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Saturday 11 June 2022 from 2 – 4pm Forrest Brewery

Sunday 12 June 2022 from 7.30 – 9am Run Forrest Village (Banks of the Barwon River on Hennigan Crescent Forrest)

What does my entry fee include?

Your entry fee includes the opportunity to experience Run Forrest – a unique trail running experience in the  Otway Ranges & the only opportunity to run the trails surrounding Lake Elizabeth (21km only)

Your entry also includes an official race time recorded by the event Commissarie using an accurate electronic timing system.

Water stations on course (21km & 10km) and fruit in the village.

Traffic control until 12.30pm (21km course)

All competitors will receive a downloadable finishers certificate.

Medals for place getters & product from sponsors


First Aid

Village amenities

Fee schedule can be viewed on the Detail Page of this website.

Your early entry allows for the organiser to provide key amenities and logistics more successfully.

What do I need to do once I have entered online?

Once you have entered on line via the ‘enter online’ page you will receive an email confirming your entry. You do not need to do anything further until the day of the event. On the day of the event you are required to register yourself and collect your race bib from the EVENT REGISTRATION marquee located at the Race Village between 7.30am – 9am.

Event registration for all categroies will be held between 7.30am – 9am on Sunday 12 June 2022

Early registration will be available at the Forrest Brewery on Saturday 11 June from 2 – 4pm

Will I receive my race number before the event?

No!!! Race numbers will not be sent to you prior to the race. You will be provided with your race number when you register on the day of the event at the EVENT REGISTRATION marquee located at the Race Village. Registration opens at 7.30am and closes at 9am.

When do entries close?

You can register online anytime up until 12midnight on Saturday 11 June 2022.

Can I enter on the day?

Yes, entries will  be permitted on the day of the event if categories are not full.  An extra fee will be charged for on the day entries.

What will I receive when I register?

You will receive your race number, pre-ordered race t-shirt (if ordered online) any other additional information regarding the event.

What time does registration close on the day of the event?

Registrations for all categories will be held on the day of the event from 7.30am – 9am. You are required to register yourself at the EVENT REGISTRATION marquee located at the Race Village. If you have not registered for the event you will not be able to compete.

What time does the event start?

The event will start at 10am sharp for the 21km competitor and 10.30 am for the 10 km competitors.  9.15am for 6km & 6kmkids race begins.  


Where can I park during the event?

Parking is not available at the Race Village or in any locations around the event course. Access to the Race Village is strictly via pedestrian access only. There are several areas surrounding the event that provide suitable on street parking options in town.

Please do not park across driveways.

Once you have parked follow the signs to the village via Hennigan Crescent.


Where is the Race Village?

The Race Village is located on the banks of the Barwon River, just outside the township of Forrest (approx 10min walk to the Forrest Brewery & Soup Festival). The Race Village is only a short walk from the township of Forrest. Use Hennigan Crescent to access the Race Village.

Directions from the main township to the race village will be well signed.

The Race Village will be strictly closed to all public vehicles. Public vehicles will not be permitted access to the Race Village.

Where does the course go?

All courses utilise the existing network of tracks and trails surrounding Forrest, the West Barwon Reservoir and Lake Elizabeth.

Click here to view the 21km course map.

Click here to view the 10km course map.

Will the course be distance marked?

Key distance markers and turn arounds will be placed around the course.

Will the course be marshalled?

Marshall’s and Traffic Controllers  will be positioned at various locations around the course.  A motorcyclist will patrol the course for first aid support, evacuation and trail sweep.

Do I need to carry my own water?

We encourage you to carry your own water to ensure you remain hydrated around the course. Drink stations will be positioned at the 5.5km and 17km and in Lake Elizabeth Carpark the 21km course and at the 6km mark of the 10km course. A drink/fruit station will also be located at the Race Village near the start/finish line.

Is there are a bag drop?

Yes there is a bag drop Marquee in the Event Village


Food & Beverages

A small number of food and beverage vendors will be selling food and drinks at the Race Village. You can also bring a packed lunch/picnic to enjoy during the event.  You are not permitted to bring your own alcohol.

Is there fuel in Forrest?

There is no petrol station in Forrest the closest fuel is in Colac (30km) or Apollo Bay (45km).

Will there be toilet facilities on site?

Portable public toilets will be available on site at the Race Village.  Keep in mind that everyone will need the toilet at the same time.  We do our best to provide a suitable no.  however last minute entries make it difficult to gauge.  This is why we request you enter early.

Will there be a presentation?

Yes. There will be an official presentation on the day of the event. This will occur approx. 12.30pm.

If you are a Run Forrest Winner or Place Getter you will receive a medal.  If you have departed before the Presentation you will not be posted your medal.

Will there be medical assistance available?

St John’s Ambulance Service will be in attendance at the event and will be stationed at the Race Village to assist competitors and spectators.

Event marshals will also be situated around the course to assist with any medical issues.

It is recommended that you seek medical advice to ensure that you are fit to participate in this event. This advice should be obtained regularly and with the specific demands of the Run Forrest event in mind. Please take appropriate steps to ensure you are hydrated prior to and during the event.


Is the event time recorded?

All competitors who complete the full course (21km, 10km & 6km events) will receive an official timing. Those who do not complete the course will be classified as DID NOT FINISH (DNF), with no times recorded.  Official event results will be posted on after the event.

Is there a time limit?

The event course will officially close at 2.30pm. Those who have not completed the course by this time will be classified as DID NOT FINISH (DNF), with no times recorded.  Village will be dismantled and packed up from 12.30pm.  Please do not be offended if you finish after 12.30pm and village has been packed up.


If I am unable to participate on the day, can I receive a refund?

Unfortunately, refunds are not available under any circumstances.

If I am unable to participate on the day, can I transfer my entry?

Unfortunately, transfers of entry are not permitted under any circumstance. If a competitor is found to be using another person’s number/timing piece, results will not be recorded.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

Southern Exposure (Event Manager) reserves the right to alter the course or cancel the event without notice should conditions on the day of the event potentially threaten the safety of event competitors, spectators and staff.  If there is an extra ordinary act of nature and the course can not be altered or race conducted or if we are advised by governing agencies on the day we will not refund entry fee’s.


Will I receive an official event t-shirt?

There will be an official event t-shirt available for sale online when you enter

Early Bird T’shirt $30 til 14 March

Early Bird Hoodie $50 til 14 March

Standard T’shirt $40 til 6 June

Standard Hoodie $60 til 6 June

Race Day T’shirt $45

Race Day Hoodie $65

You must collect pre purchased merchandise at the event Merchandise Marquee.  Merchandise will not be posted.


Go to the Run Forrest Visitor Info page Although there is no official accommodation arrangement associated with the Run Forrest event, we encourage you to make the most of your time in Forrest. Stay a night or two (or more!) and enjoy the long weekend in this beautiful part of the world.

For more information on where to stay while in Forrest and the things to see and do, visit the following websites or contact the one of the region’s local Visitor Information Centre’s or I Am Otways

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

Run Forrest Trail Run & Southern Exposure proudly acknowledge the Gulidjan and Gadubanud peoples as the traditional custodians of the Colac Otway Region. We acknowledge that the Run Forrest Trail Run is located and conducts business upon lands of the Gulidjan and Gadubanud people.

We pay our respects to their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to their traditional lands, which continue to be important to them today and into the future.


The Forrest Soup Fest

Still to be confirmed

Run Forrest coincides with the Forrest Soup Fest which will also be held on Sunday 12 June from 10am at the Forrest Football Oval. The festival features beautiful Otway fare including homemade soups, conserves, pickles, cheese, relish, homebrew beers and wines and a wide range of free family entertainment including a jumping castle and market stalls.

Still have questions?

If you have any further queries regarding the Run Forrest event, please don’t hesitate to contact Southern Exposure (Event Manager).

Southern Exposure