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Oct 2018
The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face takes your running off-road with a series of popular races at breath-taking wilderness locations within a 1hr drive from Melbourne. Each of the five events in The Series includes a short, medium and long course race that gives you plenty of carefree, smile-inducing running through some magnificent natural landscapes. You will run through valleys lined with tree ferns, weave through towering gum trees and sweep along flowing trails beside rivers, creeks, beaches and lookouts. The Race 5 night race returns in 2018 as the finale! A fantastic night race around the Yarra Trails race in Kew followed by a massive post event party at Yarra Bend Park immediately afterwards. In addition to the NEW location for the Series celebrations of Yarra Bend Park will be the event landing on a Saturday night! This is an INCREDIBLE RACE EXPERIENCE as all runners light up the trail with your own (head) torch and weave along the flowing, non-technical trails in a long line of light. When: Saturday 6th October 2018. Where: Yarra Bend Park, Kew (exact oval location to be announced shortly) What: Long Course: 15km Medium Course: 10.8km Short Course: 5km This unique trail running event was the first of its kind in Australia in 2016 with the entire race being held after dark � making it an incredible race experience for everyone. The courses will be the exact same as those used in Race 1 at Studley Park in previous years giving you some familiarity but you will be amazed at just how different they feel when you�re vision is restricted to the cone of light emanating from the front of your torch. We�re sure you�ll find it to be a great experience and a suitable finale to another great series. The short, medium and long course races will be conducted in the same way as at the other race locations with a single mass start for each distance, but all runners will be carrying a torch allowing you to follow the trails and the reflective course markings. The courses remain the same as 2016 (and as raced in the original race 1 at Studley Park) so all returning runners will be familiar with the trail, challenges and rewards; whilst also giving peace of mind and comfort for those new to night running. There is a great sense of unity in night running! Get set to light up the trails as one big line of luminescence... 2018 Race dates: Race 1: Sunday 17 June � Westerfolds Park - 5km / 11km / 15km Race 2: Sunday 15 July � Smiths Gully - 7km / 13km / 18km Race 3: Sunday 5 August � Silvan, Dandenong Ranges � 7km / 15km / 21km Race 4: Sunday 16 September � Anglesea � 8km / 15km / 23km Race 5 - night race: Saturday 6th October � Yarra Bend, Kew � 5km / 11km / 15km  contact: Annie Knight. email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
Held in Castlemaine Victoria - Run the Maine is fun run around offering various distances around the scenic botanical gardens and surrounding state forest. Distances 14km (trail), 11km, 5.5km and the kids 2km run bird run event. The 2018 edition is it's 10th anniversary, and is also a major fundraiser for Castlemaine Health.  email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
The Harrietville Half is a half marathon running event in the Alpine Region of Victoria. Starting at Bright following a spectacularly scenic course to the iconic Mountain Village of Harrietville. The event also incorporates a 10k, 5k, 2k Fun run/walk contact: Robyn Downey. email: Visit the website for more details.
Sat-Sun 27-28 Oct NED KELLY CHASE - 100/50/M/HM/10
There's a smorgasbord of events on offer ranging from the 100km solo run to the 50km, marathon, half marathon and 10km runs. Perhaps you can choose the 100km or 50km bicycle chase where entrants are given arrest warrants to chase down the runners on course. And those a bit special can also -choose your own adventure- and tackle the course in some less than conventional format! contact: Justin and Sharon Scholz. email: Visit the website for more details.
The Colour Carnivale is more than just a - Crazy 5km Fun Run - Colour Disco - Food Trucks - Carnival Rides - Colour Activities/Games. It�s a festival of fun, colour and much more. Bring your family and friends for a great day out!! contact: Event People. email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
Nov 2018
Run through four wineries in one of six races in the heart of the Goulburn River Valley in Nagambie, Victoria. Add in a food and wine festival, live entertainment and kids activities, it's an event for everyone! Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km + 2km Kids Run contact: Matt Morris. email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
The Upstream Challenge on Saturday, 10 November 2018 is a charity solo or team walk/run along the Yarra River in Melbourne, Victoria. There is no registration fee to enter this event; each participant instead pledges raise $200 in donations for one of the five beneficiaries, or split it evenly between the three. 100% of donations are delivered to the charities. The beneficiaries of this event are the Raise Foundation to support youth mentoring; Very Special Kids for hospice programs; FareShare who rescue food and cook meals for the needy; Her Heart who promote heart health in women and the Isabella & Marcus Paediatric Brainstem Tumour Fund. contact: Melissa . email: Visit the website for more details.
The Arthurs Seat Challenge is a 6.7km run/walk held annually since 2002 to promote the profile of the Fit to Drive program and to raise funds to enable the continuation of this invaluable program, which is currently provided to Frankston and Mornington schools free of charge. The Arthurs Seat Challenge attracts around 2,000 individuals who will accept the challenge of walking or running from near Rosebud Primary School to the top of Arthurs Seat. contact: Paula Creek. email: Visit the website for more details.
Run the Most Obstacle-Dense Course in Victoria! Leap, weave, duck and slide! Clamber, stagger, wade and run through 39 obstacles in this EPIC 5km course; the most obstacle-dense course in Victoria. With fun and teamwork at the heart of this mud run, we've replaced long running distances with awesome challenging obstacles. The course is so densely packed you'll move quickly from one obstacle to the next! Summit Survivor is for adventurous 12 to 60 year olds. 87% of participants said they found it the -ideal difficulty-. You can push yourself and make the course tough, or slow it down (skip obstacles if you need) to suit your style. We also have a Kids Survivor Course for under 12 year olds! contact: Events Team. email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
The Dinner Plain Mile High Trail Run is set in the picturesque alpine village of Dinner Plain, at 1569 m. The 5 courses(1/5/10/21/32km)offer a great run for entry level runners to the more experienced trail runner, offering opportunities for mum, dad and the kids to get out and experience this pristine alpine environment. Short course distance of 1/5km and 10km are great for the kids and those just wanting to stretch their legs following scenic walking trails. For the more experienced, the 21/32 km courses take in more challenging and historic runs through the Alpine National Park. Soak up the pristine alpine environment and challenge yourself to run at an altitude above 1600 metres (one mile) and join the Dinner Plain Mile High club. �The alps offer a different environment for runners, not only is the air thinner at a mile high but the water is fresher and temperatures cooler. �Runners will certainly have to work a bit harder to join the mile high club�. Fun running for all the family  contact: Paul Ashton. email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
The Alpine Challenge is without doubt the toughest, most challenging, most spectacular and rewarding all mountain trail run in Australia � if not the southern hemisphere over four distances. Imagine completing 4 marathons in 42 hours; that is the challenge you could face if you decide to enter the Alpine Challenge 100mile event. The 12th Falls Creek Alpine Challenge Ultra Marathon, covers four distances 160/100/60/36km. With over 7,600 meters of climb and descent, this event is the classic 100 mile alpine trail run in Australia; testing runners to the limit. It also offers one of the country�s most scenic and challenging 100 km runs covering over 4,000m of ascent and descent. Our "mid easy" run option,60km covers 2,000m of ascent and descent and our "easy" run is a mere 36km including 1,300m of ascent - a great intro to long distance alpine running. All the four distances offer participants the opportunity to compete as: a solo runner, a team completing the entire course together or a relay team with runners completing individual legs either on their own or with other team members � this is the real fun event! Set in the spectacular Alpine National Park in North Eastern Victoria the event takes in some of the best, hardest and most exposed high country in Australia including Mt Feathertop, Mt Hotham, Mt McKay, Spion Kopje, Mt Nelse and Victoria�s highest mountain, Mt Bogong.  contact: Paul Ashton. email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
Dec 2018
The GC50 Run Festival on Sunday, 9 December 2018 has 50km, 30km, 15km and 5km races and a 2x25km relay in Broadbeach, Queensland. The 50km is from Kurrawa to Coolangatta and back; the 30km from Kurrawa to Currumbin and back; the 15km from Kurrawa to Burleigh and back; and the 5 km along Hedges Avenue to Seaside Avenue and return. The run course is on either footpath or roadway, not on the beach. This is one of a handful of officially accredited AIMS-IAAF certified 50 km road races in Australia. The 50 km race carries an IAU label which mean that performances are included in the world rankings. contact: Adam Goodger. email: Visit the website for more details.
The Gold Rush Trail Run on Saturday, 15 December runs from Hepburn Springs in the north following Sailors Creek via Lake Daylesford and on to spectacular Sailors Falls in the south of Victoria's restful Spa country. The run links two of the state's most famous spa retreat villages in quintessential gold mining territory, and features a highlight middle section of the Goldfields Track. The courses are suitable for beginners through to experts, with some technical terrain but it's mostly just fun trails! Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
Jan 2019
Victoria�s Bass Coast offers fantastic trail running for people wanting to experience coastal trail running at its best. Enjoy running along rolling grassy slopes and sandy beaches and striding up gentle hills located between the cliffs overlooking the Southern Ocean and rolling green fields with cattle grazing contentedly. This is definitely a run for the beginner trail runner, the road runner that is jaded and wants to get out there for great scenery and great running and just wants to be re-invigorated by the great outdoors, as well as the experienced trail runner just wanting a great run. This delightful run takes in some picturesque coastline and deserted beaches on an out and back course. After the run there is the opportunity for a quiet drink and lunch over at the Kilcunda Pub or General Store and then an opportunity to explore the rail trail or Wonthaggi Coal Mine. Located only 90 minutes from Melbourne on the Bass Highway,.  contact: Paul Ashton. email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
Feb 2019
The Wangaratta Marathon and Fun Runs is bought to you by Justin and Sharon Scholz of Wangaratta Fitness Fun Addicts. The event motto says it all - "More people moving more often". Entry prices for this event are much less than their counterparts and we take pride in that. We arent looking for big profits, but we are unashamedly looking to draw people to Wangaratta to enjoy the beautiful path networks and environmental surrounds of our thriving rural city. We secretly hope that we can encourage people to engage more in physical happiness and become more active than they were before joining our event. We measure success on entry numbers, total distance covered by entrants and return entries in future years. Please join us this year and please continue to move more often, enjoying this event on the fourth Sunday in February for many years to come! contact: Justin and Sharon Scholz. email: Visit the website for more details.
Mar 2019
The Mount Baw Baw Trail Fest is set in the picturesque alpine village of Mount Baw Baw in the Victorian Alps and offers great Alpine running over 2 days. The courses offered provide a range of run distances (1/4/7/15/21/36/44km) for entry level runners right up to the more experienced trail runner, offering opportunities for mum, dad and the kids to get out and get a feel for this pristine alpine environment. Short course distances of 1/4/7 km on the Sunday are great for the kids and those just wanting to stretch their legs along scenic walking trails. For the more experienced, the 15 km, 21 km, 36 km and 44 km courses take in more challenging and historic runs through the Baw Baw National Park to Mt St Gwinear and Mushroom Rocks. Soak up the pristine alpine environment and challenge yourself to run at an altitude above 1,500 metres. Fun running for all the family.  contact: Paul Ashton. email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
This classic Alpine run offers three challenging distances in some of the most spectacular country in Victoria�s Alpine National Park. Razorback Ridge/High Plains Run. The 64 km Razorback Ridge run takes in the entire length of the Razorback to offer some of the most stunning ridge running and scenery in the Australian Alps 64 km of pure Alpine pleasure and pain with stunning scenery. Possibly the most stunning and spectacular run of its kind in Victoria - a must for the hardened runner. Razorback Circuit�40 km, a great run up Bungalow Spur, to the summit of Mt Feathertop, Victoria�s second highest mountain and Australia�s only true alpine peak then across the Razorback and down Bon Accord Spur. This is a delightful day out up to the summit of Mt Feathertop and back along the Razorback. Razorback Ridge � just for those wanting to get a feel of real trail running in the Alps A 22km out and back run across the Razorback to Mt Feathertop from Diamantina Hut, one of the most amazing high altitude runs that Australia has to offer.  contact: Paul Ashton. email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
Apr 2019
The Buffalo Stampede from Friday, 12 April to Sunday, 14 April 2019 is part of the internationally prestigious Skyrunning brand that attracts top athletes to the top of the world, where earth and sky meet. Compete in individual events, or take on the Buffalo Grand Slam: 20km + 42km + 75km over the three days. The Buffalo Stampede is such a special event with spectators coming in from the township to cheers runners on as they climb the surrounding hills and mountains. Nowhere else in trail running does a community embrace the runners! The sound of Cow bells lets you know you are approaching a summit or aid station. contact: Sean Greenhill. email: Visit the website for more details. Click here for an entryform.
This event is a great morning out for both families and the serious runner alike. Whether you want to support your kids in the 2km or challenge yourself in the half marathon or chase the single track on the trail runs there is an event to suit you. Program includes: - Half Marathon - 10km Run - 5km Run - 2km Run - 5.4 km Trail Run - 8.1 km Trail Run -13.3 km Trail Run contact: Tracy Carey. email: Visit the website for more details. contact: Tracy Carey. email: Visit the website for more details.

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