The Mount Hotham Goldrush is unique in its approach to a trail running event in that it encompasses two untimed events! This means that they are not a race but more an opportunity to get out and take in a unique environment in all its beauty and learn a bit about the history of the area.

For adults of all ages, the Romancing the Sunset 12 km run/walk is an out and back marked course to the base of Mt Loch, to watch the sunset under a marquee (weather permitting) whilst sipping bubbly, accompanied with biscuits and cheese and learning about the area’s history, before heading back to the Village Square for a fireworks display and dinner. More details coming soon.

For the kids there is the Junior Rush, a 3.5 km run/walk out and back course from Hotham Village Square to the summit of Mount Hotham to watch the sunset, get a glow stick and run back by torchlight to the village for a fireworks display and dinner. This will be a marked course. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

On the Sunday we have the more traditional Running Wild Goldrush events covering 25 and 40 km and taking in historic huts and gold digging areas of the high country including: Red Robin Mine, Dibbins Hut, Derrick Hut, Spargos Hut, and the Cobungra Ditch as well as three peaks—Mt Higginbottom, Mount Hotham and Mount Loch. History, hills, heartache—all in one event.

The 2 short course distances of 3.5 km and 12 km are great for the kids and those just wanting to stretch their legs following scenic walking trails. For the more experienced, the 25 km and 40 km course takes in more challenging and historic runs through the Alpine National Park.

Soak up the pristine alpine environment and challenge yourself to run at an altitude above 1600 metres (one mile).