Trail runners set to tackle the high country
MT HOTHAM, Dinner Plain and Falls Creek will all host trail running events in the coming weeks.
Mt Hotham Resort Management Board has teamed up with Running Wild to bring a new and unique experience to the country’s highest alpine village.
The first ever True Spirit of Alpine Australia run will take place over November 18-19.
There are four distances available over two days that showcase Mt Hotham’s green season.
The 3.5km Spirit Dash and 10km Romancing the Sunset twilight run/ walks will be held on Saturday, November 18, followed by more serious 25km and 40km runs that take in the historic huts and gold digging areas of the high country, on Sunday, November 19.
Event Director for Running Wild Paul Ashton said that the festival was family-friendly and a good weekend escape.
“It is a festival of running which allows people of all ages and levels of experience to participate, which makes it a great event for the family,” he said.
“This year we have introduced two untimed runs and walks, so that people that just want to really experience the Vic Alps can get out there without having the pressure of being in a race.
“The True Spirit of Alpine Australia runs take in the best of the High Country where you have the mountains and huts, and going along the Cobungra Ditch road you have all that history and natural beauty that makes Mt Hotham unique.
“It’s a great family weekend and an opportunity to participate in great races, see great scenery, meet new friends and enjoy with the family.”
The Dinner Plain Trail Run also takes place on November 18 with race distances of 5km, 10km and 21km while the following Saturday will be the Alpine Challenge at Falls Creek.
Regarded as one of the toughest, most challenging and most spectacular mountain trail runs in Australia, the most hardcore athletes will cover a 160km course that takes in six major climbs and five river crossings with 7,600m of ascent and descent.
There is also 100km, 60km and 36km events.
MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN: Runners and walkers will take on Dinner Plain’s tracks and trails next week for the Dinner Plain Trail Run.