Summer Shorts

New for 2023!

Add some sizzle to your Spring and Summer, at a brand new series of short distance races in parks and campuses on Sunday mornings.  Race at different Summer Short each week from October 22 to November 12 – the perfect lead-in to the Melbourne City Race on November 19, and the Victorian Sprint Champs on November 26.

Here’s what to expect:

  • a great selection of full colour maps
  • three action-packed, fun courses, with something for everyone from newcomers to top sprinters
  • designed for fast thinking, with lots of controls, direction changes and route choices
  • choose your own start time and course
  • Sportident electronic timing, in Air mode (Sportident stick loan included in entry fee)
  • low entry fees; enter online to go into our random prize draw!
  • Kids Run Free at DROC!  Anyone aged 16 or under can enter at no cost; 17-20 year olds pay half price
  • Coaching and assistance for newcomers, and a family-friendly outdoor activity; no limits on age or ability, and no previous experience or special equipment needed

Race Calendar:

  • Sunday October 22 – Jells Park, Waverley Road, Wheelers Hill
  • Sunday October 29 – Lillydale Lakeside, off Hardy Street, Lilydale
  • Sunday November 5 – Tatterson Park, Cheltenham Road, Keysborough
  • Sunday November 12 – Waverley Stadium, off Jacksons Road, Mulgrave

Courses are being planned by current and recent members of the Victorian Junior Squad.  If you’re aiming to compete in the Victorian Primary Schools Championships on November 17, these races are perfect for you!

Courses – expect to finish in 25-45 minutes:

  • Course 1 Long – approx 4-4.5 km
  • Course 2 Medium – approx 3-3.5 km
  • Course 3 Short/Easy – approx 2.5-3 km

Click here to see what a Summer Short Course looks like

Online entry will open on Eventor in early October.  Entry fee per event – $12 for adults, $6 for 17-20, free entry for under 17s.

Questions?  email

Look out for the 2023 Melbourne City Race at Docklands, on Sunday November 19!

Summer Shorts and the Melbourne City Race are brought to you by Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club –


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