2024 Race series

Middle Ridge Rush 1
19th May 2024 at 8:00 am

Held in the Ourimbah State Forest on Middle Ridge Road and surrounding trails. The course starts and finishes on the 'closed to traffic' section of Middle Ridge Road where it meets Red Hill Road. It's an approximately 2.5 km run that starts on a wide fire trail. Just after the 1 km mark it changes to single track for the journey home. It's not flat and there is enough undulation and varied terrain to challenge both of you. There is approximately 50m of elevation. Do we have your interest?

Middle Ridge Ramble 1
9th June 2024
2.5km or 9km

Held in the Ourimbah State Forest on Middle Ridge Road and surrounding tails. The course starts and finishes on the 'closed to traffic' section of Middle Ridge Road where it meets Red Hill Road. An approximate 9.7 km run that starts on a wide fire trail but it's a bit after the 3km the Ramble gets its name. The trail narrows, and there are logs and mounds to traverse, with a few hills. At around 7km there's a challenging steep washed out section of hill to scramble up. Then more single track to the finish. In all, there is approximately 300m of elevation. Do we have your interest?

Strickland Stinger 1
30th June 2024
4.5km or 10.5km

Held in the Strickland State Forest on various trails finishing the Ridge to Rainforest trail. The course starts at the Banksia Picnic area (top car park). Your choice of an approximate 4.5km or 10.5km trail run that is sure to test your skills. Each trail will take you on a journey from the aussie bush down into the rainforest and then back up to the bush. All on single-track trail, it's a roller coaster run that keeps you on your toes. Do we have your interest?

Middle Ridge Rush 2
14th July 2024
2.5km or 9km

Held in the Ourimbah State Forest on Middle Ridge Road and surrounding trails. The course starts and finishes on the 'closed to traffic' section of Middle Ridge Road where it meets Red Hill Road. It's an approximately 2.5 km run that starts on a wide fire trail. Just after the 1 km mark it changes to single track for the journey home. It's not flat and there is enough undulation and varied terrain to challenge both of you. There is approximately 50m of elevation. Do we have your interest?

Middle Ridge Ramble 2
4th August 2024
2.5km or 9km

Held in the Ourimbah State Forest on Middle Ridge Road and surrounding tails. The course starts and finishes on the 'closed to traffic' section of Middle Ridge Road where it meets Red Hill Road. An approximate 9.7 km run that starts on a wide fire trail but it's a bit after the 3km the Ramble gets its name. The trail narrows, and there are logs and mounds to traverse, with a few hills. At around 7km there's a challenging steep washed out section of hill to scramble up. Then more single track to the finish. In all, there is approximately 300m of elevation. Do we have your interest?

Strickland Stinger 2
11th August 2024
4.5km or 10.5km

Held in the Strickland State Forest on various trails finishing the Ridge to Rainforest trail. The course starts at the Banksia Picnic area (top car park). Your choice of an approximate 4.5km or 10.5km trail run that is sure to test your skills. Each trail will take you on a journey from the aussie bush down into the rainforest and then back up to the bush. All on single-track trail, it's a roller coaster run that keeps you on your toes. Do we have your interest?

Come and enjoy our End of season BBQ after the race, even if you aren't running. There will be plenty of food and great company.

Some FAQ's

Do I have to be a club member to enter?

No, entry is open to anyone. Financial club members do get a special discount, and AFSS members also get one.

Can anyone come and watch?

Sure, come and cheer on your favorite dog, and all the others as well.

Are there discounts for entering multiple races?

Yes, if you enter both races of the same type (Rambler, Rush, or Stinger) you'll get 10% off. If you enter all 6 races you'll get 20% off + the BBQ. Financial club members get a special discount.

What are the race "rules"?

Races will be run under the AFSS rules and regulations.

What race categories are there?

For our first year, we will simply have men's, women's, juniors and open categories.

How fit do I need to be?

You should be reasonably fit for the event you intend to enter. The "rush" races would probably be all running, the "ramble and the stinger" races would probably involve some hiking. Having stated that, you are welcome to hike anytime.

Are there age restrictions on dogs?

Dogs need to be 12 months old to enter into the canicross races. Younger pups can give some of the course a go (at your own risk) after the event has been run.

What vaccination requirements are there for dogs?

Dogs need to be vaccinated, minimum C3 and Kennel Cough, or have a recent titre test (within 12 months)

What about the weather?

Unless it's really bad, we intend to race. Some say a bit of rain gives it extra character or challenge. If it's really bad we will try to reschedule the race.

What type of race start will be used?

It will vary. For the Strickland Stinger the trail being used is all single track, so entrants will be seeded and started at 30-second intervals (fastest first). For the others, it will depend on the number of entrants, we may use a mass start or a couple of small "wave" starts.

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