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The 7th annual Run Forrest 10km & 21km & 6km Trail Run offers runners the most picturesque trails in Australia.

Once again the 2019 Run Forrest will include the very popular 6km Kids Run circuit.

Staged in the hinterland township of Forrest, nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges, Run Forrest will showcase the regions world-class trails and breathtaking natural beauty undulating hills, flowing rivers, dense fern gullies and the cool, fresh air of the Otway Ranges.

So get training!!

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David H
"Hi, <br />Would be great if there were some course distance markers out there,..."
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How to enter the Run Forrest Trail Run

  1. 21 km

    Run 21km
    AUD $65–AUD $100
    Event passed
  2. 10 Km

    Run 10km
    AUD $65–AUD $85
    Event passed
  3. 6 Km

    Run 6km
    AUD $25–AUD $50
    Event passed

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Run Forrest Trail Run routes


The 21km course will start at the Run Forrest Race Village situated on the banks of the Barwon River (access from Hennigan Crescent Forrest – trail walk – no parking at Village).

The trail run will follow the Barwon River along the famous Red Carpet to Lake Elizabeth. The Red Carpet is a favourite amongst mountain bikers for its dynamic technical sections, fern covered single track and fast downhill corners.

Now we get a chance to run it…..

Run Forrest also gives trail runners access to the beautiful fern banks surrounding the majestic Lake Elizabeth.

The course is tough with tight, off cambered turns, fast down hills and undulating with plenty of flow.

The course is a circuit ending at the race village on the banks of the Barwon River.


The 10km course will start at the Run Forrest Race Village situated on the banks of the Barwon River (access from Hennigan Crescent Forrest – trail walk – no parking at Village).

The 10km course will be just as much fun as the 21km but with a turnaround at the top of the Red Carpet. This offers its own unique challenges.

What a course!…..pure running pleasure

The course is a circuit ending at the race village on the banks of the Barwon River.


The 6km course & the Kids 6km course is the first half of the 10km course. This is a great little circuit course along the Barwon River to Fernery Trail, across the top of the West Barwon Dam to the water course.  Down the big hill and back to the village.

Event Details

What’s Included

What does my entry fee include?

  • Your entry fee includes the opportunity to experience Run Forrest – a unique trail running experience in the  Otway Ranges & the only opportunity to run the trails surrounding Lake Elizabeth (21km only)
  • Your entry also includes an official race time recorded by the event Commissarie using an accurate electronic timing system.
  • Water stations on course (21km & 10km) and fruit in the village.
  • Traffic control until 12.30pm (21km course)
  • All competitors will receive a downloadable finishers certificate.
  • Medals for place getters & product from sponsors
  • Insurance
  • First Aid
  • Village amenities
Raceday Logistics

Event Schedule

Saturday 8 June 

  • 2:00-4:00pm – Early Bird Registration @ Forrest Brewery

Sunday 9 June 

  • 7:30-9:00am – Race Day Registration @ Race Village
    • Every Runner must present to Rae Registration
  • 8:45am – 6km Trail Run & 6km Kids Run Competitor Brief
    • All runners must attend
  • 9:00am – 6km Kids Run Begins
  • 9:15am – 6km Trail Run Begins
  • 9:45am – 21km & 10km Run Forrest Competitor Brief
    • All runners must attend
  • 10:00am – 21km Trail Run Begins
  • 10:30am – 10km Trail Run Begins
  • 12:30pm – Race Presentation (TBC – Subject to results being cleared by Commissair)

Water Stations

There will be 3 water stations along the route:

1.  5.5km –  Marker (Race Village)

2.  8km –   Lake Elizabeth carpark (21km runners pass twice)

3. 16km –  Marker

*Note -Water Stations not available for 6km Runners or Kids Race (must carry own water)

Road Crossings

3 ROAD CROSSING in 21km Race will be manned until 12:30pm.  After this time RUNNERS MUST STOP AT ROAD CROSSING and give way to ALL TRAFFIC

Race Number Plate/Bib

Runners will receive a number plate/bib at the registration tent on the day of the race. Number plates will not be posted to competitors prior to the race.



NOTE: If you are not able to collect your prize at the event presentations, you are required to email Southern Exposure before Friday 14th June 2019 to claim your prize. Prizes will be forfeited after this date.  Shipping fee’s at your expense.

Otway Soup Festival

Run Forrest coincides with the 13th Otway Soup Festival which will also be held on Sunday 9th June from 10am at the Forrest Football Oval. The festival features homemade soups, conserves, pickles, relishes, homebrew beers and wines and a wide range of free family entertainment including an farm animal nursery, giant veggie competition, a jumping castle and local crafts and fresh market stalls.

Forrest Facilities

Fuel is not available in Forrest – the closest petrol station is 35 minute away in Colac or 45km in Apollo Bay

Cash out is not available in Forrest – the closest ATM is 35 minute away in Colac (Bring CASH)

Forrest General Store has some basic/specialty provisions – Do the bulk of your camp shopping before you come as limits stock is avail (tinned food, pasta etc no fresh food)


Spectators are welcome!


Contact the race organiser for volunteering information.


What do I need to do once I have entered online?

Once you have entered on line via the ‘enter online’ page you will receive an email confirming your entry. You do not need to do anything further until the day of the event. On the day of the event you are required to register yourself and collect your race bib from the EVENT REGISTRATION marquee located at the Race Village between 7.30am – 9am.

Will I receive my race number before the event?

No!!! Race numbers will not be sent to you prior to the race. You will be provided with your race number when you register on the day of the event at the EVENT REGISTRATION marquee located at the Race Village. Registration opens at 7.30am and closes at 9am.

Will the course be distance marked?

Key distance markers and turn arounds will be placed around the course.

Will the course be marshalled?

Marshall’s and Traffic Controllers  will be positioned at various locations around the course.  A motorcyclist will patrol the course for first aid support, evacuation and trail sweep.

Do I need to carry my own water?

It is encouraged that you carry your own water to ensure you remain hydrated around the course. Drink stations will be positioned at the 5.5km and 17km and in Lake Elizabeth Carpark the 21km course and at the 6km mark of the 10km course. A drink/fruit station will also be located at the Race Village near the start/finish line.

Will there be toilet facilities on site?

Portable public toilets will be available on site at the Race Village.  Keep in mind that everyone will need the toilet at the same time.

Is the event time recorded?

All competitors who complete the full course (21km, 10km & 6km events) will receive an official timing. Those who do not complete the course will be classified as DID NOT FINISH (DNF), with no times recorded.  Official event results will be posted on after the event.

Is there a time limit?

The event course will officially close at 2.30pm. Those who have not completed the course by this time will be classified as DID NOT FINISH (DNF), with no times recorded.  Village will be dismantled and packed up from 12.30pm.  Please do not be offended if you finish after 12.30pm and village has been packed up.

Will I receive an official event t-shirt?

There will be an official event t-shirt available for sale online when you enter ($35) or at the Race Village ($45) on the day of the event. Prices are TBC.

Run Forrest Trail Run weather forecast

Light rain in the evening and overnight.

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Run Forrest Trail Run reviews

5 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the 10 Km in 2019

    Would be great if there were some course distance markers out there, as my watch was playing up.