Richard Hamilton Wines Marathon

The Richard Hamilton Wines McLaren Vale Marathon is a beautiful run through the vines with the stunning backdrop of the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges.  The 2 lap course has been accurately measured & certified by AIMS / World Athletics.

Richard Hamilton Wines are reflective of the distinctive McLaren Vale region with its Mediterranean climate producing great value, fruit driven wines. The Hamilton family have been involved in winemaking and grape growing for five generations. Dr Richard  Hamilton now continues his family’s long tradition of involvement in the wine industry.

Registrations for the 2024 McLaren Vale Marathon are now open.

Event Information

Date Sunday 21 April 2024
Distance 42.195 km
Start Time 7:00 am
Cut Off Time 5.5 hours
Start-Finish Line Richard Hamilton Wines  – Main Road, McLaren Vale
Age Limit 18 years on race day
Online Registrations Close Midnight on Thursday 18 April 2024

In-person registrations will be available at the Race Village on Saturday 20 April.  Race day registrations will NOT be available.

Entry Fees & Inclusions

Launch Pricing

$105
To midnight on Sunday 17 December 2023

Early Bird

$120 
To midnight on Sunday 10 March 2024
Entry fees include GST and all administration & credit card fees – what you see is what you pay!

Inclusions:

  • Race Entry
  • Post-Race Massage
  • Free Race Day Phototography
  • Aid Stations
  • Race Day Medical Support
  • Electronic Timing

A finisher’s medal can be purchased online with your registration for $8 with an additional option to pre-purchase engraving of your name and finish time for $10.

Refunds and credits cannot be processed in the 4 weeks before race day unless you have taken out additional Diamond Cover.  Please refer to our Refund Policy page for full details.

Course Description

All courses are currently provisional, subject to council and government permits being obtained.

The McLaren Vale Marathon is run over two 21.1 km laps in an anti-clockwise direction.  The course has been accurately measured & certified by AIMS / World Athletics.

Starting and finishing at Richard Hamilton Wines, runners will head along Main Road towards Willunga before joining the Shiraz Trail to Binney Road.  Runners will loop their way to McLaren Flat via Strout Road, McMurtrie Road, Oakley Road, Sand Road and Hunt Road.  Runners will follow the new Flat-to-Vale Trail and Shiraz Trail to Rifle Range Road, then Main Road back to Richard Hamilton Wines.

Lap 2 is a repeat of lap 1 with total elevation change of approx 270m over 42.195 km.

 

Course Map

Download file: MVM - 21.1K 20230329.gpx

Please note that the distance on this course map is approximate. The course will be measured to AIMS standards for race day.

Drink Stations

Drinks stations will be located every 4 to 5 km along the Richard Hamilton Wines McLaren Vale Marathon course, providing water, Infinit Nutrition sports drink and toilet facilities. Only compostable cups will be used at this event.  Runners may carry their own sports drinks/gels. Rubbish must be deposited in the bins provided at the drink stations. Littering on course will result in disqualification.

 

DS1
 4.0 km
Binney Road
Water / Toilet
DS2
 8.5 km
Oakley Road
Water / Infinit Sports Drink / Toilet
DS3
12.5 km
Blewitt Springs Rd / Chalk Hill Rd
Water / Personal Drinks / Toilet
DS4
16.5 km
Shiraz Trail / Kangarilla Road
Water / Infinit Sports Drink / Personal Drinks / Toilet
DS5
21.0 km
Richard Hamilton Wines
Water /  Infinit Sports Drink / Personal Drinks / Toilet
DS6
25.0 km
Binney Road
Water / Toilet
DS7
29.5 km
Oakley Road
Water / Infinit Sports Drink / Toilet
DS8
33.5 km
Blewitt Springs Rd / Chalk Hill Rd
Water / Personal Drinks / Toilet
DS9
37.5 km
Shiraz Trail / Kangarilla Road
Water / Infinit Sports Drink / Personal Drinks / Toilet

Personal Drinks

Marathon runners who wish to have their own refreshments available to collect from designated drink stations (see table above) must drop these off at Richard Hamilton Wines, McLaren Vale at the Race Village by 4:00 pm on Saturday 20 April or at The Running Company (Unley Road, Hyde Park or Beach Road, Christies Beach) by 5:00 pm on Friday 19 April.

 

  • Drink containers are not to be any taller than 21cm in total including all attachments
  • No balloons or sticks are to be attached
  • Your race number must be clearly shown on the bottle/container along with the DISTANCE of the drinks station
  • It is your responsibility to find your own bottle at the designated drinks station
  • Rubbish must be deposited in the bins provided.  Littering on course will result in disqualification.
  • The personal drinks service is available to competitors in the full marathon only

Course Cut-Off

The McLaren Vale Marathon course will be progressively closed at a pace of 7:50 per kilometre (equivalent to a finish time of 5.5 hours).

A tail runner will follow the last runner around the course for safety reasons and to relieve marshals from their positions. If you fail to maintain the minimum pace you will be asked to stop and return directly to the finish area. This is the last thing we want to do on race day so if you are not confident that you can complete the marathon in under 6 hours please enter an alternative distance.

Marshals

Please be courteous to our course marshals and other event team members. Remember that they are giving up their time to make sure that you can enjoy your run.

ALWAYS FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY COURSE MARSHALS.

All Traffic Guidance Schemes have full approval from the necessary authorities and roads are managed by accredited traffic controllers from Workzone Traffic Control Pty Ltd for the duration of the event.

Presentations

Presentations for the first 3 male and first 3 female place-getters will take place at Richard Hamilton Wines on Sunday morning (time TBC).  Award winners must be in attendance to receive prizes.