DRH 50km course map and description

The race committee has been out exploring the beautiful Tarra-Bulga National Park over winter to set the very best courses for 2014. Conditions have been very varied, with some dumps of snow at Mt Tassie and Balook, but also some lovely T-Shirt only days just recently. The 50km course will remain the same as the 2013 course, and will again form the first loop of the full 100km course and first team relay leg. Will we see anyone challenge Magnus Michelssons' course record of 4hrs17mins?

The course begins with a clockwise loop of the Suspension bridge track, through some of the most magical rain-forest you could imagine. Then heading south to Bulga Park road, where there is a small section past recent eucalyptus plantation harvesting, then a long descent down into Tarra Valley. A small run up the valley road before the Butlers track climb, the steepest and roughest part of the whole 100km course. Finally the climbing eases off as the course nears 700m elevation and a quick descent take you back to the Grand Ridge Rd. Another long descent all the way into Traralgon Creek consists of 6km of fast running on a smooth fire road. You might have to get wet feet before crossing Traralgon Creek Rd, and then there is another solid climb for 8km up to the 30km aid station at Taylor Rd. There is a fast 5km slightly downhill along Taylors Road before turning off onto Track for another steeper 3km descent back to Traralgon Creek Rd. There are great views along here of Mt Tassie, the 100km runners will be running there in another 60km! The final ascent begins, and its a big one, 8.7km at 5% and the steepest part is near the top. With just a few more short ups and downs and plenty more tree ferns to brush your arms and you will cross Grand Ridge Rd again and return into Balook visitors centre via the suspension bridge.

Here is a map of what to expect from the 50km course.