Race 5 of the short course series is at Blue Mountains National Park starting at Euroka Clearing.
Runners start next to Red Gum picnic area and run up Bennetts Ridge Fire Trail before taking a left turn onto a single track that leads to the Nepean River. Runners will loop back into Darug Campground in Euroka Clearing before making the ‘billygoat climb’ out of the picnic area. At the top of the ridge, runners will make a right turn onto a glorious piece of single track that skirts Portal Waterhole. Runners will exit the single track at the base of Mt. Portal. From there it is a tough climb on fire trail to the top of Mt. Portal and onto Portal Lookout. Runners will turn around here and descend Mt. Portal. Back at the T intersection, runners will make a right hand turn and take the single track back to the main roadway and veer up to the Campfire Creek walking track and make their way almost into the causeway but make a hard turn and head up the Red Hands Cave Track, take take an early exit at Link Trail and heading up a lesser known track into the Ironbark Picnic area to the final descent into Euroka. This is a great course for beginner trail runners and those wishing to blow the cobwebs out after the winter season.