This amazing marathon course starts on the outskirts of Bendigo, and follows the historic O'Keefe Rail Trail to Heathcote. Passing the banks of the Campaspe River, Lake Eppalock, and the small towns of Axedale and Knowsley before reaching its final destination in the heart of Heathcote.
How to enter the The O’Keefe Challenge
- Run 42.4km
- Run 21.1km
- Run 10km
- Run 5km
The O’Keefe Challenge routes
This amazing marathon course starts on the outskirts of Bendigo, and follows the historic O’Keefe Rail Trail to Heathcote. From the Bendigo Baptist Church in Junortoun on the outskirts of Bendigo, runners will pass through beautiful bushland, through the small townships of Axedale and Knowsley, cross the Campaspe River and along the banks of Lake Eppalock. Runners will reach their final destination in the heart of Heathcote at Barrack Reserve.
From Knowsley to the heart of Heathcote, this run follows the historic O’Keefe Rail Trail passing Lake Eppalock, open fields and dense bushland. It is a mostly flat route, so is accessible to everyone.
The Athlete’s Foot Bendigo 10km offers those that enjoy runs of this classic distance a satisfying challenge on a NEW cross country course that will take in part of the McIvor Ranges.
For the novice runner who has not competed off the bitumen in an event, it is a perfect event to become more accustomed to running away from the bitumen without it being too rough. We expect it will attract a few who enjoy ‘light trail running’ or find bitumen boring, too.
The 5km Real Estate Run / Walk Against Dementia is a picturesque course starting and finishing at Barrack Reserve in the heart of Heathcote. Runners will take in some of Heathcote’s hidden gems in the Liquid Ambers and the McIvor Creek Trail.
This is a low key event, similar in style to the popular parkrun phenomenon in that this also encourages the participation of the local community in promoting health, fitness and your wellbeing.
Times are not as important. The aim is to finish and to support a great cause.
All participants will receive a specially crafted ‘Forget Me Not’ (which is the symbol for dementia) medals of participation at the finish line.
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The O’Keefe Challenge weather forecast
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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