There will be water stations located along all trail distances. The 13.5km, 20km and 50km trail course stations will also provide some nutrition.
There will be no cups provided at these stations. Participants will be required to carry hydration device/fuel belt etc.
Aid stations will be stocked with water, endurance gels, fruit, lollies and savoury snacks.
Ambulance / First Aid
First aid will be on site however participants are advised to have up to date ambulance cover as Peaks & Trails Inc. will not be responsible for any costs incurred if a participants requires further ambulance or medical care.
In the event of an emergency on course please dial 000 (or 112 if you are in an area of limited/no service).
Committee contact details are printed on the back of the race bibs and we ask that participants contact Race Hub in the event of an injury or emergency.
Bibs can be collected from:
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 of registration. 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.
In the case of event cancellation due to COVID lockdown or border closures, a full refund of registration will be processed.
Car parking is available within close proximity to the start/finish area – 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 Mud-Dadjug (Mt Abrupt) carpark on Saturday 6 August for the Mud-Dadjug Challenge. Car-pooling from the town centre would be appreciated and advised.
Due to portions of these trails passing through private property and at the request of landholders we are not authorised to publish this information.
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 may vary slightly depending on track approvals and in the event of extreme weather conditions. The course will be marked, track marshalls will be at key intersections and all efforts will be made to make it easy to follow.
Cut Off Times
For the safety of participants, generous cut off times will apply however participants entering the 20km and 50km events should be well prepared.
Participants entering the AGL 50km will need to complete the course in under 10 hours. A cut off time will take effect at Cassidy’s Gap Road. 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 course marshal by fellow participants. Participants unable to continue need to alert race coordinator immediately.
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 participants. Again, it is recommended to update your ambulance cover.
iPod / Music Devices
iPods / music devices are strictly prohibited for all events. Participants need to be aware of their surroundings at all times on the course. Other park users and vehicles will 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 Sunday 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 us on Facebook / Instagram to keep up to date with these details.
A mandatory gear list will be put in place for the Mud-Dadjug Challenge, 13.5km, 20km & 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 us on Facebook / Instagram 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
A pre-race dinner will be held at Stirling Place, Stirling Street Dunkeld from 6pm on Saturday 6 August.
More details to follow closer to the event.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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.
2022 Prize Money
- 1st Male & Female – $100
- 2nd Male & Female – $50
- 3rd Male & Female – $35
- 1st Male & Female – $200
- 2nd Male & Female – $100
- 3rd Male & Female – $50
- 1st Male & Female – $300
- 2nd Male & Female – $150
- 3rd Male & Female – $75
- 1st Male & Female – $500
- 2nd Male & Female – $250
- 3rd Male & Female – $150
Mud-Dadjug (Mt Abrupt) Challenge
- 1st Male & Female – $100
- 2nd Male & Female – sponsor prizes
- 3rd Male & Female – sponsor prizes
Finishers in all distances will receive Peaks & Trails merchandise and there will be spot prizes awarded during the day at the Race Hub.
Qualification / Entry Requirement
There are no qualification requirements for the 6km or 13.5km events. The 20km & 50km trails do not have strict entry requirements, however the following is a guide for those considering entering these distances.
- 20km trail within 5hrs
- 50km trail within 10hrs
Cut off times will be strictly enforced by the course marshal on the day.
Race packs will be emailed to all participants in the week leading up to the event. 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 or you may change the distance you are competing in A transfer fee of $10 will be charged and this can all be done through your registration platform.
Refunds will be available to participants who cannot attend the event due to COVID lockdowns, border closures or quarantining.
There will be NO registrations accepted on the day. Online entries close at 10pm Tuesday 2nd August, unless capacity is reached earlier.
Participants are encouraged to enter online early as entry caps will apply. Please follow us on Facebook / Instagram to keep up to date on these details.
Race results will be available post-race through the event timing company, Alpine Timing.
Links to the 2022 Results will be posted on our home page and Facebook / Instagram pages 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 Gariwerd environment and private land.
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 participant 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.
Terrain & Conditions
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. Many sections of the course is single track so participant vigilance is required at all times.
Being August, expect mud, water and slippery conditions. Don’t expect to see much bitumen!
We do not allow the use of strollers/prams on any of these trails.
Timetable of Events
SAT 6 AUG
Event Check In – starting from 12pm
Event Start Time – staggered starts between 12 – 2pm
starting from 6pm with bib collection available
SUN 7 AUG
Bib Collection & Event Check In starts from 6am
Event Briefing – 6.45am
Event Start Time – 7am
Event Briefing – 8.15am
Event Start Time – 8.30am
Event Briefing – 9.15am
Event Start Time – 9.30am
Event Briefing – 8.30am
Event Start Time – 8.45am
To be confirmed
There will toilet facilities at the start/finish at the Royal Mail Hotel. The 13.5km 20km & 50km runners will have access to limited toilet facilities on course.
Dunkeld is a small town of approximately 700 people. The town has a service station, general store, bakery and three eateries.
Hamilton is the closest major hub and is 25mins drive away. There are 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 north.
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 as our course marshals. Course marshals are there to assist at points along the course and safety. Please give them a smile and a big thanks as you pass them in your travels.
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.