Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
4.3
(6 Ratings)(6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
3.5
Although the Australian Outback Marathon is popular with local runners, for most, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. It’s not every day marathoners get to take in the stunning views of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) as the kilometres tick by. Enjoyed by both professional runners, … MORE
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    pwaters FIRST-TIMER '18

    Running in a place as spiritual as Uluru is indescribable. Though I am still shaking red sand from my shoes, the experience and people I have met along the way … MORE

    Running in a place as spiritual as Uluru is indescribable. Though I am still shaking red sand from my shoes, the experience and people I have met along the way will not soon be forgotten. The traveling fit crew did an amazing job welcoming runners from across the globe. Volunteers ensured water stops were plenty and the intersectionality of races ensured spectators were nearby.

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    Handsomeken FIRST-TIMER '17

    The staff of Travelling Fit go above and beyond to give a personal touch to all participants. The compulsory race briefing was very informative, filled with humour and really captured … MORE

    The staff of Travelling Fit go above and beyond to give a personal touch to all participants. The compulsory race briefing was very informative, filled with humour and really captured the essence of how much the organizers care about each runner. They took time to recognize the countries of each participant by having them stand when their country was named; they recognized individuals who were on personal goals for fund raising or milestone events (they mentioned that it was mine and another’s 7th Continent Marathon finisher and another individuals 7th Half Marathon) and they recognized special groups such as the Aboriginal Running Initiative and the US Marines who were supporting or running in the race. The organization of the dinners in three separate locations was also very well received. The route is a tough well marked course with lots of water stations, sand dunes and more sand. Did I mention the sand dunes. T Shirt design is great, but order a size or two larger as they are made in China and a Large may really fit like a medium.

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 18, 2017 at 11:27am

    Congrats Ken! Sounds like quite a challenge, but then again who travels all the way to Australia for an easy race? ;) I remember how much "fun" it was to hike on sand dunes in Colorado and New Mexico, so I can only imagine what it was like to try to run on 'em. With 3 continents to go, the Outback sounds like a great choice for my future Oceania race. Thanks for the helpful review!

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    raschatz FIRST-TIMER '17

    An awesome experience. The attention to details and personal touches from the race organizers (Traveling Fit) were great. My first "destination" run, this will be hard to top. If you … MORE

    An awesome experience. The attention to details and personal touches from the race organizers (Traveling Fit) were great. My first “destination” run, this will be hard to top. If you want something unique, this is it.

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    Jmccue81566 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Very Cool start in the A.M. 38 degrees Fahrenheit/ 4 Celsius and 76 degrees/ 23 Celsius by midday. 5-6 sand dunes with moderate-heavy sand but most of the track is … MORE

    Very Cool start in the A.M. 38 degrees Fahrenheit/ 4 Celsius and 76 degrees/ 23 Celsius by midday. 5-6 sand dunes with moderate-heavy sand but most of the track is hard packed red dirt/gravel. Trail shoes not necessary. A must on your bucket list! Extremely well organized and supported. First class operation!

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    4

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    Jackiejo1979 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I wasn't ready for the sandy road we ran on. Some places (uphill) the sand was pretty deep, like running on the beach. I ran out of energy by mile … MORE

    I wasn’t ready for the sandy road we ran on. Some places (uphill) the sand was pretty deep, like running on the beach. I ran out of energy by mile 18 but the beauty of the course more than made up for the difficulty. Great race organizers. Absolutely fantastic experience.

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    jrohlede FIRST-TIMER '12

    Ran this race as part of my 7 continents pursuit (now complete - yea!!!). Needless to say it is in Ayers Rock Australia not quite next door to Indiana. Took … MORE

    Ran this race as part of my 7 continents pursuit (now complete – yea!!!). Needless to say it is in Ayers Rock Australia not quite next door to Indiana. Took a little bit of traveling to get there – 24 hours and 3 planes and a bus ride. But we made it after a prerace 3 day side trip to Sydney (great) and a 2 day post race to Port Douglas and the GBR (Great Barrier Reef). The race itself was totally unspectacular. No problem with organization, swag or accommodations – they were all fine. Of course you are a thousand miles in the middle of the Australian outback and there are only 2 hotels there so it is kind of irrelevant if you like the accommodations or not. So if you don’t like your hotel room your choice is sleep in the outback in the red dirt with the camels and dingos. But our hotel was fine. But back to the race. The race is held in Ayers Rock home of guess what? – Ayers Rock. Ayers Rock is a deeply religious symbol of the native Aborigines. It is in the middle of the outback surround by many other rock formations that all have religious meaning to the Aborigines. The outback is pretty much a desert made of red sand and dunes.
    We spent 3 days there – first couple of days touring the area. The Aborigines want your money and put on a good show but basically are none to happy to have you there trampling and ruining there native areas and heritages. But this is about the race. Day 3 we ran the race. Walked to the start. Only about 150 people total in the full and half marathon so crowd control and parking were not a real big issue. The course was a 13.1 mile loop – twice around for the marathoners. Lots of red dirt and sand. Occasional sand dune combined with hills but not overall exhausting. Some parts of the course had fabulous scenery – such as looking at Ayers Rock with the sun behind it. Other parts were really head scratching such as running behind the electrical station. So it was an educational experience to run Ayers Rock. Always good to learn about other peoples culture and way of life. So if you go run Ayers Rock but don’t miss other parts of Australia such as Sydney and the GBR

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