember you only have until the end of Friday 30th to withdraw and receive a full refund (less $25 admin fee). There are still plenty of eager people on the waitlist should you pull-out.

Course changes:

I have had to make several changes to this years course. But it's all good news.

This year the short detour loop off the main trail in the first section to make up the required 100km distance will not be done. The track realignments have added around 3km. While the official Parks Vic distance for the walk is actually 105km, previous race measurements indicate this is closer to 101km. In the spirit of running the official GOW track form end-to-end I have eliminated the extra 5km loop that was added to the course to bring the distance up to the round figure of 100km (actually ~101km). This might mean the distance now traveled is slightly less than 100km. Or it still might be slightly more than 100km. Being a true trail race there will always be variations in measurements and the distances listed on the website are to be used as a guide only.

With that I have kept the cut-offs for the first 3 checkpoints the same, meaning there will be a little less time pressure through the first half of the course.

The new track from Moonlight Head to the Gables and then from the Devil’s Kitchen through to Princetown has added a couple of kilometres. But more importantly this gets you off the gravel road and the old 4WD track for 12km. This new section is in great condition with only some minor muddy patches and offers some spectacular singletrack running through rainforest, tea-tree and across headlands with early views towards the Apostles. It is a vast improvement.

I have moved the Moonlight Head checkpoint to the Gables Carpark a further 4.25km. This has much better road access and will allow access for support crews. There will also be a porta-loo here this year. If the weather is hot I will place an unmanned water drop at the stile at Moonlight Head.

Bags for finish:

I will be collecting any bags to go to the finish line at the start line on Saturday morning. Unlike the drop bags which must be lodged before race briefing Friday night.

Race coverage:

I hope to update progress during the race on Twitter @GOW100s. I am also hoping Dan will be able to update during the race @Ultra168. Any other runners with this capacity or crew who can post information please share your address.




July 30, 2011

This is the email update sent out to subscribers today (if you didn't receive it check your spam folder):

Finally, entries will open on the website here:

1) 50/50 Teams- Friday 5th August at 7am

2) Notified 2010 volunteers and 2 time starters- Saturday 6th August at 7am

3) General entries- Sunday 7th August at 7am

I will update the entry site at 7am each of these days. Please do not attempt to enter prior to your category opening.

Details as per each category:

Day 1 will be just for the 50/50 Teams entries. Any of those places unfilled will be rolled over into solo entries. Only one team member needs to register the team but will need their details: Name, Age, email, sock & Tshirt size, AURA member, previous trail race.

Day 2 will be for the guaranteed entries set aside for last years volunteers. Bear in mind this race cannot occur without the valuable contribution of the volunteers so it is fitting that they are rewarded with an entry spot. I have also decided to offer a place to the 12 runners who have run both the previous GOWs. This is early in the life of a race to offer a loyalty plan but it is also early in the life of a race to sell out instantaneously. Without their support the race would not have taken off. Obviously not all of these (vols and veterans) will take up their offered spot.

Day 3
will be for general entries. Unfortunately not everyone who wants an entry will get in. I applied for greater numbers but was only granted the equivalent of last years field. As per the guidelines on the website, I will operate a waitlist. If you miss an entry you will automatically receive a waitlist offer. As soon as someone cancels their entry the next person on the waitlist will be offered an entry by email. If you do not want to go on the waitlist this can be rejected.

Things you need to consider before registering:

Waiver, mandatory gear and refund policy:

Make sure you comfortable with all of these before entering.

Accommodation:
During registration you will have an option to book:
Friday night Apollo Bay Hostel accommodation in shared bunk rooms for $25
Saturday night Port Campbell Hostel accommodation shared bunk rooms $20
Sunday morning breakfast at PC Hostel before the Presentation for $13
Saturday night bus from finish into Port Campbell for $10
Sunday bus after the Presentation back to Apollo Bay $30

If you want to stay at the Port Campbell Hostel but want a private room you can book directly by ringing Tony direct on: 03 5598 6305

There is an abundance of other accommodation at Apollo Bay and Port Campbell but these venues will serve as race headquarters.

Sunday Breakfast (pre-presentations):
There is a limit of 4 places available for each runner at the Sunday breakfast. Seating is limited to about 100 so if you have a big family/crew you might need to have breakfast at one of the other café/restaurants in Port Campbell and return for the Presentation at 10am. I may be able to offer more places depending on demand after entries are closed.

Sock size:
As previously announced Injinji Australia have come on board as the major sponsor for this years GOW100s. Every entrant will receive a free pair of  Performance Mini Toesocks. To help speed up your registration you can go to the Injinji online store to check your sizing in advance: Injinji Online Store

T-shirt size:
I am excited to announce that with the help of Injinji the Tshirts this year will be from sports science. A classic casual style T in performance fabric. You can check sizing in advance here: sport science 

Extras:
LineBreak compression gear have also joined in with an ongoing offer of 40% off any orders lodged through the link on the GOW100s website homepage.

Don't forget your free copy of the magazine: Trail Run Magazine

Train safe and good luck with the entry process.




July 6, 2011

This is the email update sent out to subscribers today (if you didn't receive it check your spam folder):

You are receiving this email because you have previously run GOW100s or have expressed an interest in running this years GOW100s.

Thank-you for your patience. I had hoped to have entries open well before this but changes at Parks have meant the process is taking much longer than expected. I have been in constant communication with the local Parks staff so am confident things are slowly progressing. But I still don’t have a firm opening date and will not open until I get the final stamp from Parks.

Due to the incredible amount of interest I plan to open entries over 3 days: 

Day 1 will be just for the 50/50 Teams entries. Any of those places unfilled will be rolled over into solo entries. 

Day 2 will be for the guaranteed entries set aside for last years volunteers. Bear in mind this race cannot occur without the valuable contribution of the volunteers so it is fitting that they are rewarded with an entry spot. I have also decided to offer a place to the 12 runners who have run both the previous GOWs. This is early in the life of a race to offer a loyalty plan but it is also early in the life of a race to sell out instantaneously. Without their support the race would not have taken off. Obviously not all of these (vols and veterans) will take up their offered spot.

Day 3 will be for general entries. Unfortunately not everyone who wants an entry will get in. I applied for greater numbers but was only granted the equivalent of last years field. As per the guidelines on the website, I will operate a waitlist. If you miss an entry you will automatically receive a waitlist offer. As soon as someone cancels their entry the next person on the waitlist will be offered an entry by email. If you do not want to go on the waitlist this can be rejected. 

During registration you will have an option to book:
Friday night Apollo Bay Hostel accommodation in shared bunk rooms for $25
Saturday night Port Campbell Hostel accommodation shared bunk rooms $20
Sunday morning breakfast at PC Hostel before the Presentation for $13
Saturday night bus from finish into Port Campbell for $10
Sunday bus after the Presentation back to Apollo Bay $30

If you want to stay at the Port Campbell Hostel but want a private room you can book directly by ringing Tony direct on: 03 5598 6305

There is a limit of 4 places available for each runner at the Sunday breakfast. Seating is limited to about 100 so if you have a big family/crew you might need to have breakfast at one of the other café/restaurants in Port Campbell and return for the Presentation at 10am. I may be able to offer more places depending on demand after entries are closed.

Meanwhile, I can announce that Injinji Australia have come on board as the major sponsor for this years GOW100s. As a long time ambassador for Injinji I am excited to have Injinji Australia involved. Every entrant will receive a free pair of  Performance Mini Toesocks. To help speed up your registration you can go to the Injinji online store to check your sizing in advance: Injinji Online Store

LineBreak compression gear have also joined in with an ongoing offer of 40% off any orders lodged through the link on the GOW100s website homepage. 

And not specifically GOW related but full-on trail running content, here is a link to the all new, online Trail Run Magazine AUS/NZ. This is a professional production aimed at the Australian and NZ trail running fraternity and is full of local content. This first edition of the magazine is currently a free PDF download so check it out: Trail Run Magazine

Hopefully I will contact you again soon with notification of planned entries opening.
Until then, train safe.

Yours,
Andy Hewat
Race Director GOW100s
www.Trailrunningcompany.com








April 23, 2011
I have received in principle approval for the GOW100s for 2011. While this is great news there has been considerable changes to the process and future runnings of the GOW100s are far from secure. The 100miler has gone, which I know is a great disappointment to many runners but in order to secure the survival of this event hard decisions had to be made. Places will be limited to 60 runners in the 100km and 10 teams of 2 in the 50/50 relay. While there is still a great deal of organinsing to be done I hope to have entries open within the next month. Advanced notification will be given through the email list but I expect demand to exceed places given the amount of interest I have been receiving. If you worked as a volunteer in 2010 and intend to enter in 2011 please be sure to contact me prior to entry to receive a code for discount on your entry.










April 6, 2011
There has been overwhelming interest in this years GOW100s. I am waiting to hear back from Parks before proceeding with the opening of entries. All runners on the email list will be notified of the opening date.




August 1, 2010
I am very close to having everything in place in order to open the entries for this years GOW100s trail races.
You have received this email because you have either run the race in 2009, plan to run the race in 2010 or have expressed some interest in helping out over the race weekend, 16-17th October.

I plan to give the email list advanced notice of the entry opening time and it will be a simple online entry system with payment at the time of registering. I will still need to check the credentials of any first time runners so please include a couple of relevant recent races in the entry. If you are new to the race and unsure whether you will meet the entry criteria feel free to email me prior to entries opening. There will be 60 places on offer which is double our starting permit in 2009.

Once again I will be organising a bus service. There will be a return bus from the 12 Apostles at the end of the 100km race. As there is quite a time spread for finishers I hope to be able to run an early and late bus back to Apollo Bay. This will depend on numbers so if you plan to use this service it is important to tick the box on the entry. I am also planning a shuttle bus from Avalon Airport (Jetstar only) on the Friday and return on the Monday. The timing of these buses will aim to tie in with the major arrivals and I will again need to assess numbers after registration. Again, please indicate your intentions and if you are unsure feel free to email me.

I am still looking for a few volunteers to help out at checkpoints. If you know of anyone who might be interested I would appreciate their contact.

I thank you for your patience. There have been some changes this year meaning a bit more work and a few delays but we are close to being ready to roll. 





July 20, 2010
We still have much work to do before finalising details for 2010 but our discussions with Parks Vic have been very positive and productive so far. The date has been set: 16-17th October 2010. 

Numbers still have to be finalised and although we are expecting a bigger field than last year we still expect demand for entries to exceed our limit. We will give plenty of warning of the entry opening date which won't be before I return from Hardrock in mid July.

Our partnership with Parks Vic looks set to grow in keeping with their motto: 'Healthy Parks, Healthy People' and we are excited to be able to utilise this magnificent trail to stage the second running of the Great Ocean Walk100s. 
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