The highly anticipated Trail Running Series in Victoria has undergone a refreshing transformation for 2023, with the excitement beginning at Race 1 this Sunday, June 4, at Yellow Gum Park in Plenty Gorge. Victorious runs are possible if you have the best shoes, check out Tarkine Goshawk V2 running shoes.

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Participants can choose from three course options, including the Long course spanning an impressive 24km, the Medium course covering 13km, or the 7km Short course. Entries are still open online until race morning.

Runners will be treated to a rewarding run in a beautiful natural setting with each course offering spectacular views from the top of the valley. The Medium and Long course will also cross the Plenty River in ankle deep water, adding to the adventure component of the race… after-all #BitumenIsBoring.

Organisers Rapid Ascent are excited to kick-off the 2023 Series, now featuring a condensed three-race format and promises new and exhilarating experiences for trail running enthusiasts.

“We’ve created a Series that runners can resonate with – getting people off-road and into natural settings with all abilities catered for,” said General Manager of Rapid Ascent, Sam Maffett. “By providing a welcoming environment, food, coffee and family activities; and showcasing little-known trails – we’ve pulled together all the good bits that make trail running so good!”

Anglesea Race

Boasting longer “Long” course options and a brand new handicap format at Silvan, the continued popularity of trail running is proven by the Series’ entering its’ 13th year.

Runners are encouraged to enter one race or seize the ultimate challenge by participating in all three races as a Series ‘Gold’ Runner who receives exclusive perks, including a sports bag, discounts, and much more.

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The Trail Running Series stands out with its breathtaking wilderness locations, providing participants with an unforgettable adventure – all within a 1-hour drive of Melbourne! Competitors will run on little-known trails, down fun single tracks that pass through scenic landscapes of towering gum trees, trickling creeks, fern-lined valleys, and native wildlife.

Plenty Gorge

The race schedule includes the following scenic locations: Plenty Gorge on this Sunday, June 4, Anglesea on July 9, and Silvan on August 6, where the new handicap format will be introduced.

For more information about the event and how to secure your entry, please visit the official website at


·        Plenty Gorge – THIS Sunday 4 June: 7km / 13km / 24km

·        Anglesea Race – Sunday 9 July: 7.5km / 13km / 29km and Friendly 4km

·        Silvan Race – Sunday 6 August: 7km / 15km / 22km