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The Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge is planned for Sunday 24th March 2024 


The GVMC is organised by the Rotary Club of Orange and a committee of members of the Golseekers Orienteering Club and the Orange Runners Club

Registrations are now open for March 2024

For the latest information and registration details please visit the GVMC web site at


Please register early, numbers may be limited 


 Description of the GVMC, 11 km race route 

The Great Volcanic Challenge is an iconic mountain trail run of medium length over three peaks and through beautiful forest. These notes are intended to give potential participants an idea of the race route and its challenges. The accompanying map can be used by those who might like to try the route or part of it before the race. On race day, the route is well marked with tapes and barriers. 

The race route starts about 300m along a track heading in a SW direction from the Pinnacle Picnic Ground. The first section of the route is fairly level, then climbs steadily to about the 1.5km point through pine forest where it reaches a saddle and a major track junction. Take the SW track which climbs fairly steeply until the 2.5 km stage. From here it undulates before it starts climbing again. Rounding a bend towards the 5km stage, there is a fine view of Mount Towac, the first volcanic peak of the race. At about 5.5 km there is another significant track intersection. The NW track enters the Mount Canobolas Conservation Area. After a downhill section on Towac Way, a fire trail heads west through a large iron gate. A drink station will be located here. After 300m, a small footpath to the south winds up to the summit of Mount Towac. The path is quite narrow and can get congested with runners ascending and descending this peak. The general convention is to keep to the left side of the track. On the top of Mt Towac, there are fine views of the surrounding countryside including Mount Macquarie to the SE, the Cadia Valley and gold mine to the south and Mount Canobolas to the north. 

The route then descends along the same path to Towac Way and the drink station. Turning left, the route then follows the road north for just over 1 km to a right turn into the Walls Picnic Ground, there is an aboriginal sacred site which is protected from traffic by large posts. The last drink station will be at this junction. After about 100m, turn north onto a nature trail that leads through some beautiful native forest. After about 900m, at a junction on a saddle, take the path to right, east, follow this to Young Man Canobolas, the second volcanic summit. The latter part of this trail, leading to the summit, is steep and rocky. From the summit, the track returns to the saddle. Continuing in a westerly direction on a well-marked trail follow signs towards the summit of Mount Canobolas. (This last section is steep and challenging, when you are tired.)

It is a challenging run/walk, hence the name but very satisfying. We hope you take up the challenge and join us on race day. 

NSW Mountain Running Championships

Athletics Australia has selected Orange for the 2024 National Mountain Running Championships. 

The course is challenging and most importantly, it is located in the western Region of NSW which encourage the coastal athletes to travel out and provides a local venue for all the distance runners.

We have seen over the years many Olympic & Commonwealth Games representative athletes come and challenge themselves to the high altitude and tougher uphill course in Orange as part of their endurance training.

As mountain running and trail running have limited venues this has been a long established well conducted event thanks to the Orange Rotary Club and Goldseekers Orienteering Clubs.

The championships is an opportunity for registered athletes  to compete in the National Mountain Running Championship and maybe to go on and compete overseas with the Australian Mountain Running team.

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