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Melbourne Trail Running Series: Yarra Bend at Night

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Ignite your senses and take your running off-road for the 2019 Trail Running Series. 5 races at 5 breathtaking locations await! All in misty wilderness and a one hour drive from Melbourne. Each series event includes short, medium and long course formats with lots of trail-stomping in pristine landscape.

How to enter the Melbourne Trail Running Series: Yarra Bend at Night

  1. Medium

    Run 10.8km
    AUD $61
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  2. Long

    Run 15km
    AUD $71
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  3. Short

    Run 5km
    AUD $49
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Melbourne Trail Running Series: Yarra Bend at Night routes

Race 5 will be conducted at Yarra Bend but does so under the cover of darkness with all races being held after sunset with runners carrying a (head) torch to light their way along the trails!

The courses pass through some superb, inner city wilderness that will be shown in a new light (!) compared to running through the same areas in daylight. Runners will experience the trails in a completely new way that will open your eyes to the difference between night and day in the natural landscape and be a lot of fun for everyone involved.

Start / finish area: End of Deep Rock Rd. Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield

The short, medium and long course races will be conducted in the same way as at the other race locations with a single mass start for each distance, but all runners must carry a torch allowing you to follow the trails and the reflective course markings. The courses are basically very similar to 2017 but with an alternative start / finish location so all returning runners will be familiar with the trail whilst also giving peace of mind and comfort for those new to night running.

The trails are quite flat and easy flowing, just be aware for the odd exposed root or rock on the trail but on the whole they provide some fun, fast and flowing running.

Long Course – 15km
(Course goes in a clockwise direction on the map)

All runners start on Deep Rock Road heading east, then turn left onto the gravel footpath beside Yarra Bend Road and then left again just before the freeway bridge to descend down towards Dights Falls. Just above the Falls you turn right to go under the freeway bridge and then run up a double track beside the Merri Creek before crossing over Yarra Bend Road and descending to the Yarra River to complete an 800m loop that involved a section of two-way traffic where runners must keep right. From here, the course continues beside the Yarra before heading up some steps to cross the river at the ‘Pipe Bridge’ at the Fairfield Park Boathouse at the (approx) 4.9km mark.

After a short climb, continue along the footpath beside Yarra Boulevard for 400m and then turn left to descend down some steps to the water point located at the bottom at the 6.1km point. Turn right onto the main Yarra Trail upstream for approximately 800m and then turn left to pick up some flowing single track beside the river and come back past the water point at the 7.8km point.

The next ~6km of running is almost all along the narrow single tracks that follow the Yarra River with some superb trail running through beautiful bushland, broken only by a short 1km stretch on the sealed footpath beside the Yarra Boulevard. At the 13.7km point runners cross over the Yarra on the ‘Swing Bridge’ adjacent the Studley Park Boathouse and then turn left to continue on single track through to the finish in the event expo.


Medium Course – 10.3km*
(Course goes in a clockwise loop on the map)

The medium course is very similar to the long course but just omits some additional ‘loops’. After starting on Deep Rock Road, runners turn left onto the gravel footpath beside Yarra Bend Road for 400m and then cross over Yarra Bend Road to descend to the Yarra River on a fast moving double track. From here, the course continues upstream beside the Yarra before heading up some steps to cross the river at the ‘Pipe Bridge’ at the Fairfield Park Boathouse at the (approx) 2km mark.

After a short climb, continue along the footpath beside Yarra Boulevard for 400m and then turn left to descend down some steps to the water point located at the bottom at the 3.2km point. Turn left onto the Yarra Trails and enjoy the next ~6km of running that is almost all along the narrow single tracks that follow the Yarra River providing some superb trail running through beautiful bushland, broken only by a short 1km stretch on the sealed footpath beside the Yarra Boulevard. At the 9km point runners cross over the Yarra on the ‘Swing Bridge’ adjacent the Studley Park Boathouse and then turn left to continue on single track through to the finish in the event expo.

Short Course – 5.2km
(Course goes in anti-clockwise direction)

The short course basically completes the first section of the long course before taking a ‘short cut’ back to the event centre. All runners start on Deep Rock Road heading east, then turn left onto the gravel footpath beside Yarra Bend Road and then left again just before the freeway bridge to descend down towards Dights Falls. Just above the Falls you turn right to go under the freeway bridge and then run up a double track beside the Merri Creek before crossing over Yarra Bend Road and descending to the Yarra River.

Short course runners turn right to go under the Freeway bridge and then continue on single track beside the river before a short climb to cut through the RMIT Surveying Station, crossing over the Yarra Bend Road (take care when crossing the road) and then descending into the finish line in the event centre.

Event Details

FAQs
1. Can I transfer my entry to someone else?
No – you cannot transfer your entry to another competitor.

2. Can I give my race plate to someone else to run with?
No – only the person who is registered to that race place can compete. If you have not registered, you cannot participate.

3. What happens if I have lost my plate or forgot to bring it along?
Please go to the Race Registration marquee – you will be allocated another plate. NOTE: A $10 fee applies and this will be enforced for all events.

4. Can I change to a longer distance?
Yes you can change to another distance. You will incur the cost of the fee difference plus a $10 fee if race plates have already been posted out. NOTE: A $10 fee applies for all longer distance changes on race day.

5. Can I change to a shorter distance?
Yes, we are happy to arrange this. You will incur a $10 fee if race plates have already been posted out. NOTE: The difference in entry fee will not be refunded.

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