Alpine Challenge Trail Run

Alpine Challenge

Falls Creek, VIC

27 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021

10km, 16km, 25km, 42km, 60km, 100km, 160km

Trail Run

Alpine Challenge

In order to enable more people to experience the magic of the Victorian Alps and savour the atmosphere of this unique event we have introduced a number of changes, adding in short course distances of 10/16/25 km, discontinuing the 36 km distance and replacing it with a new marathon distance taking in the best of the high plains whilst offering fantastic scenery on a challenging course.

The Alpine Challenge is without doubt the toughest, most challenging, most spectacular and rewarding all mountain trail run in Australia—if not the southern hemisphere over seven distances. The 100 mile (160 km) course takes in 6 major climbs with 7,600 m of ascent and descent including Mt Feathertop, Mt Hotham, Mt McKay, Spion Kopje, Mt Nelse and Victoria’s highest mountain, Mt Bogong plus five river crossings. The 100 km involves over 4,000 m of ascent and descent and the 60 km course over 2,000 m of ascent and descent, whilst for those undertaking the 42 km run you will have over 900 m of ascent. The three short distances—10/16/25 km—offer an opportunity to experience great trail running and some of the historic huts on single tracks with great views over Heathy Spur and Rocky Valley Dam.

It also offers the most challenging weather conditions, from intense heat during the day or snowstorms and driving rain, to subzero temperatures at night.

Whilst the event organisers can take action to reduce risk to participants, they cannot eliminate it, as a result runners need to be prepared to run in all conditions or have the experience and sense to decide not to run at all on the day. Participants are advised to train for all conditions, including running in storms, snow and at night.

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When: 27 Nov - 10:30:00

Race Type:

Trail Run

Elevation:

270

Course Type:

Out and Back

Price:

$47 - $60

Course Map

Course Terrain: Single Trail,Mountain

This is a 5 km out and back course from Slalom Plaza to Ropers Lookout. The course includes 2 small climbs and follows XC ski trails, aqueducts and single track.

The event takes place in an exposed Alpine environment that can be subject to sudden and severe changes in weather. Hot sunny days as well as rain, fog, high winds, sleet and snow can occur during ...

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When: 27 Nov - 10:30:00

Race Type:

Trail Run

Elevation:

397

Course Type:

Out and Back

Price:

$82 - $95

Course Map

Course Terrain: Single Trail,Mountain

This is a 16 km out and back course from Slalom Plaza along Heathy Spur to the junction of Big River Fire Trail. It covers rolling hills with stuning views over Rocky Valley Dam. It follows XC ski trails, aqueducts and single tracks.

The event takes place in an exposed Alpine environment that can be subject to sudden and severe changes in weather. Hot sunn...

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When: 27 Nov - 10:30:00

Race Type:

Trail Run

Elevation:

539

Course Type:

Out and Back

Price:

$105 - $118

Course Map

Course Terrain: Single Trail,Mountain

This is a 25 km out and back loop course from Slalom Plaza along Heathy Spur to the junction of Big River Fire Trail and on to the historic Fitzgerald and Kellys Huts. It covers rolling hills with stuning views over Rocky Valley Dam. It follows XC ski trails, aqueducts and single track.

The event takes place in an exposed Alpine environment that can be subj...

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When: 27 Nov - 08:30:00

Race Type:

Trail Run

Elevation:

1000

Course Type:

Loop

Price:

$141 - $177

Teams:

Yes

Course Map

Course Terrain: Mountain,Single Trail
This is a 42 km circuit from Slalom Plaza along Heathy Spur to the junction of Big River Fire Trail and the Alpjne Walking Track taking in Langfords Gap, Cope Hut, Pole 333, Pretty Valley Pondage, Mt MacKay and back to Falls Creek via the Last Hoot. Given the nature of the Alps, runners should come prepared for all conditions. The course is a marked course a...Read More

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When: 27 Nov - 08:30:00

Race Type:

Trail Run

Elevation:

2294

Course Type:

Loop

Price:

$200 - $212

Teams:

Yes

Course Map

Course Terrain: Mountain
This event will challenge many runners/walkers and they will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Detailed below are basic course notes for each stage of the event. These should not be used in place of map/compass/GPS to navigate the course. They are a guide only and address some of the more problematic parts of the course and give some idea as to...Read More

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When: 27 Nov - 04:30:00

Race Type:

Trail Run

Elevation:

4215

Course Type:

Loop

Price:

$346 - $387

Course Map

Course Terrain: Mountain,Single Trail
This event will challenge many runners/walkers and they will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Detailed below are basic course notes for each stage of the event. These should not be used in place of map/compass/GPS to navigate the course. They are a guide only and address some of the more problematic parts of the course and give some idea as to...Read More

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When: 27 Nov - 04:30:00

Race Type:

Trail Run

Elevation:

7412

Course Type:

Loop

Price:

$346 - $387

Course Map

Course Terrain: Mixed,Mountain
This event will challenge many runners/walkers and they will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Detailed below are basic course notes for each stage of the event. These should not be used in place of map/compass/GPS to navigate the course. They are a guide only and address some of the more problematic parts of the course and give some idea as to...Read More

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