Over the second weekend in February Ultra Runners from all over Australia come to Mt Buller and The Victorian Alpine National Park to take part in the Hut 2 Hut 100km course or the 55km The Archie course in support of autism charity Oscars100.
The Oscars100 Hut 2 Hut was created in 2017 and has quickly become known as Australia’s hardest 100km trail race. The Hut 2 Hut course takes in 8 of Victoria’s iconic alpine huts, 10 ascents with a total elevation gain of over 5800m. Competitors cover the distance over 1, 2 or 3 days with the object to push them beyond their comfort zones, to make them want to quit but have no choice to go on. At this point we hope they get a small insight into what it may be like to live with autism, to confront obstacles every day and have no choice but to keep moving.
These events wouldn’t be possible without the brilliant volunteer network that supports Oscars100. Playing a key role in this network are the 4WD clubs that come every year and look after our competitors as if they where family. Yarra Valley 4WD Club, Port Phillip 4WD Club and Peninsular 4WD club give their time, their care and their resources year after year and our competitors love them for it. Without a doubt the highlight of all runners is either laying over at, or running through, a 4WD vollie checkpoint where they are treated to cheers, frozen zooper doopers, home-made soup and wood fired pizza. Without their support our event would be just another running event.
Oscars100, the trail running and hiking community and everyone involved can’t thank the 4WD team enough and we look forward to their support for many years to come.