The Mt Tassie section of the Grand Strzelecki Track was used twice during the 2013 Duncan's Run Hundred. Since adding the new Mack's Creek trail to the course, the full 100km course only needs to climb Mt Tassie once. Another difference will be the loop is run anti-clockwise this year. At 720m in elevation Mt Tassie is the highest point of the Strzelecki Ranges, and on a clear day there are great views to Latrobe Valley and Mt Baw Baw range in the north, and Bass Strait and Wilson's Promontory in the South.
The 25km course will be the final loop for the full 100km course, and also the 3rd leg of the teams relay. There will be no solo race for this course.
Heading north from the Visitors Centre (like the first 2 loops), the course crosses Grand Ridge Rd after 1km and continues north for another 3km. After leaving the national park boundary you cross the Traralgon-Balook Rd and then enter Duff's Trail. 3km of single track heaven through the most amazing forest, this is one of the highlights of the course. An with the change in direction most runners will complete this section before dark. After Duff's Trail, turn right onto Old Calignee South Road and enjoy the gentle downhill running for 3km before turning left onto some smaller plantation roads. A small creek crossing (perhaps dry in December) will signal the climbing starts again, this time it won't stop all the way to Mt Tassie summit.
Enjoy the view, and perhaps sunset before crossing Traralgon-Balook Rd again and descending a nice fact trail for 7km to the landslip site. The final big climb of the course is a tough one, but solo runners will know what to expect as the route is the same as the finish of the 50km course. Once again over The Grand Ridge Rd, across the swing bridge and a short climb to the finish.
Those with good maths brains may have worked out that 50km + 28k + 25km does not equal 100km. Yes the full distance is about 103km, so think of it as 3% bonus at no extra cost :-)
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