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Peaks & Trails 2020

Starts Friday August 7th, 2020

Dunkeld, VIC

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Peaks and Trails is a challenging trail running event, starting and finishing in the heart of picturesque Dunkeld.

The weekend offers something for all levels of trail enthusiast with 6 distance options and the FREE Salt Creek Kids Dash.

All distances include private trails normally inaccessible to the public and take in the beautiful Southern Grampians landscape. The longer run options also include trails within Grampians National Park and cover sections of the newly established Grampians Peaks Trail.  The three most Southern peaks, Mt Sturgeon, Mt Picaninny and Mt Abrupt offer runners postcard views of this stunning area.

Event details and schedule

The 6.4km trail, whilst not technical in nature will require vigilance and will consist predominately of grass trails and river flats. 

The 11km trail will be more varied in terrain and will include some undulations with a challenging 2.5km mid-section. This trail presents a good challenge for those transitioning from road to trail. 

The 22km, 26km and 50km trails will encounter all track surfaces as listed above. The 22km runners summit Mt Picaninny (422m) whilst 26km runners summit both Mt Sturgeon (548m) and Mt Picaninny (422m). 50km runners will summit Mt Sturgeon (548m), Mt Picaninny (422m) and Mt Abrupt (827m). 

Mt Abrupt Challenge runners will test themselves against the rugged terrain of Mt Abrupt (827m). Starting at the Mt Abrupt carpark, runners will climb 3.1km, with a total elevation gain of 430m to the summit of Mt Abrupt before retracing their steps back to the carpark. Due to the nature of the trail, this will be a staggered start. Runners will be given a 4.5hr start time window. Marshals will be present on course for official times to be logged. This challenge will provide runners with a perfect warm up for an action packed Sunday. Ultra runners may choose this option to gain a glimpse of what lies ahead.


Event Check In

Event Briefing

Event Start Time



6.2km Mt Abrupt Challenge

Starting from 10:00am

Latest check in at 2:30pm


10:00am onwards staggered start times

Pre-Race Pasta Night


























Kids Dash




12:30pm Presentations

All courses have been measured using GPS technology. However, distances may vary slightly depending on track approvals and in the event of extreme weather conditions. The course will be marked and all efforts will be made to make it easy to follow. Track surfaces will vary significantly throughout the course to include river flats, open woodland, technical loose rocky single trail, 4WD track, sand, tree roots and everything in between. Being August, expect mud, water and slippery conditions. Don’t expect to see much bitumen!



There are NO registrations accepted on the day for all distances. Online entries close at 10pm Tuesday 4th August.

Participants are encouraged to enter online early as entry caps will apply. Please follow our Facebook page to keep up to date on these details.


Due to the nature of certain sections along the trail, entry numbers will be capped and there will be no registrations on the day.  Total entries for the two day program will be limited to approximately 350 runners.  Peaks & Trails Inc., in consultation with Parks Victoria and private landholders, will monitor numbers and will close entries on any distance deemed to have reached maximum capacity.  Participant safety is paramount. Please follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with these details.


There are no qualification requirements for the 6.4km or 11km events. The 22km, 26km & 50km trails do not have strict entry requirements, however the following is a guide for those considering entering these distances.

-          22km & 26km trails within 4hrs 45mins

-          50km trail within 10hrs

Cut off times will be strictly enforced by the course marshal on the day.


A mandatory gear list will be put in place for the Mt Abrupt Challenge, 22km, 26km & 50km trail events. Best case scenario, runners will be required to carry only mobile phone, compression bandage and capacity to carry 500mls of water.

However runner safety is paramount and in the event of high risk weather conditions, the full mandatory gear list below may be enforced. Please follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with these details.

  • Mobile phone
  • Compression bandage
  • Capacity to carry 500ml water
  • Water / wind proof jacket with sealed seams
  • Long sleeve thermal top
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Whistle
  • Personal medical needs eg, asthma pump
  • Beanie or buff

  • Thermal gloves


Car parking is available within close proximity to the start/finish area which is located 100metres from the main street of Dunkeld. Please be aware of road closures and abide by signage for the safety of all participants, volunteers and spectators.

Limited parking will be available at the Mt Abrupt Carpark on Saturday 8th August for the Mt Abrupt Challenge. Car-pooling from the town centre would be advised.


No refund will be given to runners who withdraw prior to the event.  However entries may be transferred to another entrant. A transfer fee of $10 will be charged.


A legal requirement for all participants is the signing of the Peaks & Trails Inc. insurance waiver. It is essential that this be read in full prior to the event. Your understanding of the waiver will be acknowledged when registering online. Participants will also be required to sign the waiver on race day at check-in. Parent / Guardians will need to read and sign a waiver on behalf of any minors participating in the Peaks & Trails Run.

Race Distances

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Running-11km - Individual Age group/open Click to Find Out Btn active register yellow
Running-6.4km - Individual Age group/open Click to Find Out Btn active register yellow
Running-Ultra Marathon - Individual Age gr... Click to Find Out Btn active register yellow
Running-Mt Abrupt Challenge - Individual A... Click to Find Out Btn active register yellow
Running-22km - Individual Age group/open Click to Find Out Btn active register yellow
Running-26km - Individual Age group/open Click to Find Out Btn active register yellow
Running-6.4km - Child Click to Find Out Btn active register yellow

Places to Stay

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Start Location

98 Parker Street, Dunkeld, VIC

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