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Redwoods Rush 25km*
*final turn around loop route approx 1.5km within Redwoods not exact on this file. Follow course signage at that location (there is also an aid station).
FRIDAY 8th MARCH
Registration @ Warburton Footy Oval 3pm-8pm
SATURDAY 9th March
Registration @ Warburton Footy Oval 5.45am - 9.30am
50km Lumberjack Ultra 6.15am bus 7.30am start 3pm finish
25km Redwoods Rush 8.30am
5km River Rapid Run 9.30am
Film TBC 6.30pm Warburton Mechanics Hall, Main Street (next to cinema)
SUNDAY 10th March
Registration – Warburton Footy Oval 6.30am - 9.15am
22km Donna Double Wave One 8am start Wave Two 8.30am start
14km Sawmill Grove Run 8.45am start
5km River Rapid Run 9am start
Live music – Cog Café from 7pm
Registration – COG Cafe 6.30pm-7.45pm
9km Little Joe’s Terror Night Run 8pm start from Cog Cafe
MONDAY 11th March
3km Lilo Dash ‘n Derby / start from Footy Club 10am*
*Lilos can be pre-purchased via registration or BYO – any inflatable that can float YOU will suffice. We suggest sturdy ones that can take a rock bruising, 'surf lilos' or tyre tubes are perfect. One person per inflatable. Children U/12 require adult supervision.
Presos @ Warburton Footy Oval
Event Close 12 noon
Warburton Footy Oval – Clubrooms
Warburton Caravan Park
SATURDAY 9th MARCH 2019
50km LUMBERJACK RUN
ASCENT: 1200m (approx)
The tourism bods call the trail the "Walk Into History" due to its heritage as an old lumberjack's route the linked Warburton and the mountainous logging forests between Big Pats Creek and Powelltown to the south. But bugger walking... we'll call it the "Run Into History" instead! Actually, we'll call it the Lumberjack Run in honour of wild tales of wild logger men who used to fell giants – some of the biggest trees in the world at the time – and then literally run out of the bush back into Warburton so they could play football (on the oval that will be our event HQ), get drunk that night, and then plow back up the track into forest after church on Sunday (hard drinkin', hard playin', hard prayin' men these were! They had sins to make up for...), ready for another week of saw milling.
Runners will begin in the small milling village of Powelltown (make your own way to the start line or book one of the event-provided buses when you register, so you can leave your car in Warburton at the finish – there is no public or event transport back to Powelltown). From Powelltown, the run jumps straight on to the Walk/Run Into History trail, paralleling and twice crossing the main road to Noojee (take care). This 11km or so of trail is relatively flat, following old tramlines through thickets of forest once out of the village. Turning north, the trail gets spectacularly pretty in amongst giant ferns before getting spectacularly steep: a near 500m vertical ascent in only 3km with grades of around 30%. Reckon you can run it? Nah!
At around 25km, runners reach a T-junction, taking the sharp right to complete an out-and-back to the famous Ada Tree. This is one of the largest living trees in the state (as opposed to the tallest). A giant Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), it is estimated to be over 300 years old and towers over the surrounding rainforest in the headwaters of the Little Ada River. There is a spectacular loop walk to Ada worth returning to investigate, however we don't have permission to use the access trail – still, the out and back is equally stunning and also passes old milling relics from the days when lumberjacks ran these trails.
From the Ada Tree, it's a return run to the junction on onward back west, heading to Starlings Gap, and a major aid station at roughly 30km, before a long gentle bomb down for a quad-testing ten kilometres before you pop out at the small, beautiful settlement of Big Pats Creek.
Now steel yourself – there's a little bit of unavoidable (quiet country) road to pace yourself on as you head towards Warburton along Big Pats Creek Road, taking a left at Riverside Drive. Not too far along (a few kays) we're punting you through a river crossing (hello soothing waters of the Yarra!), and back on to trail (ahhh), which you'll stay on until the end. From here it's a meandering, flat, riverside run, coming in to the rear of the Warburton Caravan Park. Run through it – be respectful of its residents (which may be you for the weekend if you're camping!). Soon enough you're punted under a bridge, onto more riverside trail leading you eventually to the Warburton Football Oval and the finish line. If you're as tough as the loggers of yore, lace up some boots and have a kick of the footy. If not, just have a beer... you running lumberjack you.
SATURDAY 9th MARCH 2019
25km REDWOODS RUSH
ASCENT: 890m (approx)
This one's a blast. A fast blast. So if you're not up for the ultra distance and don't want to be hit by too many hills, this is your beast. It's based on the mostly flat O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail, which scoots along the northern flank of the Warburton Valley, an old access trail for the aqueduct that used to be the delivery channel for much of water in Melbourne's east. It sidles along eastward towards O'Shannassy Weir, but we'll only take you as far as the magnificent Redwoods Forest, a hidden gem out at a place called Cement Creek. This is an out-and-back, but the trail is double track (see aerial image below), so there's plenty of passing space, and it is stunning, surrounded as you are by huge mountain ash and quite incredible fern tree walls that rise up to dwarf you at certain bends. It may be flat but it's still pretty wild!
Oh – and you do have to watch the hill at the beginning as we route you up Martyrs Rd, just one of the steepest residential streets in the Southern Hemisphere. It's short, however, and you nail it not long after leaving the Warburton Football Club, having run some sweet single track riverside. Then it's the out-and-back to the Redwoods, with a short loop through the towering trees that are one of Victoria's few remaining remnants of experiments to grow Californian Redwoods. These ones were planted by the Board of Works about1930. Included in the stand is Bishop Pine, Douglas Fir and Californian Redwood. Further plantings of Radiata Pine, Western Red Cedar and Redwood took place in 1960–63. There are over 1476 trees ranging from 20 metres to the giants stretching 55 metres into the sky. Worth running to... but run fast as this one is likely to attract some speedsters! (or get your support crew to meet you out at the Redwoods for a quick mid-run picnic if you're planning on going at a more civilised pace).
SATURDAY 9th MARCH 2019
5km RAPID RIVER RUN #1
ASCENT: 80m (approx)
This one is classic Warburton: groomed single track (check image below), some little lumps and bumps and swoops to keep this interesting, but a sensational loop run that skirts the Yarra River all the way! A great introduction to Warburton township and the delights of its Yarra River setting... and a great one for the kids or an adult fun run cruise.
SUNDAY 10th MARCH 2019
22km DONNA DOUBLE
ASCENT: 1333m (approx)
So, here it is, yes a vertical kilometre (lower case V & K... we're not looking for any official Skyrun accreditation here, what we are saying is that you rise a vertical kilometre when you run this one. In only 8km. It's just maths). The total distance up to the top of Donna is 11km, but you ping the 1000m vertical mark at 8km. Then you punch through some stunning tall eucalyptus and fern forest on Mt Victoria, before popping out at the summit of Mt Donna Buang (1250m ASL). And then? Well... the run's not over. No, no, no, dear runner. Yep, you HAVE to run back down again (insert evil villain laughter here). Yes. It's gonna hurt your quads. #sorrynotsorry. Did we mention as part of this run you will take on one of the Southern Hemisphere's steepest residential streets. We didn't? Forget I said anything... You'll love it. Trust us.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDS START TIMES and WAVE SET UP FOR DONNA DOUBLE:
There are TWO wave starts for this event. It is extremely important that you allocate yourself into the correct wave start when you register online and that on the day you stick to your allocated wave.
This is primarily for your safety and also your and everyone's running enjoyment!
The reason for two wave starts is due to the out and back nature of the course and the steep single track section from KM 2.5 to KM 8.5. We want to ensure that none of the faster runners end up barreling down this section while slower runners are still ascending this section. Hence, we have designed the wave starts and the course to ensure that by the time the lead runners (indeed any runner) get back to the start of the steep descent, that all slower participants have already passed through the 8.5km mark and therefore are all on safer, undulating trails when and if there is any crossover of runners still going towards the summit and those already heading back down the mountain.
The two wave starts are half an hour apart.
The FIRST WAVE is for those running a SLOWER pace. It is MOST important that faster runners DO NOT select this wave. This wave will set off at 8am. As a guide, anyone who runs a half marathon in MORE than 2 hours 40 mins should select this Wave One.
The SECOND WAVE is for those running FASTER paces. this wave will set off at 8.30am. As a guide, anyone who runs a 2hr 40min or less half marathon should select this wave.
Again, the idea here is that the faster runners will overtake the slower runner all on the ascent / uphill section, meaning everyone is moving slower (power walking - there are some sections most will not run on!) and therefore it is easy and safe to pass. And it will mean that any and all crossover of fast traffic heading back into slower traffic will take place up high on the mountain where it is undulating and there is more room on trail = safer and less annoying for all!
So please be honest and realistic in selecting your wave. Either a slower runner in the fast wave or a fast runner in the slow wave will ruin it for all! So be courteous!
SUNDAY 10th MARCH 2019
14km SAWMILL GROVE RUN
ASCENT: 350m (approx)
So this run is a fun, fast and flowy one, put on for those who don't want to murder their legs on the Donna Double or have a fear of leeches. Like the Donna Double and the Redwood Rush, it leaves the Footy Oval, meanders alongside the Yarra River and then punches you up the Southern Hemisphere's steepest residential street (others claim it, too, but whatever you Kiwis and Taswegians). A little steep trail after that you pull off right onto the flat O'Shannassay Aqueduct and stride out towards the small milling township of Millgrove. Sawmill Grove. You'll see it. It's in a grove. See what we did with this one? Anyway, you'll come to a lookout over Millgrove (take a look, see it), and then turn around. Yep this is an out-and-back, but it's a nice cruisey one with a great view that reminds us of Italian valleys full of wine. Only we're not in Italy. And there's no wineries in Millgrove. Just a mill. A sawmill. It's pretty. Go run it.
SUNDAY 10th MARCH 2019
5km RAPID RIVER RUN #2
ASCENT: 80m (approx)
Just like the Rapid River Run on Saturday, this one is classic Warburton. Maybe because it's exactly the same run. Maybe we'll reverse the direction for kicks, just in case someone decides to run both of them. It's been designed to give those runners wanting a shorter distance who cannot make it on Saturday, something to run on Sunday. We're good like that – trying to please everyone. It's a great run. Even hardcore fans will love it, because it feels fast. But you don't HAVE to run it fast. You can be slow. There's no pressure or cut offs. Yay for inclusiveness. (Yes, we voted YES!).
SUNDAY 10th MARCH 2019
9km LITTLE JOE'S NIGHT TERROR NIGHT RUN
Terror? Ahhh sheesh – it's not that bad. Except for that 'wall' that shoots up to the summit. How the hell did the bulldozer drag its arse straight up something that steep? Whoaaaa! Ouch. But now you're at the top, it's a doddle. Sort of. Loop around and then back down the 'Backstairs Track' you ran up on the way here. Join up with a nice flat stretch of the Warburton Rail Trail and you're back to the Cog Bike Cafe, running directly into a party with live music and a feed and frothy. Yesss... that's the way to do a night run. Short, sharp and fun. Bring your headlamp (it's mandatory).
MONDAY 11th MARCH 2019
3km DASH 'N LILO DERBY
ASCENT: 50m approx. (the run part, the river flows downhill)
Never heard of a trail run event incorporating a lilo derby? Neither had we so we thought, innovators that we are, the world NEEDS one. I mean, what a way to cool off after a massive ultra 1.5km trail run? You'll run from the football oval on a trail that leads you to the Caravan Park. Reaching the allowed put in point (that's fancy lilo speak for where you get on the river with your lilo). And downstream you go. You are a LILO PILOT! Yesssssss... always wanted to be a pilot! It's another1.5km downstream back to the footy oval, where you will exit riverbank left (ah, lilo pilot nomenclature makes us sound so damn outdoorsy), and a short spurt back to the final finish line of the entire festival. BYO flotation device (we suggest a hardy version that won't pop on the first rock it encounters) or you can order one when you register online. Lilos will be collected on the morning of the event (we suggest writing your name on it or tying something on that will make it easy to recognise – ever tried finding your lilo in amongst 100?) and transported to the put in. You MUST wear a helmet and shoes when in the river. a PFD and/or a wetsuit is not mandatory, but you might like it. Knee and elbow pads – well, if you're a safety-first kinda person. The rocks are hard and you will bump and scrape your way down. The river is not overly deep and you can stand up most of the way so watch your ankles.