Darby River Run

21 km Half Marathon

  1. Start at the Car park head out to the beach (1.1 km one way) and return to the car park
  2. Cross the car park and head up the hill and out to Tongue Point.
  3. Turn around at Tongue Point and run to the junction. Take the path to the right up the hill to Darby Saddle.
  4. At the Darby Saddle checkpoint turn around and retrace your steps to the junction to Tongue Point.
  5. Continue on to Tongue Point before returning along your original route to Darby River. Finish at the car park.


Elevation Profile

Darby River Run 21 km Elevation Profile

The Garmin FR220 is not famous for precision in elevation, but this profile pretty much describes what you are in for. You can download a larger JPEG version here and the full Strava activity https://www.strava.com/activities/383155413

10 km Fun Run

Start at the Car park head out to the beach (1.1 km one way) before returning to the car park, cross the car park and head up the hill and out to Tongue Point. Turn around at Tongue Point and retrace your steps to Darby River car park.

The course will be marked.

Darby River Run course map

Given the nature of the terrain and the changeability of the weather all runners should be prepared to carry with them the following safety equipment:

Mandatory Equipment 10/21 km

  • Face mask
  • Water bottle/container, (minimum 500 ml)
  • Personal first aid kit including Pressure Snake Bandage (see article here).
  • Mobile phone

Optional Equipment

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof and windproof overpants
  • Beanie and gloves
  • Sun screen/sun hat

A decision will be made on the morning as to what gear must be taken.

Snakes are present in the area and are often seen on the track or on the side of the track. In most conditions they will move away from people. Please treat them with caution, wait for them to move away or go around them. Treat all snakes as poisonous.

Snake Bite - Mandatory Safety Equipment —make sure you read this, it is very important!

For further information contact Paul Ashton: 0418 136 070 (m) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Fee—Inclusions and Conditions

Entry fee includes GST but excludes online registration booking fee of 5.5% charged at the time of purchase. All prices are per person.

Distance Adult Child U15
  Standard Late Entry Standard Late Entry
  1 July - 28 April 29 April - 7 May 1 July - 28 April 29 April - 7 May
2 km N/A N/A $25 $25
5 km $40 $50 $30 $35
10 km $60 $70 $40 $60
21 km $90 $100 $50 $80


Online entries close:  30 minutes prior to start of each distance.

Cost Inclusions

All entrants will receive:

  1. A complimentary photo
  2. Race bib/number
  3. Public liability insurance cover

Cancellation Policy

During the Covid-19 pandemic the following change has been implemented in relation to cancellation conditions.

If during the Covid pandemic the event is cancelled as a result of restrictions imposed by government participants will be offered the opportunity to transfer to another date for the event at no extra cost or cancel and incur a $25 admin/cancellation fee.

Cancellations for any other reason will attract the standard cancellation fees as set out below.

  1. Cancellation/Refunds

    Individuals cancelling up to 4 weeks from the start date will receive a full refund less $20 AUD per entry and $10 AUD child.

    Cancellations within 4 weeks of the start date with an accompanying doctor's certificate receive $10 AUD back. If no certificate is provided, then no refund will be provided.

    Cancellations within 14 days of the race will receive no refund.
    We recommend cancellation insurance.

  2. Cancellation/Termination by Running Wild

    Running Wild may terminate the contract either before or after the event starts, subject to the following conditions:

    1. Adverse weather conditions which threaten the safety of participants or on the advice of Parks Victoria or authorised government emergency services personnel.
    2. Breach of rules and/or regulations and instructions by the participant that he/she was informed about prior or during the event.
    3. Failure by participant to observe instructions by the event management, marshals and/or sweeps.
    4. If the participant disturbs materially the fulfilment of the contract in any other way or his/her behaviour is not in conformity with the contract in such a way that an immediate termination of the contract becomes justified.
  3. Cancellation of the Event/No Show

    If the event is cancelled because of circumstances of force majeure, the participant will not be entitled to any reimbursement of the entry fee and compensation of other losses, such as travelling or accommodation expenses. All claims will be forfeited for no shows.

  4. Services Not Utilised

    If the participant gives up during the event due to illness, injury or any other reason not attributed to the organiser, does not take part in individual stages or utilise services, the participant shall not be entitled to any proportional refunding of the entry fee concerned.

  5. Acceptance of registration

    The event organisers reserve the right to accept or reject any application to participate in the event.

    The organisers decision will be final.


Running Wild wishes to acknowledge the contributions of its sponsors and supporters. Without their assistance this event would not be possible.

Event Information

Enjoy running along well benched single track and striding up gentle hills overlooking the Southern Ocean with stunning beach and coastal views. This is definitely a run for the beginner trail runner, the road runner that is jaded and wants to get out there for great scenery and great running or those just wanting to be re-invigorated by the great outdoors, as well as the experienced trail runner just wanting a great run.

Starting at the Darby River car park this delightful run takes in some picturesque coastline and deserted beaches on an out and back course.

Water and First Aid will be available at the start/finish and at Darby Saddle. Runners are responsible for their own safety and assume full liability for their participation.

Weather conditions could be cold and windy or warm and sunny. All runners should be prepared with water and clothing suitable for the conditions on the day.

Withdrawals: Runners withdrawing during the event must notify the event staff.

Medical Evacuation: Participants are encouraged to join Ambulance Victoria—evacuation is at participants' cost https://membership.ambulance.vic.gov.au/ ph 1300 366 141

Track Etiquette: Participants are asked to be considerate of and give way to walkers and other track users.

Travel: Driving time from Melbourne to Darby River is approximately 3 hours.

Volunteers: Support from volunteers would be of assistance as would the services of a photographer.

For further information contact Paul Ashton: 0418 136 070 (m) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.