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What is the Salomon Trail Running Series?


The Salomon Trail Running Series is the way all running races should be – along beautiful running trails through the forest, with a friendly and welcoming race atmosphere, challenging but rewarding and with an event ‘feel’ that makes you say yeah, that was great!

The Series includes short, medium and long course races all on exhilarating trails through the wilderness and all within 1hr drive of Melbourne. Each race will take you to some magnificent landscapes with your running shoes on your feet and a smile on your face... you'll breathe in plenty of fresh eucalypt air, you’ll run through fern-fringed valleys, weave through towering gum trees and sweep along flowing trails beside rivers, creeks, beaches and lookouts.

This is what all running races should be like. Welcome to the revolution.

New Series Features:

  • New location and new courses - Race #3 of the 2014 series will be held at a spectacular new location at Olinda in the Dandeong Ranges whilst race #2 and #4 will also include some new courses compared to previous years. So those returning for another year can experience some new wilderness running in even more beautiful locations
  • New Social Media interaction and heaps of prizes to win at each event with things like the Salomon Selfie, Suunto Sprint and Trail Tales where we'll share with the world how much fun we have getting dirty on a Sunday morning!
  • Series Entry Promotion - Enter the series (3 of 4 races) before Race 1 and receive a FREE official event t-shirt, 10% entry discount and race recognition on the day!


2014 Event Dates:

Race 1 Sunday 22 June Studley Park, Kew 5km / 11km / 15km
Race 2 Sunday 20 July Plenty Gorge 6km / 12km / 17km
Race 3 Sunday 17 August Olinda, Dandenong Ranges 7km / 15km / 21km
Race 4* Sunday 14 September Anglesea, Great Ocean Road 8km / 15km / 23km

*Race 4 is held in conjunction with the acclaimed Surf Coast Century 100km ultra marathon on Sept 13, 2014

Why join the 'Bitumen is Boring' crew?

  • Genuine trail and wilderness experiences with quality courses in magnificent locations
  • 3 course options at each race for ALL running abilities
  • Great value for money, especially Series Entrants 
  • Friendly event atmosphere
  • Accessible locations located within 1hrs drive of Melbourne
  • Interactive Race Village at the Start/Finish line
  • Fantastic PRIZES in all categories
  • 4th year of The Series and the enthusiasm continues to grow with 1,400+ runners at each event


Trails for everyone, beginners to bush running bullets...

Many people think all trail running events are 50km+ and over mountain ranges – well they can be, but they can also be short, rewarding, close to home and enjoyable for everyone – and that’s what the Salomon Trail Running Series is all about.

Each event is held in a different locations and includes races of THREE DIFFERENT DISTANCES: a short course race of 5-8km, medium course of 11-15km, and long course of 15-23km, so now just about anyone can come and run in the wilderness.


Past Participant Testimonials

"Everyone I know that has turned to the trails to run is really enjoying it. It’s a great community and if you can get off the road it’s a lot easier on the body. I love it because you travel to beautiful places – and along the Yarra River it is just beautiful.” Mick Donges, Race 1 medium course winner, 2013

"Although the hills were a bit steep, it was so beautiful out there. The first river crossing was fun too and I’m really happy with my finish – I love these trails, so much better than the road.” Heather Christie, Race 2 short course female winner, 2013

“It’s a ripper course. It’s just got everything - uphill, downhill, single track, trail, a bit of mud and fallen trees to jump over – just spectacular.” Campbell Maffett, Race 3, 2013

"It’s great to have the opportunity to run a race in a place like this; it’s the FREEDOM of running through the trails that make it so spectacular.” Sonia O’Sullivan, 2013

“It’s always a great day out and good fun to run in the mud! I really love Race 4… running along the beach and up through the bush; it’s just really lovely.” Leanne Merrett, 2013

“It was my first trail run and was absolutely awesome. That hill was a monster though and I felt you had to be more focussed and aware of your surroundings on the trail runs; but I loved it all”. Emily Caracella, Race 3 short course, 2013

“It was my first trail run and I loved it. It’s so different to running on the road and so much more enjoyable to be out in the nature with a few obstacles along the way. I’ll be back for more!” Jenny, Race 1, 2003

Latest News


Sunday, September 22, 2013
Congratulations to all trail runners in the final race of the Salomon Trail Running Series in Anglesea! RESULTS, PHOTOS and REVIEW here...


Saturday, September 21, 2013
Congratulations to all competitors in the 2013 Surf Coast Century 100KM trail run ultra marathon! Some solo and individuals have finished, others are still finishing through the evening!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

600 participants will line up for the second annual Surf Coast Century 100km trail run ultra marathon this Saturday 21 September on the spectacular Surf Coast trails, starting and finishing in Anglesea, Victoria.

With entry numbers doubling from last year, up to 200 runners will attempt the event solo, along with 400 relay team members tackling a separate 25km or 50km leg each over the figure eight course.

At the pointy end of the field, spectators will be in for a treat as we see 2012 Surf Coast Century winner and 2013 Oceania Road Marathon Champion Rowan Walker, go head to head against Australia’s ultra trail runner of the year and 2013 The North Face 100 winner Brendan Davies.

In the women’s division, 2013 The North Face 100 winner Beth Cardelli will go in favourite against 2012 Surf Coast Century winner Shona Stephenson, and Whitney Dagg, one of New Zealand’s top female ultra trail runners.

A seeded start list has been attached to this release; and below you’ll find a brief interview with our top seeds.


What are you looking forward to the most about the Surf Coast Century?

Running along the beautiful coastline and through the stunning rainforest areas. Also, the relatively 'flat' nature of the course is very appealing. It is very rare to run a fast trail ultra and I think that I am suited to this type of course much more than a really mountainous and technical one; the Surf Coast Century is really unique in this way.

What goes through your mind on the start line of an ultra marathon?

Not really that much, I'm usually too busy catching up with the other runners to have time to think! If I do, I go over my race plan and the things I'm going to focus on during the race and make any last minute adjustments according to the conditions that the day presents. Then I try and think over positive thoughts, about the weather, the scenery, the people and how privileged we are to be able to do what we do. I like to start a race in a very optimistic headspace. It's really important to go into the day thinking it's going to be a great day!


How have you prepared for the Surf Coast Century 100km?

I've been doing my usual pre-race training consisting of a couple of long runs on the weekend with lots of smaller runs in between. I've been mostly running on the trails as this is what I enjoy most, even though my local trails are hillier and more technical than what I expect Surf Coast Century to be.

What advice would you give to solo participants tackling a 100km event for the first time?

Firstly, 100km is a long way. If you are tackling this distance for the first time then I would suggest running conservatively along with eating and drinking small amounts regularly. You will learn more about yourself if you finish than if you DNF (do not finish), even if you end up walking more than you planned. Plus, the next time you tackle another 100km event you will be more experienced and likely to get a massive personal best! Due to the length of time you will be on the course you can expect to have some high and low points. If you persevere, then the low points eventually disappear and are replaced with more positive emotions. Whenever I feel down I just lift my head and use my surroundings as a positive distraction. Best of all, the felling of euphoria and triumph when crossing the finish line puts it all in perspective.


How will you approach this years’ Surf Coast Century after winning the inaugural event?

I've tried to get on the trails a little more in the lead up this year. Despite the fact that I've moved back to Canberra and haven't had the chance to run on the course in the lead up I'm hoping that the extra time off road will help me. My basic approach to try and hold a solid but still conservative pace early, concentrate on getting the nutrition right and then trying not to slow down as much as last year in the second half. This year that the competition will be stronger and inevitably the strategy on the day can also be influenced how your competitors are faring. That said, distance running is so often about the individual battling against their own fatigue and the course rather than worrying about the competition.

What makes the Great Ocean Road regions a great place for an event of this calibre?

The Great Ocean Road region has it all in terms of what it offers competitors, their support crew and families. Fantastic scenery and varying landscapes keep you engaged and the local infrastructure can comfortably support events of this size. Accessibility is another plus as it isn't so remote that it presents excessive logistical hurdles in getting there or having your supporters travel between checkpoints, yet it still delivers in terms of course quality and challenging terrain.

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- Saturday 21 September, 2013

- Anglesea, Great Ocean Road

- 100km ultra trail run

- Solo or Relay Teams of 2 or 4


Friday September 20th

- 7:00pm - Elite Athlete Q & A and Briefing – Anglesea YMCA Camp

Saturday September 21st – Race Day!

- 5:30am – Surf Coast Century RACE START – Anglesea Main Beach

- 7:00am – Lead runners pass through Torquay – Point Danger

- 7:40am - Lead runners pass through Ironbark Basin

- 9:00am – Lead runners through Anglesea (Anglesea Riverbank Park – main event site)

- 10:30am - Lead runners pass through Distillery Creek

- 11:00am - Lead Runners pass through Moggs Creek

- 11:30am - Lead Runners pass through Aireys Inlet Skate Park

- 12:50pm – Winning Relay Team expected to FINISH (Anglesea Riverbank Park)

- 1:50pm – Winning Individual expected to FINISH (Anglesea Riverbank Park )

- 3pm-7pm – Peak finishing time for participants (Anglesea Riverbank Park – main event site)

- 7pm onwards – Finishers continue through the night

- 6:00am SUNDAY – Cut-off time for last individual finisher

- 11:00am SUNDAY – Official Presentations (Anglesea Riverbank Park )


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