The Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon course takes runners on an amazing journey along a course that takes in the best sights of Newnes and the Wolgan Valley. The course is the tale of two halves and runners will encounter creek crossings, sections of long single trail, old mine cuttings, ruins and some long forgotten railway easements. The terrain is exciting, challenging and you may find it hard to keep the smile from your face. The first half of the marathon a steep mountain trail and the second half is a railway grade up trail skirting the cliff line and making its way up through the Glow Worm Tunnel and returning to Newnes. The event starts and finishes in Newnes and from the moment you arrive in “town” you will revel in the serene surroundings.
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Leg 1: Start – Pipeline – Pagoda – Starlight Turn around – Petries Turn Around and back to Event Hub –> Distance: 12km
Description: Starting at the Event Hub, runners make their way towards the campground and do a quick lap before heading down into the Wolgan valley on the riverside trail. Here runners ascend the Pipeline Pass to the awesome views at Pagoda Lookout. An out and back through the ferny gullies to the amazing Starlight Canyon entry point is next before turning around and visiting the Pagoda Lookout again. The steep descent of Pipeline Pass will lead you to back down to the valley floor. This year runners will explore the old logging trail up Petries Gully, another lap of the Campground before returning to the event hub and aid station at 12km.
Leg 2: Event Hub – Ruins Loop – Event Hub –> Distance: 12-19kms
Description: Runners will then loop the 6km Ruins Trail and return to the Event Hub for the second time.
Leg 3: – Event Hub to Tunnel via Koopartoo out/back – Event Hub –> Distance 19km – 42.3km
Description: After hydrating and grabbing some refreshments, runners cross the Wolgan River and make their way onto the Wolgan Valley Rail Trail. After 7km at the 4 Ways intersection of the Old Coach Road and Wolgan Valley Rail Trail at Penrose Junction there will be an aid station. At this point marathon runners will head down the Old Coach Road to the Wolgan River at the Koopartoo causeway (approx. 1km) where they will find checkpoint 4. Then just for laughs we send you back up the hill to 4 ways where you will turn right and head toward the Glow Worm Tunnel. Runners will follow the old rail embankment for 3km under the cliffs around to the opening of the Glow Worm Tunnel. Runners are then required to walk through the Glow Worm Tunnel and upon exiting the tunnel make their way onto the Pagoda Trail, Old Coach Rd and down to the 4 Ways Penrose Junction aid station. It is then a fast 7km back down the Wolgan Valley Rail Trail towards the finish line at the Event Hub.