Overview – Race 1

Race 1 kicks off the 2020 season at Yarra Bend, on Sunday 14 June.

The trails beside our beautiful Yarra River used to be our starting point for the Series and we’re looking forward to returning to this beautiful ‘inner-city’ wilderness in daylight for Race 1 in 2020.

You’ll weave along the flowing, non-technical trails beside the Yarra River in these popular and accessible courses – a great way to get some fresh air and freedom this winter!

When: Sunday 14 June, 2020
Where: End of Deep Rock Rd. Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield

  • Long Course: 15km 
  • Medium Course: 10.3km
  • Short Course: 5.2km

The short, medium and long course races will be conducted with a single mass start for each distance.

The courses are the same as 2019 at Yarra Bend, but will be held during daylight hours, NOT as a night race as was the case in 2016-2019. Yarra Bend Park is Melbourne’s largest natural bushland park. Enjoy the leafy grounds and abundant wildlife whilst on the trails. 

Spectator Information

The start / finish area at Yarra Bend Park takes place in a beautiful parkland surrounding the Yarra River. Not far away is the iconic bridge to Studley Park Boat House where there is a cafe and you can hire a canoe – what better way to celebrate your morning trial run!

Things to see and do for spectators:

  • There is a playground nearby for kids, permanent toilets and car parking areas providing good facilities for families.
  • There are a range of short and long walking tracks that start and finish along the Yarra Bend Trails
  • 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.