Runners join the Mile High club

YOU CAN’T CATCH ME: Cohen Jackson leads his dad Shane Jackson in the 4km event at the Dinner Plain Mile High Trail Run last Sunday.

Runners descended on Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain last weekend when the two alpine villages played host to the two-day Dinner Plain Mountain Running Festival.

Saturday saw the inaugural running of the Great Alpine Road Half Marathon with the 13km route beginning from the Hotham Village.

Runners started at the General and headed down the road to the half way point at Mt St Bernard before returning the way in which they came.

Sunday was the Dinner Plain Mile High Trail Run which offered participants four different distances with 4km, 7km, 21km and 32km events.

The three shorter distances followed tracks around the Dinner Plain village while the 32km course took runners to the Hotham Village and then on to the Cobungra Ditch.

Event organiser Paul Ashton said the weekend was a great success and has the potential to become one of the most popular running events similar to that of the iconic Great Ocean Road Marathon.

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