1. Where is Port Moresby?
It is the capital or Papua New Guinea, a Commonwealth of Nations country which gained its independence in 1975.
2. How do I get there?
From Europe or UK:
Find a connecting flight from Eastern Australia (Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns) or via The Phillipines.
From The Americas:
Find a connecting flight from Eastern Australia (Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns) or via The Phillipines or Fiji
From Australia, with:
- Air Niugini
- Virgin Australia
- Air Lines of Papua New Guinea
From New Zealand:
There are no direct flights, all flights are via Australia (Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns).
From The Philippines:
- Phillipines Airways
- Air Niugini
Note: The Fiji Marathon (Suva), is on Saturday 18th July 2020 - you could do both.
3. Do I need a visa?
You will need to apply online prior to you leaving your home country, and a fee of $US50-00 applies.
However, before you apply online, you will need the following documents to upload in support of your application:
- JPEG (or similar) of the page in your passport, with your photo, passport number etc.
- A signed copy of this Corona Virus declaration
4. Hotels? Where can I stay?
Port Moresby has a large range of 4 and 5 Star Hotels.
International brands such as, The Hilton, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Shangri La, etc are well represented, as are local brands of similar quality.
5. Can I hire a car in Port Moresby
Yes, in PNG you drive on the left hand side of the road in right hand drive vehicles. Also, Port Moresby has Taxi’s and cars with drivers at a modest price, and relative to most Western Cities, Port Moresby is relatively small, and cabs readily available.
6. Personal Security
Papua New Guinea is an emerging nation, and like all other emerging nations around the world it has it challenges with personal security at street level, and this is the case in Port Moresby inparticular. Therefore we strongly recommend you exercise a very high degree of caution when walking around our city, just as you would in similar cities around the world.
On raceday sunrise will be at 6:15am.
Historically the weather has been:
- High 30ºC/85.8ºF
- Low 22ºC/72.3ºF
- Humidity 77%
July Average rainfall:
Unless you live and train in the tropics, you will be running in hot and humid conditions which many of you may not have experienced before.
There is enough anecdotal evidence from the world of running to suggest that if you lose 2kg (4.5lb) of body weight while running, that you will not finish a marathon, and if this weight lose reaches 5kg (11lb), you will be on the verge of hospitalisation.
To help you manage your hydration and body weight, the feeding stations will be at 2.5km (1.5mile) intervals.
As you will be passing the Start/Finish complex at the 12km (7mile), 22km (14mile) and the 32km (20mile), to further help you there will a set of scales, where we strongly recommend that you weigh yourself just before the start, and then again each time you pass the start/finish.
This weigh in is not compulsory, however we strongly recommend you do this. If your body weight loss is 2kg (4.4lb) or thereabouts, we strongly recommend that you sit, take in some more fluids and food until you have you weight loss back to an acceptable level. You will find 100’s of methods to cope with these conditions and hydration on the internet, and most will work.
The Race Director has won a 50mile race in 35ºC (95ºF) with high humidity, as well as running Marathons in the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Cuba in conditions, similar to what will be experienced in Port Moresby on raceday.
His advice to you is:
- On the night before, drink about 600ml/1 pint, after dinner and before you go to bed.
- Take another 600ml/1 pint to bed with you, and drink it through the night.
- Between when you wake up and start time, drink another 600ml/1 pint.
- As the day warms up and particularly when the sun comes out, you will need to consume between 1200ml(2 pints) and 1800ml 3 pints/hour.
PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT THESE VOLUMES.
The real trick is balance the ratio of Electrolytes with plain water, and this varies from person to person. If you drink too much water, then you will flush the electrolytes out of your body, and if your Urine is clear then your electrolytes are low to non-existent. If you drink too much sports drink, then you will feel nauseas.
Maybe 1 unit of sports drink to 3 units of water is a reasonable average.
All of our refreshment tables will have ample amounts of water and sports drinks.
Plus carrying a 600ml/1 pint water bottle is recommended.
Back pack style hydration packs may prove more trouble than they are worth, as refilling them enroute, will not be easy and will be time consuming
9. Mp3/iPods etc.
Our policy is straight forward, if you cannot run without music in your ears, please do not enter. Although the roads will be closed, we will constantly have our vehicles patrolling the course to look after you and restocking the refreshment stations. Plus you will need to be able to hear instructions from our marshals.
“One ear out?” No, so please don’t even ask.
10. Touring Port Moresby
11. Touring Papua New Guinea