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Orange Running Festival

COMMUNITY DASH

 
 

The Our City Real Estate Community Dash is a non-competitive, inclusive 2K run and walk for everyone. 

The course consists of a two kilometre lap of the asphalt Gosling Creek Reserve bike/running track. Participants start near the festival start and finish area and head east following the running and bike path.  The course then turns west to the northwest corner of the reserve.  Walkers and runners will then make their way south west, turning toward the water, and then back east to be cheered in at the finish.

Although not a competitive race, all participants are assigned a numbered timing transponder to enable them to receive a position and time.

If you’re concerned that 2K might be too long for you, there is an optional 400m short course version.  The start point will be at the Western end of the course adjacent to the Forest Road / Bloomfield Road intersection.  Just let us know on the day that you’ll prefer this shorter course.

The Saturday 2K Dash events feature in our Saturday program including five races, award presentations, food and drink vendors and lucky prize draws.  The event site opens at 3pm with activities starting at 3:50pm.  We encourage participants and spectators to enjoy the afternoon and early evening with us.

Event Location

Registrations OpenFriday 1 September 2023
Registrations Close4:00PM Friday 8 March 2024

Note: There will be no entries on the day.
Cost$15 full price entry (+processing fee)
Race DateSaturday 9 March 2024
Suggested arrival time3:15PM
Race Brief3:40PM
Start Time3:50PM
Cut off Time4:25PM
Race Bib CollectionFriday 8 March 2024 – Elephant Park, Woodward Street, Orange
3:30PM to 6:30PM
Saturday 9 March 2024 – Gosling Creek Reserve
1:00PM until race time
Age RestrictionNil
PrizesEvery finisher receives a medal.
Parents and carersParents and carers are permitted to accompany participants if needed
PramsPrams, assistive devices and wheelchairs are welcome

Additional Information

The Community Dash is for runners and walkers of all abilities with a focus on getting out and having fun.  We love seeing runners and walkers of all ages and abilities taking part in the Community Dash.  

There is very generous 30 minute cutoff time, and it’s expected that many of our Community “Dashers” will walk some or all of the distance.  

The full Dash course is a 2K lap of Gosling Creek Reserve.  If you’re not up for this distance, we do have a short course option that measures about 400 metres.  

The short course start is at the very western end of Gosling Creek Reserve, near Forest Road and Bloomfield Road, the same location as our accessible parking and drop-off area.  Any participant can choose to do the short course instead of the full 2K.  

The short course group will start approximately 10 to 15 minutes after the 2K group to make sure the course is clear for them.  We’ll guide our short course group toward the short course start at roughly 3:45pm, ready to begin around 4pm.  Alternatively, you can park or be dropped off at the accessible parking area, right near the short course start.  If you choose to do this, please be sure to pick up your race bib beforehand, possibly on Friday afternoon.

The short course start location and route are on our Accessibility Map.

The full 2K Dash course is on paved pathway through Gosling Creek Reserve.  There a couple of moderate hills on the course, so please consider whether you’re up for those hills.  Alternatively, we have a 400 metre short course that is very flat and fully accessible.

The full Gosling Creek Reserve event site is accessible, but please be aware that some of our event is held on the grassy area, so surfaces may be slightly uneven.  We do have accessible parking and toilets, along with first aid and our Runners HQ tent should you need any assistance.

Please see our Accessibility Map for more detail.

Suggested arrival time is 3:15pm.  If needed, this will allow you to pick up your race bib and have plenty of time to get ready for the briefing at 3:40pm and start at 3:50pm.  

The event site will be open from 3pm onwards so feel free to arrive a little early if you’d like.  Parking will be available even earlier, allowing plenty of time.

Race bibs can be collected on Friday March 8th between 3:30pm and 6:30pm at Elephant Park in Orange.  This may be the easiest option if you’re concerned about having enough time on Saturday.  Friday bib pickup is advised for those doing the shorter 400m course, as the short course start is a long way from the Saturday bib collection area.