Bigfoot challenge is only for the ski extremists
A MARATHON in the snow, peaking at about two kilometres above sea level, 1882 metres of descent and more than a mile of climbing.
This is the Bigfoot Snow Trail – an extreme event even for the most extreme athletes and all in Falls Creek in mid-September.
Already there are 100 confirmed starters for the event that will start at Cloud 9, travel out to the Jaithmaitangs and then return dropping down Road 24 to below Howmans Gap and then re-summiting to Cloud 9 before the final stretch to the finish line at Slalom Plaza.
Runners will carry a raft of mandatory equipment including snowshoes, not the tennis racquet on your feet style, but high-tech carbon fibre designed units that will help on ungroomed snow, runners with spikes for the hard-packed trails.
Mountain Sport’s Mel Michael says like so many other extreme events the only way is up.
“We run the Four Peaks challenge around Bright on the Melbourne Cup weekend and this seemed like a natural extension,” she said.
“The guys were talking about being hardcore runners and we thought what better challenge than to run the mountains when they were being mountains – when they were under snow.
“No pun intended but it snowballed from there.”
Michael estimates the field will grow to at least 300 in the coming years.
“We are seeing a boom in this sport and with ours the break down is about 60/40 men to women,” she said.
“There is of course a shorter option as well that is only 27.7km.
“But people are really into testing themselves and with running like this all it takes is two feet and some spirit.
“We also find that events like this take people to places that they would never dare to venture alone – but with aid stations and a planned run they get to the back country of Australia’s Alps in the winter surrounded by snow.”
Entries for the Bigfoot Snow Trail close on September 1.
For more details visit www. snowtrail.com.au.
ON THE RUN: Organisers held a training camp for the Bigfoot Snow Trail in July to test competitors and the course.