100km by foot. A single loop through North East Victoria in the heart of Kelly Country. Solo, Teams of 2, Relays of 4, RunNBike. Chase a time, chase your mates. Have you got what it takes?
2014 Event Date: Sunday 26 October 2014
Edward (Ned) Kelly. Simple name; unremarkable. But also unmistakable. He has polarised a nation for generations. He evokes heated debate about villainy. About mateship and loyalty. About right and wrong. Some worship Ned as courageous, loyal, and a national hero. Others detest him as a murderous and conniving criminal.
Whatever Ned is, was, or might yet even be, we know he and his armoured colleagues roamed the beautiful North East of Victoria at a difficult time. The late 1800s saw a population influx looking for and finding gold, but bought with it economic depression, soaring alcoholism and other social difficulties.
Today the North East boasts enviable living conditions, friendly and engaging regional communities, clean crisp air and a vibrancy and diversity with much appeal.
The Ned Kelly Chase exposes the gifts of the North East, leading you along an accurate, fully sealed 100km running course through the Ovens Valley with a mountain landscape.
You will pass towns such as Tarrawingee, Everton, Milawa and Oxley as you make the loop from Wangaratta. The course is very flat and promises to be fast.
You can complete the course solo, as a 50/50 team or in the RunNBike. Or you can bring together a team of 4 and emulate either the Kelly Gang - Ned Kelly, Dan Kelly, Steve Hart and Joe Byrne, or the troopers involved at Stringybark Creek - Sergeant Kennedy and Constables Scanlon, Lonigan and McIntyre.
The course uses the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail from Apex Park Wangaratta to Gapsted (approximately 47km), the Snow Road (on the right hand side) to Milawa (approximately 27km), and then established cycle paths back to the finish line in Wangaratta (final 26km).
A presentation ceremony and early buffet dinner will commence at 4pm. A ticket to this function is included in the entry.
Are you ready to chase?
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