Sunday 19th January 2020

29km  35km  64km

CANCELLED DUE TO BUSH FIRES

 

begin UPDATED STATUS – Mon 6th Jan 5pm

Notification to our registered B2H runners, and site visitors,

It is with much disappointment and with 100% care and concern for our runners safety, that we make the following announcement.

I am sure you have all read the previous updates by now and have been following news reports and prepared yourself for the pending cancellation of B2H 2020.

Today I have had discussions with several parties including local Alpine Area personnel, Parks Victoria head office event team member and our own volunteer team members including CFA Captain Andrew Blackney, Kevin Johnson and Albury Wodonga Amateur Radio Club Safety personnel.

Considering many aspects of safety including but not limited too,

  • Local region fire activity
  • Local region toxic pollution levels
  • Post fire damage risk
  • Locality road access
  • Current Closures
  • Ongoing potential for current fires to expand in region

From these discussions held today I am confirming that Bogong to Hotham is now officially CANCELLED for 2020.

I would firstly like to thank all who have contributed sound qualified advice to the discussions and the manner in which all parties have worked together to come to this decision.

As always, these decisions are not taken lightly, and we will always have our runners, volunteers and team members involved safety as a top priority.

To the vast majority of runners who have sent supportive message, I thank you for your understanding.

Naturally we never like to cancel events and making a call early is always challenging not knowing what the weeks ahead will prove to be like, but we all feel this is the only decision and the correct decision in the current bushfire situation. This will also allow for other arrangements individuals may need to make.

Again, please stay safe and I would like to pass on messages to anyone considering heading to the area that they do not adventure out in any areas that may impact your health and safety at this time.

end UPDATED STATUS – Mon 6th Jan 5pm

 

Trail Running Victoria - Trailsplus

2020 Fees

Race Fees 64km - $240     35km - $220     29km - $180

Bus Fees if Required One Way $35     Return $70

Eventbrite fees and taxes apply to all purchases

2020 sees the 33rd running of one of Australia's most challenging and spectacular Alpine High Country trail running events.

The custodianship was been handed over to the team at Trailsplus as of the 2017 event after Andy Hewat decided it was time to move on.

Trailsplus director, Brett Saxon, has run the Bogong to Hotham event in 2008, 2009 and 2010 covering the 35km, 42km and full 64km course.

In 2011 he became the assistant race director to Andy Hewat and has worked with Andy for  6 years to provide trail runners the opportunity to experience this amazing part of Victorias high country.

2020 will be the 33rd running of Bogong to Hotham AKA the "Rooftop Run". B2H is a classic race with a rich history embedded in Australian trail running folklore. Starting at Mountain Creek Campground, runners climb the massive Mt Bogong, descend T-Spur to Big River before the next big climb up Duane's Spur to reach the Bogong High Plains.

Passing through the main aid station at Langford Gap, runners continue across the high plains before dropping to the Cobungra River and climbing Swindler's Spur on the way to the finish at Mt Hotham summit.

Undoubtedly, one of the toughest races mile-for-mile in Australia it offers the most spectacular views, the most amazing experience and a real challenge for trail runners.

In the 36 year history, cancellation of the event has only occurred five times as best the we can tell from the records in, 1991, there are no results, but it may have been run? 2004 & 2007 for fires in the area and 2013 severe weather whilst 2015 it was deemed river levels were to high by the Authorities for a safe crossing, plus we had one abandonment mid race in 2012 at 35km due to extreme white out conditions.

Recent years has seen a resurgence of keen trail runners take on the course and we are looking forward to welcoming some of Australia's best mountain runners this year.

The pre-race briefing will be held at the Mt Beauty Community Centre in Kiewa Cres right next to the bakery and dinner on Saturday night and the post race celebrations and awards on Sunday night will be held at the flour+water wood-fired pizza restaurant in Tawonga South.

We look forward to seeing you all in Victorias spectacular High Country very soon.

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

Update: With 66 competitors, topped up by Trailsplus donation, Trailsplus has donated $100 to Canteen for this race in 2019.