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Major Events

Major Club Events

Traralgon Harriers organise a large number of events for both runners and walkers throughout the year. Events provide a range of distances from 1.5km up to the full marathon distance of 42km and beyond. They are held in a range of settings, track, road and trail that will interest every type of runner.   A brief summary of the major events run each year is provided below.

Traralgon Marathon – Australia’s Oldest Marathon

In 2014 the Traralgon Marathon will be run for its 47th year, making it Australia’s oldest current marathon. The marathon course for many years is out and back from Traralgon to Toongabbie. The club also runs a half marathon and a 10km event on that day to provide an event for all running abilities.tmoc_2013_0013-websize

The event has had some well known runners over the years including famous Australian Boxer, Johnny Famechon, Ultra-marathon runner, Cliff Young and World Champion Distance Runner, Derek Clayton who still holds the race record of 2:13:39 in 1970. Clayton apparently did the race as a warm up for the Mexico Olympics in October 1968 and was in a class of his own. The history books of the women’s marathon is dominated by Sandra Timmer-Arends a winner on seven occasions, (97, 99, 04, 06, 07, 08 & 09). Last year’s men’s winner, John MacKenzie has similarly dominated the event, also winning on seven occasions (01, 02, 08, 09, 10, 11 & 12).

 The Traralgon Marathon is the clubs biggest event and money raiser for the year. Last year $19,000 was raised and donated to Latrobe Regional Hospital. The continued success of the event relies on a significant number of volunteer organisers and helpers from the club so please get involved.

 The 2013 marathon running festival was the clubs most successful so far with close to 900 entries. We hope to maintain and build on that success next year. The date has not been set for 2014 yet, but as always it will be in the first half of June. Hope to see you there!!

Community Fun Run

This very important club event is run each year with the aim of introducing the club and its values to new members of all ages, but in particular juniors. It is held in February/March each year, there is a 1.5km run/walk for kids and the 5km run/walk for adults. cfr-2013-juniors-race-websiteWe encourage all members to bring friends and/or their kids along to this run to introduce them to our great, friendly club. In 2013 $1,600 proceeds from the race were donated to the Latrobe City MSE Williams (Youth Support) Fund which donates money to local youth that need support to achieve their goals.    The 2013 CFR attracted record crowds and was a great success checkout a 2 minute video of the event Traralgon Harriers Latrobe City Community Fun run 2013.

Check out our page for the 16th Annual Community Fun Run 2014

King of the Mountain

This tough event, running 30km from Traralgon to the top of Mt Tassie, also has a long history. The first 11km is a fairly easy jaunt along the flat roads to Traralgon South. From this point on the race is a physical and mental challenge slowly winding uphill to the finish. Everyone that finishes has a great sense of achievement.

Of recent times this race has been run in December and a team relay element has been added to open the event up to those of us who aren’t up to the full distance.

Walhalla Wound Up

Another tough event on the calendar, the Walhalla Wound Up is held in early spring on the picturesque trails around Walhalla. This is a real gem of an event that runners in Melbourne would rave about if only more of them ventured out to give it a chance. With distances of 10km, 21km and the ultra 50km Walhalla is a great day out for everyone. The run starts and finishes in the historic main street of Walhalla and follows some old mining trails and roads through the surrounding State forest. Trail running is really starting to explode in Australia so give it a go in a local event with that friendly Harriers atmosphere.

Keep an eye out in our newsletter or on our website for details of other club runs coming up in the future. Otherwise have a chat to other Harriers about these or other runs, they will be happy to share their experiences.