The Great Volcanic Challenge is a 'fun run' style event where you can run or walk to the top of Mount Canobolas, near Orange. For the first time this year there is a Family trail run 5k course as well as the beautiful 11k, so encourage your friends and families to join in! While the 11k course is naturally mostly uphill, only a couple of sections are steep. From the Start near Towac Pinnacle Picnic Grounds (off Pinnacle Rd) you first visit Mt Towac (that's a steep section but the views make it worth the effort) and then to Young Man Canobolas before the final steep climb to Mt Canobolas. The overall climb is 520m.
The shorter course will start (and finish) at the Towac Pinnacle Picnic Grounds at 9.40am to enable to longer course participants to be transported back to the start to support their families. Views at the halfway point will make the effort worthwhile.
The 11k event will once again be hosting the Athletics NSW Mountain Running Championships
Event details and schedule
All entries via (link to website) Online entries accepted up until 5.00pm on the 29th March, 2019. Note that the “Early Bird” pricing will close at midnight on 28th February. Pricing includes shuttle bus back to the start line for 11k runners.
Late Entries can be accepted at Orange Tourist Centre, Byng St from 2pm - 5pm on Saturday 30th March. No entries on race day will be accepted.
Team entries of 4-6 members will be accepted for both distances, with team times based on the fastest 3 times (with at least one female time in the mixed team time). The team categories are:
11k: All Male, All Female, Mixed, Family (up to 2 adults, 6 members total), Junior (all members U18)
5k: One team category of up to 6 members
Team members are automatically entered into their individual gender/age category and are eligible for placings within their category and the event outright.
Collection of Race Packs
You can collect your race pack (and tee shirt if applicable) on Saturday March 30th from the Orange Visitor Centre (cnr Byng and Peisely St) between 2pm and 5pm. Please bring your confirmation email containing your bib number with you to make the process as quick as possible. Late entries will also be accepted at this location.
On race day, you can collect your race bib from 7am at the registration desk located close to the start at Towac Pinnacle Picnic Grounds (off Pinnacle Rd). Late entries will be accepted until 7:30 on race day. No race packs will be mailed to participants. Your timing chip must be returned at the finish line.
Start Times & Location
The 11k race will start at the Towac Pinnacle Picnic Area and consist of two waves, commencing at 9:00am and 9:10am. You will be allocated a Start Wave based on your usual run time over 10km. Those who can run 10km in less than 50 minutes start in Wave A and those who take longer than 50 mins are in Wave B. The finish is at the summit of Mount Canobolas, where there will be a shuttle bus to transport participants back to the start. The final shuttle bus will return at 12:30.
The 5k race will start and finish at the Towac Pinnacle Picnic Area at 9.40am.
T-shirts for sale online $25.00 with limited stock and may be availble on the day if stock exists.
A 'Clothing Return' is available - a box will be placed near the Start and taken to the Finish area at the summit during the run
Parking & Transport
There is no public transport to the registration/start area.
At the Registration/Start areas parking will be over three or four areas. Please assist by following directions from the Parking Marshalls to achieve maximum efficiency with the space available. There is very limited parking at the summit of Mount Canobolas, any spectators should carefully follow directions of the Marshalls.
Portaloo toilets will be available near Registration area. There are public toilets at the summit of Mount Canobolas.
This will occur at 8:45am. We require all runners to be present at this briefing. Runners are requested to stay on the left of the path at all time, and pay particular attention through the narrow sections. The 5k race briefing will take place at 9:30am. Both races will be electronically chip timed.
3 Drink stations will be located at suitable points on the 11k run and one will be at the turn point on the 5k run
Please note that dogs are not permitted in any part of the start/finish precinct or on the course
Live Results will be available via the live results link on the RunNSW website.