Race 5 - Studley Park Night Race

FINAL EVENT INFORMATION: We encourage all competitors to download and read the Race #5 Event Program that contains all the final event information like how to get there, schedule, course maps and more… CLICK HERE to download (right click ‘save as’ 16meg pdf).

 

 

Race 5 Course description

Race 5 will be conducted at Yarra Bend but does so under the cover of darkness with all races being held after sunset with runners carrying a (head) torch to light their way along the trails!

The courses pass through some superb, inner city wilderness that will be shown in a new light (!) compared to running through the same areas in daylight. Runners will experience the trails in a completely new way that will open your eyes to the difference between night and day in the natural landscape and be a lot of fun for everyone involved.

Start / finish area: End of Deep Rock Rd. Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield

The courses

Long Course: 15.1km, includes 310m elevation gain / loss
Medium Course: 10.3km, includes 270m elevation gain / loss
Short Course: 5.2km, includes 95m elevation gain / loss.

Course map

 

 

Elevation profiles

Long Course - 15km

Medium Course - 10km

Short Course - 5km

Course description

The short, medium and long course races will be conducted in the same way as at the other race locations with a single mass start for each distance, but all runners must carry a torch allowing you to follow the trails and the reflective course markings. The courses are basically very similar to 2017 but with an alternative start / finish location so all returning runners will be familiar with the trail whilst also giving peace of mind and comfort for those new to night running.

The trails are quite flat and easy flowing, just be aware for the odd exposed root or rock on the trail but on the whole they provide some fun, fast and flowing running.

Long Course - 15.1km

(Course goes in a clockwise direction on the map)

All runners start on Deep Rock Road heading east, then turn left onto the gravel footpath beside Yarra Bend Road and then left again just before the freeway bridge to descend down towards Dights Falls. Just above the Falls you turn right to go under the freeway bridge and then run up a double track beside the Merri Creek before crossing over Yarra Bend Road and descending to the Yarra River to complete an 800m loop that involved a section of two-way traffic where runners must keep right. From here, the course continues beside the Yarra before heading up some steps to cross the river at the ‘Pipe Bridge’ at the Fairfield Park Boathouse at the (approx) 4.9km mark.

After a short climb, continue along the footpath beside Yarra Boulevard for 400m and then turn left to descend down some steps to the water point located at the bottom at the 6.1km point. Turn right onto the main Yarra Trail upstream for approximately 800m and then turn left to pick up some flowing single track beside the river and come back past the water point at the 7.8km point.

The next ~6km of running is almost all along the narrow single tracks that follow the Yarra River with some superb trail running through beautiful bushland, broken only by a short 1km stretch on the sealed footpath beside the Yarra Boulevard. At the 13.7km point runners cross over the Yarra on the ‘Swing Bridge’ adjacent the Studley Park Boathouse and then turn left to continue on single track through to the finish in the event expo.

Medium Course - 10.3km*

(Course goes in a clockwise loop on the map)

The medium course is very similar to the long course but just omits some additional ‘loops’. After starting on Deep Rock Road, runners turn left onto the gravel footpath beside Yarra Bend Road for 400m and then cross over Yarra Bend Road to descend to the Yarra River on a fast moving double track. From here, the course continues upstream beside the Yarra before heading up some steps to cross the river at the ‘Pipe Bridge’ at the Fairfield Park Boathouse at the (approx) 2km mark.

After a short climb, continue along the footpath beside Yarra Boulevard for 400m and then turn left to descend down some steps to the water point located at the bottom at the 3.2km point. Turn left onto the Yarra Trails and enjoy the next ~6km of running that is almost all along the narrow single tracks that follow the Yarra River providing some superb trail running through beautiful bushland, broken only by a short 1km stretch on the sealed footpath beside the Yarra Boulevard. At the 9km point runners cross over the Yarra on the ‘Swing Bridge’ adjacent the Studley Park Boathouse and then turn left to continue on single track through to the finish in the event expo.

Short Course - 5km

(Course goes in anti-clockwise direction)

The short course basically completes the first section of the long course before taking a ‘short cut’ back to the event centre. All runners start on Deep Rock Road heading east, then turn left onto the gravel footpath beside Yarra Bend Road and then left again just before the freeway bridge to descend down towards Dights Falls. Just above the Falls you turn right to go under the freeway bridge and then run up a double track beside the Merri Creek before crossing over Yarra Bend Road and descending to the Yarra River.

Short course runners turn right to go under the Freeway bridge and then continue on single track beside the river before a short climb to cut through the RMIT Surveying Station, crossing over the Yarra Bend Road (take care when crossing the road) and then descending into the finish line in the event centre.

Water points

Short course: There will be no water points on the 5km course.
Medium course: There will one water point at the 3.2km mark after the course has turned away from Yarra Boulevard at the bottom of the stairs.
Long course: There will be one water point that you pass twice, situated at the base of the stairs below Yarra Boulevard. You will pass this water station at the 6.2km and 7.8km point.
CLIF Bar Finish line hydration/nutrition station: There will be water, sports hydration and CLIF Bar available at the finish line. Bring your own bottle or cup.

The HIIT Factory Home Straight

The HIIT Factory Home Straight is a short timed section of each course that leads into the finish line. Being just ~100m long we encourage you to crank up the legs and ‘sprint’ as fast as you can for a speedy finish whilst the crowd cheers you home!! Your HIIT Factory Home Straight times will be published in the results and we’ll award a small prize to the fastest (and funniest!) to add to the fun!

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

Course marking

The courses for the night race will be marked in a very similar way to when they were raced in daylight, with arrows and marking tape marking the course. Additional steps will be taken to make these course markings as clear as possible, being that:

  • Reflective surveyors tape will also be tied along the course that shines brightly when illuminated with your torch
  • Reflective strips will be stuck to the coloured arrows marking the course
  • Glow sticks will also be set up along sections of the course to help light the way – especially in open areas
  • Additional marshals will be stationed at key locations along the course

Otherwise the course will be marked in a similar way to all other races:

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)

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)

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)

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.

 

 

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