The rules of the event must be adhered to - to be fair to all competitors. Please, particularly note those rules regarding the equestrian section.

Please note start of the running is 9:00am sharp.

  1. Any competitor who breaches the Race Rules or loses his team number in the event faces team disqualification. (Note: It is therefore essential competitors properly attach team number bibs to their person.
  2. All place getters in the Veteran’s class may be required to produce evidence of age before their placing’s will be confirmed. Men 40, or over, ladies 35, or over.
  3. All place getters in the 18 and under class must produce evidence of age before their placing’s will be confirmed.
  4. Minimum age for any competitor is 14 years on the day of the event, unless permission is given by the Executive Committee prior to the Marathon.
  5. Competitors in school teams must attend the same secondary school and submit a completed  verification from the administartion of the school they are attending. Maximum age 18 years.
  6. Any protest shall be lodged in writing with the Chief Steward and must be made within 10 minutes of the last competitor finishing. A protest can only be lodged by a competitor. Equestrian leg protests are to be made in writing immediately to the Chief Veterinary Officer, at the start or end of the Horse Leg.
  7. There will be numerous checkpoints along the course with attending stewards.
  8. The stewards reserve the right to disqualify any team who breach any of the race rules on the day.
  9. No person is allowed to remove or cut obstacles from the canoeing course including logs, tea tree and other flora. PLEASE INFORM ALL YOUR TEAM MEMBERS.
  10. SWIM START. To reduce possible extended delays to the finish of the event the starting times of swimmers may be altered. The starting order of the swimmers is generally preserved but the interval between each team may be reduced or extended. This has the result that the finishing order is not necessarily the final placing order. The timing system records start and finish times of all competitors to calculate the final positions. Please co-operate with all marshals and time-keepers to ensure that your times are recorded accurately.

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A. Detours and short cuts not allowed.
B. The marked course must be followed.

A. Helmet, Buoyancy vest and protective footwear strongly advised.
B. Any deviation from the course (meaning "river bed") apart from porting at Terry Road culvert (which is mandatory) will automatically disqualify the team. Failure to properly report to stewards at a checkpoint will automatically disqualify the team.
C. Minor repairs to craft during event allowed, but must be performed by competitors. Back up crews not allowed.
D. Craft may be a one-man canoe, kayak or surf ski.
E. Paddles only to be used for propulsion, spare paddles may be carried on craft.
F. Competitors must mark their craft with their team number on both left hand and right hand sides. Numerals must be minimum size of 100mm and 15mm thick. Numbers preferably black on yellow background. Numbers 1, 6, 9 rnust be underlined.

A. Any attachment to any part of the body, e.g. flippers, not allowed.
B. Wetsuits allowed. Goggles and swimming caps allowed.



A. Spare bike not allowed.
B. Road traffic rules must be observed at all times.
C. Minor repairs during race allowed but must be performed by the competitors. Back up crews not allowed.
E. Vehicles driving alongside or immediately in front of competitors not allowed.
F. Start assistance allowed.
G. Protective head gear is compulsory.

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The equestrian part of the Blackwood Marathon is unique among endurance rides in W.A. Often the Blackwood is the first exposure of the horse to this type of event. It differs from other events too, in that the rider is under pressure as member of a team consisting often of people who have little or no knowledge of horses, therefore cannot appreciate the potential dangers pushing a horse (or allowing a horse to push itself) beyond its physical limitations. In the past the majority of teams competing in the Blackwood Marathon have been very conscientious in preparing, competing and caring for their horses. The low number of serious equine problems reflect the commitment and skill of the riders. Despite this, problems have occurred.

a) The horse must be presented at the pre-ride veterinary examination by the RIDER.
b) Horses may run barefoot, but due to course conditions shoes and/or boots are highly recommended.
c) At the pre-ride veterinary examination the horse must, in the opinion of the examining veterinarians be able to complete the race without jeopardizing the health of itself or the rider.
d) The horse’s heart rate must be at, or below 60 beats per minute within 30 minutes of crossing the finishing line, and in the opinion of the official veterinarians must not show any lameness or distress.
e) The horse must be free from any ‘prohibited substance’. ‘Prohibited substance’ means any substance having a direct or indirect action on the central or peripheral nervous system, the cardiovascular, the respiratory system, the alimentary digestive system, the musculo skeletal system or the urogenital system of a horse. ‘Prohibited substances’ include analgesics, antihistamines, anti- flammatory agents, blood coagulants, diuretics, hormones and their synthetic counterparts, cortico-steroids, anabolic steroids, local anaesthetics, muscle relaxants and tranquillisers, Prohibited substances’ also include vitamins administered by injection.
f) All Iron Man entrants must provide a Certificate of Competency in horse riding before their entry will be accepted. This must accompany their entry form.
g) Minimum age limit for horses – 4 years. This rule will be strictly adhered to.

Failure to meet the above criteria will result in disqualification.

A. Team number must be on front of helmet approximately 5cm high and the team number must be securely attached to the horse’s bridle. This is the responsibility of the competitor who must present the bridle for inspection at the veterinary check.
B. Any type of horse may be used.
C. Riding caps or helmets must be worn.
D. The marked course must be followed.
E. The team will be disqualified if any competitor takes a short cut.
F. The team will be disqualified if there is any unsportsmanlike behaviour, i.e. barging, etc.
G. No whips, spurs or long reins allowed.
H. DRUGS – Placegetters and other horses selected at random may be swabbed and/or have a blood sample taken. Positive swab samples will result in disqualification for this and future Marathons.
I. Veterinarians have the right to disqualify any horse.
J. Horses should be available at 9.30am for veterinary inspection at JAYES BRIDGE.
K. The Chief Veterinarian will disqualify any rider for any blatant disregard of the rules and/or ill-treating a horse and that rider will be disqualified from competing in the relay in the future.
L. The Chief Veterinarian’s decision in final.


Please note you must present your horse for the check prior to 11:30am.

Last Updated: 13 June 2016