Entries have opened to the fifth edition of the Margaret River Ultra Marathon to be held on 7 May 2022 in the South West, and the event is expected to sell out for the second year in a row.
The popularity of the 80km point-to-point course has doubled since it first appeared on the calendar in 2018 with just 700 participants, cementing its place as one of the most popular ultra marathons on the Australian running calendar.
Organisers Rapid Ascent have a self-imposed entry limit of 1,500 to preserve the competitor experience for those running on the day and recommend interested runners enter early to avoid missing out.
"After witnessing a huge increase in entry numbers over the past four years, we predict the same trend to continue for individuals and relay teams," said Sam Maffett, General Manager of organiser Rapid Ascent.
"Sure, the vibe of a big field adds energy to us all, but trail running is also about getting away from people and enjoying the wilderness... so bigger is not always better."
The spectacular 80km course offers magnificent trail running for competitors as they make their way from Hamelin Bay to Wilyabrup on the breathtaking Cape to Cape coastline.
Competitors can tackle the course as a solo runner, or as part of a relay team of 2 to 5 members covering 10-20km each.
"This is what makes ultra running so good - no matter if you're part of a team, an accomplished ultra runner or first timer, the event offers everyone a chance to be part of an incredible experience," said Maffett.
"The people, the places, the faces, the stories, the flowing celebratory beverages... it truly was an exceptional event and we can't wait to host the 2022 edition!"
Competitors will finish with a celebratory beverage at the Cheeky Monkey Brewery, the official event venue.