Schedule/Race Day Info -Plenty Gorge

Race day schedule

*Draft Schedule posted below. This will be finalised closer to the event date.

Sunday 4 September 2022

7:00am – 9:30amRace registration open
8:20amHIIT Factory aerobics warm up – long course
8:25amSTART – Long Course (17km)
8:40amHIIT Factory aerobics warm up – short course
8:45amSTART – Short Course (6km)
9:00amHIIT Factory aerobics warm up – medium course
9:05amSTART – Medium Course (11km)
9:12amShort course winner expected
9:35amLong course winner expected
9:47amMedium course race winner expected
10:45amRace presentation and spot prize giveaways
11:15amCourses close and event complete

Event expo

The Event Expo and Start / Finish area at Yellow Gum Park includes sponsors displays, food / coffee for sale, live music, race commentary, social media boards, presentations and plenty more.

All in all it’s a lovely, welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy whether you are running or not. For a full list of services see the Event Expo page.

The location

Event centre and race finish line:
Yellow Gum Park, at the end of Goldsworthy Rd, Plenty

Directions to get to Yellow Gum Park: 
Depending on where you are coming from, navigate yourself to Greensborough and the Greensborough Highway heading North East towards Hurstbridge. Continue along the Diamond Creek Rd and then turn left onto Yan Yean Rd and left onto Memorial Rd at Plenty. Goldsworthy Lane turns off to the left and the start / finish area is in the picnic area at the end of the road. (If you are navigating via Google maps put in ‘Yellow Gum Park’ rather than ‘Plenty Gorge’ to go to the right location).

Distance from the Melbourne CBD:  30km and 42mins according to Google maps.

Car parking and event access:
Event parking will be at the end of Goldsworthy Lane, immediately adjacent the start / finish area – although we encourage people to car pool where possible! There are two parking areas as referred to in the parking map:

  • Parking Area A: If dry – 2WD and 4WD cars, If wet – 4WD cars only
  • Parking Area B: If wet or dry – for 2WD and 4WD cars
  • Overflow parking: On the side of Goldsworthy Ln, please park where directed.

The start

Start line location

The start line is located just 100m away from the Event Expo/Finish line in Yellow Gum Park, just East of the little dam at the road end.

Starting procedure

  • 8:25am Long course race start
  • 8:45am Short course race start
  • 9:05am Medium course race start

All distances will start racing with a single wave start.


Please place yourself in the start chute according to your honest running ability, with fast runners near the front, recreational runners in the middle and those who are here to enjoy yourself towards the back.

  • Please be honest about your ability as it will maximise your and everyone else’s enjoyment if you place yourself accurately
  • Your time will be recorded when you cross the timing mat at the start, so it does not truly matter where you start
  • Those runners waiting for your start are asked to wait to the side of the start chute so you are out of the way of runners getting under way

Competitor number plates

Number plate identification

All competitors are required to wear their race number plate whilst running in the race. Numbers must be safety pinned to the front of your race top so it is clearly visible from the front.

Your number plate will have a small timing tag stuck to the back so we can record your start and finish time. This tag looks just like a strip of foam, so please do not remove it from your number plate otherwise you will not get an official result.

  • GOLD number plates denote runners who have entered the entire Trail Running Series, doing at least 4 of the 5 events in the series.
  • RED, GREEN & BLUE number plates will be given to all single race runners… ie, those who are not entered into the entire Series. Red (long course), Green (medium course), Blue (short course).

If you have a GOLD number plate and are doing all races in the series please KEEP YOUR NUMBER PLATE and timing tag to use for all of your races in the series. We will not be re-issuing number plates to series runners.

Number plate collection

Competitors who entered Plenty Gorge (or the Series) BEFORE 8:00am Friday 19 August will receive their event number plate in the post before the event. If you are going to be away from home or if you have not received it in the post by Thursday 1 Septmeber then please call the Rapid Ascent office on 03 5261 5511.

Competitors who enter Plenty Gorge AFTER 8:00am Friday 19 August must collect their event number plate from Registration on race morning.

Once you have received your number plate (either via post or collection) you do not need to ‘report in’ or register at the event venue on race morning, just warm up, arrive at the start line ready to race!


We strongly encourage all runners NOT TO WEAR HEADPHONES or listen to music whilst running in the Trail Running Series events. This is primarily for your safety, so that runners wishing to overtake on a narrow section of track can communicate with you and advise where/how they’d like to pass without causing a crash. The courses also pass through some magnificent eucalypt bush land filled with birds and other wildlife that is all part of the trail running experience and if you’re pounding away to music you can’t hear that either!