Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge to host
2018 Australian Masters Mountain Running Championships

The Australian Mountain Running Association (AMRA) has announced that its (National) 2018 Australian Masters Championships will be run as part of the Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge.  The 13th Great Volcanic will be run on Sunday 25 March 2018 at Mt Canobolas near Orange in Central West NSW.  Our event has been host to the (State) NSW Mountain Running Championships for the last five years and will be again in 2018.

 “The appointment to host the Australian Mountain Running Masters Championships as well as the NSW event is a great honour for the Great Volcanic organising committee” said Chairman Don Martin.  In the past the Australian Championships have been run as a single event but this year they will be conducted in two parts.  The Open and Junior Championships will be run on 15th May in the ACT, while the Masters Championship will be run at Orange on 25 March.

The Masters Championships will be open to all competitors aged 35 or more on race day. Champion and place-getter medals will be awarded in each class, male and female, in five year age brackets from age 35 up to 70 plus.  All participants eligible by age will automatically be included in the Australian Masters Championships. 

Those who perform well in the Masters will be encouraged to represent Australia at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Slovenia on 2nd June 2018.

To simplify determination of place-getters in both the Great Volcanic and the Australian Masters we have revised our age categories to fall in line with AMRA.  Now, instead of 20-29, 30-39, etc we have 20-34, 35-39, 40-44, 40-49, etc

So there are plenty of chances for competitors in the Great Volcanic to be place-getters in the Australian Masters Mountain Running Championships this year.