Happy Valley & Kalimna Park
The race commences along Forest Street1— a wide thoroughfare out of the town. At the 1.2 km mark a sharp left takes runners on to Happy Valley Road and a gentle ascent2. As the road winds up stunning views abound across the Valley and down on to Forest Creek. The course continues towards Moonlight Flat3 and crosses Moonlight creek, rising up towards Colles Road.
A right turn and welcomed descent, past the Pennyweight Flat cemetery4, takes competitors across a wooden road bridge, where a right turn on to the Forest Creek trail5 winds its scenic way back to Happy Valley Road.
Crossing the course and swinging left up steep Verlan Street6 starts 1.5 km of climbing that sees the course take a fun detour around the Burke & Wills memorial with fabulous views over the town and the Camp Reserve. A right hand turn into picturesque Lyttleton Street climbs further before a left turn takes runners onto the Kalimna Tourist Road. Take in the views through shady pines, over Happy Valley and Moonlight Flat.
The incline becomes a little easier now before taking a left in to Hunter Street, passing the town’s water supply9 on the right with stunning views of Castlemaine to the left. A speedy descent takes runners past the National Trust listed Buda House10 and back into the heart of town. Another left turn and travelling down Barker Street and the Midland Highway, with its majestic plain trees will be a delight. A final right turn into Templeton Street and down the hill towards the Castlemaine train station12, will see competitors, running through the pedestrian underpass to emerge back at the Camp Reserve.