The course starts and finishes in Coopers Creek and takes you on an adventure in the Mt Oxford Conservation Area. Competitors head up Mt Oxford and along the summit before turning right at the Mt Oxford Route section. There you descend steeply to the Wharfedale Hut. You will check in at the Wharfedale Hut and enjoy the buffet aid station. After a small (or big) refeul you will rejoin the Wharfedale Track and head towards the Ryde Falls Track junction. At this point you will join up with the 15km and 21km competitors and head back towards Coopers Creek.
The trail is variable in difficulty with some very technical sections (in particular the descent down Mt Oxford Route) and then some great running sections (Wharfedale Track). You will encounter a little bit of everything underfoot, including some small creek crossings.
The 32km distance is a nice step up from the usual 21km races and with the stunning scenery and ever-changing conditions underfoot it is an exciting addition to the Mt Oxford Odyssey.
Venue to be confirmed.
If you are staying in Oxford for race weekend you will be able to collect your race pack and have your gear checked on the morning of the race between 6:00am and 6:30am at the start/finish area.
The 32km Mountain Challenge has an approximate elevation gain of 2000m over the distance.
The 32km Mountain Challenge Race allows you to step up from the traditional half marathon distance and test yourself without commiting to a full marathon. The course takes you up Mt Oxford and then on a trip down to the Wharfedale Track. This race is ever changing with terrain and scenery, a great experience and a good challenge.
$145 includes finishers medal, custom event THIRband, post race nourishment, and an experience of a lifetime!
Race start: 7:00am
THE RACE BRIEFING IS HELD 20 MINUTES BEFORE THE RACE START.
Race Briefing: 6:40am
We recommend that you wear trail running shoes with a good grip on them as the trail is technical.
PLEASE REFER TO ATHLETE INFO FOR ALL COMPULSORY GEAR.