Overview – Anglesea Race

UPDATE 07-09-2021: The Anglesea Race has been rescheduled to Sunday 6th February 2022. All Anglesea race entries will be transferred to the new date. The next scheduled Trail Running Race will now be at Silvan on Sunday 14th November.

UPDATE 25-8-21: We’re still very confident that the Trail Running Series will able to continue with the 3 remaining races as planned – with the next race at Werribee Gorge on 19 September – however we will only proceed if Melbourne is out of lock down and able to attend. We are continuing to monitor the COVID situation and entrants can take confidence from our refund policy if there are further changes. Thanks for your patience, we’re looking forward to seeing you soon for the escape we all need!

UPDATE 11-08-21: The Anglesea Race has been rescheduled to Sunday 10 October. All Anglesea race entrants were emailed with details of the changes on Friday 13/8.

The 2021 Trail Running Series Race 3 at Anglesea will be held at picturesque Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road down Victoria’s Surf Coast – it’s a spectacular run that’s very different to all others in the Series.

Anglesea will include a NEW Friendly 4km as part of the event program so that friends, family and the local community of our regular and Series runners can also experience the fun of trail running as well!

When: Rescheduled to 6th February 2022

Where:  Anglesea Riverbank Park, Anglesea, Victoria
(note 2019 location was at Anglesea Green. But we are back to the Riverbank Park near Anglesea Main Beach for 2021)
Start times: For the full race day schedule including start times, click here.


  • Long Course: 22km
  • Medium Course: 14.7km 
  • Short Course: 7.8km
  • Friendly 4km

Located just 1hr15mins from central Melbourne, Anglesea’s setting provides for a diverse trail running experience with coastal, bush and undulating landscape – and best of all, starting on the crisp white sand of the Anglesea Main Beach.

Whilst the three races are the longest of the series, consensus is that they are not the hardest of the series due to smaller hills (compared to Race 3) and the undulating flow they capture through the bushland.

Spectators (and runners) should also be aware that for 2021 the Surf Coast Century is on a separate weekend (23rd October) – they used to be held in conjunction with each other.

“We had an absolute ball – giving each other support, chatting along the way and checking out the views – we loved it,” Sarah (short course participant)

Friendly 4km – new for 2021!

We love seeing active kids, family, friends and the community getting involved with all the fun so we’ve added this new event for 2021. It is a standalone race that does NOT count towards any Series points.

The event is designed for those not ready for the Short Course distance of 8km, and is open to ALL abilities and ages, giving everyone the opportunity to be part of trail running.

Please note, there are NO categories. However awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall male and female! So yes, you are TIMED!

Trail Run Series 2021 Official Event T-Shirt. The first 400 GOLD runners who enter 4 or 5 races in the series receive a free event t-shirt. Not running 4 or 5 races? You can still purchase a t-shirt.

Spectator info

Unfortunately – due to current COVID restrictions spectators are discouraged from attending the start / finish area at Anglesea. This is to minimise group gathering size and manage numbers.

Spectators can still come to Anglesea and visit the beach, cafes, heathland and surrounds – there is a lot to see in this beautiful coastal township.

So in 2021 the best place to head whilst waiting for runners is one of the numerous nearby cafes across the road at the shops. Alternately, you can go for a walk past the Surf Life Saving Club and up a section of the Surf Coast Walk to a beautiful lookout over the bay and surrounding coastline all within 1km of the start area. Or just hang out on the Anglesea beach.

Make a weekend of it

Anglesea is known as “Where the bush meets the sea” and “The start of the Great Ocean Road” and is a popular tourist destination year round with an endless list of things to do and places to visit nearby.

The Great Otway National Park basically surrounds the township – almost penetrating into the leafy streets at times, and in conjunction with the Anglesea Heath is a terrific natural backdrop to the township and the trail running races around it. In fact the Anglesea heath contains about a quarter of Victoria’s plant species including over 80 different types of orchids making it a hot spot for nature lovers – and the wildflowers are in full bloom in Spring – exactly when the The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face and Surf Coast Century are on.

Play in the sun on Anglesea’s main beach, a wide sandy expanse beside the Anglesea River, which is perfect for swimming, surfing or just relaxing. Paddle with the kids in the protected waters at nearby Point Roadknight beach, popular with families or explore some of the pristine local beaches that are a little more off the beaten track like Point Addis, Uquarts Bluff or Sunnymeade.

Please view the Anglesea Destination Guide for more information on this beautiful part of the world.


For accommodation we recommend contacting these local businesses:

Great Ocean Road Real Estate

Great Ocean Road Holidays has over 1000 properties along the west coast of Victoria! Our holiday accommodation arm has the largest volume of bookings in the southern hemisphere! If you’re looking to stay in Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne or Apollo Bay, we have an abundance of great properties for you to choose from. Give us a call or go straight to our website. We look forward to seeing you on the coast.


Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park

Stunning location.  Fish. Surf. Swim. Walk. Ride.  The only holiday park in Anglesea with beautiful beach and river frontages! A short stroll to Anglesea Village shops and restuarants, Anglesea Beachfront offers accommodation to suit all styles and budgets from luxury spa cabins to powered bush camping sites.  Enjoy a swim in the lagoon pool, relax in the indoor heated spa or keep fit in the gym.  Access the Surf Coast Walk directly from the park with mini golf, a giant jumping pillow and pedal karts, there’s fun for all ages.  Special bonuses for competitors staying with us during the event. 


For more on what Anglesea has to offer, please visit www.angleseaadventure.com.au