Trail Run Festival Returns to Mount Baw Baw
Trail running enthusiasts and their families will gather at Mount Baw Baw over the March long weekend (March 7th to 9th 2015) for the annual Baw Baw Trail Run Festival, a three-day event dedicated entirely to trail running and its lifestyle.
Now in its third year, the Baw Baw Trail Run Festival is the only event of its kind in Australia to offer a schedule of competitive runs combined with off-trail activities including seminars, trail running films and presentations by the country's best competitive and adventure runners.
"We want to showcase not only some of the best single-track running there is to be had in the country, but also to celebrate the holistic aspects of the trail running lifestyle and the passion people have for it as their chosen sport,” said Event Director, Grant Seamer.
"With that in mind we will be jamming the event program with a bunch of great activities from technical training sessions to nutrition seminars, inspirational talks and trail running films," he said.
For competitive trail runners out to make their mark, there will be a cash purse on offer of $1,000. One of the largest in Australian trail running, the prize is paid to the 'King and Queen of the Mountain' title-winners. To be eligible, runners must participate in the Walhalla to Mount Baw Baw Marathon on the first day, choose from a 12km night or 12km day run the next day and vie to be the fastest free mountain runner in the 1.5km technical downhill and uphill challenges on the final day.
"Of course, while we expect to see some of Australia's best trail runners shoot for the money and glory, the event is first and foremost about enjoyment of running in the mountains amongst the snow gums, so people can enter as many or as few events as they like," said Seamer.
Last year's King of the Mountain was 22 year old Blake Hose from Geelong who clocked up course records in winning both the marathon and the technical running competitions.
"The whole vibe at the Baw Baw Trail Run Festival is just amazing," said Hose. "The snow gum trails offer some of the most inspiring runs, yet it is so close to Melbourne. I am really looking forward to coming back to defend at what is a fun weekend."
Families will be catered for with the kids and family fun run as well as a host of other attractions to keep everyone happy including mountain bike hire (XC and downhill, selected times) and of course walks, including to the summit of Mount Baw Baw for spectacular views across the Gippsland valley.
Affordable self-catering accommodation is available on the mountain, with runners able to enjoy the benefits of having comfortable lodgings to rest and recuperate in all within a few hundred metres of the finishing line. Also on mountain is the Village Restaurant and bar, along with an Adventure Hub store open all weekend.
Find out more at trailrunfestival.com.au