Sydney Trailrunning Series

The Sydney Trailrunning Series is a series of short course Trailrunning events with distances under 20km and all within 45mins of the Sydney CBD. The Series – to run year round is divided by seasons and these coincide with the annual seasons, summer, autumn, winter and spring. Each season will be held in a single venue and carry cash prizes as well as a deep prize pool of goodies from our sponsors.

The aim of the Sydney Trailrunning Series is to give you some great goal races to target throughout the year as well as keep you on the trails and smiling… Whether you are new to running or trailrunning, looking for a social run or a quick hit out with friends on a Sunday morning, STS is the series for you.

Season 1: Manly Dam.
Manly Dam is a venue waiting for a race to happen. The trails are fantastic – the scenery beautiful and the trails are some of the best for short course trail runs on the north shore. One of the most attractive factors of Manly Dam running is the possibility for a dip in the Dam afterwards!

2nd December, 13th January, 10th February.


 Individual Race Prizes:

Top 20 finishers overall win sponsored prizes.
First Place in each Age Category win sponsored prizes.
Additional Random Bib Prizes drawn for non placegetters.

Season Prizes
Season Prizes are given at the end of the season. Presentation is directly after Race 3 is finished.

Overall Season Winner – this is given to the runner who completes the 3 races in the fastest time overall.
First Overall – Male – $250 Cash Prize
First Overall – Female – $250 Cash Prize

Course Record Holder – in the interest of promoting some fast laps, this prize is given to the course record holder at the end of the season. This is for the fastest single race of the season. If you can’;t make every race – be sure to run a fast one!
Course record – Male – $250 Cash Prize
Course record – Female – $250 Cash Prize

Age Category prizes will be given for the First Overall in each age category for the season.
This will be sponsored product.

Age Categories:
12 – 18yrs
19 – 30yrs
31 – 40yrs
41 – 50yrs



The Start
Runners start at Section 3 on the Manly Dam Grounds. It is easy to find and you will see our tents and finish arch when you arrive… (Check out the map in the info pack for clarification).

The Course
The majority of the 10.2km course is on the various trails that make up the Circuit Trail. Runners head along the Wildflower Walk Trail and follow this along for 2.5km before crossing a fire trail and continuing north along the Curl Curl track. In this section, runners will pass by two waterfalls and some splendid scenery. After crossing and then recrossing the pipeline runners head back towards the dam along Eva’s Track. When runners reach the 5km mark the trail becomes fire trail for the next two km’s with some fast and open running sections before runners head back into the the bush at the 7km mark for some more single trail. Travelling past the waters edge – along more single trail, runners then pop out at the Dam Wall at the 9km mark. Runners cross the Manly Dam wall and tackle the last climb on the Nature Tail as they make their way back to and over the finish line at Section 3.

Course Markings
You will not need a map for this run, the entire course will be marked with Pink Ribbon and Arrows. Marshalls are in place at critical junctions to ensure you are kept on course.

Aid Stations:
There will be a water fill up point at 2.5km and 6km. Mountain Sports runs a NO CUP policy on the course and all runners must comply with the single mandatory item – carry 500ml of fluids. You will be able to top up your water at each of the aid stations.

Finish Line Aid:
There will be a full recovery station at the end of the race. This includes Fruit, Coke, HEED (Hammer Nutrition) and Water. If you require anything outside these items – please provide it for yourself.

First Aid
Mountain Sports employ professional first aid services -upon entering the race you will need to answer a few medical questions. These are so we can treat you in the most appropriate manner if the need arises. Any details provided will be kept strictly confidential.

How to register:


Sean Greenhill

Mountain Sports Events Calendar:

2/12/12- Sydney Trail Series, Manly Dam
13/1/13- Sydney Trail Series, Manly Dam
10/2/13- Sydney Trail Series, Manly Dam
24/2/13- Lithgow Triathlon
6/4/13- Stinging Mettle MTB Enduro, Blue Mountains
4/5/13- WildEndurance, Blue Mountains
16/6/13- Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon, Wolgan Valley
21/7/13- Odyssey Multisport, Katoomba to Penrith
19/10/13- Kanangra Classic Ultramarathon, Kanangra-Boyd National Park
20/10/13- Kanangra Classic MTB Enduro, Kanangra-Boyd National Park
24/11/13- Big Sky Cyclo Sportif, Tarana