Training Runs and Groups


To make training for the Surf Coast Century as achievable as possible we’ve gathered the following resources to provide you with some assistance and structure for your preparation.

We also know that training on the course and training with other like-minded runners makes it all a lot easier, so we’ve listed below some recommended training runs on the Surf Coast, we’ve set dates for specific course training days and compiled the details of some running groups that anyone can hook up with.


Training loop runs on the Surf Coast Century Course

The Surf Coast Century course is all on public land (most of it is in National Park) and is freely open to train on in the months leading up to the race so we encourage as many runners as possible to come down and ‘test the water’ before race day.

To make this easy we have identified some training loops along sections of the course, written some descritive notes and put it all on a map you can download and take with you. The training run loops vary from 10km through to 24km and are beautiful runs in their own right and are ideal for those visiting the area looking for a great run.

(We are also gathering GPS files of each run for you to download and then follow on your watch / phone...)

LEG 1 AND 2 - 0km - 50km Course and training map

LEG 3 AND 4 - 50km - 100km Course and training map

(If you do any of these runs then please send us your GPS plot so we can make these available for people to download as well. Send to


Paid coaching sessions

Our event ambassadors Dave Eadie and Nikki Wynd from The Running Man will host two paid coaching sessions on the course in the lead up to the event. Each day will include an information session about things such as training programs, running pace and efficiency, race nutrition, equipment with plenty of Q and A time to ask these two about your own issues. They will also include a run on sections of the course in a coordinated, group environment.

The 2017 dates are currently to be confirmed - check back soon.

Contact David directly to ask for more info via

Group training runs runs on the course

Rapid Ascent in conjunction with the Surf Coast Trail Runners will be facilitating four informal group training runs along sections of the course in the months leading up to the race that are free and open for anyone to attend. These sessions will be group runs with everyone running at their own pace (or with your friends…!) but in the knowledge that there are other runners gathering to do the same thing at the same time. The runs will be free to attend and on the day we’ll coordinate shuttle drivers back to get back to cars.

We conducted these for the first time in 2016 and they were VERY popular with 50+ runners attending each session!

Over the 4 runs we will cover the entire 100km Surf Coast Century course.

The confirmed dates for these are:

  • Sunday 28 May: Leg 1, Anglesea to Torqua. meet at 7:15am
  • Sunday 25 June: Leg 2, Torquay to Anglesea
  • Sunday 16 July: Leg 3, Anglesea to Moggs Creek
  • Sunday 13 August : Leg 4, Moggs Creek to Anglesea

Please register your interest and remain up to date with any changes via the Surf Coast Century facebook event page here.

*** We would love some helpers to assist us delivering these runs - please contact if you are interested (we have goodies we can give you!)


Running groups

There are more and more (trail) running groups out there, all of whom are very welcoming of new runners and supportive of those tackling an ultra marathon. Listed below are a few of the more active Victorian groups but with a bit of searching I’m sure you’ll find some other runners near you no matter where you live.

SURF COAST: Join up with our local trail run group all of whom are very passionate active out on the trails. In fact the Surf Coast Trail Runners have nearly adopted the Century as their own and provide us with a huge amount of support during the event. Visit their facebook page here.

Other active trail runnign groups in Melbourne:

Many road running clubs will also venture out on the trail. For a list of potential clubs to approach see:

Where else to train

Surf Coast Walk

The Surf Coast Century race course uses some sections of the Surf Coast Walk. This makes it accessible on race day but also provides some safe and clearly marked routes for training runs in the lead up to the race.

Download a free map of the Surf Coast walk from Connect on

Trail running areas around Melbourne

There are plenty of easy, non-technical trails within reach of most households in suburban Melbourne. The banks of the Yarra, from inner city stretching all the way out to Warrandyte, are fertile ground for trail running (lucky those who live in the north east). Other options of varying quality include:

  • Yarra Bend and Yarra River – lots of trails on offer here from short loops to longer stretches linking some single track section all the way along the Yarra.
  • Westgate Park – short loops only
  • Banksia Park, Bulleen – short loops
  • Westerfolds Park, Templestowe – loops
  • Plenty Gorge Park – some great loops in a surprisingly beautiful pocket of nature up north
  • Yarra Flats, Bulleen – part of the Yarra Trail, can link to Westerfolds Park.
  • Warrandyte State Park – riverside again, but pretty wild for an urban area
  • Lysterfield Park – some awesome single track, watch for mountain bikers.
  • Braeside Park, Braeside – short loops
  • Mullum Mullum – those entrenched in the eastern suburbs around Ringwood can check out the odd trail around the Mullum Mullum Eastlink Tunnel – Hillcrest Reserve through to Yarran Dheran. Not all dirt, but trees at least. Ignore the sound of traffic.
  • Dandenong Valley Parklands – longer stuff in a corridor of green from Boronia Road to Wellington Road in the south, includes Jells Park, Nortons Park & Shepherds Bush among others - easy to get in some longer stuff here flat as it is.
  • Dandenong National Park incl Sherbrooke Forest, Thousand Steps (busy) – a plethora of choices, long or short, hilly and all stunning
  • Karkarook Park, Moorabbin – you can make up about 6km of loop running (Melways map 78 E7)
  • Smiths Gully/St Andrews/Kinglake area – an abundance of choices as the suburbs peter out and real bush begins.
  • The Bay Trails – anyone heading Brighton way and south can link up a few trails on the bay, with sections of dirt found hugging waterside from South Road all the way to Mordialloc – you can also then go inland along the river and hook into the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands. Okay, this is desperate trail running, but any dirt in a storm..
  • Mornington Peninsula National Park – plenty of options including the Two Bays Walking Trail, Mornington Peninsula; so good it has its own trail running race!
  • Arthurs Seat National Park – some hilly stuff, views and good loops everywhere. Part of the Two Bays Trail linking to Mornington National Park.
  • Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve, near Frankston - longer loops
  • The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve, near Frankston – heathland loops
  • Maribyrnong Valley Park – including Brimbank Park, Greenvale Reservoir and Horseshoe Bend Farm; lots of loops
  • You Yangs – lots of hills, plenty of longer trails (there’s a trail running festival held here!)
  • Woodlands Historic Park, via Tullamarine – flat but worth a crack
  • Cheetham Wetlands/Point Cook Coastal Park, Altona – flat but a few trails including those either side of Skeleton Creek and running north east behind Altona Meadows to Truganina and Doug Grant Reserves.
  • Williamstown – has a good trail from the main street west heading to Altona Coastal Park. You can link up and run (not all trail mind you) past Seaholme and into the Cheetham Wetlands area.



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