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5—22—36—45 km Alpine Runs

Well, with the run now moved to December we thought we'd try and make it a bit more fun, so it is now Santa's Run—Mt Buller. Come along in your finest Xmas running gear (preferred colours are red and/or green), bring your Santa hat or your reindeer horns and enjoy a festive run as we get into the Christmas spirit.

Just wanted to say a massive thanks for the fantastic event over the weekend, it can’t be easy to pull together. It was really well organised and the volunteers at each aid station were wonderful.
I’ll definitely be looking forward to more of the events with Running Wild!
Mt Buller SkyRun—April 2019

Join us and experience some of the most spectacular alpine trail running within close proximity of Melbourne.

Santa's Run — Mount Buller offers four unique runs:

  1. 5 km short course nature trail to the summit of Mt Buller offering stunning views of the Crosscut, Mt Howitt, Mt Magdala, Hells Window and The Bluff
  2. 22 km introductory trail run from Mount Buller to Mount Stirling and back
  3. 36 km mid distance course from Mount Buller to Mount Stirling and then a quad busting descent to the Delatite River before a gut wrenching 1200 m climb to the summit of Mount Buller.
  4. 45 km ultra course which takes in Mount Stirling, Craigs Hut, great views over the Crosscut Saw and the Bluff, a scenic jog along the banks of the Delatite River and a final crushing climb to the summit of Mount Buller itself before an exhilarating 2 km descent to the finish line.

All up an exhilarating day trip from Melbourne.

Key Information

Date: Sunday 08 December 2024

Location: Mount Buller Alpine Resort

Start/Finish: The Village Square Mount Buller

36/45 km runs

Registration: 06:30 A.M.

Briefing: 06:50 A.M.

Start: 07:00 A.M.

Presentations: 1:00 P.M. in the Village Square

22 km run

Registration: 08:30 A.M.

Briefing: 08:50 A.M.

Start: 09:00 A.M.

Presentations: 1:00 P.M. in the Village Square

5 km run

Registration: 09:30 A.M.

Briefing: 09:50 A.M.

Start: 10:00 A.M.

Presentations: 11:00 A.M. in the Village Square

Pre run Briefing: A pre run briefing will be conducted in the Village Square on the Sunday morning at 06:50 A.M. (36/45 km), 08:50 A.M. (22 km), 09:50 A.M. (5 km). This is a mandatory briefing, no briefing = no start.

Cut offs: 45 km

  • 1:00 P.M. at Mirimbah Park—runners who do not make the Mirimbah cut off will be pulled from the run.
  • 3:00 P.M. at Northside Express—runners who do not make the Northside Express cut off will be directed to the finish line without summiting Mt Buller
  • 5:00 P.M. at the finish line, after that it is a DNF

Equipment: Refer to the Mandatory Safety Gear page

Experience: Runners attempting any of the longer courses must have experience in trail running and have a high degree of fitness. These are tough courses and should not be undertaken without sufficient training.

Navigation: Whilst this is a marked course, participants are expected to have basic map reading skills and determine which way they are going at junctions.

Entries: Online at Santa's Run - Mt Buller Entry.

Entry Fees: 45 km $100 per person, 36 km $95 per person, 22 km $90 per person, 5 km $40 per person. Late entry fees apply for all entries received after 1st December, check the Santa's Run - Mt Buller Entry page.

Age Limit: The minimum age for an entrant is 5 years old in the 5 km distance and 12 years old in the 22 km distance, unless agreed with the Race Director in advance.

Accommodation: There are a range of accommodation options available on Mt Buller including self-contained apartments, comfortable lodges and hostel style beds. Visit the accommodation section of the Mt Buller website or call 1800 BULLER (285 537).