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The Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge is planned for Sunday 27th March 2022 subject of course to COVID developments.

Please Note

  1. Due to low entry numbers in previous events we have decided to cancel the Family Fun Run for 2022, apologies to those who were planning to take part.
  2. There are major works planned for the summit of Mt Canobolas which will not be completed by race day and  will interfere with the usual finish of the GVMC

Contingency plans are in place to end the ‘Challenge’ at the Federal Falls picnic area. This means that at about 100m from the summit you will turn left and run (or walk)  400m downhill to the picnic area for the finish. Buses will be there to take participants back to the start for the presentations but parking in the area will be limited to race officials and volunteers, road closures will be in place to prevent public access

Registrations now open  January 2022 


Please register early, numbers may be limited due to Covid restrictions

A full refund (less a small (10%) service charge) will be given to all registrants should the event have to be cancelled


The Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge starts near the Pinnacle Picnic Reserve and finishes at the top of Mt Canobolas via Mt Towac and Your Man Canobolas(the overall climb is 520M and the distance is 11KM); You can run or walk up fire trails and bush tracks with some spectacular views and a bus takes you back to the Pinnacle Picnic Reserve. 

This is an annual event and entry numbers continue to climb each year. Top runners can finish the Mountain Challenge in under 1-hour, with most participants finishing between 1.5 to 2.5 hours; 

This events is open to everyone – runners and walkers, young and old, individuals and families. But it is a challenge, so be sure you are fit enough to complete the course within 150-minutes.



NSW Mountain Running Championships

Athletics NSW has  selected Orange for the NSW Mountain Running Championships. This will be the 12th year that Orange has conducted the championships with the exception of 2018 when bush fires closed to course.

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 act as guide for registered athletes with Athletics NSW to be selected as a member of the NSW Team to compete at the National Mountain Running Championships. There have been many runners competing in the Great Volcanic Challenge just for enjoyment who have been very successful fun runners only to be encourage to register with Athletics NSW to be selected to go and compete overseas in the Australian Mountain Running team.

Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge Entries

Entry Fees 

Individual Senior: over 18-years of age – $65 early Bird $55

Individual Junior: under 18-years of age – $35 early Bird $30

Entry Classes

Age categories are based on a participants age on the date of the event. 

  • Under 15-years of age
  • 15-17-years of age
  • 18-19-years of age
  • 20-34-years of age
  • 35-39-years of age
  • 40-44-years of age
  • 45-49 years of age
  • 50-54-years of age
  • 55-59-years of age
  • 60-64-years of age
  • 65-69-years of age
  • 70-74-years of age
  • Over 75-years of age

Age categories relate to both male and female participants. 

Great Volcanic Family Trail Run Entries (Cancelled for 2022)

Entry Fees 

Individual Senior: over 18-years of age = $TBA

Individual Junior: under 18-years of age = $TBA

Entry Classes

Age categories are based on the participant’s age on the date of the event 

  • Under 9-years of age
  • 9-10-years of age
  • 11-12-years of age
  • 13-14-years of age
  • 15-16-years of age
  • 17-18-years of age
  • Over 18-years of age

Age categories relate to both male and female participants for all courses. 

Event Information


  • Online entries accepted up to 11:59PM on Friday 25 March 2022
  • Entries on Saturday 26March 2022 12:00PM to 4:00PM at or near The Orange Visitors Information Centre
  • Enter as an Individual only
  • Individual entries are either Junior (under 18 years) or Senior (18 years and over)
  • Entry fees for the main race include shuttle bus return to Registration area at Towac Pinnacle Picnic Ground.
  • The buses operate until 12 noon

Race Packs

  • Race packs will not be posted to participants.
  • Race pack pick-up will be available at The Orange Visitors Information Centre on Saturday 26 March 2022 between 12:00PM to 4:00PM. Where possible please take advantage of the Saturday pick up to reduce the rush on race day morning
  • The packs, including Race No. bibs and any shirts ordered, will also be available at the Registration Area from 7:30 am on race day.

The Start

  • The Start times will be 9:00AM the fastest runners going first. Further staggering of the start may be necessary to meet any COVID restrictions current at the time
  • The objective  is to allow top runners to complete their descent of Mt Towac before slower contestants commence their ascent
  • With electronic timing  at the Start and Finish, there is no handicap in starting a little later.
  • With growing numbers in the event, safety, especially Covid19 safety becomes more important.
  • Please respect the special start procedures to assist with this goal.


  • There is no public transport to the Registration/Start area
  • Portaloo toilets will be available near the Registration area, please respect social distancing.  There will be toilets at the finish point of the race
  • A ‘Clothing Return’ will probably be available, a box will be placed near the Start and taken to the Finish area at the summit during the run (put your clothes in a garbage bag)
  • All finishers will receive a commemorative medal, and a certificate citing their name, time and category placing will be available online.
  • Please note that dogs will not be permitted on the course or any associated area, e.g. Registration, Start and Finish areas.
  • What to wear?  That depends on your ability.  Trainers that fit firmly on the feet are important to deal with gravel roads and bush tracks. Consider sunscreen, hats, and water.
  • Pinnacle Physiotherapy will be offering massage services before and after the event  Look for their marquee near the Registration point

Food and Drink

  • Coffee van at Registration Area from 8am
  • Water stations (3) along main course
  • Water available at the Finish


  • At the Registration/Start areas parking will be over three or four areas.  Please assist by following directions from the Parking Marshals to achieve maximum efficiency with the space available.
  • It is unlikely that spectators will be able to park at the finish as space is extremely limited.

Getting There

  • The start is just 12km from the centre of Orange NSW. There are signs at all turns.
  • Approaching Orange from Bathurst, Cowra or Dubbo, follow the Great Volcanic Mountain
  • Challenge signs from the large roundabout, corner of Summer Street (Mitchell Hwy) and Woodward Road, Orange.
  • Head south on Woodward Rd for 1km, turn right into Racecourse Road, cross a railway bridge and continue south. The road becomes Pinnacle Road and winds its way to Towac Pinnacle Picnic Ground assembly area. (Coordinates: -33.3465, 149.0295)
  • Please take your time on this road, it is narrow with some tight turns.
  • Allow 30 minutes for travel from Orange, parking and walking to Registration Area.

Course maps

  • The main race starts near Towac Pinnacle Picnic Ground on Pinnacle Road, Orange and takes in spectacular views from the volcanic range, passing through changing vegetation on little used forest roads and bush tracks. The course is 11 km.The second half of the course takes in Mt Towac (1350m), some beautiful forest area then Young Man Canobolas (1330m) via bush tracks before ascending to the summit of Mt Canobolas, at 1397m, a climb of 520m and the finish point.
  • The Family Trail Run starts half an hour after the main race at the same starting point follows a different (easier route) to an as yet unnamed plateau with spectacular views and returns to the starting point.
  • The Main Course on Google Maps
  • This is NOT a training map but could be useful for those wishing to get familiar with the course.


Medals will be presented to the fastest female and male competitors for each age category in each event at presentation ceremonies after the events have finished. In addition to the Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge, there will be special awards for the overall male and female winners of that race, the fastest female and male in the junior category (under 18-years of age) and to the oldest female and male competitors that complete the course within the race time of 150-minutes.


Race Packs: Orange Regional Museum 

Event Registration and Race Start: Pinnacle Picnic Area

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