Press Release: 18th January 2016

Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge to host
2016 Australian Masters Mountain Running Championships

The Australian Mountain Running Association (AMRA) has announced that its (National) 2016 Australian Masters Championships will be run as part of the Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge.  The eleventh Great Volcanic will be run on Sunday 20 March 2016 at Mt Canobolas near Orange in Central West NSW.  The Great Volcanic has been host to the (State) NSW Mountain Running Championships for the last three years and will be again in 2016.

 “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 20th 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.  Don Martin advises that special arrangements have been made with AMRA so that no additional entry fee will be payable to compete in the national Championships.  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 Susa, Italy on 27th August 2016.  That course will be quite similar to the Great Volcanic course, 11 kilometres in length with a similar climb component.

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.