Overview – Anglesea Race

The 2020 Trail Running Series presented by MINI ‘Anglesea Race’ 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!

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 2020)


  • Long Course: 22.9km
  • Medium Course: 14.8km 
  • Short Course: 7.8km
  • Friendly 4km

2018 promo video below to get you all pumped up! Note, 2020 Anglesea Race Date is TBC)

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 2020 the Surf Coast Century will be on a separate weekend (5 December) – they used to be held in conjunction with eachother.

“We had an absolute ball – giving each other support, chatting along the way and checking out the views – we loved it,” Sarah (2017 short course participant)

Friendly 4km – new for 2020!

We love seeing active kids, family, friends and the community getting involved with all the fun so we’ve added this new event for 2020. 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!

Spectator info

Unfortunately (for spectators) the runners in the most part do not come past the start / finish area during their races. The long course runners start with a short out and back on the beach that will be good to watch but otherwise they complete a loop to the east of the township, so unless you walk along the trails yourself (which is pretty easy to do) spectators will not see the runners until they finish.

So 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