There will be water stations located along all trail distances. The 22km, 26km & 50km trail course stations will also provide some nutrition. There will be no cups provided at these stations. Runners will be required to carry hydration device / fuel belt etc. Aid stations will be stocked with water, VFuel Endurance Gels, fruit, lollies & savoury snacks.
Ambulance / First Aid
First aid will be on site however competitors are advised to have up to date ambulance cover as Peaks & Trails Inc. will not be responsible for any costs incurred if a participant requires further ambulance or medical care. www.ambulance.vic.gov.au
Bibs can be collected from:
- The Running Company Ballarat, located in Sturt Street from midday on Wednesday 31st July until 5pm on Friday 2nd August during business hours
- Pre-Race Dinner at Stirling Place, located on the corner of Stirling & Martin Street in Dunkeld from 6pm on Saturday 3rd August
- Race Day at the Registration Area, located in the Parker Street Project at the Royal Mail Hotel on Dunlop Street
- There is no bib collection for the Mt Abrupt Challenge
In the case of forced cancellation of Peaks & Trails, due to extreme weather or unforeseen circumstances (direction of Parks Victoria or other authority), there will be a 50% refund. A decision like this would generally occur close to race date, at which point a considerable amount of funds would have gone towards the many areas involved in hosting such an event. No responsibility is taken by Peaks & Trails for lost travel/accommodation costs in this instance..
Car parking is available within close proximity to the start/finish area which is located 100 metres from the main street of Dunkeld. Please be aware of road closures and abide by signage for the safety of all participants, volunteers and spectators.
Limited parking will be available at the Mt Abrupt Carpark on Saturday 3rd August for the Mt Abrupt Challenge. Car-pooling from the town centre would be advised.
Due to a large portion of these trails passing through private property and at the request of landholders we are not authorised to publish this information. Some sections of these trails are covered during our Peaks & Trails Pre-Event Training Days.
We ensure to the best of our ability that navigation issues are minimal with extensive course marking and a high number of marshals present on course. Marshalls are located at key decision points across the courses and will direct participants as necessary.
Our pre-race briefing will include information on the course markings however we ask for participant vigilance at all times.
All courses have been measured using GPS technology. However, distances may vary slightly depending on track approvals and in the event of extreme weather conditions. The course will be marked and all efforts will be made to make it easy to follow. Track surfaces will vary significantly throughout the course to include river flats, open woodland, technical loose rocky single trail, 4WD track, sand, tree roots and everything in between. Being August, expect mud, water and slippery conditions. Don’t expect to see much bitumen!
Cut Off Times
For the safety of competitors, generous cut off times will apply however participants entering the 22km, 26km & 50km events should be well prepared. Runners entering the 50km Ultra will need to complete the course in under 10 hours. A cut off time of 3.30pm will take effect at Mt Piccaninny carpark on the return leg of all trails (41.1km mark for ultra runners). Please respect course marshal’s decision.
This will be provided in a marquee at the start/finish line on Dunlop Street (beside the Royal Mail Hotel). Bags must be clearly labelled. Peaks & Trails Inc. assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged items.
Injury / Race Withdrawal
Any injured runner should be assisted to the nearest aid station by fellow competitors. Competitors unable to continue need to alert marshals at the checkpoint and race coordinator to be notified.
Participants should note that public liability insurance exists for this event, however it does not cover individual medical, ambulance cover or rescue costs. This cost is the responsibility of individual competitors. Again, it is recommended to update your ambulance cover.
iPod / Music Devices
iPods / music devices are prohibited for all events. Runners need to be aware of their surroundings at all times on the course. Other park users and vehicles may be on the course during the event.
Due to the nature of certain sections along the trail, entry numbers will be capped and there will be no registrations on the day. Total entries for the two day program will be limited to approximately 350 runners.
Peaks & Trails Inc., in consultation with Parks Victoria and private landholders, will monitor numbers and will close entries on any distance deemed to have reached maximum capacity. Participant safety is paramount. Please follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with these details.
A mandatory gear list will be put in place for the Mt Abrupt Challenge, 22km, 26km & 50km trail events. Best case scenario, runners will be required to carry only mobile phone, compression bandage and capacity to carry 500ml of water.
However runner safety is paramount and in the event of high risk weather conditions, the full mandatory gear list below may be enforced. Please follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with these details in the days leading up to the event.
Please come prepared as the final decision could be made as late as race morning.
- Mobile phone
- Compression bandage
- Capacity to carry 500ml water
- Water / wind proof jacket with sealed seams
- Long sleeve thermal top
- Emergency space blanket
- Personal medical needs eg, asthma pump
- Beanie or buff
- Thermal gloves
Qualification / Entry Requirement
There are no qualification requirements for the 6.4km or 11km events. The 22km, 26km & 50km trails do not have strict entry requirements, however the following is a guide for those considering entering these distances.
- 22km & 26km trails within 4hrs 45mins
- 50km trail within 10hrs
Cut off times will be strictly enforced by the course marshal on the day.
Some sections of the trails pass through private property. All runners must be respectful of this and leave no trace behind. Be sure to give a big thank you to these landholders if they are on site to cheer you on.
2018 Prize Money
- 1st Male & Female – $80
- 2nd Male & Female – $40
- 3rd Male & Female – Steigen Socks
- 1st Male & Female – $100
- 2nd Male & Female – $50
- 3rd Male & Female – The Running Company Ballarat Voucher ($50)
- 1st Male & Female – $200
- 2nd Male & Female – $100
- 3rd Male & Female – The Running Company Ballarat Voucher ($50) & wine
- 1st Male & Female – $250
- 2nd Male & Female – $125
- 3rd Male & Female – The Running Company Ballarat Voucher ($100) & wine
- 1st Male & Female – $350
- 2nd Male & Female – $200
- 3rd Male & Female – The Running Company Ballarat Voucher ($100) & wine
Mt Abrupt Challenge
- 1st Male & Female – $100
- 2nd Male & Female – The Running Company Ballarat Voucher ($50)
- 3rd Male & Female – wine
Finishers in all distances will receive Peaks & Trails merchandise and there will be spot prizes awarded during the day at the Race Hub.
Race packs will be emailed to all participants once online registrations are closed. This will contain any last minute amendments or updates to course, mandatory gear, event information, etc.
Refund Policy / Transfers
No refund will be given to runners who withdraw prior to the event. However entries may be transferred to another entrant. A transfer fee of $10 will be charged and this can all be done through your Active registration.
There are NO registrations accepted on the day for all distances. Online entries close at 11pm Tuesday 30th July.
Participants are encouraged to enter online early as entry caps will apply. Please follow our Facebook page to keep up to date on these details.
Race results will be available post-race through the event timing company, Oz Timing.
Links to the 2019 Results will be posted on our home page and Facebook page post event.
There will be road crossings during the run events. Volunteer marshals will be in place at all road crossings and appropriate speed reductions put in place. Please obey marshals instructions and be vigilant at all times.
All runners are to leave zero trace of rubbish along the trail. Please respect our beautiful Grampians environment.
Safety / Race Etiquette
Please respect all other park users, fellow runners, course marshals and volunteers. Slower runners please allow others to pass where safe. Allow other track users through by keeping to the left on walking tracks. Please be courteous and smile even if you are having a moment!
Without sponsors, this wonderful event just wouldn’t happen. Many of these are local businesses/services that constantly support our community. Please show your appreciation by returning this support!
Start / Finish
The start/finish line will be located on the corner of Parker Street (main street) & Dunlop Street, Dunkeld beside the Parker Street Project at the Royal Mail Hotel.
For competitor safety, sweepers will be on course for all event distances. Runners participating in the trail events are expected to leave their pack on the side of the course if leaving for any reason eg. toilet stop, so sweeper doesn’t leave any runners behind.
There will toilet facilities at the start/finish at the Royal Mail Hotel. The 22km, 26km & 50km runners will have access to limited toilet facilities on course.
Dunkeld is a small town of approximately 700 people. The town has automated 24hr fuel, general store, bakery and 3 eateries.
Hamilton is the closest major hub and is 25mins drive away. There is major supermarket chains, service stations, retail outlets and a selection of eateries.
Halls Gap is a popular tourist hub and is approximately a 1hr drive.
Travel times (approx) from major centres are;
- Warrnambool – 1hr 10mins
- Ballarat – 1hr 45mins
- Geelong – 2hrs 20mins
- Mt Gambier – 1hr 45mins
- Melbourne – 3hr 30mins
- Adelaide – 5hr 30mins
Volunteers are crucial to the ongoing success of this event. Please give them a smile and a big thanks as you pass them in your travels. Course marshals are there to assist at points along the course.
A legal requirement for all participants is the signing of the Peaks & Trails Inc. insurance waiver. It is essential that this be read in full prior to the event. Your understanding of the waiver will be acknowledged when registering online. Participants will also be required to sign the waiver on race day at check-in. Parent / Guardians will need to read and sign a waiver on behalf of any minors participating in the Peaks & Trails Run.