Bellarine Rail Trail Run

Bellarine Rail Trail Run
The Bellarine Rail Trail Run is almost an institution in Geelong Running.  Originally set up as a FREE Running event, this fantastic event covers 34km of trail winding its way from East Geelong to Queenscliff.

ERunning is proud to support and recommend this run as one of the great runs you can regardless of where you live.

ERunning offers customized training programs for the Bellarine Rail Trail Run

Run Details

IMPORTANT: This is a group training run and NOT a race, as described below. And it is FREE!

  • The 17km course will be Drysdale to Queenscliff only. 34km remains Queenscliff to Drysdale & return.
  • It is possible to register at Drysdale for those doing the 17km (but see the below registration section if taking the train).
  • Run numbers will be issued at Registration.

The 10th Bellarine Rail Trail Run (17 or 34kms) will be held on Sunday August 18, 2013 as an out & back course from Queenscliff to Drysdale Railway Station & return (34km) or one-way Drysdale to Queenscliff (17km) along the BRT. The trail is tremendously scenic and ideal for running being wide, well marked and all on smooth, unsealed paths aside from the 4.5kms at the Queenscliff end (sealed). More information on the BRT can be found here and here. 292 runners took part in 2011 with many using the event as an ideal training run for the Melbourne Marathon events 8 weeks later. The 2012 event proceeded on a last minute improvised course from Drysdale after heavy rain closed part of the track near Queenscliff.

This event is based upon the original FatAss concept of no entry fee, no help, no support, no assistance and No Wimps. However, over the years the run has moved well away from this concept having marshals, aid stations & distance markers each 5kms. Aid stations will be at approx 6, 10, 17, 24 & 28kms.

The course is relatively traffic free, but you do have to cross some major roads & the railway line, so please take care. The course is also open to the general public and it is important that their use is not affected by the event. For this reason and in FatAss tradition, this is NOT A RACE – there are no prizes for finishing first!