Event Information




The Solar Eclipse Marathon takes place in Port Douglas, Australia, on 14 November 2012. All runners meet before sunrise in the start area at Four Mile Beach where breakfast will be served. All runners must be ready to run when entering the start corral before the eclipse takes place. Once runners have entered the beach, it is not possible to re-enter the park until after the start of the race. The Sun will rise at 5:30am and the first phase of the eclipse will begin shortly afterwards.  


At 6:38am, a total solar eclipse lasting two minutes will occur. As soon as the Sun re-emerges from behind the Moon and the corona is broken the race will begin, making The Solar Eclipse Marathon the first ever sporting event with an intergalactic start gun! Read more about the solar eclipse.


The race will be timed using an electronic timing system. The timing device is included in the marathon package and will be attached to runners' start numbers.


All runners who complete the marathon within the time limit will receive a medal. Finishing certificates will be published online by Marathon-Photos.com. It's possible to swtich from the full marathon to the half marathon up to one month before race day.


This is first and foremost an adventure and parts of the route has challenging terrain where extra care must be taken and the level of service provided on normal city marathons cannot be expected. Remember that this marathon is about the experience and gaining unforgettable memories rather than winning and recording a good time.


The cut-off time is eight hours. Runners still on the route after this time will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.


The marathon starts on beautiful Four Mile Beach by Four Mile Park. Almost immediately, the route turns away from the beach and takes runners through the outskirts of Port Douglas towards the Mowbray Valley. After 6km you reach the Mowbray River at Diggers Bridge – known as “Crocodile Creek” as crocodiles do enter these waters…

From here there's about 7km on a backtracking stretch up the hill of Spring Creek Road where you pass the calm (and crocodile-free) stream of Spring Creek.

Back at Mowbray River the route heads off into the Daintree Rainforest towards the steep Bump Track. The Bump Track – an old mining road – is reached after 15km and leads into the rainforest. After 19km the course turns around and goes back down the Bump Track to Mowbray Valley.

After 24km, the route leads you into the sugar cane fields surrounding Port Douglas and some of the most picturesque scenery the area has to offer.

Just before the 34km mark the route turns back into Port Douglas and leads runners though a residential area and past some of the out of town resorts. At the Sheraton Mirage resort, an underpass takes you to the other side of the main road and you run alongside the Mirage golf course. A small path brings you back to Four Mile Beach. When you reach the beach, you'll have 38km under your belt and only a mere 4km to go. A short 3km beach run gets you back to the town centre of Port Douglas and from here the final kilometre is a joyful stretch up Macrossan Street – the main shopping and restaurant street in town – to the finish line in the palm-lined Rex Smeal Park.


The route will be measured in kilometres, and kilometre signs can be found along the entire route. Owing to the conditions, however, they may be placed a few metres from the exact point. The kilometre signs are therefore only for orientation.


The surface is a mix of asphalt, sand, grass and gravel and the terrain varies from flat to hilly with the steepest ascent being the climb up the Bump Track.



Have a look at the course map. Please note that the route description is subject to change.