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Are you a Bloated Goat or Little Fat Lamb?
If you have read this far, then you are curious!
What is a Bloated Goat & Little Fat Lamb Race, you ask?
The Bloated Goat is a 31 km race and the Little Fat Lamb is a 21 km trail race - simple as that! They're both very different experiences. Each contain nice, wide fire trails as well as a single track. And they are both loops, so you will be starting and finishing in the same location.
Bloated Goat is something you must train for and many people do not finish this gruelling race, though they may have fun trying - and then again, they may not! This race has got a following of people who want to beat the goat!
This is the toughest event. The first year it was run, about 30% of entrants did not finish. The second year, the weather was more favourable, and the runners had trained up, and success rate was better!
For those of you who get past this first climb, keep on going, but I have to tell you this: IT GETS STEEPER FROM HERE ON IN; but relax, there is only another 30 kms to the end of this course.
There will be assistants at key intersections to help you stay on track, and give out high 5's!
Not only that, but there will also be some quirky themes and an awesome community that make these events so special.
Courses will be well flagged - and marshalled at a few key intersections. Organisers will "attempt" to keep you on course, but it is your responsibility to be always vigilant of this flagging.
Now, if you think this is too difficult for you, or you have not trained enough and are not fit enough, then the good news is that there will be a shorter race, and here I introduce the Little Fat Lamb. If you cannot quite face the Goat, then the Lamb is for you - so don't feel ashamed at picking the "lesser" of the two evils!
To help you along your way you will have the following:
Four foot-bath stations will be found on course.
This is serious, and you must use these to avoid spreading dieback on our precious land.
Each station will have a marshal to help you and you must STOP and PUT each foot into the solution. (Only the Bloated Goat runners will go through the footbath)
Organisers do not require it at this point, but if you plan to enter, you really should have completed a similar, hilly distance trail event in under 5 hours, have a fairly recent marathon time of under 4 hours, or have completed a fairly recent 20 km trail event within the time-frame allotted. You should also be capable of "self-sufficiency" on the trails for the distance and terrain.
Cut Off Times
Bloated Goat has a 5½ hour cut-off time (12.40 pm). You must be at the aid station 16 km point in 2½ hours or you will not be allowed to continue, as it is not likely that a runner speeds up for the second half.
There is an aid station and this is accessed for Bloated Goat Runners at 16 km, and 26 km.
For Little Fat Lamb runners, it's located at 15.5 km.
The Aid Station will stock water, carbohydrates, electrolytes, and bananas. Disposable cups are NOT provided at this event though all racers will be given their own reusable silicone collapsible cup. Be sure to collect your cup with your bib if it's your first event.
There will also be 15-litre water jugs provided at the finish line, so have your cup handy!
Organisers recommend a bladder of at least 2 litres. Minimum requirement to be held for the duration of the event is 1 litre of water.
Yes, these are bibs like babies wear, and you must wear this fashion accessory at all times during the event.
Your newest fashion accessory - Image:www.facebook.com/PerthTrailSeries
This Man is NOT wearing his fashion accessory!
This event requires "semi-self sufficiency". You are responsible for carrying enough water supply to safely complete the event.
The week before the event you will receive a PRE RACE email which will include all the specific details needed to be best prepared for the day.
Sunday 18th March, 2018
Wungong Gorge Walk
Wungong Regional Park
7 am to 2 pm
Event Start Time:
6.00-6.50 am Arrival and Bib Pickup
7.00 am Race Briefing
7.10 am Bloated Goat Start
7.30 am Little Fat Lamb Start