Overview - Race 4, Anglesea
The 2017 The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face Race 4 will be held at picturesque Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road on the coast – it's a spectacular run that’s very different to all others in the Series.
We are excitied to announce that the Anglesea race will also include a 1.9km KIDS RUN on Sunday to let our little champions experience the fun of trail running as well!
When: Sunday 10th September
Where: Anglesea Riverbank Park
- Long Course: 22.7km
- Medium Course: 15.3km - NEW BEACH SECTION
- Short Course: 8.8km
- NEW Kids Run: 1.9km
Located just 1hr15mins from central Melbourne, Anglesea’s setting provides for a diverse trail running experience that will really set it apart from the other races in the series due to the coastal, bush and undulating landscape. All races start on the crisp white sand of the Anglesea Main Beach before runners climb away from the coast along a healthy mixture of single tracks and double tracks that sweep through the coastal bushland like the local King Parrot flying through the forest.
The final descent down the Surf Coast Walking Track provides spectacular views across the clifftops to nearby Point Roadknight and further down the coast to Aireys Inlet, Lorne and beyond that will really make you revel in the fresh air and happiness of trail running.
Whilst the three races are the longest of the series, consensus is that they are not the hardest of the series due to smaller hills (compared to Race 3) and the undulating flow they capture through the bushland.
Spectators (and runners) should also be aware that the Surf Coast Century is also on in Anglesea over this same weekend and provides numerous spectator opportunities.
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 4 weekend. More details below.
"This was a magnificent course. The trail was in great condition - an amazing mix of sand, gravel and a little tarmac." - Tara Middleton (2016 participant)
“We had an absolute ball - giving each other support, chatting along the way and checking out the views - we loved it,” Monica Carrarini (2015 short course participant)
Race 4 preview
Here's a snapshot of what you can expect for Race 4 at Anglesea based on last year's event:
Held in conjunction with the 100km Surf Coast Century
Race 4 of the The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face is held in conjunction with the 100km Surf Coast Century, which commences on Saturday 9th September.
The Event Centre will be set up at Anglesea Riverbank Park on both Saturday and Sunday. We strongly encourage all runners to come down to the event centre on Saturday to be a part of the action by welcoming the finishers of the Surf Coast Century across the line and having a chat to the other runners in the friendly environment down by the beach.
Visit the website for all the details: www.SurfCoastCentury.com.au
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.
(This kids run used to be held on the Friday evening but we have moved it to Sunday to allow more kids to be part of it. in 2016 over 150 kid stook part so we're sure this year it will be even bigger!)
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.
Unfortunately (for spectators) the runners in the most part do not come past the start / finish area during their races. The long course runners start with a short out and back on the beach that will be good to watch but otherwise they complete a loop to the east of the township, so unless you walk along the trails yourself (which is pretty easy to do) spectators will not see the runners until they finish.
So the best place to head whilst waiting for runners is one of the numerous nearby cafes, i.e. Four Kings Cafe or the Ocean Corner Cafe directly opposite the start / finish area on Four Kings Corner on the Great Ocean Road.
Alternately, you can go for a walk past the Surf Life Saving Club and up a section of the Surf Coast Walk to a beautiful lookout over the bay and surrounding coastline all within 1km of the start area. Or just hang out on the Anglesea beach.
Make a weekend of it
Anglesea is known as “Where the bush meets the sea” and “The start of the Great Ocean Road” and is a popular tourist destination year round with an endless list of things to do and places to visit nearby.
The Great Otway National Park basically surrounds the township – almost penetrating into the leafy streets at times, and in conjunction with the Anglesea Heath is a terrific natural backdrop to the township and the trail running races around it. In fact the Anglesea heath contains about a quarter of Victoria's plant species including over 80 different types of orchids making it a hot spot for nature lovers – and the wildflowers are in full bloom in Spring – exactly when the The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face and Surf Coast Century are on.
Play in the sun on Anglesea's main beach, a wide sandy expanse beside the Anglesea River, which is perfect for swimming, surfing or just relaxing. Paddle with the kids in the protected waters at nearby Point Roadknight beach, popular with families or explore some of the pristine local beaches that are a little more off the beaten track like Point Addis, Uquarts Bluff or Sunnymeade.
So although it’s only just over an hour away from Melbourne, you’re encouraged to come down for the weekend and take the opportunity to check out the Surf Coast Century and the beautiful Anglesea area.
Please view the Anglesea Destination Guide for more information on this beautiful part of the world.
For accommodation we recommend contacting these local businesses:
Great Ocean Road Real Estate
Great Ocean Road Holidays has over 1000 properties along the west coast of Victoria! Our holiday accommodation arm has the largest volume of bookings in the southern hemisphere! If you’re looking to stay in Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne or Apollo Bay, we have an abundance of great properties for you to choose from. Give us a call or go straight to our website. We look forward to seeing you on the coast.
Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park
Stunning location. Fish. Surf. Swim. Walk. Ride. The only holiday park in Anglesea with beautiful beach and river frontages! A short stroll to Anglesea Village shops and restuarants, Anglesea Beachfront offers accommodation to suit all styles and budgets from luxury spa cabins to powered bush camping sites. Enjoy a swim in the lagoon pool, relax in the indoor heated spa or keep fit in the gym. Access the Surf Coast Walk directly from the park with mini golf, a giant jumping pillow and pedal karts, there's fun for all ages. Special bonuses for competitors staying with us during the event.
For more on what Anglesea has to offer, please vist www.angleseaadventure.com.au