The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face has concluded a massive season featuring five short distance trail runs at a range of beautiful wilderness locations across Melbourne.
The Series, conducted by renowned event managers Rapid Ascent, underwent a refresh in 2017 with new locations, updated courses, new kids runs, and new sponsors.
Kicking off with two new races - Race 1 at Westerfolds Park, Templestowe in June, and Race 2 at Smiths Gully in the Yarra Valley in July, the Series continued through the winter months with Race 3 at Silvan in August, Race 4 at Angelsea on the Surf Coast in September, and wrapped up on Friday with the Night Race at Studley Park Kew.
Australia’s most popular series of off-road runs attracted 2,325 trail runners in 2017; 11 percent up on 2016 numbers (2093) which shows the growing popularity in trail running.
Each event included a short course race that varied in length between 5km and 7km, a medium course race of between 10km and 15km and a long course race starting at 15km and extending to 23km at its longest.
The grand finale of The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face welcomed over 750 runners for Race 5 the Night Race at Studley Park, Kew on Friday.
As twilight descended on a beautiful Melbourne afternoon, the trails of Yarra Bend came alive with the glow from hundreds of head torches, eye-catching outfits and glow-sticks.
Event manager Sam Maffett said he was thrilled with the enthusiasm amongst the running community over the new courses and locations at the 2017 Series.
“It’s been such a fantastic season, we’ve welcomed the return of so many familiar faces and it’s inspiring to see so many newcomers to trail running too,” said Maffett.
“We hope you’ve enjoyed the Trail Running Series presented by The North Face, whether you’ve returned to trails you’ve run before or used the Series to broaden your horizons and run in some of our local wilderness areas, it has been a lot of fun to share the trails with you.
“The Series has brought trail running into the lives of so many new people over the years. We hope to welcome many more in 2018; we love this Series and we thank you for being part of it all.
“The Trail Running Series would not be possible without support from The North Face, The HIIT Factory, le bent, Rise Health Group, nuun hydration, Red Door Productions, Sunsol 10+ Museli, Black Diamond, Adventure Race.com.au, CLIF Bar, Tomato Timing, the Supersport Images crew, our dedicated volunteers and support crews.”
The 2018 Series will return in June next year with Race #1 on 17th June, Race #2 on 15th July, Race #3 on 5th August, Race 4 on 16th September and the Night race on 5th October - stay tuned for announcements via the website www.TrailRunningSeries.com.au and the Facebook Community Page - @TheTrailRunningSeries.
OVERALL SERIES RESULTS
Long Course male
1st Francesco Ciancio – 7 points
2nd Andrew Constantinou – 29 points
3rd Mark Falkingham – 48 points
Long Course Female
1st Jess Batton – 19 points
2nd Jody Gilchrist – 55 points
3rd Kirsty Tindal – 70 points
Long Course - Category
Long Course - Gender
Medium Course Male
1st Xavier Meade – 8 points
2nd Stephen Ward – 14 points
3rd Darren Pearson – 23 points
Medium Course Female
1st Jess Short – 8 points
2nd Kodey Hodgson – 9 points
3rd Holly Lambert – 35 points
Medium Course - Category
Medium Course - Gender
Short Course Male
1st Nathan Fenton – 18 points
2nd Tony Dineen – 29 points
3rd Jeremy Hirst – 44 points
Short Course Female
1st Taryn Furletti – 4 points
2nd Renee Drysdale – 21 points
3rd Grace Marinelli – 22 points
Short Course - Category
Short Course - Gender
To view and purchase your race photos – head to Supersport Images.
2018 Series Dates:
If you’re already looking forward to more trail runs - here are the proposed dates of the 2018 events - put them in your diary now!
Race #1, 17 June / Race #2, 15 July / Race #3, 5 August / Anglesea, 16 September / Night race, 5 October
Looking back - 2017 Series:
• Race 1: Sunday 18 June – Westerfolds Park 5km / 11km / 15km
• Race 2: Sunday 9 July – Smiths Gully 7km / 13km / 18km
• Race 3: Sunday 6 August – Silvan, Dandenong Ranges – 7km / 15km / 21km
• Race 4: Sunday 10 September – Anglesea – 8km / 15km / 23km
• Race 5 - night race: Friday 6th October – Studley Park – 5km / 11km / 15km
SOCIAL MEDIA - STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE TRAIL RUNNING SERIES NEWS:
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