Overview – Race 5

The Silvan area of the Dandenongs is quite simply a magnificent part of the world – and this race is often the highlight of the series for many runners (despite being the hardest!). So it’s back again for 2020, and for the first time will be our Series Finale with Celebrations and Series Awards… it’s all happening at Silvan!

The 2.2km Kids Run at Silvan is also a highlight as we see our little champions experience the fun of trail running in a beautiful location.

When: Sunday 11 October, 2020
Where: The Silvan Reservoir Park, Dandenong Ranges
What:

  • Long Course: 21km
  • Medium Course: 15km
  • Short Course: 7.2km
  • Kids Run: 2.2km


2018 Race 3 video to get you pumped! Note, 2020 date is Sunday 4 October.


You’ll race along trails that wind through mighty Mountain Ash that seemingly reach to the sky overhead, you’ll run past lush tree ferns and gullies of verdant undergrowth all in the friendly company of the local birdlife, including crimson rosellas, kookaburras and the superb lyrebird.

It’s the toughest (but most rewarding) of the series with all courses being a few kms longer and noticeably hillier in comparison to the other races in the Series. The trails are still non-technical and runners of all backgrounds will return with smiles from ear to ear – but – prepare yourself for a challenge because these are tough races!

So make sure you join us for Race 5 at Silvan as we step it up, up, up a notch with a challenging but oh-so-rewarding run in a beautiful part of the world! And have our Series Celebrations!

“I had just returned from running an event overseas, and I had to remind myself how stunning the Dandenong Ranges were and how much I loved the route, scenery and environment here! I just loved it!” – Jackie England (2017 participant)  

Kids’ Run

A fun and safe course for kids that will give them a taste for the trail running we all love so much. Kids will get to experience everything the adults do with their own start line, their own course and then get to run down the same finish line to the cheers of the crowd – making it an incredible experience for everyone.

The event is designed for kids generally aged 4-10yrs and will be well marked and supervised by our race marshals to help ensure the kids are OK – as such we recommend that adults / parents do not run with your child but let them experience it for themselves and grow their independence.

Please note, this is a run is NOT a race! It is purely participation-based to get the kids involved in this inspiring event. Participants will receive a race plate however the event is NOT timed and no results will be published.

Series Finale Celebration

The 5th race at Silvan is the final race of the 2020 Trail Running Series presented by MINI Countryman and what better way to celebrate the end of the Series than with a massive party at the finish line! There will be plenty of live music, entertainment, food and drinks at the finish line to allow us all to celebrate the end of the Series in style! Gold Runners will be presented with a finishers’ medal as you cross the line; followed by the Series Finale Presentations with plenty of stories, spot prizes and fun as we cap off another great year of trail running.

Finisher Medals (For Race 5)

All Gold Runners* will receive a finishers’ medal when you cross the line at the end of Race 5 as recognition of your achievement and participation in the 2020 Trail Running Series presented by MINI Countryman.

  • Gold Runners are those runners who have a gold number plate and who entered at least 4 of the 5 races in the series.

Spectator info

The start / finish area at The Silvan Reservoir takes place in a beautiful parkland at the base of the reservoir dam wall. This large flat area of verdant green grass is flanked by a mixture of eucalypt and deciduous trees that provides a perfect event HQ for everyone.

Things to see and do for spectators:

  • There is a playground for kids, permanent toilets and large sealed car parking areas providing good facilities for families.
  • There are a range of short and long walking tracks that start and finish from the reservoir park – such as the Stoneyford Creek Nature Trail, Messmate Walking track and Grey Gun walking track
  • Check out the Parks Victoria visitor guide for maps and further information

Otherwise, hang out at the Event Expo where the finish line is and give everyone a well-deserved cheer as they come through at the end.

About Silvan

The Silvan reservoir was built in 1932 as a water storage for Melbourne and today receives water from the Thomson, Upper Yarra and O’Shannassy Reservoirs, transferring water all over Melbourne. The wall is a large feature of the area and measures 43m high and 644m long and is a spectacle in itself.
Although much of the native vegetation was cleared during the construction of the reservoir, there is still a diversity of native fauna to be found in the park that includes a range of waterbirds, spoonbills, robins, cockatoos and rosellas.

The park has a combination of exotic and native vegetation that represent the cultural history of the area from the 1930s. Stone terraces and vine covered pergolas are the framework for gardens of azaleas and rhododendrons, providing contrast with the manicured lawns and surrounding bush making it a scenic and very attractive location for everyone.

The Dandenong Ranges are a treasure trove of picturesque townships, café’s, bakeries, forest trails and fresh air that make it all the more worth the travel to get to Race 3 for runners and spectators alike. I’m sure you’ll like it here!

Visit the Dandenong Ranges National Parks page on the Parks Vic website for more ideas on what to see and do in Silvan and surrounds.