“Amazing weekend”

“Amazing weekend”

“Best course in Australia”

“Best course in Australia”

“Can’t wait to come back!”

“Can’t wait to come back!”

“They start races with a stock whip … cool!”

“They start races with a stock whip … cool!”

“A great event in a great town”

“A great event in a great town”

Carcoar Cup Running Festival

4-5 November - $15,000 in Prizes

The Carcoar Cup Running Festival is a grand annual challenge on the Australian running calendar. Held the first weekend of November in the historic Central West NSW town of Carcoar, the Carcoar Cup is a fantastic weekend for both runners and family. The festival was conceived to bring runners & visitors from all over Australia & overseas to showcase the beauty of Carcoar and the surrounding region.

It is run over a course which has been described as one of the toughest and most beautiful in Australia. This is the ultimate family running weekend, with events for all abilities and ages. For a small regional event the prize money is huge – $15,000 – but this is the ultimate family event, with adults tackling the longer events and the children their own special race.

There are also many other activities organised around the town over the weekend including exhibitions, displays and stalls. And with so many other attractions available around the region, why not make a weekend – or even an extended holiday – out of your time at the festival this year?

Regular updates about the event will be posted on our Carcoar Cup Facebook Page, so please like to stay in touch.  

Andrew Baulch – Festival Director

Carcoar Cup Events

Course Hotlap

After being inspired by the classic French short film "Le Rendez Vous" in which a Ferrari races through Paris in the early hours of the morning, we thought we would bring our own event to the attention of enthusiastic runners from all across the country – and the globe! – with a video from our own hot lap.

So, after racing many times around this fabulous running course with a camera on board, and following much editing and toil by Louise Purcell, we are proud to present our hottie for your enjoyment!

After being inspired by the classic French short film "Le Rendez Vous" in which a Ferrari races through Paris in the early hours of the morning, we thought we would bring our own event to the attention of enthusiastic runners from all across the country – and the globe! – with a video from our own hot lap.

So, after racing many times around this fabulous running course with a camera on board, and following much editing and toil by Louise Purcell, we are proud to present our hottie for your enjoyment!

Key Information

When is it being held?

The first weekend in November. In 2017 this will be the 4th and 5th.

What will the Carcoar temperature be like in November?

8 to 22 degrees historically – great conditions for morning running.

Who can enter?

We encourage everybody to have a go, and be fit enough for the challenge. There any many choices of distance, and as all profits go to charity, please give it a go!

What should I bring?

Suitable attire, hat, sunscreen – drink stations every 4kms with water at all stations and ‘sports drinks’ available at every station.

What happens if I hurt myself?

Rural Fire Service first aid specialists will be on hand all weekend to administer first aid to both runners and spectators as and when it should be needed.

What do I get for my entry fee?

Race entry, a Commemorative Carcoar Cup medallion & ribbon, plus trophy and prize money if you win or run a place! Automatic Entry for 2017 half marathoners in the NSW Regional Distance Running Championships.

What can I expect from the course?

Bitumen, dirt, hills, dales, some steep bits, some flat bits, fantastic scenery, the town of Neville, Mount Macquarie and the town of Carcoar. Entrants will race anticlockwise on a circular course – an almost equal mixture of bitumen and dirt roads, with rises and falls of several hundreds of metres in altitude. Watch our Virtual Tour in the panel above.

Why should I enter?

The Carcoar Cup is now a truly iconic event on the Australian Running Calendar. It has been awarded Community Event of the Year in 2011, NSW Regional Flagship Event 2014, 2105, 2016, and NSW Flagship event for 2017, 2018, 2019. It is a family event with a race for all ages and abilities, but the $15,000 in prizemony makes it the richest regional event in NSW. It attracts runners from all over Australia and overseas. Everybody should experience Carcoar Cup.

2017 Registration & Bib Collection

Bib Collection is at the historic Carcoar Court House on Saturday 4th November between 12.00 midday & 5.00pm (preferred) or on Sunday 5th November (Race Day) between 6.00am & 7.45am. If you are arriving on Sunday, please be there at least 30 minutes before your race to register.

We welcome last minute entries UP UNTIL 5.00pm on Saturday 4th November – Saturday.

Drink Stations

We always have lots of question re drink stations, so here it is from the horse’s mouth. Drink Stations are manned by fabulous, very friendly volunteers, which is part of the great attraction of the Carcoar Cup, so spread the love! All stations have water and Powerade, along with jelly beans and snakes.

Marathon & Ultra Marathon Drink stations

  • DS1 – 3kms at Cooming Creek

  • DS2 – 3kms at top of the hill

  • DS2 – 4 kms – manned by the wonderful Molloy family every year

  • DS4 – 4kms – manned by Merv & Marg – you will know how wonderful they are when you see them (Ultras visit here twice)

  • DS5 – 4km – more of of our great Neville volunteer contingent (Ultras twice)

  • DS6 – 4kms – At Neville opposite the school both sides of the road because you will pas them run around the town, and the pass them again, so DS6 1.5kms (Ultras four times)

  • DS7 – 3kms – more great Nevillites.

  • DS8 – 3kms last of the Neville contingent with Rob in charge I think!!

  • DS9 – 4.5kms – the best drink station as it is right at the top of that hill!

  • DS10 – 5kms – Home pretty much all downhill from DS9, so we would hate to force you to stop at a DS.

  • Half Marathon DS6 ×2, DS7, 8, 9, 10 – see distances above.

  • DS10 has everything, and you can get a free massage from PhysX in the the shop we have set up right next to the finish line.

Saturday

All day activities

  • Tours of the Carcoar Cup Course on minibus. Leaving approximately on the hour from 12pm at the Courthouse, depending on demand. Bookings taken as well as tickets available at the bus.

  • Carcoar Pottery Exhibition of specially commissioned trophies for the Carcoar Cup.

Sunday – Race Day

All day activities

  • Carcoar Pottery Exhibition of specially commissioned trophies for the Carcoar Cup

  • Carcoar Court House Interactive History Exhibition – dress-ups for mock historic photos

  • Carcoar Hospital Museum Exhibition

  • Stoke House Stable Museum Exhibition

  • Carmanhurst Room Military Museum Exhibition

  • Toy Museum Exhibition

Sunday – Races

From Carcoar

  • 7.00am – Ultra Marathon (60 km)

  • 8.00am – Marathon (42.2km) and Teams Events

  • 8.15am – Carcoar Cup for Kids (1.7km)

  • 8.45am – Carcoar to Creek Dash (6km)

  • 9:00am – Mile Long Club Races

From Mandurama/Fell Timber Rds

  • 9:00am – 10K Special

From Neville

  • 8.45am – Half Marathon (21.1km)

Saturday

Lunch

  • Available from 12.00 midday at the Royal Hotel Carcoar, Neville Hotel & Teapots Cafe.

Afternoon Tea

  • Royal Hotel & Teapots Cafe

Dinner

  • Carcoar Cup Pasta Night at the Carcoar School of Arts.
    $30 for adults and $15 for Kids (Under 12). Please book with Andrew on (02) 6367 3290.

  • 6.00pm Benny’s Bistro open at Royal Hotel, Carcoar.

  • Counter meals available from 6.00pm at the Neville Hotel.

Sunday 6th November: Race Day

All Day

  • Sausage/steak sizzles, local shops, food & coffee carts.

  • Royal Hotel & Teapots Cafe

Carcoar is a great location, being only 3 hours from Sydney. The major regional centres of Orange, Bathurst, Cowra & Canowindra are all mere half hour away, while the Historic Villages of Millthorpe, Blayney, Neville, Mandurama & Lyndhurst are all within 20 minutes drive.

Some of the most popular accommodation options are linked to below.

Carcoar, Neville, Mandurama & Lyndhurst
carcoar.com.au

Blayney
blayney.nsw.gov.au/tourism

Millthorpe Village
millthorpevillage.com.au

Orange
visitorange.com.au

Bathurst
bathurstregion.com.au

Cowra
cowratourism.com.au

Canowindra
visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw/orange-area/canowindra

Are you having trouble finding last minute accommodation for this years Carcoar Cup? Contact Andrew on 0412 265 344 for local knowledge and last minute cancellation availability.

Thanks for a fantastic event Carcoar Cup Running Festival.
Emma, Oberon, NSW

Great event- thanks for organising for me while I was in the country.
Lynda – Ireland

Your run is always welcoming and friendly and cosy and encouraging and happy and hilly and fun!! It really has a great atmosphere to it!!
Michelle, Forbes, NSW

What a fantastic day out. Thank you Andrew and Jane for putting together such a fabulous event in a stunning location. I’ve been talking about coming for a few years now and it was certainly worth the wait. Your team of volunteers are amazing, so enthusiastic and made us feel so welcome. The course is such a challenge and the views are amazing. Can’t wait to come back!!
Tracie, Gordon, NSW

Thank you so much Andrew and a special thanks to your great staff!! This may be a small event but none other can match the great enthusiasm and genuine friendliness that I found there. I wish I could be there every year! We had such a short stay but leave with a lifetime of great memories!
John, USA

The Carcoar Cup 2016 was a wonderful event! Over 40 students from St Joseph’s participated and had a fantastic morning running, walking, skipping and twirling around the Carcoar Cup course. We even had four students take on the gruelling 6km Carcoar to Creek Dash! This has become a fantastic tradition at our school and we are already looking forward to 2017.
St Joseph’s Public School, Blayney

Had a wonderful time! Was our first and loved it!
Amanda, Kurrajong Heights

Thanks Andrew and Co. for an amazing Carcoar Cup. Myself and my awesome team “Will Run For Champa’s” had an absolute ball. I loved the team Marathon. And the atmosphere was fantastic. You should be so proud of such an incredible event. This was my first Carcoar Cup and certainly won’t be my last. Thank you!
Sharni, Orange, NSW

What an amazing experience! This was my first ultra marathon, it was everything I was expecting and more! Met some amazing people, learnt a lot about what happens beyond the marathon distance. It was hard but loved every minute of it.
Vajira Weerasekera, Wahroonga, NSW

We will be there next year. They start it with a stock whip! So cool…
Martin, Oallen, NSW

Thanks again for such a great event. Lovely atmosphere and scenery. Also happy I got a Carcoar Pottery boxer dog mug and it made my day running across the finish line with my dog-ruby! See you next year!
Sue

Thank you Carcoar Cup. Amazing event! I can’t say I’ve ever seen so much heart and soul in an event crew. To see that you genuinely love putting the event on for us is very special. Take a bow folks – you were magnificent!
Renae, Sydney

Thank you Andrew and your amazing organisation team, the RFS, everyone at drink stations. This run was rumoured to be the hardest and it was, but it had the best volunteers. See you next year!
Cheryl Marie, Minnamurra, NSW

It is always a wonderful weekend. Super organised race with super friendly and helpful volunteers. Thank you so much for everything you do to make it a really enjoyable day.
Caroline, Glenbrook, NSW

That was an awesome weekend…even with the hills! Thanks to all involved, especially all the vollies for sitting out there all day in that wind. You are all awesome. See you next year.
Greg, Kellyville Ridge, NSW

Thanks so much to everyone who helps put together a great event year after year, you make it a joy to participate in the day!
Jo, Orange, NSW

Thank you for such a great event and to everyone on the team helping making this happen. A job well done.
Florentina, Lithgow, NSW

It’s a great event. Thanks so much everyone. Had a great time running the half with friends and meeting new friends.
Leah, Cowra, NSW

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Past Results

Miotime, Merchandise & Pasta Night

MioTime: Commemorate your run and keep a record of times & distances ... right on your medallion!  When you purchase a MioTime medal plate, it will be automatically linked to your entry. After you have run your event, your Miotime plate will be engraved with your name, time and the event, then posted to you. Simply peel off the adhesive backing and locate your MiotTime within the indentation on the rear of your medal. Finally, peel off the protective film to see your achievement commemorated forever.

Pasta Night: Please book online using the merchandise ordering section below.

For MioTime ordering, additional merchandise or to book your seat at the Carcoar Cup Pasta Night, please…

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Contact Organiser

Andrew Baulch
Telephone: (02) 6367 3290 or 0412 265 344
Post: Carcoar Cup Running Festival, PO Box 4, Carcoar NSW 2791
Email: andrew@carcoarcup.com.au