Run the Gap
26 May 2019
Run the Gap is a fun run held every year at the majestic Grampians National Park. Not only is this a fun run, but it a way to see and experience Halls Gap, one of the most scenic and iconic natural features in Victoria, while also raising money for a good cause! Participants can complete a scenic 6km walk/run along Fyans Creek trail, run 12kms including a lap across the wall at stunning Lake Bellfield, or test themselves in the 21km trail run. All proceeds go to the RTG community project to enhance bike/walk path. Plus $1 from each registration is donated to the "Grampians Walking Tracks Support Group" assisting to maintain Grampians National Park Trails.
6km run/walk: The 6km run will follow the walking path from the parklands to Tandara Road, crossing the creek and picking up the Fyans Creek Trail to Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and returning along the walking/bike path.12km run: The 12km run will continue from Fyans Creek Trail behind Brambuk and follow varied terrain through to Tymna Drive up to Lake Bellfield (for a lap of the wall) and return via the walking/bike path. The 12K & 6K courses will be clearly marked with cones, kilometre markers plus a lead bike. Please listen to instructions given by course marshals. For your own safety, ensure you eat and drink adequately before the event.21km run: The 21km course is a great introduction to competitive trail running, with a combination of meandering fire trail, steep and technical single track climbs/descents and stunning scenery. Road runners, trail runners both experienced and new will find the variety and diversity of the course rewarding and a worthy challenge. A FAQ sheet and map is provided through registrations when signing up.You will find varying terrain with sandy tracks, sandstone rocks and perhaps even mud, with one major climb and further undulations in the second half. You are likely to see or hear kangaroos, emus and other wildlife, and the views across to Mt. Rosea, the Pinnacle and down onto Lake Bellfield make it all worthwhile. Runners find the run a challenging, but rewarding experience.
Start Times: 21km run – 7:30am12km run – 8:00am6km run – 8:15am6km walk – 8:20amRace Number Pick Up: Will be available at the Halls Gap Centenary Hall from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday and again at 7:00am on event day. Simply line up in the queue that indicates the distance of your event. Note: race numbers will not be mailed out.Assembly Area:Is located at the Halls Gap Parklands, opposite the Visitor Information CentreStart Line Location: The Assembly Area, at Halls Gap Parklands
Halls Gap is 3 hours from Melbourne; 5.3 hours from Adelaide; and 4 hours from Apollo Bay.The village is just 20 minutes from Stawell (home of the Stawell Gift and off the Western Highway) where you can access a daily local bus service to Halls Gap if you are travelling here via public transport.Halls Gap is also within 45 minutes of Horsham and Ararat – the destination of bus and train travel from Melbourne and Adelaide.
Results: Will be posted online by 6:00pm on Sunday 26 May.Participant Clothing: If you wish to drop off a bag or clothing whilst participating in the event, you may do so at the marquee marked Clothing Drop Off in the Parkland. Simply attach your clothing tear off from your event race bib. Please do not leave any valuables (RTG will not be liable for the replacement of any personal possessions lost or damaged).Lost Property: Can be found at the marquee marked Clothing Drop off.Public Toilets: Are located directly opposite the Halls Gap Centenary Hall in the parklands and on course for the 12km runners at Lake Bellfield.Running Etiquette: keep to the left if walking or slower than other runners.Note: There will also be general public (pedestrians and bike riders) using the course, so please be aware you are sharing the path and trails with others.Presentations: The first three males and first three females in the 21km, 12km and 6km runs and the first across the line in the U15 categories will be presented with their medals on the morning at the assembly area. Placegetters will be awarded based on gun time and it is the responsibility of the participant to position themselves closest to the start line, should they believe they have a chance of placing in the event.Mini Run The Gap "For the Little Ones": is for the younger members of the family who are too little to register for the big run or walk. Youngsters can participate in the Mini Run The Gap Circuit in the parkland just for fun after the main event and prior to presentations. Entry is on the day via a gold coin donation; a participation medal will be awarded to all competitors.