race dates and times

The 2018 Duncan’s Run will be held on Saturday the 24th of March

All races start from the Balook Visitor Centre, Grand Ridge Road, Balook.

The 50km race will start at 8:00am (race briefing at 7:45am).

The 21km race will start at 8:10am (race briefing at 7:45am).

 The 6km race starts at 8:30am (race briefing at 8:20am).

Click here to download the "DR2018 Event Information" summary  document


Cut-offs will be applied for each checkpoint – each checkpoint will be at the Balook Visitor Centre. Cut-offs will be strictly enforced and any runner not able to leave a checkpoint before the designated cut-off time will be removed from the race.

The following cut-off times apply for entrants in 50km event only:

  • Entry to Loop 2:  not allowed 4 hours after the official start time.
  • 50km Race Completion:  Entrants passing the finish line more than 9 hrs after the official start time will not receive an official time and will be awarded a "did not finish" (DNF).


Printed maps will be distributed to entrants of the 50km and 21km races upon registration at race headquarters. Digital maps may be downloaded via the links below.

AVENZA digital MAPS for your mobile device

Don't get lost out there!

The course is well marked, but it's easier than ever to stay on course with our digital maps. First, you will need to install "AVENZA MAPS" onto your mobile device. 


Then, simply open the AVENZA App, click  on  "+" 

Click on the QR Code symbol in the App and then aim your camera at this QR code.


Your course map should download and display in the AVENZA App.  

Race options

Duncan's Run can be completed in the following distance options:

  • 50 km — Solo
  • 21 km — Solo
  • 6 km — Solo

Please note that the 100km Solo run will not be running at this year's event.

ITRA and UTMB evaluation

The International Trail Running Association has introduced a new race evaluation service. This service introduces a major updating of ITRA points (now a 1 to 6 scale) and new evaluation criteria called "Mountain" and "Finisher". For full details on the updated ranking system please check here.

The main benefit of DRH being evaluated by the ITRA is that runners can easily compare the difficulty of different races both in Australia and around the world. And for entry purposes to events such as the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc held in Chamonix, France and is regarded as the foremost ultra distance trail event in the World. For more details on qualifying for UTMB check here

For a list of events and opening dates around the world check the ITRA Calendar.

Duncan's Run Hundred 50km Ultra

Evaluation Criteria:  TBA

Duncan's Run Hundred 21km Ultra

Evaluation Criteria: TBA


Accommodation options

For any runners or spectators looking to travel to the area we can recommend the following local places of accommodation. 

Fernholme Caravan Park

Fernholme Caravan Park can provide 7 cabins.  The Caravan park is 12km (about 10-15 min away) from Tarra Bulga

1906 Tarra Valley Rd, Victoria.
Call +61 (0)3 5186 1283

Tarra-Bulga Guest House & Lyrebird Cafe

1885 Grand Ridge Road Balook, 3971
Call +61 (0)3 5196 6141