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Riverwood Downs Trail Run - July 28 & 29

The Riverwood Downs Trail Run on Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018 is Australia’s newest and most unique timed trail running event where the whole family can enter, including the family dog!

Why is Riverwood Downs Trail Run being held?

Karen Barrett with her Kelpies Cadence and Pace

Karen Barrett, the Founder of Tail Runner Events, is also an Ultra Marathon runner who trains daily with her rescue Kelpies

It always broke her heart to have to leave them at home when she competed in an event so she figured out that there must be other people who felt the same way and would dearly love to run in an event with their dog(s)!

The main aim of the Riverwood Downs Trail Run is to help raise funds for Herd2Homes, a working dog rescue group explains Karen.



"It is estimated that 
120,000 dogs are put to sleep in Australia each year and over 60,000 of those are from working dog breeds. To me, this number is absolutely shocking and I would like to be able to help make a difference in some small way to those dogs that are lucky enough to be rescued from the pounds and put into foster care. 

Herd2Homes is a fantastic organisation and I love the fact that the dogs are trialled on livestock. Their natural herding instinct and their need for mental stimulation as well as physical exercise are some of the main reasons why these working breed dogs end up being surrendered, simply because people did not do enough research in the first place!"

What is the program for this Riverwood Downs Trail Run?

Photo: Tails of the Coast via Riverwood Trail Run Facebook page
Participants can choose from three distances: there is a 4km course designed for those wanting a short quick run or a plod along with the kids as well as three longer events (15km, 30km and 55km).

The location is the magnificent multi-award winning Riverwood Downs, a 750-acre property in the foothills of the Barrington Tops World Heritage Wilderness. It is located in a beautiful rural area known as the Monkerai Valley, between the towns of Stroud and Gloucester. This is a dog-friendly resort and the on-site restaurant even offers a gourmet doggie menu!

Before and after the event, you can explore the property's shady walking trails, tall mountains and cool fresh mountain pools. The crisp clean freshwater river is home to some Platypus and you may be lucky enough to spot them. You can relax at the end of your day in front of a crackling log fire with friendly staff and relaxed country hospitality.

Photo: Tails of the Coast via Riverwood Trail Run Facebook page
Saturday 28th July 2018
The main timed distances are the 15km, 30km and  55km trail runs with about four river crossings.

Sunday 29th July 2018


The open age 4km event is not a timed event. This event is now also open to a Team Relay, consisting of a team of 4 people (with or without dogs) running 4km each. 

The registration fee is a donation to Herd2Homes so you decide what you would like to donate. A handcrafted perpetual trophy has been made, all finishers get a medal, with the winning team taking bragging rights. Everyone who finishes will receive a medal, including your dog!

When: Saturday 28th July from 7:00 am; Sunday 29th July from 1:00pm

Where: Riverwood Downs, 311 Upper Monkerai Rd, Monkerai, NSW, 2415


Tickets: Saturday Trail Runners (Humans) 15km for $30; 30km for $40; 55km for $55; Saturday TailRunners (Dogs): 15km for $15; 30km for $20; 55km for $25.

Sunday: everyone is $10 each for the 4km Family Fun Run and relay team of 4 people with or without dogs

To book your tickets click here before July 25 
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