Overview - Race 3, Silvan
The Silvan area of the Dandenongs is quite simply a magnificent part of the world and Race 3 is often the highlight of the series for many runners (despite being the hardest races).
We are excitied to announce that the Silvan race will also include a new 2.2km KIDS RUN to let our little champions experience the fun of trail running as well!
When: Sunday 6th August 2017
Where: The Silvan Reservoir Park, Dandenong Ranges
You’ll race along trails that wind through mighty Mountain Ash that seemingly reach to the sky overhead, you’ll run past lush tree ferns and gullies of verdant undergrowth all in the friendly company of the local birdlife, including crimson rosellas, kookaburras and the superb lyrebird.
It’s the toughest (but most rewarding) of the series with all courses being a few kms longer and noticeably hillier in comparison to Races 1 and 2. The trails are still non-technical and runners of all backgrounds will return with smiles from ear to ear - but - prepare yourself for a challenge because these are tough races!
So make sure you join us for Race 3 at Silvan as we step it up, up, up a notch with a challenging but oh-so-rewarding run in a beautiful part of the world!
NEW Kids Run - We love seeing active kids and involving them in all the fun so we've added a kids run as part of the Race 3 event. More details below.
"I had just returned from running an event overseas, and I had to remind myself how stunning the Dandenong Ranges were and how much I loved the route, scenery and environment here! I just loved it!" - Jackie England (2016 participant)
"So well organised. Loved it. Course was brutal and ace fun. Loved jumping over the logs and doing burnouts around the muddy corners." - Milli Troon (2015 participant)
Race 3 preview
Here's a really neat summary of what you can expect for Race 3 at Silvan:
NEW Kids' Run
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. Kids will get to experience everything the adults do with their own start line, their own course and then get to run down the same finish line to the cheers of the crowd – making it an incredible experience for everyone.
The event is designed for kids generally aged 4-10yrs and will be well marked and supervised by our race marshals to help ensure the kids are OK – as such we recommend that adults / parents do not run with your child but let them experience it for themselves and grow their independence.
We have conducted a kids’ run as part of the Surf Coast Century for the last 2 years and now attract over 150 kids so are sure that this event will be just as popular.
Please note, this is a run is NOT a race! It is purely participation-based to get the kids involved in this inspiring event. Participants will receive a race plate however the event is NOT timed and now results will be published.
Click here for details about the kids' run course.
The start / finish area at The Silvan Reservoir takes place in a beautiful parkland at the base of the reservoir dam wall. This large flat area of verdant green grass is flanked by a mixture of eucalypt and deciduous trees that provides a perfect event HQ for everyone.
Things to see and do for spectators:
- There is a playground for kids, permanent toilets and large sealed car parking areas providing good facilities for families.
- There are a range of short and long walking tracks that start and finish from the reservoir park – such as the Stoneyford Creek Nature Trail, Messmate Walking track and Grey Gun walking track
- Check out the Parks Victoria visitor guide for maps and further information
Otherwise, hang out at the Event Expo where the finish line is and give everyone a well-deserved cheer as they come through at the end.
The Silvan reservoir was built in 1932 as a water storage for Melbourne and today receives water from the Thomson, Upper Yarra and O’Shannassy Reservoirs, transferring water all over Melbourne. The wall is a large feature of the area and measures 43m high and 644m long and is a spectacle in itself.
Although much of the native vegetation was cleared during the construction of the reservoir, there is still a diversity of native fauna to be found in the park that includes a range of waterbirds, spoonbills, robins, cockatoos and rosellas.
The park has a combination of exotic and native vegetation that represent the cultural history of the area from the 1930s. Stone terraces and vine covered pergolas are the framework for gardens of azaleas and rhododendrons, providing contrast with the manicured lawns and surrounding bush making it a scenic and very attractive location for everyone.
The Dandenong Ranges are a treasure trove of picturesque townships, café’s, bakeries, forest trails and fresh air that make it all the more worth the travel to get to Race 3 for runners and spectators alike. I’m sure you’ll like it here!
Visit the Dandenong Ranges National Parks page on the Parks Vic website for more ideas on what to see and do in Silvan and surrounds.