Come run with us
Welcome to Australia’s newest off road ultra running event, traversing the Great Lakes region of the NSW North Coast. In the LAKES Trail Festival runners can complete 100km, 70km, 50km or 30km. There is also a 12km course for those wanting a shorter trail experience and a 1km Lakes Kids run. The race will start and finish in Hawks Nest taking runners along beaches, past lakes and through forests, tracking some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the Australia. It will have the arguably the most beautiful half way point in Australia beside the beach at Seal Rocks, taking runners past the iconic lighthouse.
Each course follows existing tracks and trails, beaches, lake edges and single track. This trail running experience will be unique as it combines coastal trails with forest tracks, sand dunes, beaches and rocky headlands taking runners through remote wilderness areas.
You can run solo or in a team. Solo runners can go for a quick run or go all day in the ultimate 100km. Teams, of up to 4, can run the 100km course separated into 4 legs and get to finish together. Teams of 2 can run the 50km.
Race weekend starts with rego on Friday 5 July and racing starting on Saturday 6 July 2024 – this is a great time of year to go for a run. Temperature wise it will be cool at night but mild during the day and most likely dry – perfect running weather.
Why run with us
The LAKES Trail Festival is about self-discovery, the re-creation of a sense of adventure and encouraging exploration of the natural landscape. It is about challenging runners, taking them to new places, out of their comfort zone at the same time helping them learn more about themselves. It is about showcasing the Great Lakes regions stunning Myall Coast including its forests, beaches and lakes system.
You will run where people rarely go, across varied landscapes, exploring new spaces, testing yourself and redefining what is possible.
This is more than just a race, it is an adventure. Let’s look at what you get for your money…
- An action packed trail running race experience!
- You will see and experience things most people don’t
- The chance to run in places normally inaccessible
- Full medical team on course taking care of you
- A very cool LAKES Trail Festival momento
- An even cooler finishers medal
- Awesome TA's and super friendly volunteers!
- Memories that will last a lifetime