Trail run­ners set to tackle the high coun­try

Alpine Observer - - Sport - TRAIL RUN­NING

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.

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