Peaks & Trails Run is a massive weekend of foot racing starting and finishing in the picturesque town of Dunkeld, just south of the Grampians National Park.
There is a range of events held over the weekend, the most popular being the 6.2km Mt Abrupt challenge in which runners will need to climb this amazing mountain.
Peaks & Trails Run 2021 Race Dates, Mt Abrupt & Grampians, Dunkeld
There is a range of races that participants can choose from. On Saturday is the famous 6.2km Mt Abrupt Challenge starting at 12pm and on Sunday there will be a 50km ultra-marathon (from 7am), a 26km trail run (from 8.30am), a 22km trail run (from 8.30am), an 11km trail run (from 9.30pm), a 6.4km trail run (from 9.45am) and a 1km Kids Dash (from 10am). Participants must be at least 18 years of age to compete, except for the 6.4km race, 11km race and Kids Dash. However, it is recommended that children under 8 years of age are accompanied by an adult.
The courses will be marked and trail surfaces generally consist of open woodland with dirt tracks, tree roots, rocks and sand. Runners should make sure to carry their own snacks for the race as well as at least 500mls of water but note there will also be water stations located along all the courses.
The Mt Abrupt challenge will climb over 400 metres, with the race starting at the Mt. Abrupt car park. Runners will make their way up the mountain for 3.1kms before retracing their steps back down to the car park. You must register in advance for the Mt. Abrupt Challenge, as no registrations will be taken on the day. You can, however, register for the 6.4km and 11km events on the day.
So make sure to register if you are interested in this event. Spectators can enjoy the beautiful town of Dunkeld and cheer on many of the participants from around the Royal Mail Hotel precinct.