Naracoorte World Heritage Run – 24 November 2019

Time to shake off the lazy bones, put on your sneakers and celebrate the fossils at the inaugural Naracoorte World Heritage Run, Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Naracoorte Caves.

There is a distance to suit all levels of experience and fitness.  Choose from the: 22km Mega Fauna Run starting at 7.30am (briefing 7.15am), 14km Stoney Point Run starting at 8.00am (briefing 7.45am) or 5km Dippy Run starting at 8.30am (briefing 8.15am). 

On each trail appreciate the bushland and pine forest trails, the local kangaroo population and other native wildlife, pass sheep farms, vineyards, and not to mention experience the unique limestone formations that are the World Heritage Naracoorte Caves.

The one kilometre “Fossil Dash” at 10.00am starts at the Fossil Hunters Playground and takes you around the Roof Top Loop Walk.  This route is wheelchair and pram friendly and is suitable for all ages and abilities – so there’s no excuse for young runners not to be accompanied by an adult.  Gold coin donation at the start to support research into the critically endangered Southern Bent-wing Bat.

You can hike any of the distances but, so that no one misses the big fun of the Naracoorte World Heritage Festival a cut-off time of 12 noon applies to all runs.  Trail Run check in commences from 6.00am.

There’s still time to register – find all the details about registering, what to bring, rules and safety at www.megafest.com.au 

Thanks to the Mega Fauna, Dippy Run and Stoney Point Run supporters – Good Country Physiotherapy, The Veg Shed and Naracoorte Health & Fitness Centre there will be hydration and nutrition stations along the courses and at the finish, with plenty of healthy snacks to keep runners on the move.  Kincraig Terry White Chemist, Dolan Engineering and Drews Workshop support will ensure runners are safe on the trails with first aid and course directions. 

HearClear Audiology, Helloworld Naracoorte, Hansen Print, Naracoorte Chiropractic Clinic and Sportspower Naracoorte are supporting the bibs, timing and prizes.  The prizes are unique to the World Heritage Naracoorte Caves and have been hand crafted by local Alex Haynes.

Come for the run and stay for the fun and hospitality of the Naracoorte World Heritage Festival, commencing at 10.00am.  The big fun of the Festival includes talks, tours and performances in the Blanche Cave, entertainment, food and wine at the Mega Stage, University of Adelaide Palaeontologists’ fossil displays and demonstrations at the Fossil Lab and fossil dig sand pit, Fossil Hunters Discovery Trail and special Naracoorte Caves tours. 

A free bus will run between the Naracoorte Town Square and the Naracoorte Caves – so leave the car in Naracoorte and enjoy the fun. 

The Naracoorte World Heritage Festival and Run is celebrating two unique anniversaries.  Fifty years ago, in 1969, one of the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites was discovered at the Naracoorte Caves when Professor Rod Wells and Grant Gartrell discovered the largest and best preserved megafauna remains.  Twenty five years later, in 1994, the significance of the fossils was recognised on the World stage when the Naracoorte Caves were inscribed on the World Heritage list.

The World Heritage listing recognises the diversity and the quality of preservation of fossils at the Naracoorte Caves and the scientific value of the fossil deposits.  The fossils found at the Naracoorte Caves allow you to step back in time, giving an insight into 500,000 years of history and a fascinating insight into Australia’s prehistoric past. 

The Festival and Run has received $20,000 funding from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund.  The Naracoorte Lucindale Council and the Naracoorte Lucindale Business and Tourism Association are also contributing $15,400 and $5,000 respectively.  The University of Adelaide, and the Naracoorte Caves are supporting the Festival and Run with in kind contributions. 

Note in the instance of a total fire ban the event will not be held at the Naracoorte Caves National Park as the park will be closed.