Overview – Silvan Race

SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER, 2022

The Silvan area of the Dandenongs is quite simply a magnificent part of the world – and this race is often the highlight of the series for many runners (despite being the hardest!).

The 1.7km Kids Run at Silvan is also a highlight as we see our little champions experience the fun of trail running in a beautiful location.

WHERE: The Silvan Reservoir Park, Dandenong Ranges
START TIMES: For the full race day schedule including start times, click HERE.
DISTANCES:

  • Long Course: 20.5km
  • Medium Course: 15.5km
  • Short Course: 8.2km – new course for 2022!
  • Kids Run: 1.7km

You’ll race along trails that wind through mighty Mountain Ash that seemingly reach to the sky overhead, you’ll run past lush tree ferns and gullies of verdant undergrowth all in the friendly company of the local birdlife, including crimson rosellas, kookaburras and the superb lyrebird.

It’s the toughest (but most rewarding) of the series with all courses being a few kms longer and noticeably hillier in comparison to the other races in the Series. The trails are still non-technical and runners of all backgrounds will return with smiles from ear to ear – but – prepare yourself for a challenge because these are tough races!

So make sure you join us for our Silvan race as we step it up, up, up a notch with a challenging but oh-so-rewarding run in a beautiful part of the world! And have our Series Celebrations!

I love being on the trails. The series is a great way to run safely and enjoy the beauty of new trails and places I have not seen before. – Nicky

Kids’ Run

A fun and safe course for kids that will give them a taste for the trail running we all love so much. Kids will get to experience everything the adults do with their own start line, their own course and then get to run down the same finish line to the cheers of the crowd – making it an incredible experience for everyone.

The event is designed for kids generally aged 4-10yrs and will be well marked and supervised by our race marshals to help ensure the kids are OK – as such we recommend that adults / parents do not run with your child but let them experience it for themselves and grow their independence.

Please note, this is a run is NOT a race! It is purely participation-based to get the kids involved in this inspiring event. Participants will receive a race plate however the event is NOT timed and no results will be published.

Spectator info

The start / finish area at The Silvan Reservoir takes place in a beautiful parkland at the base of the reservoir dam wall. This large flat area of verdant green grass is flanked by a mixture of eucalypt and deciduous trees that provides a perfect event HQ for everyone.

Things to see and do for spectators:

  • There is a playground for kids, permanent toilets and large sealed car parking areas providing good facilities for families.
  • There are a range of short and long walking tracks that start and finish from the reservoir park – such as the Stonyford Creek Nature Trail, Messmate Walking track and Grey Gun walking track
  • 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.

About Silvan

The Silvan reservoir was built in 1932 as a water storage for Melbourne and today receives water from the Thomson, Upper Yarra and O’Shannassy Reservoirs, transferring water all over Melbourne. The wall is a large feature of the area and measures 43m high and 644m long and is a spectacle in itself.
Although much of the native vegetation was cleared during the construction of the reservoir, there is still a diversity of native fauna to be found in the park that includes a range of waterbirds, spoonbills, robins, cockatoos and rosellas.

The park has a combination of exotic and native vegetation that represent the cultural history of the area from the 1930s. Stone terraces and vine covered pergolas are the framework for gardens of azaleas and rhododendrons, providing contrast with the manicured lawns and surrounding bush making it a scenic and very attractive location for everyone.

The Dandenong Ranges are a treasure trove of picturesque townships, café’s, bakeries, forest trails and fresh air that make it all the more worth the travel to get to Race 3 for runners and spectators alike. I’m sure you’ll like it here!

Visit the Dandenong Ranges National Parks page on the Parks Vic website for more ideas on what to see and do in Silvan and surrounds.