Race 3 - Silvan

Race 3 Course Description

Race 3 at Silvan is often rated as everyone's favourite event thanks to the beautiful scenery and sense of satisfaction at the finish line - but it's not easy running out there so be prepared!.

For those runners who participated in Race 1 and 2 you should be aware that all courses at Silvan are harder than the earlier races in the series! It is not that the terrain is rougher but there are some significant hills that will cause you to change down a gear or two. Don’t be afraid... be prepared and you will love it!

We are also thrilled to include a new KIDS RUN as part of the race 3 events at Silvan - designed for kids aged up to 12yrs this is a great way to get involved when you're young! Click here for more

The courses

Le Bent Long Course: 21km, approx 750m elevation gain / loss
Medium course: 15.5km, approx 680m elevation gain / loss
Short Course: 7.2km, approx 250m elevation gain / loss
NEW Kids Run: 2.2km (small loop to/from Event Expo area)

Course map

Elevation profiles

Le Bent Long Course:

Medium Course:

Short Course:

Course description

The courses will basically be the same as those raced in 2016...

Le Bent Long Course – 21km

All runners will gather in the start / finish chute in Silvan Regional Park in the wide grassy parkland facing away from the dam wall. Once under way, runners cross Stonyford Road and then veer right to pass around the back of some water tanks and then continue up a gradual hill on a wide double track. Soon after a left hand turn, the track descends down a gradual hill on a nice single track through the forest to re-emerge back at the water tanks for a short section of double up where you keep right and continue along more single-track running through the fern trees.

At the 4.2km point you will emerge onto a wide 2WD track and turn right for a short loop before turning right to climb the HIIT Factory Hill Climb that will see you climb 120m in the distance of just 500m. After this steep heart-starter and descent you have a long, gradual climb on a mixture of grassy 4WD tracks and single track up hill and into the RJ Hamer Arboretum area where previous races went through. Other than a short section up KC Track much of this should be runnable right to the top at the Arboetrum car park.

From here its anchors-away for a flying descent back down into the Stoneyford Valley. There is a final climb to the edge of the reservoir catchment and then its downhill back to the road and into the finish chute at the base of dam wall. Enjoy!!

 

Medium Course - 15.5km

The medium course is very similar to the long course but just misses some of the earlier sections of the long course.

All runners will gather in the start / finish chute in Silvan Regional Park in the wide grassy parkland facing away from the dam wall. Once under way, runners turn left on Stonyford Road and soon after right and straight onto the ‘HIIT Factory Hill Climb’ where you join the long course route. This nasty hill will see you climb 120m in the distance of just 500m. Run all this and you are a champion!

After this steep heart-starter and descent you have a long, gradual climb on a mixture of grassy 4WD tracks and single track up hill and into the RJ Hamer Arboretum area where the 2016 races went through. Other than a short section up KC Track much of this should be runnable right to the top at the Arboetrum car park.

From here its anchors-away for a flying descent back down into the Stoneyford Valley. There is a final climb to the edge of the reservoir catchment and then its downhill back to the road and into the finish chute at the base of dam wall. Enjoy!!

Short Course - 7km

All runners will gather in the start / finish chute in Silvan Regional Park in the wide grassy parkland facing away from the dam wall. Once under way, runners cross Stonyford Road and then veer right to pass around the back of some water tanks and then continue up a gradual hill on a wide double track. Soon after a left hand turn, the track descends down a gradual hill on a nice single track through the forest to re-emerge back at the water tanks for a short section of double up where you keep right and continue along more single-track running through the fern trees.

At the 4.2km point you will emerge onto a wide 2WD track and soon after commence the ‘HIIT Factory Hill Climb' that will see you climb 120m in the distance of just 500m. With lactic-acid-legs its a steep, 800m descent down a 4WD track to then turn left for the final 1km that follows the trail along the side of the Olinda Creek and cross the road and into the finish chute at the base of the dam wall. Great work!

new KIDS COURSE - 2KM

We have designed a fun and safe course for kids that will give them a taste for the trail running we all love so much. The course includes plenty of single track and scenic terrain and will be well supervised by race marshals to help ensure the kids are OK. We recommend that adults / parents do not run with your child but let them experience it for themselves and grow their independence.

Course description: All kids will gather in the start / finish chute in Silvan Regional Park in the wide grassy parkland facing away from the dam wall. Once under way, kids cross Stonyford Road and then veer right to pass around the back of some water tanks and then continue left up a gradual hill on a wide double track (Olinda Creek Track) for about 900m. Kids look out for the big arrow (and marshal) pointing them RIGHT (FYI, long and short course conitinue straight). Kids follow a short winding loop on the Messmate track that leads them on to the final stages of the Long and Short courses and into the finish shoot at the parkland. Well done!

Marshals will be positioned in key places to encourage kids along the way.

Please note, this run is NOT a race! It is purely participation-based to get the kids involved in this inspiring event weekend. Participants will receive a race plate however the event is NOT timed.

Water points

Water points will have cups of water and sports hydration available. Please take only what you can drink and place your cup in a bin afterwards. We encourage you to bring a reusable cup with you.

Short course: NO water point on the short course.
Medium course: TWO water points on the medium course located at approximately the 4.5km and 10.5km points.
Le Bent Long course: TWO water points on the long course that will be located at approximately the 10km and 16km points.
Finish line: Water and sports hydration available at the finish line (no cups!) - please BYO cup/bottle or reusable cup (can also be purchased at event).

The HIIT Factory Hill Climb

The HIIT Factory Hill Climb is a short but very steep hill that all courses ascend during your races (previously called the Hill from Hell!) It is no more than 500m long but climbs 120m vertical metres and will definitely get your heart, legs and lungs pumping. Your HIIT Factory Hill Climb times will be published in the results and we’ll award a great prize to the fastest male and female to add to the fun!

Check out the details of the HIIT Factory’s high intensity sessions to help your cross-training!

 

 

Course marking

Trail running events are quite different to road running events in that they require you to look and think about where you are going because, not only will you pass through some lovely wilderness, but you need to KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR COURSE MARKINGS. Trail running courses are not lined with fences or red and white flagging tape and will not have marshals every 10m ready to hand you a drink and direct you where to go every step of the way - you need to keep an eye out for and follow the course markings to make your way around.

Having said that, if you have your head up and are looking where you are going the course will be easy to follow and will be marked as follows:

Le Bent Long Course:

  • red and/or orange arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • fluoro pink coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground

Medium Course:

  • green arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • green coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground

Short Course:

  • blue arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • aqua blue coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground.

Please be aware that the long, medium and short courses come together and separate throughout each race so keep a close eye out for the course markings for your route so you don’t go the wrong way.

All track intersections will be clearly marked and care should be taken to follow the arrows. Surveyor’s tape will be placed immediately following a track junction to confirm you are on the correct track. Track markings on the longer, straighter sections, where there are no other options or intersections will be far more spread out so take your time at the intersections to make sure you are on the right track. Unless otherwise marked or directed, competitors should follow the most major track at all intersections. If there is no arrow at a minor track junction then continue along the major track.

Passing etiquette

With a large number of runners sharing a narrow trail there are a few points of common etiquette when it comes to passing a runner on the trail that we’d like all participants to be aware of. If you are a faster runner who wants to pass a slower runner on a narrow bit of track:

  • Let the slower runner know you are there and want to pass. Say something like, “Can I go past when there’s a chance...” or even ”Track please” if you’re short of breath. Then wait for a wider section of track – don’t just barge on through
  • The slower runner can then say, “OK, go past on the right” or “just up here it’s a bit wider, go there”. But it’s good to acknowledge that you heard them and give direction for when they can go past
  • It’s also nice for the faster runner to say, “thank you, keep going” once you’re past – share the love
  • If you are going to pass then make sure you are actually faster, don’t pass if you are pushing 120% effort to get around them and then slow down afterwards
  • Slower runners don’t feel like you need to totally stop and bow down as a faster runner comes through, make space but keep trotting along as well.
 
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