Saturday 2nd March 2024
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Walk it or Run it, the Conquestathon is the ultimate single day 21km return trek to the summit of Victoria’s highest mountain, Mt Bogong (1986 m).
You’ll be amazed at the spectacular views and changing landscapes along this iconic and challenging hiking track.
We are raising funds for the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club Search and Rescue (BNSC SAR) this crew of amazing volunteers assist police to locate people that get lost in our alpine areas. They are experienced bushwalkers, back country and cross-country skiers and mountaineers who have had specialist search and rescue training. We feel very lucky to have BNSC SAR Volunteers marshalling the CONQUESTATHON course for you on event day.
A donation can be made to BNSC SAR during your registration that goes directly to upgrading specialised search and rescue equipment. Also make sure you send some kudos BSAR’s way when you see their Hi Vis volunteers marshalling at the checkpoints.
Important Times for the event:
Between 6.10am - 6.45am Registration/ Bib collection - Mountain Creek Campground Tawonga, Victoria
6.10am Prior to bib collection, gear checks of mandatory items will take place
6.45am Mandatory Event Briefing at Start area
7:00am Walkers / Hiker event starts
8:00am All participants in the competitive running category must have started by this time
10.30am Trophy presentation and photos
11:30am Mount Bogong Summit cut off time
2:00pm Camp Creek Gap cut off time
- All entrants must be at the clocked check point at Mt Bogong summit by 11:30am. Failure to make this ‘Cut Off’ will mean that entrants need to return back down the Staircase Spur to Mountain Creek Campground. There will be NO exceptions.
- All entrants must be at the clocked check point at Camp Creek by 2pm. Failure to make this ‘Cut Off’ will mean that entrants need to return back to Mountain Creek Camp Ground on the bus. There will be NO exceptions.
- THE COURSE: 21km starting at Mountain Creek Campground – Staircase Spur- Mount Bogong Summit- Eskdale Spur- Camp Creek Carpark- Mountain Creek Campground
- Mount Bogong, the tallest mountain in Victoria is a mighty challenge and the organising committee recommends that you have undertaken a similar grade hike of at least 20km distance and 1,300 meters elevation gain, as training.This is so you know what to expect and how to manage your nutrition and hydration throughout the day.
Current category record holders:
Male Course record time set by Andy Kromar is: 1hr 51 mins
The Female Course record time set by Tory Thomas is: 2hrs 31mins (2023)
The U18 Male Course record time is set by Alec Franzke is: 2hr 07mins (2023)
The U18 Female Course record time set by Rosie Franzke is: 3hr 51mins (2023)
Locally designed and limited edition T-shirts & caps are available to purchase during registration.
- Race/Run/Competitive U18, Open, Over 50
- Hike/Non-competitive U18, Open, Over 50
- Largest Team (team with the most registered participants that complete the event on the day)
- Fastest Team (team with the quickest time, 1st three participants completion times)
AGL SPOT PRIZES: Spot prizes will be awarded randomly to registered participants (any category), winners will be drawn on Wednesday 28thFeb and announced in the final email to all participants on Thursday 29thFeb, so get your registration in early to be in the running for these great prizes sponsored by AGL
FEES: U18 - $30,Open - $40, Over 50 - $40, Family - $100 Don’t miss out and enter now!
NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY
U18 Guidlines:There must be a parent/guardian in attendance and contactable during the whole event. This can be either an adult on the course as a participant or waiting at Mountain Creek Campground.
REGISTRATIONS CLOSE AT 10PM ON FRIDAY 1ST MARCH
More about the History of this iconic event
The Mount Bogong Conquestathon is steeped in history. The event was first held in 1969 and has been run by the Upper Kiewa Valley Lions Club since about 1975. There is only one person who has finished every event!
The Conquestathon had a break for two years due to Covid and bushfires. The declining members of the KV Lions Club meant they were no longer able to run the event.
The Hoppet organising committee believes that the Hoppet is a great fit for the Mount Bogong CONQUESTATHON as they are locally based and have the infrastructure, contacts and knowledge of managing participants in a remote locations to operate the event long term.
The proceeds of the event will be returned to the community in the form of donations to the not-for-profit BNSC SAR group who kindly providing volunteers on event day.