The Roller Coaster 43km course provides runners with a great challenge on a hilly but stunning course in Melbourne’s best kept secret – the Dandenong Ranges!
Starting at SkyHigh on top of Mount Dandenong and with commanding views across Melbourne, runners begin by leaving Skyhigh and making their way to the Kyeema track where they turn left and follow this trail across the hillside catching a great view as they go. Runners then descend what is known as “the zig zags” which drops through tall Mountain Ash forests and Rainforest Ferns before emerging at Doongalla Picnic Area, a serene opening and the home of Checkpoint 1.
Runners then proceed out of the access road of Doongalla and take a hard left onto Dodds Track where the challenge really begins. Dodds Track has a short and sharp climb (and the current Race Director, Sean Greenhill wants you to know it was included by the Former Race Director – Rohan Day so best curse his name as you run this section). Dodds Track will really test all runners. Runners then cross the Basin-Olinda Road and continue on up Range Road before gradually curving around, running a bit of a Roller Coaster and making their way back to Doongalla for some much earned refreshments…..
Leaving Doongalla for the second time, runners head north, making their way along Camelia Track and Singleton Terrace to the back of the village of Kalorama with more stunning views as a backdrop. From Kalorama, the last climb is sharp and leads runners to the top of the course and up to SkyHigh. From here runners are marshalled onto the reverse loop course and do it all again – in reverse!
This course is true to its name – The RollerCoaster Run!