100 mile—100 km—60—36 km Individual—Team—Relay Challenge

The Alpine Challenge is without doubt the toughest, most challenging, most spectacular and rewarding mountain trail run in Australia—if not the southern hemisphere over four distances. The 100 mile (160 km) course takes in 6 major climbs with 7,600 m of ascent and descent including Mt Feathertop, Mt Hotham, Mt McKay, Spion Kopje, Mt Nelse and Victoria’s highest mountain, Mt Bogong plus five river crossings. The 100 km involves over 4,000 m of ascent and descent and the 60 km course over 2,000 m of ascent and descent, whilst for those undertaking the 36 km run you will have over 1,300 m of ascent.

Key Information

Date: Saturday 25 November–Monday 27 November 2017

Location: Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia

Start/Finish: Slalom Plaza, Falls Creek

100 mile/100 km Run

Pre-race check in: 04:10 A.M.

Start time: 04:30 A.M. Saturday

60 km/36 km Run

Pre-race check in: 08:10 A.M.

Start time: 08:30 A.M. Saturday

Time Limit:

  • 100 mile 42 hours
  • 100 km 26 hours
  • 60 km 18 hours
  • 36 km 9 hours

Equipment: Refer to Manadatory Safety Gear

Navigation: Whilst the course is generally unmarked, major decision points (ie points where people have a tendency to go the wrong way) are marked. The course follows bush walking trails and is generally easy to follow using map, course notes and the PDF interactive map (60/100/160 km only), which shows your location on the course in real time on your smartphone. To ensure against technology failure all participants need to be able to navigate with map/compass or GPS. If you are unsure how to use a map and compass check out the link below or go to rogaining or orienteering.

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/01/how-to-use-a-map-and-compass/

Entries: Online Entry

Support/Drop Bags: All local runners in the 100 mile event MUST have their own support crews. 60 and 100 km and interstate and overseas runners can have small drop bags deposited at checkpoints. Runners in the 36 km event do not have access to drop bags.

Accommodation: To book your accommodation at Falls Creek, visit:

http://www.fallscreek.com.au/reservationcentres

Alternatively you may contact Howman’s Gap YMCA —refer Alpine Challenge Entry information. Participants are responsible for organising and paying for their own accommodation.

Registration: from 3 P.M. on Friday—Falls Creek Alpine Resort, Board Room—Slalom Plaza

Dinner/Briefing Friday: Dinner, 2 sittings from 6 P.M.—Falls Creek Alpine Resort—Marquee in main car park opposite Slalom Plaza

Briefing: from 07:30 P.M.

Nearest airports:  Allow 4.5 hours to drive from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport. Participants travelling from the north may prefer to fly into Albury, on the New South Wales – Victoria border. From there, it’s only a 2-hour drive. This is an excellent option if you need to head off after the race.

Car hire: Car hire is available from several providers at all airports. Please check your rental agreement carefully, especially if you are using the car as a crew vehicle. Some companies will not let you drive on unsealed roads, such as the one used to access Pretty Valley (NB: This is a dirt road suitable for 2WD).

Services Both Falls Creek and Mt Beauty have supermarkets, however, if you require specialist items such as race apparel or gas canisters, we recommend you purchase these in Bright, Albury or Melbourne, where there are numerous outdoor stores.

If you are looking for something different, if you want a fantastic run or tough walking against the clock, great scenery, unpredictable weather and to push yourself to the limits, the Alpine Challenge is for you.