Run alongside the emus and kangaroos on this non-technical trail run through the Gunbower National Park. The course for the Gannawarra Shire Council 12.5km Trail Run is mostly off-road and is an ideal introduction to trail running. If you’re not quite sure about running the half, this shorter course is the one for you. It’s flat and takes you along the dirt tracks of this stunning bush setting.
- Race entry
- Race bib with timing chip
- Safety pins
- Water stations on course
- Finishers medal
MANDATORY EQUIPMENT: All entrants in the half marathon and 12.5km trail runs MUST carry water. Officials will check you at the start line.
The start line is on Island Road, near the Cohuna Clay Target Club and adjacent to Daltons Bridge (see Event Info page for directions). Runners will run roughly 300m along the bitumen road before turning right onto Nursery Track and entering the Gunbower National Park. From this point, the course is all dirt track. The course winds through the national park for 11km before emerging onto Island Road at the Second Oval gate (opposite the caravan park entrance). Island Road is bitumen and this will take you into the finish line at the town bridge.
The track is a dirt vehicular bush track and as such, can be uneven. If it has rained it can be wet, slippery and boggy in places. There will be the odd pot hole, stick, branch and stones, and even kangaroo and emu poo, so runners should be mindful to look at the road surface as they are running, as well as enjoying the surrounds. At no point does our course leave these tracks and go through the bush. You may see what appear to be walking tracks leading off the roads – these are kangaroo tracks, and while the kangaroos know where they are going, we don’t recommend you use this time to explore! See below for a detailed map and names of tracks.
When emerging onto Island Road a marshal will direct you to cross to the left hand side of Island Road. Participants still on the Island Road section of the course at 9.30am will need to stick to the very left of the road, and may even be directed onto the gravel walking track, as the cycling events begin. Please listen to, and follow, marshal instructions for your safety and that of other participants.
NOTE: If COVID-19 restrictions prevent us from running the event in-person, all events will be run virtually (at your own location within a set time-frame). Medals will be distributed but no trophies will be awarded for place-getters.
We will have some marshals on course, but most of the course will be marked using blue surveyors tape hanging and tied to trees. It will be placed periodically along continuous sections of track, as well as at intersecting tracks to indicate which turn to take. Red and white tape will be placed across roads that are out of bounds. Do NOT cross any red and white tape. It is important you follow the orange tape to avoid running the wrong course.
Look for these course markings:
- Blue arrows and blue crosses
- Blue tape strung from trees
- Red and white tape across no access areas
Course directions and map
Start point, Island Rd (adjacent to Daltons Bridge and the clay target club).
From Island Rd, the course enters the Gunbower National Park and runs along the following roads:
Left onto Wee Wee Rup Track
Left onto Mawsons Track
Left onto Log Hauler Track
Left onto Half Way Stump Rd
Merge left onto Rifle Butt Rd and into the Gunbower State Forest
Right OFF Rifle Butt Rd and run through the old mill, emerging onto Mill Rd
Right along the creek and onto the Second Oval (this is the name of the oval)
Exit the state forest onto Island Rd at the Second Oval gate (opposite the caravan park entrance). A marshal will ensure you enter and cross to the left side of Island Road safely if the cycling events have begun.
Finish line at town bridge, Cohuna