The Mt Baw Baw Trail Run Festival will feature three days of trail running events, kicking off with what could be one of Australia’s toughest marathons: a 42.2km course from the historical township of Walhalla.
Why the toughest? One look at the course profile will make legs and lungs perspire in fear, the most obvious feature being an uphill haul for the majority of the distance.
Runners looking for a slightly easier but no less beautiful entrée to such an intimidating challenge can take on the half marathon, which track along the second half of the same course, beginning near the halfway mark at Mt Erica.
The challenge continues on Day Two of the festival with two 12km events run around the trails starting and finishing at Mt Baw Baw’s mountaintop village. The first outing will be a mid morning foray while the second will take place at night.
For those new to the sport, and for the kids, there will also be a 5km fun run/walk taking in the summit of Mt Baw Baw and the impressive vistas it offers.
On the final day, there will be a morning session of ‘free mountain running’, a new offering on the local trail run scene that focuses on super-short 1.5km courses, the catch being that the terrain is ridiculously steep.
For the crazy people there is the opportunity to vie for the title of King and Queen of the mountain- those who compete in the All Mountain Category.