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Melbourne Trail Running Series: Silvan

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Ignite your senses and take your running off-road for the Running Series. 5 races at 5 breathtaking locations await! All in misty wilderness and a one hour drive from Melbourne.

How to enter the Melbourne Trail Running Series: Silvan

  1. Long Course

    Run 21km
    AUD $61
    Event passed
  2. Medium Course

    Run 15.5km
    AUD $51
    Event passed
  3. Short Course

    Run 7.2km
    AUD $44
    Event passed
  4. Kids Run

    Run 2.2km

Melbourne Trail Running Series: Silvan routes

Long Course – 21km
All runners will gather in the start / finish chute in Silvan Regional Park in the wide grassy parkland facing away from the dam wall. Once under way, runners cross Stonyford Road and then veer right to pass around the back of some water tanks and then continue up a gradual hill on a wide double track. Soon after a left hand turn, the track descends down a gradual hill on a nice single track through the forest to re-emerge back at the water tanks for a short section of double up where you keep right and continue along more single-track running through the fern trees.

At the 4.2km point you will emerge onto a wide 2WD track and turn right for a short loop before turning right to climb the HIIT Factory Hill Climb that will see you climb 120m in the distance of just 500m. After this steep heart-starter and descent you have a long, gradual climb on a mixture of grassy 4WD tracks and single track up hill and into the RJ Hamer Arboretum area where previous races went through. Other than a short section up KC Track much of this should be runnable right to the top at the Arboetrum car park.

From here its anchors-away for a flying descent back down into the Stoneyford Valley. There is a final climb to the edge of the reservoir catchment and then its downhill back to the road and into the finish chute at the base of dam wall. Enjoy!!


Medium Course – 15km
The medium course is very similar to the long course but just misses some of the earlier sections of the long course.

All runners will gather in the start / finish chute in Silvan Regional Park in the wide grassy parkland facing away from the dam wall. Once under way, runners turn left on Stonyford Road and soon after right and straight onto the ‘HIIT Factory Hill Climb’ where you join the long course route. This nasty hill will see you climb 120m in the distance of just 500m. Run all this and you are a champion!

After this steep heart-starter and descent you have a long, gradual climb on a mixture of grassy 4WD tracks and single track up hill and into the RJ Hamer Arboretum area where the 2017 races went through. Other than a short section up KC Track much of this should be runnable right to the top at the Arboetrum car park.

From here its anchors-away for a flying descent back down into the Stoneyford Valley. There is a final climb to the edge of the reservoir catchment and then its downhill back to the road and into the finish chute at the base of dam wall. Enjoy!!

Short Course – 7.2km
All runners will gather in the start / finish chute in Silvan Regional Park in the wide grassy parkland facing away from the dam wall. Once under way, runners cross Stonyford Road and then veer right to pass around the back of some water tanks and then continue up a gradual hill on a wide double track. Soon after a left hand turn, the track descends down a gradual hill on a nice single track through the forest to re-emerge back at the water tanks for a short section of double up where you keep right and continue along more single-track running through the fern trees.

At the 4.2km point you will emerge onto a wide 2WD track and soon after commence the ‘HIIT Factory Hill Climb’ that will see you climb 120m in the distance of just 500m. With lactic-acid-legs its a steep, 800m descent down a 4WD track to then turn left for the final 1km that follows the trail along the side of the Olinda Creek and cross the road and into the finish chute at the base of the dam wall. Great work!

KIDS COURSE – 2.2KM
A fun and safe course for kids that will give them a taste for the trail running we all love so much! The course includes plenty of single track and scenic terrain and will be well supervised by race marshals to help ensure the kids are OK. We recommend that adults / parents do not run with your child but let them experience it for themselves and grow their independence.

Course description: All kids will gather in the start / finish chute in Silvan Regional Park in the wide grassy parkland facing away from the dam wall. Once under way, kids cross Stonyford Road and then veer left then right going uphill to the edge of a car park beside some water tanks where you turn left (marshal here).

Continue along this nice double track (Olinda Creek Track) for about 900m and then turn right at the big arrow (and marshal here) to run along a nice winding section of single track (Messmate track) that leads you back to the water tanks and car park.

Cross back over Stonyford Rd (watching out for cars – marshal here) and then power down the finish chute and under the arch to complete your kids’ run. WELL DONE!

Event Details

Raceday Logistics
7:00am Race registration opens
9:00am Race registration closes
8:20am HIIT Factory aerobics warm up – Medium and Long Course
8:30am START – MEDIUM COURSE (15km)
8:35am START – LONG COURSE (21km)
8:52am HIIT Factory aerobics warm up – Short Course
9:00am START- SHORT COURSE (7.2km)
9:35am Short course winners expected to finish
9:40am Medium course winners expected to finish
10:05am Long course winners expected to finish
11:00am START – KIDS RUN (2km)
11:30pm Race presentations and spot prize giveaways
12:00pm Long course closes and event complete

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