The event takes place in an exposed Alpine environment that can be subject to sudden and severe changes in weather. Hot sunny days as well as rain, fog, high winds, sleet and snow can occur during November. Hypo- and hyperthermia are a serious risk and runners must be prepared for any weather conditions. Given the nature of the Alps, runners should come prepared for all conditions. A final determination in regards to mandatory kit will be made on the morning of the run. The course is a marked course and it is not a race in the traditional sense; participants must offer assistance to others in distress.

Pacers are not allowed, refereshments are available at the finish.

Mandatory Safety Equipment

This list has been prepared based on running in good to mild conditions. It should be treated as your minimum safety gear and should be adjusted upwards in terms of quality and quantity of gear depending on conditions. Many runners aim to take the lightest and smallest amount of gear with them. This will not protect you in the Victorian Alps in cold, wet and windy conditions. Failure to have all the listed mandatory safety equipment at registration/during the event and at gear checks during the event will result in disqualification and the participant being removed from the event.

All participants must provide and carry with them the following minimum safety equipment. X means you must have it.

Mandatory Items25 km17 km10 km
Waterproof & windproof jacket with hood,(gortex, pertex, entrant, japara, nylon etc) X X X
Waterproof & windproof pants, (gortex, pertex, entrant, japara, nylon or similar) X X X
Beanie and or hat and or balaclava or buff (1 only) X X X
Windproof gloves X X X
Hard copy map of the area and course notes (laminated or in a waterproof map case or zip lock bag). Spatial Vision—Bogong Alpine Area 1:50,000 or off the website X X X
Compass or GPS. Find out how to use your map and compass here  X X X
Whistle X X X
First Aid kit including
  • Emergency space blanket/bag/light bivvi sack (1 only)
  • Personal First aid requirements, bandaids, antiseptic, painkillers etc
  • Pressure bandage for snake bites/sprains
X X X
Fully charged mobile phone - Telstra provides the best coverage) X X X
Food—for the run and emergency food if lost (energy chocolate is good) X X X
Water—minimum 500 ml capacity. More recommended if forecast is hot X X X
Personal cup or container for drinking at the refreshment points (water bottle valid) X X X
Sunscreen X X X
Race number (provided in race pack) X X X
Tape with race number for pack (provided in race pack) X X X
Ziplock bag – for your rubbish (provided in race pack) X X X
Be prepared to carry a fleece or down jacket—to be advised prior to race start X X X

Unacceptable gear: If you bring this equipment, you will not be permitted to start: water resistant jacket/overpants, jacket without a hood, poncho, snake bandage other than pressure bandage.

Medical Evacuations are at participants cost. Participants are encouraged to join Air Ambulance Victoria. www.ambulance-vic.com.au — ph (03) 9379 9155.

Withdrawal due to injury/illness

Injured runners/walkers withdrawing due to illness/injury must be accompanied by a team member to the next closest road/support station. Withdrawal must be advised to an event organiser.

 


Alpine Challenge 10 km Course

This is a 5 km out and back course from Slalom Plaza to Ropers Lookout. The course includes 2 small climbs and follows XC ski trails, aqueducts and single track.

Cut offs: 10 km run/walk—participants must complete the event within 2 hours.

Stage 1
Falls Creek to Ropers Lookout

From Slalom Plaza head up the home trail to the aqueduct, turn left on the trail and follow it, crossing the Bogong High Plains Road until it drops down below the dam wall. Ascend the other side to the base of Heathy Spur. Turn left onto the Ropers Lookout track and follow this to the summit.

Stage 2
Ropers Lookout to Slalom Plaza (Finish)

Retrace your steps as per Stage 1 above.

Water is available at the finish.


Alpine Challenge 17 km Course

This is a 17 km out and back course from Slalom Plaza along Heathy Spur to the junction of Big River Fire Trail.  It covers rolling hills with stuning views over Rocky Valley Dam. It follows XC ski trails, aqueducts and single tracks.

Cut offs: 17 km run/walk—participants must complete the event within 3 hours.

Stage 1
Falls Creek to Heathy Spur Junction with Big River Fire Trail
  1. From Slalom Plaza head up the home trail to the aqueduct, turn left on the trail and follow it, crossing the Bogong High Plains Road until it drops down below the dam wall. Ascend the other side to the base of Heathy Spur.
  2. Follow the signed and marked trail along Heathy Spur until the intersection with Big River Fire Trail.
Stage 2
Heathy Spur Junction with Big River Fire Trail to Slalom Plaza

Retrace your steps to Falls Creek as per Stage 1 above

Water is available at the junction of Heathy Spur and Big River Fire Trail and at the finish.

 


Alpine Challenge 25 km Course

This is a 25 km out and back loop course from Slalom Plaza along Heathy Spur to the junction of Big River Fire Trail and on to the historic Fitzgerald and Kellys Huts. It covers rolling hills with stuning views over Rocky Valley Dam. It follows XC ski trails, aqueducts and single track.

Cut offs: 25 km run/walk—participants must complete the event within 5 hours.

Stage 1
Falls Creek to Heathy Spur Junction with Big River Fire Trail
  1. From Slalom Plaza head up the home trail to the aqueduct, turn left on the trail and follow it, crossing the Bogong High Plains Road until it drops down below the dam wall. Ascend the other side to the base of Heathy Spur.
  2. Follow the signed and marked trail along Heathy Spur until the intersection with Big River Fire Trail.
Stage 2
Heathy Spur Junction with Big River Fire Trail to Slalom Plaza

Retrace your steps to Falls Creek as per Stage 1 above

Water is available at the junction of Heathy Spur and Big River Fire Trail and at the finish.