100 Mile—100 km—60 km Individual—Team—Relay Challenge

The Alpine Challenge is without doubt the toughest, most challenging, most spectacular and rewarding mountain trail run in Australia—if not the southern hemisphere. The 100 mile course runners take 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 and 4 river crossings. The 100km involves over 4,000m of ascent and descent.

Key Information

Date: Saturday 26 November–Monday 28 November 2016

Location: Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia

Start/Finish: Slalom Plaza, Falls Creek

100 mile/100 km Run

Pre-race check in: 04:15 A.M.

Start time: 04:30 A.M. Saturday

60 km Run

Pre-race check in: 08:15 A.M.

Start time: 08:30 A.M. Saturday

Time Limit:

  • 100 mile 44 hours
  • 100 km 34 hours
  • 60 km 18 hours

Equipment: Refer to Manadatory Safety Gear

Navigation: Whilst the course is generally unmarked, major decision points (ie points where people have a tendency to go the wrong way) are marked. The course follows bush walking trails and is generally easy to follow using map and course notes. However participants need to be able to navigate with map/compass or GPS. If you are unsure hot use a map and compass check ou the link below or go to rogaining or orienteering.

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/01/how-to-use-a-map-and-compass/

Entries: Online Entry

Support/Drop Bags: All local runners in the 100 mile event MUST have their own support crews. 60 and 100 km and interstate and overseas runners can have small drop bags deposited at checkpoints.

Accommodation: To book your accommodation at Falls Creek, visit:

http://www.fallscreek.com.au/accommodation/search?startDate=10/06/2015

http://www.fallscreek.com.au/reservationcentres

Alternatively you may contact Howman’s Gap YMCA or Bogong Village—refer Alpine Challenge Entry information. Participants are responsible for organising and paying for their own accommodation.

Registration: from 3 P.M. on Friday—Slalom Plaza, Falls Creek Village

Dinner/Briefing Friday: Dinner, 2 sittings from 6 P.M.—Howman's Gap Camp

Nearest airports: Melbourne has two main airports. Allow 4.5 hours to drive from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport or 5 hours from Avalon Airport. Participants travelling from the north may prefer to fly into Albury, on the New South Wales – Victoria border. From there, it’s only a 2-hour drive down the Kiewa Valley Highway. This is an excellent option if you need to head off soon after the race, and your crew won’t have much time to rest.

Car hire: Car hire is available from several providers at all airports. Please check your rental agreement carefully, especially if you are using the car as a crew vehicle. Some companies will not let you drive on unsealed roads, such as the one used to access Pretty Valley.

Services Both Falls Creek and Mt Beauty have supermarkets; however, if you require specialist items such as race apparel or gas canisters, we recommend you purchase these in Bright, Albury or Melbourne, where there are numerous outdoor stores.

If you are looking for something different, if you want a fantastic run or tough walking against the clock, great scenery, unpredictable weather and to push yourself to the limits, the Alpine Challenge is for you.