WECH50 2019 - Virtual Run!

To make use of this year’s event merchandise we’re hosting a virtual run so that you can still “earn” your sweet gear. We get that some of you may not want to take part, so there’s an option for you too (but you won’t get a medal or race bib).

Only 2019 WECH50 registered participants are eligible to receive their merchandise or virtual run prizes; anyone else that plays along is just doing so for fun.

Option 1 - I just want my race singlet

Post to us a prepaid, self-addressed 500g parcel post satchel and we will send your singlet out to you (please include a note with your satchel telling us you only want your singlet). Mail this to:

Coastal High 50
PO Box 409
Coolangatta QLD 4225

Why this way? To send out every singlet would cost about $4000 - which is money we'd rather donate to the bushfire recovery. We also estimate it would take about 30hrs to address and package each parcel - so this speeds that process up.


Option 2 - I'm keen on my medal, race bib and singlet!

Ohhh - the fun way: welcome to the WECH50 2019 Virtual Run!

The steps to be completed:

1. This is the same as for the option 1 crowd - post to us a prepaid, self-addressed 500g parcel post satchel so we can send your merchandise out to you. We need to have received this no later than 23 Oct.

Then - the earning of your gear begins:

2. Request to join this group on Strava. And yes, before you ask, this is being done through Strava and it's the only way to take part. Only 2019 WECH50 registered participants are eligible to receive their merchandise or category prizes; anyone else that sneaks into the group is just in there for fun.

3. Any time between Sep 7 - Oct 20 (inclusive) run 50km or more in a single run (minimum 47km on Strava to allow for GPS error). This can be on roads, trails, mountains - whatever. You must then make this activity public (so we can see it) and change the activity type to "Race" (so the timing is correct).

4. You must then fill out this form - which will give us the details we need to check that you've completed your virtual WECH50 run. This submission must be done by midnight 23 Oct.

You MUST complete all the above steps to be eligible for your medal, singlet and race bib. Note that you can only submit 1 run as your virtual run "entry".

Any 2019 WECH50 entrant who completes the challenge also goes into the draw to win 1 of 5, $100 Wild Earth vouchers.

Category Prizes

In addition to earning your normal merchandise, we will be offering prizes for certain categories in the virtual run - thanks to our sponsors Wild Earth and Suunto. The following category prizes will only apply to runs that measure between 47-55km in Strava, with elevation gain of at least 1500m, and with duration (“elapsed time” in Strava) less than 10.5hrs. We will not be calculating pro-rata data for longer events (i.e. you can't run 100km and hope to use parts of your data to enter the category prizes). Why 47km? That is to allow a margin of error for GPS inaccuracies. Ditto the minimum 1500m of climbing. Why 10.5hrs? That is the regular cutoff time for WECH50.

Suunto King & Queen of the Mountain

Activity with the most vertical gain. We reserve the right to cross-check elevation data in your activity as sometimes there are some dodgy numbers. The male and female runners who log the most elevation gain during their virtual 50km will win a Suunto 9 watch!

Suunto Speedsters

The fastest male and female runners in their virtual run will each win a Suunto 5 watch! Choose your route wisely for this one (some 50kms will be a lot quicker than others!). Activity time will be elapsed time, not moving time (so rest breaks will be counted in your time!).

Wild Earth Wild Things

The fastest male and female in each age category will win a $50 Wild Earth voucher. Categories are 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

You cannot win multiple category prizes - we will continue to roll down the results to find the next fastest runner who hasn't yet won a prize. Prize category priority is KOTM > Speedsters > Wild Things (i.e. if you win the Speedster category you will be awarded that prize, not the Wild Thing prize).


You can only submit one (1) run as your virtual run "entry"; if you wish to be eligible for both your merchandise and category prizes it needs to meet the stricter “category prizes” activity. If you just wish to get your singlet, medal and race bib your run simply needs to be longer than 47km (as measured in Strava).

Reminder again that your virtual run must be between the dates 7 Sep - 20 Oct (inclusive), and you must have filled out the form (link above) nominating your run by midnight 23 Oct. We must also have received your self-addressed postage satchel by this date too; any later than this and we won’t be posting stuff out to you.

EDIT: The cut-off dates are intentional - we would love for you to get out and run one of the other southern QLD ultras held in the next several weeks (Scenic Rim Ultra on Oct 5 and The Blackall 100 on Oct 19), and you can use these runs for your virtual run.

That's it. Go!