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Melbourne Trail Running Series: Smiths Gully

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Race 2 of the Trail Running Series returns to Smiths Gully in the Yarra Valley, and is prooving to be one of the most popular venues in the Series. Whos ready to tackle the Rob Roy again?

Smiths Gully is a small rural region located in Melbournes north eastern outskirts with a delightful mix of farming and bushland, rolling hills and quaint country villages filled with charismatic general stores and well stocked bakeries.

How to enter the Melbourne Trail Running Series: Smiths Gully

  1. 7.5K

    Run 7km
    AUD $49
    Event passed
  2. 18K

    Run 18km
    AUD $71
    Event passed
  3. 14K

    Run 14km
    AUD $61
    Event passed

Melbourne Trail Running Series: Smiths Gully routes

The event centre is located at the infamous Rob Roy Hill Climb whilst all race courses enjoy a diverse mix of 2wd, 4wd roads and sweeping single track through the surrounding bushland. Runners will enjoy views across the Yarra Valley to the south and King Lake to the north whilst following an undulating course that has plenty of variety.

These little known trails will open your eyes to the beautiful rural regions surrounding Melbourne and broaden your love for trail running by exploring somewhere new!


The Rob Roy Hill Climb is a purpose built 695m hill climb race track (for cars!) dating back to 1935 and at the time of its construction was one of only three bitumen surfaced purpose built hillclimbs in the world. It is currently leased to the MG Car Club and is still in regular usage.

Event Details

What’s Included
The North Face demo shoes and gear
FREE footwear advice and sales from our retail partner
The HIIT Factory interactive stand
Displays and sales by our event sponsors HIIT Factory, 32gi Sports Nutrition, Nathan and others
A drink station with water and sports hydration – BYO cup or bottle (refer below)
First aid medical
Bag storage area
Please make sure your clothing is in a bag with your name and race number on it
Live music after the race
Race commentary and MC
Results centre
Great coffee
BBQ – a local community organisation will conduct a fundraising BBQ in the event expo area to provide runners, friends and family with a late breakfast / brunch before, during and after the race
Toilets – including port-a-loo facilities where required.
Raceday Logistics
7:00am Race registration opens
8:50am Race registration closes
8:25am HIIT Factory aerobics warm up – Long Course runners
8:30am START – LONG COURSE (18km)
8:35am HIIT Factory aerobics warm up – Short and Medium Course runners
8:40am START – SHORT COURSE (7.5km)
8:45am START – MEDIUM COURSE (14km)
9:20am Short course winner expected to finish
9:30am Medium course winner expected to finish
9:42am Long course winner expected to finish
11:00am Race presentations and spot prize giveaways
11:30am Course close and event complete
Spectators
The Rob Roy site is a pleasant place to visit and hang out whilst your friends / family do their race. It is an open area with plenty of fresh air and green grass that’s often acquainted by kangaroos who come to nibbling the grass. Spectators are more than welcome to the walk the 695m hill climb ‘race track’ and envisage what it would have been like to race historic cars up it back in the 1930’s!

The surrounding Smiths Gully and Yarra Valley areas are filled with innumerable things to do and places to stop, ranging from wineries and cafes through to local markets and galleries with plenty of places to dive into after a successful run in the hills. Brunch anyone!

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Melbourne Trail Running Series: Smiths Gully weather forecast

Light rain in the evening and overnight.

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4°C
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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 11mph

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