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Riverhead Forest

There is an endless and ever-changing network of trails in this pine plantation forest. Once again we can expect Riverhead to have a sufficient amount of glorious mud and clay! For the most part, this course is on a clay surface except for the metalled road sections. We recommend wearing shoes with sufficient tread or pairing up with a buddy at the start or out on course for some of the slippery and steeper parts. It's not by any means scary but it sometimes helps runners and walkers, especially those new to the trails to have someone close by to lend a hand.

The mid and short courses are relatively friendly (elevation wise), once you head deeper into the wilderness (from the event base) there are some real lung-busters and some pretty cool views to be had at these heights. Long and Super long participants - be prepared :)

WE HAVE GONE CUPLESS!

We have removed disposable cups from our aid stations in an effort to minimise our waste production. Please remember your reusable cup, hydration pack or water bottle to fill up! (You can purchase a collapsible silicone water cup at event base for 5$).

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

VERY IMPORTANT!! PLEASE DO NOT USE GOOGLE MAPS FOR THIS EVENT! Follow the driving directions here.

START TIMES

Compulsory event briefings will be held 15 minutes before the start of each event - please be at these!

  • Superlong – 9:00am

  • Long – 9:00am

  • Mid – 9:45am

  • Short – 10:30am

COURSE INFORMATION

We've made it easy for you to gather the whole gang (regardless of age or fitness level), and head out of the city. The Mid and Short courses are available as walks as well as runs, so one event you may get to stretch out in the long or super long while your partner takes a wee whipper snapper or two around the mid or short course.

 
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SHORT COURSE

Distance: 6.5km

Total Climb: 185m

Elevation Profile: Click here to view

Course Overview: Starting off, up Barlow road to the top of the hill. This will give you time to spread out and find your rhythm before heading into the forest. There is an aid station waiting at the top for motivation! You immediately turn right after this and begin descending into the depths of Riverhead Forest. This is a fun descent through steep single track, take your time, be careful and those passing, please do so politely and signal your intention to the runner/walker ahead of you. Leaving this section, you'll rejoin with the mid, long and super courses so don't be alarmed to see runners coming from the other direction. The home stretch is approximately 3km of fast, twisty single track.

Drink Stations:

2.5km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

*Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations

Toughness Factor: 7/10

GPX File: Click here to download the Short Course GPX file

Participant Briefing: Click here to view

MID COURSE

Distance: 14.1km

Total Climb: 323m

Elevation Profile: Click here to view

Course Overview: Starting off, up Barlow road to the top of the hill. This will give you time to spread out and find your rhythmn before heading into the forest. There is an aid station waiting at the top for motivation! You continue straight on at this point and the long and super courses will leave you. The next section involves 5km of metal road, all of which is a slight downhill, this will be an epically quick section and could be the crux point of the course, sure to be tough on the quads! Turning right from Browns road you will head back into some sweet single track and rejoin some of the super long competitors. The way home is a mixture of 4WD tracks and single tracks, the most technical sections of the course are on the second half, so don't get too complacent early on. The last aid station is 4k from the finish so re hydrate and head for the finish. Along the way you'll rejoin with the short course so don't be alarmed to see runners coming from the other direction. The home stretch is approximately 3km of fast, twisty single track.

Drink Stations:

2.5km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

9km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

*Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations

Toughness Factor: 7/10

GPX File: Click here to download the Mid Course GPX file

Participant Briefing: Click here to view

LONG COURSE (Run Only)

Distance: 18.5km

Total Climb: 539m

Elevation Profile: Click here to view

Course Overview: Starting off, up Barlow road to find your rhythm and spread out. You are into the single track before too long and take a nice downhill trail on the left (The Rock) to the bottom - there is a technical and steep descent at the bottom, run with caution. The first real climb of the day begins, back up to the top of the hill to the first aid station. A gravel road section follows, where you split from the Super Long Course on a hairpin corner. You are into a few kms of really nice single trails out the back once rejoining with the Super Long Course. 2.5kms of gravel road following this will give you a chance to get that speed average back up and prepare you for the second half.

The way home is a mixture of 4WD tracks, dirt bike tracks, and single tracks, with a small amount of gravel road too - plenty of clay and mud! There are still some very technical sections on the second half of the course so make sure you keep some in the tank. Shortly after the third aid station you’ll split form the Super Long Course and move with the Mid Course for a bit. You’ll rejoin the Super Long Course before long and with approx. 3.5kms to go, you'll also join the Short Course to finish, so don't be alarmed to see runners coming from the other direction.

Drink Stations:

3.3km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

9.2km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water & oranges)

14.5km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

*Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations

Toughness Factor: 7/10

GPX File: Click here to download the Long Course GPX file

Participant Briefing: Click here to view

SUPER LONG COURSE (Run Only)

Distance: 21.3km

Total Climb: 656m

Elevation Profile: Click here to view

Course Overview: Starting off, up Barlow road to find your rhythm and spread out. You are into the single track before too long and take a nice downhill trail on the left (called The Rock) to the bottom - there is a technical and steep descent at the bottom, run with caution. The first real climb of the day begins, back up to the top of the hill to the first aid station. A gravel road section follows, then you split from the Long Course and complete an extension which includes more single track and a couple cool bridges. The good stuff continues for a few more kms when you rejoin the Long Course. 2.5kms of gravel road out the back will give you a chance to get that speed average back up.

The way home is a mixture of 4WD tracks, dirt bike tracks, and single tracks, with a small amount of gravel road too - plenty of clay and mud! There are still some very technical sections on the second half of the course so make sure you keep some in the tank. Shortly after the third aid station you’ll split form the Long & Mid Courses to complete your second extension. You rejoin the Long Course before long and with approx. 3.5kms to go, you'll also join the Short Course to finish, so don't be alarmed to see runners coming from the other direction.

Drink Stations:

3.3km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

10.7km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water & oranges)

17.1km (with R-Line electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & lollies)

*Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations

Toughness Factor: 7/10

GPX File: Click here to download the Super Long Course GPX file

Participant Briefing: Click here to view

COURSE SAFETY

We recommend running with a Hydration back pack loaded with 500ml - 1 litre of liquid, and other nutritional nibbles. You can expect to be away from base for a decent period of time at these events, and we can't always get aid stations to the points where you may expect them to be. While event medics will be at each event (they will be stationed at the event base, start / finish point) and participants may encounter on course marshals with first aid on them, it also pays to be safety conscious and carry items like:

  • a basic first aid kit

  • a cell phone

  • a whistle

  • additional warm clothing

It's all about personal responsibility!

Participant Briefing: Click here to view

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Later Event: September 1
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