Trail Running Victoria - Trailsplus

Saturday 26th October 2019



5km  10km  21.1km  42.2km  50km


2019 ENTRIES WILL OPEN 8pm Tuesday 24th September


The Halloween Howler a Trail Running Victoria event, forms part of a 3 race series of night runs in the You Yangs Regional Park. Each race in the series will be carried out on a 5km loop at three different locations within the park precinct.

Race 1 – Halloween Howler, Western Plantation

Race 2 – New Years Eve, Turntable Carpark

Race 3 – Australia Day, Kurrajong Carpark ( Currently NO EVENT )

What's it all about?

We have varied things over the years however the original concept of a 3 race twilight series is to provide an opportunity for runners of all levels to enjoy a low-key, grass-roots style, yet well supported, trail running event. It was created particularly for those considering the next challenge that will take them past daylight and into the sphere of night time running, guided solely by the light of their torch and perhaps a running buddy at their side in support. It is an opportunity to experience the heightening of senses, taking in the many night time trail noises - there's no danger, but it's just what happens!

Enjoy the safe, supportive introduction to night time trail running. It will test those sleep demons for some, but if 100km events are on your radar this is a great place to feel safe and supported and test yourself. Of course the shorter distances are usually done by sunset.

And yes there is no danger, Or is there?????………..bring a sense of humour, just incase

Watch out for those creepy crawlies & freaky creatures that pop out of nowhere - only at Halloween! 

You Yangs Regional Park
Western Plantation
(off Sandy Creek Road)
Anakie VIC 3221

map-link Map & Directions






All Trailsplus events donate $1 of each participant's race entry fee to CanTeen, the Australian organisation for Young people Living with cancer.

Update: In 2018, there were 187 runners and $44 in personal donations.  Trailsplus donated $231 to Canteen for the Halloween Howler run.


The Course

Race 1 of the twilight night series, the "Halloween Howler" race course is a 5km loop, located in the Western Plantation of Sandy Creek Road, "don't enter the main you yangs, its about 2km along the West Boundary. The loop will wind you through the tall timbers, on single trails and some wide open tracks, other runners will be visible through the trees spurring you on.

For the half marathon, the 1st loop is extended to 6.1km.

For the marathon, the 1st loop is extended to 7.2km.


We hope to use chip timing, however in the event we cant we will use our iPad based timing system, therefore your number MUST be visible at all times during the night. It is a great help if you call your number out to us as you pass by.

Check Points

Being a closed loop course there will be a central staging area for all races. Runners will pass through here each lap so food, fluids, gear and first-aid will all be located in one spot. Keeping it simple is the aim!  This will also be a great place for your crew to hang out and enjoy the camaraderie and cheer you on. If you want a sleep, go for your life but let us know you are off the course and then again when you are back on course. Also, the marquees are for aid, drop-bags and lap-scoring. If you really need to nap, use your car.



You can withdraw anytime up to 30 days before and get your entry fee refunded less a 50% admin fee, withdrawing within 30 days there is no refund. Refunds will be credited to your paying credit card.

Now the fine print, please read:

The race may be cancelled for a variety of reasons including but not limited to:

Code Red Fire Day, Total Fire Ban, fire in the region, extreme weather including rain and wind deemed too dangerous (potential falling trees).

The event may be abandoned, even after the race has started, if circumstances develop necessitating cancellation. The race may be rerouted if there is non-threatening impairment of the course but only with the approval of Parks Victoria. In the event of a forced abandonment it is important that all runners are accounted for so ensure you have been identified and checked off before leaving the course/checkpoint. Notification will be given the next time the checkpoint is reached. The decision to cancel the race is the responsibility of the race director or his assistant acting in his capacity. This may occur at the direction of Parks Victoria, DSE, Police or Emergency Services. There is always a possibility of a forced cancellation of the race at short notice prior to the start.

In the event of cancellation of the run due to fire, extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstance (or at the direction of Parks Victoria, Department of Sustainability, or any other authority) attempts will be made to notify entrants as soon as possible. There will be no refund of entry fees if cancellation is within 30 days of race date and no responsibility is taken by the organisers for lost travel or accommodation expenses.

Drop Bags

You can leave your gear in the gear-marquee at the start/finish area. While we provide a space for your drop bag, we cannot take responsibility for your gear.  There will be no on-course aid except to treat emergencies. Pretty simple really. Depending how fast or slow you run your laps, you can decide if you need to carry any food or fluid with you.


There is no mandatory gear!!!

But, and there is always a catch, you will need a headlamp or handheld torch if running after 8:30pm and good idea to have a back-up. If your batteries go flat it could be an early night. No one runs without a light after dusk. Being at night in Victoria, it can get very cold and wet. So better toss in a jacket and some warm clothes like a beanie and gloves. You don't have to wear them unless you feel the need. And if you have a tendency to trip on roots a pair of bike gloves could save you some major dramas.


You must enjoy yourself! You must bring a sense of humour!

All races are a closed loop, follow the markers and don't cut corners or go off track.

Absolutely no littering. Absolutely no excuses.

Follow any directions from organisers or Parks staff.

If you fall ill or get injured and the organisers deem it necessary to call an ambulance, you will be responsible for costs. If you are not an Ambulance Victoria member it is better to join the ambulance in advance, it is not a free service in Victoria.


Play it safe.

If you find an injured runner you must help them out. That is the trail runners code.

If there is an emergency situation that requires evacuation please follow the directions of the organisers or Parks Vic staff or the emergency services in attendance.

Hypothermia can be a serious problem. Dress for the weather. It can sneak up on you, especially if you are wet or stop moving.

Hyponatremia is a serious consideration in any event like this. Know the signs and symptoms. Keep your food and fluid intake up as required, but do not over hydrate. Avoid over-drinking. Drink to thirst. Don't take ibuprofen (Nurofen or similar NSAIDs).

iPods are allowed but you will miss so much of the fun if you choose to use one. They must be out or off at the checkpoint so you can hear volunteers and be aware of passing runners. If you can't hear them coming up behind you be prepared for a tap on the shoulder. At night that could scare the crap out of you!

You are going to be tired when you finish. Good idea to car-pool and have a designated driver. Otherwise have a nap before driving, and have some warm clothes ready to throw on.

It is strongly recommended for the endurance events that you do not drive for at least 4hrs after completion and a minimum of 3 hrs sleep. We not only want you to be safe on the trails but safe getting to and from them. Please make a sensible decision about when it is safe to drive.


Registration/Check in

Please ensure you have completed check in and are registered at least 25 minutes before race start time.

Each event must reach a minimum  of 3 male and female participants in order to proceed , so encourage your friends to join you. If event is cancelled due to lack of competitors, runners will be offered entry to another event or a refund.

Total number of participants is capped to 250.

Times may vary slightly 

3:00pm  50km  
4:00pm   Marathon 
5:00pm   5km 
6:00pm   10km 
7:00pm   Half Marathon 

Presentations shortly after completion of each event.

Please note this is a low key, grass roots event - not too many bells and whistles! Just a celebratory, fun night on the trails.

Park Gates should be open, however if you find the main gate is closed, please contact Brett on 0418 557 052 to have it opened remotely. ( Halloween is not in the main park ) Access is off Sandy Creek Road, Drive North from the intersection of Branch Road and Sandy Creek Road for 2km approx, you can't miss us on the left.


Teams events will only go ahead if 3 teams apply separately via email, there is no option to enter teams online this is to avoid a 1 team event like the past.

Dress Up

We encourage you to wear a costume - any theme you like! It adds fun to the evening and there will be an Official Prize for what we consider to be the best outfit. There may be a 2nd and 3rd best too, We love the effort you go to so want to reward you.


While this event follows a pretty simple formula with a closed loop course and a single staging area, volunteers are always welcome. The main roles will be registering runners, recording lap times and helping out around the aid station,  keeping runners fed and watered.

Anyone with medical or first-aid qualifications and experience is always welcome to help with the first-aid.

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