The Westerfolds event could very well have been the last event in a Big V Series format for our team. We are very proud of the fact we have encouraged runners and families onto the trails in a great transitional format as
many step onto the trails for the first time. We have heard so many amazing stories of people now enjoying more trails after starting with us, we have been able to show people new trails and introduce a running event that catered for all abilities, experiences and speeds under the Friends - Family - Fun - Fast moto and believe we have delivered on that.
With all that said and done it has also provided many levels of challenges and stress, unfortunately the running calendar is very full these days with multiple events all over the state on any given weekend. The low prices and short distances whilst enticing to runners pockets does not provide a need for a level of commitment from runners to signup early and train with many focussing on longer goals. Without those entry fees it is very difficult as an organiser to advertise and grow an event especially one that is not full of bells, whistles and selfies. The event team has ran the series as volunteers for the 2 years believing in the format and it's place in the running community.
As much as we love everyone who has entered, volunteered or shared the series there is hundreds upon hundreds of hours work that goes in behind the scenes which becomes very tiring when trying to work, prioritise family and volunteer time to the running community.
The Big V Trail Series in its second year is the brainchild of TrailLove Global Events (Bellarine Sunset Run) for the Victorian Running Network and proudly supported by Athletics Victoria. Running events once a month from February through April this series has been introduced to provide runners of all levels and abilities accessible trails with destinations suitable for a fun family day out. A defined pathway has been a focus to enable people to progress from running their first one km or two on pavement to enjoying the beautiful unsealed beauty experienced in cross country and trail running.
You will have 3 themed events all held within 45 minutes drive from the Melbourne CBD offering distances of 3 km / 6-7 km / 12-14 km and creatively scheduled to maximise family participation. The 3 km distance is included specifically to tempt the parkrun enthusiasts with it being identified as the perfect entry level to trails after all 5 km parkrun is still a long way when first starting out. It is also our belief a maximum effort over these distances is every bit as challenging and rewarding as the traditional longer distances.
Once again we will host the Athletics Victoria State Trail Championships as part of the series doubling as the Men's & Women's Victorian 10 Mile Cross Country Chamionships at Lysterfield.