Mount Baw Baw’s third annual Trail Run Festival saw Liz Kenney from Traralgon, Victoria, claim the title of Queen of the Mountain after achieving the fastest time from four competitive runs across three days.
The Baw Baw Trail Run Festival, dedicated entirely to trail running and its lifestyle, was held over Victoria’s Labour Day long weekend (7-9 March) and was strongly attended by trail running enthusiasts.
The event is considered the only one of its kind in Australia to offer a schedule of competitive runs combined with off trail activities such as seminars and technique clinics. Kenney completed a gruelling Marathon from Walhalla to Mount Baw Baw (reaching an altitude of 1567m), followed by a 12km trail run, a 1.5km extreme descent run, and finishing with a 1.5km extreme ascent run to claim her title. Kenney won one of the largest cash prizes in Australian trail running, taking home $1,000.
Having competed in the Trail Run Festival since its inception, Kenney, 46, was thrilled to take the title for the first time. “The Baw Baw Trail Run Festival is one of my favourite events on the trail running calendar,” said Kenney.
“Walhalla to Mt Baw Baw is probably one of the most challenging marathon routes in the country as it’s all trail and 19 kilometres of it is uphill, but the beauty of the snow gum environment on either side of you is second to none,” she said.
The families of trail runners were also catered for with a 3.5km kids and family fun run and walks to the summit of Mount Baw Baw for spectacular views across the Gippsland valley. Mount Baw Baw is set to host the Adventure Kids Festival on the 28-29 March, offering children from the ages of four to 12 nature-based adventure activities over the first weekend of the school holidays.
Visit www.mountbawbaw.com.au and www.adventurekids.com.au for more information.
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