Event Distances

Mt Macedon Trail Runs consist of five events:

  • 10km short - 11:30
  • 21.1km half marathon - 10:30
  • 30km medium - 09:30
  • 42.2km marathon - 08:30
  • 50km long - 07:30

The actual distance of the 50km event can vary be between 50km and 53km pending Parks Vic approvals on course condition each year.

On Course Support and Aid

The event will have aid located at various points along the course.
Aid Stations will have a supply of Water, Sports Drink, Fruit, Lollies etc.
Aid Stations are planned to be at the following locations pending volunteer numbers.
Please note the distances are approximate and may vary 1 - 2 km. Some locations are key junctions and will be utilised in preference to even spacings of aid stations.

Please note the type of aid stations:

Major = sports drink, water, "GELS when available", fruit cake, lollies
Minor = water, lollies

The following information is a guide only at this stage. It will be finalised before the event.

These distances are based on 50km course, deduct Km as needed for your event, check maps, 1/2 marathon distances vary after 12km due to different course, Baringo 22km becomes Baringo 14km, McGregors 26km becomes 18km.

Aid station locations are dependent on available volunteers and my vary

Finish line will have drinks and food available.
The finish line is located at the Harbison picnic ground which is just adjacent to the "Top of the Range Tea Rooms", which will provide a warm shelter and great place to grab a snack and coffee. Just make sure your support crew are out to support you also 🙂

Cut Off Times

To ensure the safety of all participants we will be applying cut off times for the all events except 10km.
The cutoffs will be applied at 4 locations throughout the course as these can be easily accessed by vehicle and we can easily return you to the finish area.

Cutoffs are partially flexible but must fit within traffic management times. If in doubt an early start option can be arranged prior to event day.

21.1km event - start 10:30

  • 14km by 1:00pm (2.5hrs) 
  • 16km by 1:30pm (3hrs) (traffic management ceases at this time)

30km event - start 09:30

  • 22km by 1:00pm (3:30 hrs). approx
  • 25km by 1:30pm (4:00hrs) (traffic management ceases at this time)
  • 30km by 2:30pm (5 hrs). approx

42.2km event start - 08:30

  • 20km by 12:30pm (4 hrs)
  • 23km by 1:00pm (4 1/2 hrs)  (traffic management ceases at this time)
  • 28km by 2:00pm (5.5 hrs - this will be enforced, you will not finish before dark )
  • 40km(approx) by 3:30pm (7hrs), assessed, you will need 1 hour from here
  • 42km (finish) by 4:30pm (8 hrs) 

50km event - start 7:30

  • 22km by 12:00pm (4.5 hrs)
  • 25km by 12:30pm (5hrs)  (traffic management ceases at this time)
  • 30km by 1:30pm (6 hrs - this will be enforced, you will not finish before dark if not through 30km in 6hrs)
  • 40km assessed, maybe diverted to complete marathon only
  • 48km (approx) by 3:30pm (8 hrs)
  • 51 - 53km (finish) by 4:30pm (9 hrs)

Cut off times are adjustable at the discretion of the race director and medical staff.

Our goal is to safely assist you to a successful finish, it is not to cut you off the course, but certain circumstances dictate that your distance maybe be altered mid race to achieve this.

Schedule of Events


Registration Opens6:00am7:00am8:00am8:30am9:30am


BBQ Facilities

There are great BBQ facilities at the finish line.  Bring a long a snag and some bread and enjoy lunch after the race.

Rules and Regulations

All participants must obey the instructions of the race director, event representatives and Parks Victoria employees.

Postponement / Cancellation

Should the weather or other conditions outside the control of the race director prevent the race from proceeding on the scheduled date, the event will be postponed to a future date. Refunds will be not be available if the event is forced to be cancelled. A future date will be organised with Parks Victoria where possible and your entry will carry over to that date only, no refunds available if you can't make the rescheduled date. If we are unable to find a date that suits all authorities the event for that year will be cancelled. This situation is very unlikely but still possible, please understand this before entering.

Paper Cup Free Event

All Trailsplus events now are paper cup free, that means you need to make sure you have a means to drink from our aid stations. You must have a drink bottle or bring your own cup. We sell re usable silicone cups for $2:00 - $2:50 printed.


For the safety of all participants please notify the nearest checkpoint of your intention to withdraw from the event.


All events of this nature carry elements of risk, so it is the responsibility of all participants to conduct themselves in a safe manner and to help other participants if injured or in need of assistance. Conditions can vary quickly with the most likely problem being exposure to the weather. All participants should have suitable clothing as the conditions could be very cool.

iPods other Music Devices

All music devices are discouraged for competitor use while participating in this event.

Under NO circumstances should music of any kind be audible at ANY level to another participant, runners will be asked to turn off the device or be DSQ from the event.

The trails at Mt Macedon are very technical and surrounded by fantastic scenery. There are many single trail sections that require your senses to be at full alert. You cross a major road under traffic control and two minor roads on a few occasions. It is extremely important that you are fully alert to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all involved. On occasions branches can fall from trees. If you hear the break you can most likely avoid the falling branch, if you have music in your ears you most definitely won't. Please, for your safety, AVOID the use music devices.
Please leave your iPods off the trail and enjoy real trail running and the camaraderie of those running with you and respect others who want to enjoy the surrounds and not your music.

Please understand and respect the reasons for the restriction, it is for your safety.

Compulsory Clothing - Mandatory Gear

Often referred to as MANDATORY GEAR. Please note that as Macedon is at a height of 1000m and technically is above the snow line in places, you may be required to carry a minimum amount of clothing. You will be advised in the final pre race news letter if this is likely. The 2011 event had a temperature of 1 degree with wind chill in the exposed areas of -5 degrees. You may be fine in these temperatures while running well, but if you are injured and can't move or have to walk slowly, you will very quickly become hyperthermic. It has also snowed the day after an event. Please ensure you have a suitable jacket, that if required you can start the event.

2019 Mandatory Gear is required. All Runners must have a wind proof preferably rain proof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/buff. A space blanket is highly recommended.


If a participant is injured or becomes incapacitated, if it is safe to do so, other participants MUST assist them to the nearest check point.


No rubbish to be left on the course. Please place all items, no matter how small, in pockets for depositing in bins at check points.  This is extremely important to ensure the ongoing support of Parks Victoria and the future of the race.


Participants should note that public liability insurance exists for this event, however it does not cover individual medical or rescue costs. This cost is the responsibility of each individual competitor. Therefore, it is highly recommended that your ambulance cover is up to date.

Course Notes

The course will be marked, and all efforts will be made to make the course easy to follow. We suggest each participant make themselves familiar with the course.  A little knowledge just may come in very handy.
However, we recommend you carry a map in case you get off course. The map will help you get back to the right place.
Maps will be available for printing from the website in the final pre race briefing notes.

We do everything we can to show you the way, however we have experienced trail marking vandalism, its important you have a reasonable concept of where your going. But most course errors occur due to lack of runner concentration, despite clear markings people still choose the wrong track. A very simple rule when trail running, if there is an option look around, there will be signs or markings pointing you the correct way. And remember don't always follow the person in front of you they may be in a different distance and have a different course to follow.

If your a podium runner, get it right, wrong course equals disqualification, regardless of your watch saying you did the distance required, if you know your off course, go back to where you went wrong and make it right, best fixed as soon as you realise the error.