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Welcome to the information page for The 2019 Greater Bank Volcanic Challenge & Family Trail Fun Run!
The event will be hosted on Sunday, 31st March, in Orange (3hr drive west of Sydney).
This is a fun run event where you can run or walk to the top of Mount Canobolas, near Orange. For the first time this year there is a 5k Family Trail Run course as well as the scenic 11k route. Bring along your friends and families to join in!
11km Greater Bank Volcanic Challenge
The 11k course starts at Towac Pinnacle Picnic Grounds (off Pinnacle Rd) and continues to Mt Towac (that’s a steep section but the views make it worth the effort). Participants then head to Young Man Canobolas before finishing uphill at Mt Canobolas. The overall elevation gain is 520m. The 11k event will also include the 2019 NSW Mountain Running Championships.
5km Greater Bank Family Trail Run
The 5k Family Trail Run will start at 9:30am, at the Towac Pinnacle Picnic Grounds (same starting point as the 11k route). The course follows a different route which plateaus, and has excellent views along the way! Participants then turn around to retun to the start point to finish the run.
We look forward to seeing you in Orange, and we hope you enjoy this wonderful event!
RunNSW members will receive a 50% discount for all Greater Bank Volcanic Challenge & Greater Bank Family Trail Fun Run entry types!
Click here to sign up for the 2019 RunNSW membership now!
‘Enter on the Day’ (EOD) will be availableEnter as an Individual or a Team (incl. Family), but not bothIndividual entries are either Junior (under 18 yrs) or Senior (18 and over)
Entry fees for main race include shuttle bus return to Registration area at
Towac Pinnacle Picnic Ground. The buses operate until 12 noon
and are eligible for placings within their category and the event outright (Open)A team consists of 4 to 6 members (Family teams up to 7 members)
Team times will be based on the three fastest timesMixed teams (TMX) must have one female in the three fastest times
Junior (TJ) – all members under 18 years
Senior – TMO: all male, TFO: all female, TMX: mixed male/female
Race packs will not be posted to participants.The packs, including Race No. bibs and any shirts ordered, will be available at the
Registration Area from 7:30am on race day.This year an additional race pack pick-up will be available at
Orange Visitors Centre on the day before – Sat 30-Mar-19. 2pm to 5pm.Where possible please take advantage of the Saturday pick up to reduce the rush on
race day morning.
Late Entries will also be accepted at this location (Individuals, Families, cash payment only).
There will be two Start times: 9am and 9:10am. for the main race and 9.45am for the mini race
With electronic timing mats at the Start and Finish there is no handicap in starting with
the second wave at 9:10am.Your wave assignment will be indicated on the label attached to your race pack.
With growing numbers in the event safety becomes more important. The objective of
having a two wave Start is to allow top runners to complete their descent of Mt Towac
before slower contestants commence their ascent.Please respect your wave assignment to assist with this goal.
Water and water melon available at each Finish
Event Registration Prices
11km Greater Bank Volcanic Mountain Challenge (until 24th March):
Individual 18+ years – $50
Individual Under 18 years – $35
Family entry (max. 2 adults) – $105
Senior Team (4-6 over 18’s) – $150
Junior Team (4-6 under 18’s) – $105
5km Greater Bank Family Train Run (until 24th March):
Individual 18+ years – $25
Individual Under 18 years – $20
Team Entry (up to 6 members) – $45
Click here to register for the event!
General Training Tips
- ALWAYS stretch after a session and recover properly eat some food including protein within 15 minutes after your
- LISTEN to your body. If you are sore or tired, modify the workout or have a rest
- ALTER the training days to suit your week swap the days in the program around but keep to the principle of ’hard/easy’ – do not do 2 hard days in a row!
- MIX up the terrain you run on; use grass, gravel roads, bush trails and bitumen. Try and avoid concrete.
- At the Registration/Start areas parking will be over three or four areas. Please assist
by following directions from the Parking Marshals to achieve maximum efficiency with
the space available.
- Spectators wishing to park at the summit must also follow directions from Parking
Marshals as space is extremely limited.
- The start is just 12 km from the centre of Orange. There are signs at all turns.
- Approaching Orange from Bathurst, Cowra or Dubbo, follow the Great Volcanic Mountain
Challenge signs from the large roundabout, corner of Summer Street (Mitchell Hwy)
and Woodward Road, Orange.
- Head south on Woodward Rd for 1km, turn right into Racecourse Road, cross a railway
bridge and continue south. The road becomes Pinnacle Road and winds its way to Towac
Pinnacle Picnic Ground assembly area. (Coordinates: -33.3465, 149.0295)
- Please take your time on this road, it is narrow with some tight turns.
- Allow 30 minutes for travel from Orange, parking and walking to Registration Area.
Do I need a timing tag and event bib?
Yes. All runners will be issued with a timing chip, which is located on the back of their race bib, for the 11km and 5km events. The chest bib which is issued at check in. This needs to be pinned on the chest in clear view of race organisers and volunteers.
What happens at the Start?
The start line will be outside the clubhouse at Kangaroo Valley Country Club. Runners will be asked to assemble at the start line around 10 minutes before their race. There will be no seeding groups on the start line so we ask that all runners use common sense to self seed themselves. This means faster runners start at the front, moderate runners in the middle and slower runners/walkers at the back.
Any prams should also start at the back. There will be a few brief words and a nice little gee up from a ‘special guest’ before we send you on your way.
Where are the drink stations?
There will be one drink station on the Greater 5km course (approx. 2k) and three drink stations on the 10km course and drink stations every 5km along the 25km course. There will also be electrolyte for 25km runners along the route.
At the finish you will be provided with a final drink station which will have water and fruit.
Are there km distance markers?
Every km will be marked with obvious distance markers.
Where are the toilets?
The start area at the country club will have men’s and women’s toilet blocks. There will be toilets along the route for 25km competitors. These will be clearly marked on the day.
Is there parking?
Plenty of Parking will be available surrounding and within the Country Club. Parking attendants will not allow parking on the course however so please allow parking attendants to direct you on the day. For those who are keen to stay on site there are cabins at the country club. See cabin accommodation listing here.
Can my club or school set up a tent?
Yes! There is provision to set up a tent if your club or social group wishes to do so. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a position for your tent.
What happens at the Finish Line?
The finish is quite exciting for both participants and spectators. All events will share the same finish line. Smile and enjoy your moment as you cross the finish line! You must also ensure that you cross the blue finish mats with your timing chip attached to your shoes. Do not slow down until after you cross the mats.
After the finish volunteers will direct you to the post event recovery area where water, sports drink and fruit will be available. Your timing chip will also be collected in this area and placed in the buckets provided. Do not leave with your timing chip.
How can I view my official result?
Runners will be able to see their result on the main score board as soon as they cross the finish line! This link will also be active on this website.
Team results will be listed as cumulative times for the fastest 4 runners in your team. Compiled team results shall appear on the website in the above link.
What Presentations will be held on the day?
All presentations will be held from 10:45am.
What are the prizes and prize categories?
RunNSW Medals will be award to the top three winners male and female in of the following categories:
1. 10km: Open top three
2. Shoalhaven King of the Mountain 25km: Open top three, 40+yrs, 50yrs + top three, first local male and female
3. Greater 5km: Open (winner receives Greater Bank Account), U/16 top three, PSSA school teams
4. Little Athletics Kids 2km: Overall top three and every finisher receives a medal
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