Ever wanted to compete in a marathon but felt you were not quite up to it? Ekiden is a Japanese term which generally refers to a long-distance relay running race, typically conducted on roads. An Ekiden Relay is commonly held over the marathon distance of 42.195km with teams of runners completing legs of varying distances. The popular Ekiden Relay returns to the XCR calendar in 2017 and will take place on Victoria’s iconic Surf Coast in Anglesea.
Note: For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the following packages purchased no later than 12pm (Midday) Wednesday 9 August:
- 2017 Max Package (Access to both XCR & Track & Field seasons. **Note: Bundoora is not included for Dual and Junior Members)
- XCR’17 Package (Access to XCR’17 only. **Note: Bundoora is not included for Dual and Junior members)
- XCR’17 Relay Package (Access to XCR Relay events only)
Athletes who have not purchased one of these packages will not be eligible to compete and score points for their team.
Your club is responsible for entering teams, please ensure you notify team managers of your eligibility if you have completed you membership and purchased one of the above packages.
Please see below dates for our upcoming XCR’17 events.
XCR’17 Rd 9 – Burnley Half Marathon
- Date: Sunday 10 September, 2017
- Entries Close: 12pm (Midday), Wednesday 6 September, 2017.
XCR’17 Rd 10 – Princes Park Relays
- Date: Saturday 16 September, 2017
- Entries Close: 12pm (Midday), Monday 11 September, 2017
|12:30pm||Men Div 2||42.3km|
|12:35pm||Men Div 3 & 4||37.7km|
|12:45pm||Men Div 6 & 7||31.7km|
|12:50pm||Women Div 2 & 3||28.3km|
|12:55pm||Men Div 5||31.7km|
|12:55pm||Men 40+ & 50+||22.9km|
|1:00pm||Women Div 4 & 5||21.9km|
Presentations will be made as soon as possible following the completion of the race.
Please note: Individual leg distances can be found in the XCR’17 Handbook by clicking here.
Legs are run in order listed in handbook, therefore furthest to shortest.
E.g. Men Premier (9.8km, 8.8km, 7.9km, 6.0km, 5.2km, 4.6km)
Clubs are encouraged to bring club tents to Anglesea; these can be set up on the oval next to the start/finish line within the caravan park.
St Johns Ambulance will be on site throughout the day. They will be situated at the start/finish line and also out on the course. If anyone needs first aid please ask an official/club helper to radio through and first aid will be out to help.
There are toilet blocks located within the grounds of Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park.
There is no car parking access within the Caravan Park. Car parking is only available in surrounding areas of the caravan park.
Please Note: Double Yellow Lines in street parking indicates a ‘No Standing Zone’ and you may be issued a parking infringement by the local council. Athletics Victoria is not responsible for any fines that may be issued.
Team Managers of Clubs may drive into the caravan park to drop off club tents and gear but must remove their vehicle and park in surrounding areas.
This year there will be a designated Team Manager drop off zone for club tents and equipment.
Team managers must follow this drop off zone process click here for a map.
We request if Team managers can please drop their clubs gear off an hour before the event at 10:30am between 11:30am any time after 11:30am you will not be allowed access into the caravan park.
There will be traffic marshals to guide you through this zone. Please just drop off your gear and proceed immediately to the car parks outside the caravan park. The traffic marshal will take care of it until you return to set it up. There is strictly no car parking in the drop off zone and we ask you to please comply with the steward’s requests.
Looking after Anglesea Caravan Park:
We are very grateful for the opportunity to compete at Anglesea. Clubs are asked to remind their members of the following:
- Park only in designated parking bays
- Take home all rubbish so that we leave the venue as we found it.
- Do not litter any rubbish along the course. Please use bins provided
- Make sure your athletes leave the toilet blocks in a respectable state.
All events will start at the time listed above, please arrive early as the start will not be held for athletes who are running late.
A pen system will be used for all divisions at relay events in 2017, please speak with the Athletics Victoria Official at your age group on the procedure required and ensure all athletes understand this.
There must only be 2 athletes from a team in each division/age group on the course at the one time (example runner 1 who is running and runner 2 who is waiting in the changeover area). This is for safety reasons for all athletes running through the changeover area. For the safety of all athletes and spectators it is extremely important that everyone obeys all signs and announcements throughout the day.
The course roping is in place to keep athletes separated from spectators, officials and event crew, again it is important that all athletes and spectators respect the course and do not climb under or over any roping.
There will be sections of the course that are not roped off for people to access the course or surrounding grounds.
Any athlete who cannot complete the course for any reason and pulls outs before crossing the finishing line MUST report to the competition director or an official at the finish line. This is to ensure all athletes are accounted for on the course before event pack up begins.
NO LATE OR ON DAY ENTRIES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE XCR’17 SERIES.
In order to facilitate the prompt publication of the finalised results, team scores and ladders, all results queries must be submitted to Athletics Victoria’s via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) within 72 hours of the first set of published results. All queries submitted after this time will not be included in the final event results.
Athletes who have purchased an XCR’17 Package, Max Package or XCR Relay Package, since 26 July 2017, will have their 2017/18 AV bib numbers available for collection at Anglesea.
Athletes who registered prior to 26 July should check with their club representatives as they will have been collected at Jells Park Relays.
The timing tag will be attached to one of the bibs (this is to be worn on the front). Athletes do not need to wear their timing chip from previous seasons for individual races anymore.
Please Note: This is your bib number for the entire 2017/18 season, please do not throw out your numbers. If athletes lose or damage their bib numbers there will be a charge associated with reissuing new numbers.
All athletes MUST wear their current AV bibs, front and back, at all rounds of XCR’17. If an athlete fails to wear both bibs they may be disqualified. If any athletes forget their bibs please go to the administration area to purchase a replacement set no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the race. Team managers will need to pick up any new memberships from the administration tent on the day of the event.
Colour coded laminated numbers will be used to identify competitors in each Division or Age Group. Unlike in previous relay events for the XCR’17 season, there will be different coloured laminated bibs for the different legs of the race.
Please take note of the colours that correspond to each leg, the distance is printed on each bib.
Blue = 9.8km
Yellow = 8.8km
Green = 7.9km
Orange = 6.0km
Pink = 5.2km
White = 4.6km
*Women’s Open and Overage teams will have a ‘W’ in front of their team number.
All relay identification numbers must be worn on the FRONT and BACK of each competitor’s uniform. A reminder that all athletes competing must wear their 2017 AV registered bib numbers during competition.
In order to get the results out as quickly as possible, we need the assistance of all clubs to fill in the recording sheets in a neat and accurate manner. THERE IS NO NEED TO RECORD LAP SPLITS ON THE RECORDING SHEETS. We simply require the start time of each athlete, their finish time and the net time. If athletes wish to record their lap times they, or their coaches will need to organise it themselves.
With over 900 athletes anticipated on Saturday and all times to be entered manually, AV really needs the assistance of clubs in delivering fast and accurate results. Please ensure the sheets are filled in clearly and neatly to minimize data entry errors. If sheets are not handed into the admin area your team will not be entered into the results.
The following clubs are required to provide three (3) club helpers (unless specified otherwise in bold with the number required) to assist with conducting the event:
APS United (2), Athletics Essendon, Athletics Nunawading (2), Athletics Waverley (2), Box Hill, Casey Cardinia (2), Coburg Harriers (2), Collingwood Harriers, Diamond Valley, Doncaster (2), Frankston, Geelong Region (30), Glenhuntly, Keilor St Bernards, Knox Athletics, Malvern Harriers (2), Melbourne University, Mentone (2), Old Xaverians (2), Richmond Harriers (2), South Melbourne, St Stephens Harriers (2), Traralgon Harriers (2), Victorian Masters (2), Western Athletics (2), Williamstown (2), Yarra Ranges (2).
Please contact Andrea Hallett (email@example.com) with the names of the club helpers no later than 12pm (midday) Tuesday 8 August, 2017.
All officials, time keepers and course marshals must report to the Controller of Officials the commencement of their scheduled session start time.
Clubs failing to provide the required number of club helpers will have ALL of their teams disqualified.