Alpine Challenge 2017 – Race Director Report
By Paul Ashton
Falls Creek, VIC
27 Nov 2021 - 28 Nov 2021
10km, 16km, 25km, 42km, 60km, 100km, 160km
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.
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 ...
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...
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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