Equipment and Safety

MINI Countryman

Have you laid out your shoes? Packed and re-packed? As a proud partner of this year’s event, MINI knows the importance of a stealthy preparation. We’d give anything to be out on the road right now.

That’s why we’re bringing along the MINI Countryman. Our SUV, made for great escapes, long drives and even longer runs. It knows its way around the city, but its heart is in the hills. It’s actually a lot like trail running: once you try it, you’ll never go back!

So once you’ve crossed that finish line, come find us.

Footpro for footwear (and much more)

Footpro are our designated retail partner and are the industry leaders in running shoe fitting, gait analysis and custom moulded insoles and orthotics for all sports, all levels of athlete and every day use. 

Comfort and performance is the goal and their team of footwear technicians are mature, knowledgeable and come from a range of health professional back-grounds such as strength and conditioning and podiatry.

The products are handpicked to accommodate the sports we love.  Brand names are important but our focus is function, fit and 100% Comfort Guaranteed.

COVID-19 ARRANGEMENTS: During this tricky time Footpro are offering ‘One-on-One shoe fittings’ that can be booked in advance.  Maximum of 2 customers in-store at any one time. Call ( 03 9509 9199), email ( [email protected] ) or message to arrange.

$25 DISCOUNT for series entrants. Use code ‘trs25off ‘ at the Footpro online shop, or, present entry email or similar at time of in-store shoe purchase to redeem offer. *Offer excludes SALE items.

Glimmer Gear – hear to support you

We don’t care how fast or slow you are. You are a runner, and that is that! No matter how or where you choose to run, do it with style, do it with a smile and make sure, it’s safe!

We want you to train and take part in every single adventure that comes your way, but most importantly, we want you to achieve it all safely! We make sure you can prevent blisters, chafing and sunburn through to ensuring you have the right gear, so you never miss a footstep, can be spotted. So you can carry everything you need and get yourself out there and home again fully fueled, hydrated and ready to take on any and every adventure that comes your way.

Move Performance Underwear

MOVE Performance Underwear is Melbourne based business focussed on producing awesome sports underwear that keeps you dry, supported, chafe free and comfortable out on the trails. Check them out at and maximise the 20% discount they offer the Rapid Ascent network. Just use code RA20 at the checkout.

The right footwear – what advice have we got:

Many trail runners use specially designed shoes that stand up to the rigours and specific needs of running on trails better than regular road running shoes.

Most trail shoes have aggressively knobby soles that are generally more rigid than road running shoes. The usually compound midsole often contains a lightweight, flexible nylon plastic layer to protect the feet from puncture wounds from sharp rocks or other objects. Since trail running takes place on softer surfaces (grass, dirt) than road races, cushioning is often not as important, so often the shoes are less ‘cushioned’ than their counterparts designed for tarmac.

However… as with road running, different shoe features will appeal to different people, whose individual biomechanics, foot shape, injury profile etc. will suit different shoes. Mostly it is about knowing how you run, what your biomechanic weaknesses are, and what shoe designs are suited to that.

For the best advice on which shoes are right for you, we recommend you go to a good running shop who can put you on a tread mill, look at your running style and see how your foot lands and make a recommendation based on what you need – not just what colours look good. 

Other trail running equipment

For the Trail Running Series Presented by MINI, there isn’t much more that you need in terms of specialist gear given the relatively short distances and the fact that although in beautiful environs, you’ll never actually be far from civilisation! But in general, trail runners may want to think about:

  • Wicking clothing made from polyester, such as trail running tees and polyester fleece mid layer style tops, are best to keep you cool when it’s hot and warmer when it’s not.
  • Compression/circulation garments: whether you believe they work or not, compression garments are great for comfort and protection.
  • Some runners – especially when distances creep up over 10km – may want to think about carrying some water. You can carry it in bottles or in a hydration pack.