Schedule/Race Day Info -Plenty Gorge

Sunday 2 June 2024

7:00am – 9:30amRace registration open
8:15amSTART – Long Course
8:30amSTART – Medium Course
9:00amSTART – Short Course
10:45amShort and Medium course presentations and spot prize giveaways
11:45am Long course presentations and spot prize giveaways

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: 
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! The principle parking area is on the large grassy space on the right at the end of Goldsworthy Lane. Overflow parking is along the sides of Goldworthy Lane – but two-way access must be maintained. Click the map for details.

Competitor number plates

Number plate identification

All competitors must pin your number plate to the front of your top so it is clearly visible from the front. Please do not tamper with the timing chip attached to the back.

  • GOLD number plates denote runners who have entered the entire Trail Running Series, doing all 3 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 Wednesday 15 May 2024 will receive their event number plate in the post before the event. If you have not received your race plate by the Thursday before the event please email [email protected]. You will be able to collect a new race plate at the registration tent before the race starts.

Competitors who enter Plenty Gorge AFTER 8:00am Wednesday 15 May 2024 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!

The start

Starting procedure

  • 8:15am Long course race start
  • 8:30am Medium course race start
  • 9:00am Short course race start

All distances will start racing with a single wave start.

Self-seeding

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

Headphones

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!