Virtual Race 2 of the Trail Running Series Australia gets the big tick!



Race 2 of the 2020 Trail Running Series presented by MINI was another successful day according to the 450+ competitors who raced their own course at the exact same time together, virtually, on Sunday 12 July.


During these testing times and subsequent recent lockdown rules and border restrictions, there is one thing we have all found comfort in, providing strength and peace when we need it most… and that is RUNNING!


“Our aim of the virtual races was to provide runners with some motivation to keep running and stay connected and active over the past few months as the event world was turned upside down,” said Event Director Sam Maffett.


The response from competitors was over and above expectations, making for another fantastic virtual race.


“This is the happiest I have felt all week!  You inspired me to run fast and I loved every moment of being part of this terrific group of people,” said Patricia Bowmer, a long-time participant of the Series.


Blaire Rundle of Point Cook thanked the event for giving him the motivation he needed.


“Thanks team for another amazing way to run. With parts of Victorian back in lockdown it was a timely race day and much needed!” said Rundle.


The virtual event format allowed a far broader range of people to participate compared to when conducted as physical races. Runners hailed from across the Country as far as Broome, to Halls Creek, to a number across the ‘ditch’ in Auckland, New Zealand.


“Such an enjoyable race morning; I shared the trails with a great bunch of people,” said Heather Smith of Broome, Western Australia.


“More virtual running events please? Runners in regional areas are really loving them,” said Alana Clarke of Wangaratta, Victoria.


Competitors raced over their choice of distance, 5km, 10km or 15km, on whatever course they had access to whilst respecting social distancing and current COVID-19 restrictions; with Magnus Michelsson backing up his Race 1 win, and Martina Brenna taking out the 15km long course event in a swift time of 00:52:14 and 01:04:25 respectively.


Once again, all runners were able to check-in and connect with the race directors and other runners during the race morning using simple technology such as Facebook Live, ZOOM, Strava and Race Map live tracking.


“To connect with our community and share our experiences has never been more important. And this is exactly what we saw – a supportive, enthusiastic trail community unite in a common love of running and being together,” said Maffett.


Traditionally, the annual Trail Running Series consists of five physical events from 5km to 23km held in beautiful wilderness locations near Melbourne, attracting up to 1,500 keen trail runners at each event.


Hosting the first two races virtually has allowed runners from every State and Territory (and overseas!) to connect and race together, albeit virtually.


Our best endeavours will be made to host two or three physical races to be held between October and January when the current situation has calmed down.


We would like to thank the Series’ major sponsor MINI Countryman – a vehicle that is rugged, resilient and stylish - it definitely suits the mix of urban + adventure lifestyle we runners all pursue.

Rapid Ascents Live Virtual Series is supported by technology partner  Register, Run, Record  and see Live Updates with results, photos, proof and social connect.

Further details on the Trail Running Series can be found at the official event website:



15KM Long Course - Male

  1. Magnus Michelsson – 00:52:14
  2. Jared Tower – 01:01:55
  3. Bryn James – 01:04:11

15KM Long Course - Female

  1.  Martina Brennan – 01:04:25
  2.  Deidre Mattiske – 01:13:17
  3. Sally Littlewood – 01:14:30

10KM Medium Course - Male

  1. Paul-Micah Sullivan – 00:37:9
  2. Jack Crowe – 00:43:10
  3. Corey Chapman – 00:44:12

10KM Medium Course – Female

  1. Kim Michell – 00:48:43
  2. Evelyn Whitelaw – 00:54:04
  3. Elizabeth Walsh – 00:55:57

5KM Short Course - Male

  1. David Martinez – 00:18:09
  2. Shane Bell – 00:19:36
  3. Ollie Maffett – 00:22:05

5KM Short Course - Female

  1. Taryn Furletti – 00:18:50
  2. Kym Renooy – 00:23:05
  3. Emily Zaborski – 00:25:05





Race 1: Sunday 14 June – Virtual Races 5km, 10km, 15km
Race 2: Sunday 12 July – Virtual Races 5km, 10km, 15km

Race 3 and 4: Physical Races – date, location and distances to be confirmed mid-year.