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Looking for something BIG to do this Easter?

Be one of the first to run this great Forest course, and enjoy all that is offered by Big Forest Run!

Saturday, 19th April 2014

Event Info

About Big Forest Run

The Yarra State Forest near Warburton is a hidden gem when it comes to Trail running. Only an hour or so out of the Melbourne CBD, the scenery and the forest are awesome, featuring towering eucalypts and other forest giants, coupled with a lush fern covered undergrowth. Everything a trail runner could dream of.

We are offering 2 distances, a marathon length of 42km and a shorter run of approximately 18km.

Big Forest Run is a point to point race and the course for the main part follows the Walk Into History walking trail which follows some well-preserved sections of historic timber tramlines, past old mills and other relics of the early timber industry. You will also get to run past the Ada Tree a 300 plus year old forest giant and one of the biggest Trees in Australia!

You will be transported to the start just past Powelltown by bus, and the atmosphere on the bus is sure to be buzzing, …. a bit like a bunch of schoolkids going on their first excursion to the zoo!

You will be well supported at the aid stations, and be rewarded with a nice gentle downhill run for most of the second half of the course.

The finish area is on private property in a great little valley just next to the Yarra River, where you can jump in for a refreshing dip if you like after your run.

We will run a shuttle bus back into town and Yarra Junction for those who need a lift back to their vehicle or accommodation.

The course is excellent for spectators and supporters with all aid stations easily accessible.

Check out some of the photos taken on some of our course recees to get an idea of what you are in for, and get a bit more detailed information on the course description and the course map and elevations pages.

We have even put down some prize money to temp some of you speedy Gonzales to have a go at Big Forest Run!

The Big Forest Run is set to become another quality event on the Victorian Trail Running calendar adding to the many great Trail Running events now available. Victorian Trail runners have never had it so good!

If you need any further information not contained on this website, just contact us and we will respond to your enquiry.

Info PDF

Download the event info guide here which summarises all information on this website that you need to know about the event.

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Course Map

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About the course

The course is a mixture of Forest Fire roads, single trails, and a few kms of country backroads to cruise home to the finish on.

The largest part of the run is on fantastic single walking trails.

The photos on this website will give you a good idea of the course.

Course Summary

(Distances approximate, refer to map for details)

Start (Big Creek Basin Rd) to Walking Trail 5.6km Water
   (Gentle uphill on open forest road/trail)
Walking Trail to Federal Crossing 2.9km
(Very steep hill (25%) for 1km then nice single lane passing historic sawmill)
Federal Crossing to Ada Tree Aid Station 4.2km Aid Station 1
(Nice single lane with open forest road for last km)
Ada Tree Aid station to Federal Crossing 3.8km
(great rainforest type trail passing Ada Tree)
Federal Crossing to Starlings Gap 8.3km Aid station 2
(Beautiful lush single trail – awesome!)
Starlings Gap to Big Pats Creek Picnic Area 9.0km Aid station 3
(all gentle downhill, great single trail)
Big Pats Creek Picnic area to Big pats Creek Rd 4.3km Water
(slight uphill on old tram cutting called the Curves)
Big Pat Creek Rd to Finish at Riverside Dr Warburton 4.1km
(Nice country backroads to finish off and cruise Home)
Total 42.2km

Event Locations

Registration

Event registration will be at St Josephs Primary School, Milners Rd, Yarra Junction.
Runners requiring a lift to the start will be transported there by bus.

Start

The 42km event will start at Big Pats Basin Rd, around 10km past Powelltown.

The 18km event will start at the Picnic area at Starlings Gap.

Finish

Both 42 and 18km runs with finish in a large paddock opposite Yarra River, 210 Riverside Drive Warburton. See event map.

Spectator points

This is a great event for spectators. The best viewing locations are at the Aid stations which are all easily accessible along forest roads by 2wd vehicles in the dry.

Aid Station 1: Ada Tree
Aid Station 2: Starlings Gap
Aid Station 3: Big Pats Creek Picnic Area

Please do not provide any outside aid to the runners you are supporting.

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