The Bilpin Bush Run - A race of a different kind
The Blue Mountains provide an amazingly diverse range of terrain for lovers of nature and fitness to push themselves to the limit, and experience wonder and beauty while they are at it. From The North Face 100 to Wild Endurance, thousands of visitors flock to the hills to compete in a race for nature or fame.
On Saturday 22nd August, runners will be treated to expansive vistas of the Blue Mountains as they traverse valleys and mountains, competing in a race of a different kind.
The annual Bilpin Bush Run – a run from Mt Wilson to Bilpin, borders on, and passes through the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park, and on private land not before opened to the public.
The Bilpin Bush Run is the main fundraising event for the Bilpin Rural Fire Brigade, made up of committed volunteers from all walks of life, who make themselves available for their community 24 hours a day. As part of the NSW Rural Fire Service the Bilpin Rural Fire Brigade need to raise funds for extra equipment such as batteries for torches, vehicles, and GPS equipment.
The run commences at 9am at the Bilpin District Hall, with a 32.7 kilometre Long Course or 16.7 kilometre Short Course option and is open to all experienced runners who are trained to run in rough terrain, and teams of up to three runners can register to be ‘in the running’ for a trophy. However it seems to be the Local Legend title that attracts the fiercest competition on the day.
The Bilpin Bush Run doubles as valuable real time training experience for the 100 or more Brigade members who work on the day. The nature of the Run and course provide communication and logistics challenges similar to those faced by fire fighters at real incidents.
If you are looking for a weekend getaway in the Blue Mountains, and love a challenge, then get a team together and book in at Bilpin Springs Lodge. The starting line is only a few minutes drive away. Or book in for a mid-week stay during your training for the big race.
Registrations close on August 14th 2015, so check out the Bilpin Bush Run website for more information on.