Starting at 7pm when the tide is at its lowest, all participants will head out from the race village across the boardwalk in small batches. Rangers and marshals will be positioned along the way to ensure a safe passage to the beach. The course will take runners north up the coastline to a turn around point where an aid station will be located. Runners will then return to Sugarloaf campsite, Lake St Lucia Estuary back along the beach. This stage is open to all spectators, friends and family at no charge. The stage can be seen as a “warm-up” or “ice-breaker” and won’t be timed.