BROOKS TRAIL RUN FESTIVAL
- Saturday 9 March 2013 – Sunday 10 March 2013
- Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort
- 03 5165 1136
Up to seven trail runs of varying course lengths and difficulties will be on offer over the weekend plus the opportunity – for those game enough – to vie for King and Queen of the Mountain titles.
The Brooks Trail Run Festival at Mt Baw Baw will feature three days of trail running events, kicking off with what could be one of Australia’s toughest marathons: a 42.2km course from the historical township of Walhalla.
Why the toughest? One look at the course profile will make legs and lungs perspire in fear, the most obvious feature being an uphill haul for the majority of the distance.
Runners looking for a slightly easier but no less beautiful entrée to such an intimidating challenge can take on the half marathon, which track along the second half of the same course, beginning near the halfway mark at Mt Erica.
The challenge continues on Day Two of the festival with two 12km events run around the trails starting and finishing at Mt Baw Baw’s mountaintop village. The first outing will be a mid morning foray while the second will take place at night.
For those new to the sport, and for the kids, there will also be a 5km fun run/walk taking in the summit of Mt Baw Baw and the impressive vistas it offers.
On the final day, there will be a morning session of ‘free mountain running’, a new offering on the local trail run scene that focuses on super-short 1.5km courses, the catch being that the terrain is ridiculously steep.
Carman’s Kitchen have generously donated a bunch of delicious muesli bars to keep your energy levels up pre and post event
Saturday 9 March
- 42.2km Brooks Trail Marathon – Walhalla to Mt Baw Baw
- 21km Half Marathon – Mt Erica to Baw Baw. * Free bus from Mt Baw Baw to start line leaves at 7am
(a bus will take runners from Mt Baw Baw to Walhalla / Mt Erica on Saturday morning or runners can make their own way to the start lines)
+ Trail Film Premiere screening at Mt Baw Baw Village Conference Room on Friday night: 100 Reasons – Running the North Face 100.
Sunday 10 March
- 12km Day trail Run - Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort to Mt St Phillack return
- 5km Fun & Kids Run - Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort trails
- 12km Night Run- Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort to Mt St Phillack return
+ Trail Run Movie on Sunday night – Village Conference Room at Mt Baw Baw
Monday 11 March
- 1.5km Free Downhill Mountain Run - 400m descent
- 1.5km Uphill Mountain Run - 400m ascent
- + Festival Winner Presentation & BBQ
King & Queen of the mountain
Entering as an ‘All Mountain’ runner makes you eligible for the inaugural King and Queen of the Mountain Titles. Entrants must run the FULL Marathon, followed by ONE of the 12km options and BOTH of the 1.5km Free Mountain Runs. Have you got the legs for it?
Presentations, Information and Technique Clinics
by adventure runners Samantha Gash and Richard Bowles
Start times and cut off
- Marathon/Half Marathon bus leaves Mt Baw Baw at 7.00am
- Marathon starts at Walhalla at 9am, entrants who have not made it to Mt Erica Carpark (half-way) by 1pm will be driven back to Mt Baw Baw with marshals
- Half-marathon starts at Mt Erica Car Park at 10:30am
There will be 3 hydration/aid stations along the course at approx. 12km, 22km, 35km- we advise that entrants carry their own also.
Shuttle will take entrants staying in Walhalla back to their accommodation on Saturday afternoon
FREE SHUTTLE BUS
We will be offering a FREE bus service from Melbourne CBD stopping at the following locations on the way to Baw Baw! Get in quick, seats are limited! If you would like to take advantage of this please add the FREE BUS to your entry order.
- Bus departs Southern Cross Station at 3pm on Friday 8th
- The bus will return on Monday afternoon, departing Mt Baw Baw at 12.00pm after presentations
- Southern Cross Station
- Caulfield Station
- Dandenong Station
- Warragul Station
- Trafalgar Station
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© Map & Profile courtesy of Michael Leaney