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Buffalo Stampede

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It's not called a Sky Marathon for nothing. Head to the hills and take on the Mt Buffalo climb or, if you're feeling less energetic, there are 4 other races to choose from. Come along for the finisher's medal and photos above the clouds.

How to enter the Buffalo Stampede

  1. Kids 1 5 Km

    Run 75.5km
  2. 10 Km

    Run 41.4km
  3. 20 Km

    Run 26km
  4. Kids 4 Km

    Run 4km
    AUD $75
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  5. 20 Km

    Run 26km
  6. Grand Slam

    Run 127km
    AUD $494
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Buffalo Stampede routes

Ultra SkyMarathon

The Buffalo Stampede Ultra SkyMarathon course takes runners on a tough 75.4km challenge taking in the unique scenery of the amazing Mt Buffalo in Victoria’s Alpine country. Starting in the picturesque and welcoming township of Bright at the foothills of some of Australia’s most impressive mountains, The Buffalo Stampede covers 75km with the main attraction being the climb to the Mt Buffalo Chalet and the unique formations of Mt Buffalo.

SkyMarathon

The SkyMarathon is a downhill course – starting at Mt Buffalo and returning to finish in Howitt Park in Bright.

The Buffalo Stampede SkyMarathon course takes runners on a tough 42km challenge taking in the unique scenery of the amazing Mt Buffalo in Victoria’s Alpine country. Starting at the old Cricket Pitch on Mount Buffalo – runners run onto the underground river trail and negotiate Chalwells Galleries before making their way down the Big Walkthrough Eurobin Creek Picnic Area and through the Buckland Valley to Clearspot. From here Bright is in sight and runners summit and descend Mystic Hill before a final run along the river to Howitt park and a hero’s welcome and a large crowd in the centre of Bright.

SkyRun – 20k

The Buffalo Stampede SkyRun is a 20k event which takes runners on a tough 20km challenge taking in the out and back section of the SkyMarathon and Ultra SkyMarathon course from Bright to Clearspot Aid station and return. The course starts in Bright at Howitt Park and makes its way along Morses Creek for 3km of flat running before a steep sharp rise 700m up to the summit of Mystic Hill. The course then descends the challenging Mick’s Track and then pits runner against one of the steeped trails around and runners make their way up to the summit Clearspot. Runners then return the same way they came to a loud finish on the banks of the Ovens River in Bright.

SkySprint 10k

The Buffalo Stampede SkySprint is 10k event which takes runners on a tough and unforgiving challenge to the top of Clearspot. The course starts in Bright at Howitt Park and makes its way along Morses Creek for 3km of flat running before a steep sharp rise 700m up to the summit of Mystic Hill. The course then descends the challenging Mick’s Track and then pits runner against one of the steeped trails around and runners make their way up to the summit Clearspot. The 360d views from the top of Clearspot are spectacular and this event give runners a short and sharp workout.

Grand Slam

The Buffalo Stampede Grand Slam challenges runners to complete all 3 major events in the Buffalo Stampede weekend.  Runners will complete 127km and a massive 8383m of elevation.  The challenge starts Friday with the SkySprint – 10k and 1066m of ascent. Saturday Runners are up early and tackle the 75.4km and 4545m of ascent known as the Ultra SkyMarathon and on Sunday the brutal SkyMarathon course beckons with 42.2km of running and 2924m of ascent awaiting those who are still standing. The crowd noise on top of Mt Buffalo reaches a frenzy level as both the winners of the SkyMarathon and the Grand Slam finishers descend into bright for a well earned the Bright Brewery.

Kids SkySprint 4km

A 4.5km funrun taking in the Cherry Walk from Howitt Park – just for kids.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

Schedule of Events

Friday 12th April 2019.

  • 11 am – Check-inn Starts for SkySprint
  • 11:55 am – Check in finishes for SkySprint
  • 11:55 am – Race Briefing for SkySprint (compulsary)
  • 12 pm – SkySprint Starts (Howitt Park)
  • 2 pm – Buses start to depart from Clearspot to Bright
  • 3 pm – Check in starts for the Junior SkySprint event – 4km
  • 3:50 pm – Race Briefing for Junior SkySprint 4.5km (Howitt Park – compulsory)
  • 4 pm – SkySprint (10k) course closes.
  • 4 pm – Check in starts for the Ultra SkyMarathon, SkyMarathon & SkyRun
  • 4 pm – Race Marshalling for Junior SkySprint 1.5km (Howitt Park – compulsory)
  • 4 pm – Kids Junior SkySprint 4.5km starts (Howitt Park)
  • 5:15 pm – Prize Presentation – SkySprint in Howitt Park.
  • 6 pm –  Check in finishes for the Ultra SkyMarathon, SkyMarathon & SkyRun.
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    Saturday 13th April 2019

  • 5:10 am – Check-in Starts (Ultra SkyMarathon Only) (Howitt Park)
  • 5:40 am – Check in Finishes (Ultra SkyMarathon)(Howitt Park)
  • 5:50 am – Race Briefing (Ultra SkyMarathon) (Howitt Park – compulsory)
  • 5:55 am – Race Marshalling (Ultra SkyMarathon) (Howitt Park – compulsory)
  • 6 am – Race Begins (Ultra SkyMarathon) (Howitt Park)
  • 6:10 am – Check in Starts (SkyRun Only) (Howitt Park)
  • 6:40 am – Check in Finishes (SkyRun)(Howitt Park)
  • 6:50 am – Race Briefing (SkyRun) (Howitt Park – compulsory)
  • 6:55 am – Race Marshalling (SkyRun) (Howitt Park – compulsory)
  • 7 am – Race Begins (SkyRun) (Howitt Park)
  • 2 pm – SkyRun – 20k course closes.
  • 3 pm – Check in starts (SkyMarathoners) (Howitt Park)
  • 7 pm – Check in finishes (Howitt Park)
  • 11 pm – Course Closes for Ultra SkyMarathon

    Sunday 14th April 2019
    Note: There Is No Check In On Sunday For Marathon Runners Due To The Remote Nature Of The Start.
  • 6:00 am – Buses depart for the start from outside the Bright Brewery
  • 6:50 am – Race Briefing (Marathon)(Buffalo Chalet)
  • 6:55 am – Race Marshalling (Marathon)(Buffalo Chalet)
  • 7 am – Race Begins (Marathon)(Old Cricket Pitch – Mt Buffalo) 7:10 am and 7:20 am for subsequent waves.
  • 9 -10 am – Free Bacon and Egg Rolls at Eurobin Creek Picnic Area.
  • 12:30 pm – BBQ in Howitt Park starts
  • 2 pm – Prize presentation – Ultra SkyMarathon and SkyMarathon at Howitt Park finish line.
  • 2 pm – BBQ Lunch Finishes
  • 4 pm – Event Closes
  • Kit List

    Mandatory Gear

    The Buffalo Stampede events cover some isolated ground at high elevations. Whilst usually the weather is good in April, conditions in the mountains can change at any time so runners need to be prepared.
    Runners in the Ultra need to be especially well prepared, as, if they are injured late in the event, they could be waiting in possibly cold and dark conditions before assistance arrives.

    Requirements will vary depending upon the weather forecast and will be advised 1 hour before the scheduled race start time. All runners should travel to Bright with all items of compulsory gear available, it is hoped that runners will be able to participate with as little gear as possible however we will not compromise safety and the kit decision on the day is final and not for discussion. Please come prepared with all Mandatory items.. we will turn you away at the gear check if you do not have it.

    SkySprint – 10k

  • 600ml of water
  • Whistle
  • Phone
  • SkyRun – 20k

  • 1 litre of water
  • Personal Nutrition for 3-5 hours.
  • Whistle
  • Mobile Phone
  • Bad Weather for both SkySprint and SkyRun –

  • Good Weather gear AND
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Skymarathon

    Marathon (Good Weather)

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • 1-litre fluid minimum
  • Mobile phone (preferably Telstra Next G), this should be the phone attached to the number supplied when entering the event
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket
  • Marathon (Bad Weather)

  • Waterproof jacket WITH hood
  • Thermal long shirt (not a compression shirt)
  • Beanie, buff or similar warm headwear
  • Full fingered gloves
  • Mobile phone (preferably Telstra Next G), this should be the phone attached to the number supplied when entering the event
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket
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    Ultra SkyMarathon

    Ultra (Good Weather)

  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Thermal long shirt (not a compression shirt) Please do not come to us on race day with a compression shirt!!!!
  • Beanie, buff or similar warm headwear – 1 piece.
  • 1.5litres of fluid minimum
  • Mobile phone (preferably Telstra Next G), this should be the phone attached to the number supplied when entering the event
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket
  • Ultra (Bad Weather)

  • Waterproof jacket and hood
  • Thermal long shirt (not a compression shirt)
  • Waterproof tights or pants (not compression)
  • Beanie, buff or similar warm headwear
  • Full fingered gloves
  • 1.5 litre fluid minimum
  • Mobile phone (preferably Telstra Next G), this should be the phone attached to the number supplied when entering the event
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket
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    Buffalo Stampede weather forecast

    Partly cloudy throughout the day.

    13°C
    Predicted highs
    7°C
    Predicted lows
    IconModerate breeze possible, up to 12mph

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