Race 5 - Yarra Bend Night Race

Trail Running Series race 5 - NIGHT race!!

The Race 5 NIGHT RACE returns in 2018 as the finale - but at a NEW START/FINISH AREA - Yarra Bend!! And a NEW date... SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER!  A fantastic night race around the Yarra Trails in Kew followed by a massive post event party  immediately afterwards.

This is an INCREDIBLE RACE EXPERIENCE as all runners light up the trail with your own (head) torch and weave along the flowing, non-technical trails in a long line of light.

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 will be carrying a torch allowing you to follow the trails and the reflective course markings. The courses are slightly adjusted from 2016 and 2017 due to the change in start/finish location, but follow almost identical courses - giving peace of mind and comfort for those new to night running.

There is a great sense of unity in night running! Get set to light up the trails as one big line of luminescence...

"Great atmosphere! I was adrenalin fueled all the way in the dark." - Emma Ritson (2016 participant)


2016 Race 5 Photo Album (Facebook)


Tell me about night running

If you have not been night running with a head torch before then get ready for one of the most memorable runs of your life as you race along the trails in a completely new way.

You’ll find that night running is truly a sensory experience where all your senses are turned to high-alert as you explore the wilderness without the benefits of full day light to show the way. You’ll notice that your hearing turns up and you will hear all sorts of new sounds (like the birds in the trees and the crickets in the grass), you’ll fully zone into the trail and focus on each and every foot strike as you feel yourself almost flying through the darkness around you.

Night running is a great experience on your own but in the company of hundreds of other runners all lighting up the trail, the atmosphere is electric. You will love it!


Series finale celebration

The 5th race at Studley Park is the final race of the 2017 Trail Running Series presented by The North Face and what better way to celebrate the end of the Series than with a massive party at the finish line!

There will be plenty of live music, entertainment, food and drinks at the finish line to allow us all to celebrate the end of the Series in style! Gold Runners will be presented with a finishers' medal as you cross the line; followed by the Series Finale Presentations with plenty of stories, spot prizes and fun as we cap off another great year of trail running.

Overview - Race 5,YARRA BEND

When: SATURDAY 6 October 2018.
Where: Yarra Bend, Kew

  • Le Bent Long Course: 15km 
  • Medium Course: 10.8km
  • Short Course: 5km


As outlined above, the 5th race of the series will be conducted at night, after sunset with all runners carrying a (head) torch to light up the trail.

This unique trail running event was the first of its kind in Australia in 2016 with the entire race being held after dark – making it an incredible race experience for everyone. The courses will be the exact same as those used in race 1 from previous years giving you some familiarity but you will be amazed at just how different they feel when you’re vision is restricted to the cone of light emanating from the front of your torch.

We’re sure you’ll find it to be a great experience and a suitable finale to another great series.

Spectator info

There will be plenty to keep you occupied (or relaxed if that’s what you’re after!) at Race 1 whilst your energetic friends and family members do their thing around the trails.

The stunning Studley Park Boathouse has a great range of breakfast and lunch foods, as well as mouth-watering cakes and pastries, tea, coffee other soft drinks to keep you happy.

Additionally, the 5km runners will come over the Kanes ‘Swing Bridge’ at the 4km point so you will be able to clap and cheer them on their way as they approach the finish line.



About Yarra Bend Park / Studley Park

At Yarra Bend Park, the largest area of natural vegetation near the City of Melbourne, the landscape varies from steep, wild river escarpments to open woodlands, formal parkland, playing fields and golf courses. It has over 16km of river frontage, and superb views of the city and the Dandenongs from the higher areas. The park is used for boating, canoeing, team sports, golf, fishing, orienteering, picnicking, dining out, bird watching and just enjoying the bush.

Studley Park Boathouse

Historic Studley Park Boathouse, Kew, is only 20 minutes from the city centre and offers visitors the opportunity to dine in the restaurant, relax over a lighter meal in the indoor/outdoor café, or have a light snack from the kiosk while enjoying sweeping views of the Yarra River and natural bushland. You can also hire row boats, canoes and kayaks from the oldest operating boathouse in Australia.

Open for Breakfast from 9.00am until 11.00am Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Also open for afternoon teas and lunches daily from 12.00pm.

Boathouse Road Kew
The Restaurant 03 9853 1828
Boathouse Cafe 03 9853 8707



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