Course Description & Map

The Run - 15km

An undulating rugged out and back course on 4WD Alpine National Park road with 2 creek crossings (that's 4 if you make it back). It starts near the Lake William Hovell boat ramp and heads around the lake and then alongside the King River. The turn around point is Sandy Flats where the King River crosses the road (bit fresh for a swim), then it's back to the lake as fast as you can. If the 2nd river crossing is flowing too high on race day, e.g. flooding, we will extend the course on another 4WD track that has more climbing but a mountain view of the lake to make sure you get your 15kms worth of running.

The Kayak - 12km

Enter Lake William Hovell from the boat ramp and start your 3 laps on one of the cleanest lakes you'll ever see. The lake is well protected with mountains surrounding it, but like any lake it can get a little choppy if windy, the only other chop to deal with will be your competitors and safety boats. Those proficient in the K1 will be fine, as with all kayak events, choose a boat you don't feel tippy in as you won't enjoy your paddle.

You must wear an approved PFD, and appropriate clothing to keep you warm e.g. thermals, not cotton. If you would like to hire a kayak, paddle and/or PFD for the event contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and check out Vigor Kayaks & Paddles.

The Cycle - 39km

The bike transition is next to the boat ramp, you head out onto the bitumen road (taking care on the speed humps), riding alongside the King River to Cheshunt. Turn left and continue onto Whitfield, by this point you will have passed 15 wineries but resist the temptation to stop at the Pub, you'll be back there later in the day to celebrate your efforts. Turning left at the Whitfield Pub you head towards the mountains. Expect a 10km hill climb with great views (take care on the sharp corners), the road then undulates on the Whitlands plateau. You will finish with a left into the Powers Lookout turn off onto gravel, dismount and get ready to run or cheer your team mate home.

The Home Run - 3.6km

The gravel road into Powers Lookout means you have to run, teams can nominate any member of the team to do this leg, you do not have to pay for this leg, consider it a freebie. It's a relatively flat smooth gravel road through the tall gum trees, when you get to a clearing, sprint for home and enjoy the amazing views of the Victorian Alps as you cross the line.

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6km Fun Run/Walk

This event starts at the same time as the 15km event and follows the same course. There is a T-intersection where the 15km runners turn right and the 6km runners turn left. This takes the 6kms runners down to 'Echo Point' which is the other end of the lake, take a quick dip if you like and head back the way you came. The first male and female runners under 18yrs (from race day) earn $20 for their amazing run, or you can just walk it and get your monies worth!

Run leg

The start of the run leg ... not long before the first creek crossing

Kayak leg
John Kent just ahead of James Pretto during the kayak leg
Bike Leg
Ben Roache powering up the hill for mixed team 'Power Rangers'