Held across the long Labour Day weekend: 7th - 9th March 2015, this is the event you've been training for. Three fun-filled days of trail running; the 'Beast' being a 42.2km course from Walhalla back to Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort.
Not a beginner's event, the Baw Baw Trail run is one of the toughest trail marathons in Victoria. If you're not quite up to the challenge, there are shorter runs on offer, from the 3km family/kids fun to the 13km day and night trail runs.
Meet and stay with like-minded people while enjoying some quality trail running across the flanks of the ever-accommodating Mt Baw Baw. :earn more about running as a sport from expert speakers about the technical elements, be inspired and watch trail films and be in the 'running' to win a $1,000 cash prize.
The entire weekend is fully mapped out with an event program. As an overview, competitors arrive at Mt Baw Baw on Friday 6th March, with accommodation check in from 3pm.
Starting at 1pm, kids and the rest of the family are invited to join in with a 3.5km run along the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort trails.
The afternoon is filled with free nutrition seminars and a technique coaching masterclass, but don't go home because you're not finished yet. There's a 12km night run heading out after 7pm followed by an 80's themed disco party that evening.
NOTE: Runners must wear a head torch during the night run. There is a full list of requirements on the web page and visitors to the mountain are advised to be prepared for every time of weather, even in March, bringing everything from sunscreen to waterproof coat!
Monday finishes off with a 1.4km Technical Descent Run and a 1.4km Technical Ascent Run, followed by winner presentations including the King and Queen of the Mountain.
The runs are timed events, with competitors able to wear a timing band around their ankle. The King and Queen take home a $1,000 cash prize each and there will be heaps of other product prizes from sponsors as well as trophies and certificates.
There are two Trail Run Festival Accommodation Deals on the web page. The Competitors Lodge at Banksia, located in the Baw Baw Village, offers shared accommodation but a super low rate of $35 per bed per night.
Family apartments and cabins are also available as an alternative.
Alternatively, Walhalla's Star Hotel is a stylish 12-suite hotel in the heart of town.
Getting to Mt Baw Baw if you've never been before requires a little pre-planning. Some GPS systems don't work once you leave off the beaten track and be warned, there are NO petrol stations and no supermarkets on the mountain.
Mt Baw Baw is roughly 2.5 hours in the car from Melbourne, 1 hour from the centre of Gippsland, and 3 hours from the Mornington Peninsula, but it is a fairly easy run down the M1 Princes Hwy to the Drouin/Mt Baw Baw exit if you're taking the Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road.
The All Mountain Pass, including Marathon is a $130 entry fee.
Baw Baw Pass with half-marathon $110
Marathon only $90
Half-Marathon only $60
12km Day Run $35
12km Night Run $35
Technical Ascent & Descent Runs $20
3km Kids and Family Fun Run - FREE
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