The Grand Strzelecki Track will be the venue of Gippsland's first 100km ultramarathon running event on 21st December 2013. Duncan's Run-Hundred is a memorial event for Morwell's Duncan Orr who was tragically died earlier this year. Duncan was an influential member of the Traralgon Harriers Athletics Club and is greatly missed by the local community.
The run is based around the tiny village of Balook and the spectacular Tarra-Bulga National Park and adjacent forestry plantations. The course will climb Mt Tassie, the highest peak of the Strzelecki Ranges at 720m above sea level. Here you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking 360 degree views: north across the Latrobe Valley and Great Dividing Range beyond, east towards Longford and the Ninety Mile Beach, south to Wilson’s Promontory and west across the scenic Traralgon Creek valley.
As the course travels deeper into the Strzelecki Ranges, you’ll pass nearby cliffs and waterfalls that punctuate the dense mixed eucalypt forest. Giant Mountain Ash trees, beautiful tree fern gullies and ancient myrtle beeches feature upon reaching the cool temperate rainforest of Tarra-Bulga National Park.
See the devastating impact of 2009’s Black Saturday bushfires and how the forest is faring today. Pass through managed plantations and observe endangered damp forest containing ancient Mountain Grey Gum, Blue Gum and Messmate eucalypts that are now regenerating. You may be lucky to see the famous unique Strzelecki koala.
The run 3 categories
- solo 100km
- solo 50km
- solo 30km
- 100km 3 person relay (50, 30, 20km legs)
The organising commitee is supported by the Traralgon Harriers, organisers of Australia's longest running marathon- The Traralgon Marathon, and also the Walhalla Wound Up 50km event which takes place on 15th September.
Date: 21st Dec 2013 at 6am.
Entry: Online entries opening in September. Cap of 100 runners across all events
GDF Suez Hazelwood