Race 5 - Studley Park Night Race

RACE #5 EVENT PROGRAM DOWNLOAD. We strongly encourage all competitors to download and read the event program that includes essential info like the event schedule, registration details, competitor services, course maps and more. Download here (12meg download).



Race Day Schedule, Race 5 - THE NIGHT RACE

Race day schedule

The final schedule for the event is included below:

Friday 6th October 2017

5:30pm Race registration opens
7:35pm HIIT Factory aerobics warm up - Long Course runners
7:40pm START - Le Bent Long Course (15km)
7:50pm HIIT Factory aerobics warm up - Short Course runners
7:55pm START - Short Course (5km)
8:00pm HIIT Factory aerobics warm up - Medium Course runners
8:05pm START - Medium Course (10.8km)
8:15pm Short course winner expected
8:40pm Le Bent Long course winner expected
8:45pm Medium course race winner expected
9:30pm Race presentation and spot prize giveaways @ Studley Park Boathouse
10:00pm Courses close


Finisher medals

All Gold Runners* will receive a finishers' medal when you cross the line at the end of race 5 as recognition of your achievement and participation in the 2017 Trail Running Series presented by The North Face.

* Gold Runners are those runners who have a gold number plate and who entered at least 4 of the 5 races in the series.

CELEBRATION CENTRAL - Studley Park Boathouse

All races will finish in the middle of the Studley Park Boathouse which will also host our post event celebrations. The bar will be open and they will be providing a delicious selection of food starting from $7 that include plenty of tummy fillers and easy to eat snacks and meals.

We also have a few surprises in store to make the night as good as it can be – stay tuned! We strongly encourage everyone to hang around the finish line to buy a drink and a bite to eat and celebrate the end of the series and our winners with the Series Presentatiosn at 9:30pm.

Lights & Reflective clothing

All runners in race 5 are required to bring their own torches to light the trail during your race. We recommend runners use a head torch because then your hands are free and the light swivels to where you are looking at all times. Generally we think the brighter the torch the better with a light over 300 lumens preferred. It is also required competitors wear reflective material on the rear of their clothing/backpack with a minimum area of 450 square centimetres. Material should meet AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 standard. We will have some reflective tape to distribute on the night that you can pin to your top if you cannot find any for yourself before the event.

The location:

The event expo and race finish line is adjacent to the Studley Park Boathouse, Kew, located on Boathouse Road, just off the Yarra Boulevard near Studley Park Road.

Car parking and access to the event

We recommend that people run, walk, ride or take public transport to the event to save fossil fuels, but if you choose to drive, there is a range of parking locations surrounding Studley Park as outlined below:

  • Studley Park Boathouse, accessed off Yarra Boulevard
  • Yarra Boulevard on the road side
  • Yarra Bend Rd and around Sir Herbert Olney Oval and Deep Rock Road. All parking on this side is accessed off Heidelberg Rd.

Click here for a parking plan.

Note: Access to the one way road loop at very northern end of Yarra Bend Rd (nearest the boathouse) will be restricted between 7:40pm and 8:30pm as this loop forms the start chute for the races.

The start

Start line location

On Yarra Bend Road opposite Corben Oval (over the swing bridge on the Northern side of the river – 100m away from the Event Centre and Finish)
Starting procedure

All distances will start racing with a single wave start at the following start times:

  • 7:40pm Le Bent LONG COURSE (15km) - all runners start 
  • 7:55pm SHORT COURSE (5km) - all runners start 
  • 8:05pm MEDIUM COURSE (10.8km) - all runners start


Please place yourself in the start chute according to your honest running ability, with fast runners near the front, recreational runners in the middle and those who are here to enjoy yourself towards the back.

Competitor number plates

Number plate identification

All competitors are required to wear their race number plate whilst running in the race. Numbers must be safety pinned to the front of your race top so it is clearly visible from the front.

Your number plate will have a small timing tag stuck to the back so we can record your start and finish time. This tag looks just like a strip of foam, so please do not remove it from your number plate otherwise you will not get an official result.

  • GOLD number plates denote runners who have entered the entire Trail Running Series, doing at least 4 of the 5 events in the series.
  • RED, GREEN & BLUE number plates will be given to all other runners who are not entered into The Series

If you have a GOLD number plate and are doing all races in the series please KEEP YOUR NUMBER PLATE and timing tag to use for all of your races in the series. We will not be re-issuing number plates to series runners.

Number plate collection

Competitors who entered Race 5 before 8:00am Tuesday 26th September will receive their event number plate in the post before the event. If you are going to be away from home or if you have not received it in the post by Tuesday 3rd October then please call the Rapid Ascent office on 03 5261 5511.

Competitors who enter Race 5 after 8:00am Tuesday 26th September must collect their event number plate from Registration on race afternoon / evening.
Once you have received your number plate (either via post or collection) you do not need to ‘report in’ or register at the event venue on race morning, just warm up, arrive at the start line ready to race! 


We strongly encourage all runners NOT TO WEAR HEADPHONES or listen to music whilst running in the The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face events. This is primarily for your safety, so that runners wishing to overtake on a narrow section of track can communicate with you and advise where/how they’d like to pass without causing a crash. The courses also pass through some magnificent eucalypt bush land filled with birds and other wildlife that is all part of the trail running experience and if you’re pounding away to music you can’t hear that either!



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