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Camp Mtn Trails Challenge – Inc. the Qld Mtn Running Championships – Sun 20th Aug

Camp Mountain Trails Challenge – Sunday 20 Aug 2017 – Incorporating the Queensland Mountain Running Championships and ‘Xtreme Country Challenge’

Bellbird Grove, via Mt Nebo Road (10min drive from The Gap)

Welcome to the Camp Mountain Trails Challenge on the TRAQ calendar.  It’s an established race, but new on the TRAQ calendar. Furthermore, it’s a collaboration between TRAQ and Queensland Athletics to incorporate the Queensland Mountain Running Championships (8.3km).

There are children’s races as well, so bring along the family! Bellbird Grove is a very popular picnic area and morning tea is provided by the local Girl Guides. If not all of your family participate in the event, then for a few dollars you can buy morning tea / fruit.

Prizes are provided by Queensland athletics (medals for the championship distances (1 – 8.3km), The Trail Co. and TRAQ of course.

We have made some changes to the original program and combined the start of the 8.3 and 13.3km races together.

It is a great outing over the top of Camp Mountain and down again.  Enjoy the national park with the bird song, bush and great city views along the way.

Camp Mountain has been used for many years to host the Queensland Mountain Running Championships and the Australian Mountain Running Championships on 4 occasions, as recently as 2011 and 2015.

Course Description

The start and finish lines for all races are at Bellbird Grove about 200m up the main fire break. Bellbird Grove is part of d’Aguilar Nation Park and is a very popular picnic and recreation area. It is about 10 minutes drive from The Gap.

The 8.3km course (minimum age 16 years old) leads up the mountain for 1.5km after which it turns right at the fork in the road. At 3km there is a steep ascent to the top of Camp Mountain on the Samford side. Once at the top (4km) you take the forestry track that runs parallel to the picnic ground and the road. You will continue to run about 150m alongside the road before descending back down to the finish line. The total elevation is about 350 – 400m.

The 13.3km (minimum age 18 years old) does another 5km loop (from the turnoff at the fork in the road). Please note that the 13.3km distance is a non championship event, but for runners only. You need to be able to run all of the flat and downhill sections. If you would like to walk you have to opt for the 8.3km event.

The 4km course (14 and 15 years old) will go straight ahead at the fork in the road for another 500m and then turns around back to the finish line. The total elevation is about 130m.

 The 1km loop at Bellbird Grove hosts the 1, 2 and 3km races (8 – 13 year olds).

The different distances are for different age groups that aligns with Queensland Athletics medals.

Course Map

The course map below incorporates the four courses: the 13.3km course (minimum age 18 years old); the 8.3km course (minimum age 16 years old), the 4km course (recommended for 14 and 15 year olds), and the 1km loop, which is run once, twice or three times, for the 8 – 13 year olds.

 

Registration

In the registration process your eligible categories will automatically pop up for you. Please note that you need to be a TRAQ or Qld Athletics member to take advantage of the discount.

Please enter here.

If you are not a TRAQ member, please join TRAQ.

No registrations are taken on the day, but registrations only close at 2pm the previous day.

Program

 

Pick up your bibs at least 30 minutes ahead of your start time at the registration desk.

8:00 am: start of 8.3km (min age 16) and 13.3km races (min age 18).

8:05 am: start of 4km race for 14 and 15 year olds.

9:00 am: start of 1km race for 8 and 9 years old.

9:05 am: start of 2km race for 10 and 11 years old.

9:15 am: start of the 3km race for 12 and 13 years old.

Presentations will be made at 9:30am


Rules, Medals and Prizes
 

  • TRAQ awards prizes to the overall place getters of the 8.3km and the winners of the 1km, 2km, 3km, 4km and 13.3km races.
  • Queensland Athletics championship medals will be awarded to the 8.3km categories, but not to teams. Please remember that the 13.3km race is not a championship event, which means no QA medals.
  • The junior Xtreme Country Challenge medals will be awarded to the other junior categories age groups.
  • Age groups for juniors are as indicated in the program. Age groups for the 8.3km race are for men and women: 16 – 19 y/o; open; 35 – 44 y/o; 45 – 54 y/o; 55 – 64 y/o and 65+
  • Age groups are determined by the competitor’s age as at 31 December 2017 (i.e. year born), except for Masters.
  • Masters’ ages are taken to be as on the day of the competition
  • As U20, Masters and Opens are competing together in the same race, all 8.3km competitors are eligible for state medals in the Open age group in addition to their own age group (U20/Masters).

Notes

  • Don’t leave any litter behind, take all litter with you.
  • As it is a national park you are not allowed to bring in domestic animals.

 Water

Make sure that you are sufficiently hydrated and have enough energy to run this Mountain Challenge. However, water is at the top of the mountain and there is water and sports drink at the finish line.

First Aid

There is a First Aid Officer in attendance, and there are self help first aid kits available at various points on the courses and at the start / finish line – see the course map.

 Refreshments and Catering

  • TRAQ always includes fruit and morning tea or other refreshments in their entry fees. This year the catering is provided by The Gap Girl Guides. If you have not entered and would like some fruit and morning tea, you can purchase this for a few dollars. Furthermore, you can support the Guides by buying their biscuits.
  • Of course there is a mobile coffee facility to purchase your hot beverage from.
  • And usually there is a fundraiser going on as well, so please bring along some spare change.

 Transport and Direction

  • It’s about a 10 minute drive from The Gap. After about 7 minutes take the right hand turnoff to Bellbird Grove. From there it is about 2 – 3 minutes to the Bellbird Grove picnic area.
  • Please try to carpool, to save the environment, make room for other people who visit the area and to minimise the traffic on the busy (Sunday morning) Mount Nebo Road.
  • If you want to carpool, please indicate this when you register for the event – there is an option to do so. TRAQ will share your details with like-minded others in your area.
  • If you take the 385 bus to the last stop (The Gap Park N Ride) and you would like to get a lift, please indicate at your registration that you would like to car pool.

Volunteering

If you cannot run, but would like to be involved and be part of this great event, please contact Hubertien – details below. Jobs include, registration, parking, marshalling (particularly for the 8 – 13 year olds on the 1 km loop), checkpoints, water station, catering, timing, stand by 4WD.

Contact

  • Hubertien Wichers – Camp Mountain Trails Challenge Race Organiser – Trail Running Association of Queensland (TRAQ).
  • 0404 922 577 – hubertien.wichers@gmail.com

General enquiries for TRAQ: info@traq.org.au

BRISBANE TRAIL MARATHON SUN 28 MAY 2017 – GOLD CREEK RESERVOIR

Brisbane Trail Marathon – Sunday 28 May, 2017

Become a member here (via Qld Athletics).

This event has been held. Entries are closed.

2017 results – here

2016 results and race report – here.

Brisbane Trail Marathon Sun 28 May 2017– Gold Creek Reservoir. Also includes Half Marathon.map btm

 

 

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Marathon course strava map – here
Half Marathon course strava map – here

TRAQ Brisbane Trail Marathon – Event Information

TRAQ presents the Brisbane Trail Marathon, incorporating a full 42.2km Marathon and a 24.7km Half Marathon to be run in the iconic, spectacular terrain of the South D’Aguilar National Park

This iconic trail running event will start and finish at Gold Creek Reservoir, Brookfield. An entry point to Brisbane’s momentous trail network.

Both the Marathon and Half Marathons course will traverse open fire-trails, narrow and single trials passing through a diversity of environments, eucalypt woodlands and lush subtropical rainforest. A full range of trail surfaces will provide all levels of trail runners and even road runners a challenge and the experience that is trail running.

Registration and Cost:

Participants must be over 18 years of age on the day.

Enter here. Entries close Saturday 27th May at 10:00 am – (GMT+10) Brisbane

Entry fees:
Marathon 42.2 km TRAQ member – $75
Marathon 42.2 km non-member – $90
Half Marathon 24.8 km event TRAQ member – $50
Half Marathon 24.8 km event non-member – $65

Refunds are available up to two weeks before the event (-$20 admin cost).

There is a total field limit of 200 participants for the event.

TRAQ Membership: TRAQ has an affiliation with Queensland Athletics (QA). 2017 Annual Membership fees are $17.50 per individual. The registration year runs from1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. Enter here

Race Day

Event Times:  Race Briefing 05:45

Start Times:   Marathon 06:00,         Half Marathon 06:15.

Be there at least 30mins before your start to pick up your race bib.

Course Details:

Marathon:      The Trail Marathon heads west away from the reservoir for a short distance before turning back to track around the circumference of the reservoir, an interesting, varied and challenging single trail through thick bush, coming out at the historic cascading spillway, run pass your supports adjacent to the dam wall and then its full steam ahead up Gold Creek Road to South Boundary Road. Onto Centre Rd as you ascend to Mt Nebo to enjoy the narrow gruelling section of “Hell Hole Break”.

Once back on South Boundary Rd the vertical elevation of the D’Aguilar National Park begins, just over halfway you pass over the highest point of your run. Turning back south on Augies Rd. Enjoying the ascents and descents of trails, continue to Creek Rd., Gold Creek Boundary Track you will complete the course with a run across the top of the dam wall before running through the finish line.

Overall the Trail Marathon has a total elevation gain of approx 2300 mts.

A 7 hour cut off has been declared for the Trail Marathon event.

Half Marathon:         The Half Marathon heads away from Gold Creek Reservoir straight up Gold Creek Road to South Boundary Road. Onto Centre Rd as you ascend to Mt Nebo to enjoy the narrow gruelling section of “Hell Hole Break”.

You will also encounter the ascents and descents along the South Western sections of D’Aguilar National Park as you come back to via South Boundary Rd and the Gold Creek Boundary Track.  Descending the track the last challenge presents with the course turning to take the Gold Creek Reservoir Track an interesting, varied and challenging single trail through thick bush, coming out at the historic cascading spillway. With a final dash to cross the finish line.

The Half Marathon has a total elevation gain of approx 1000 mts.

A 5 hr 30 min cut off has been declared for the Half Marathon event.

 See the map and course profile:

Marathon course strava map – here
Half Marathon course strava map – here

Please note elevation on Strava maps is incorrect. Elevation taken from competitors last year was: 

Marathon approximately 2300 mts and the half approximately 1000 mts.

 Checkpoints / Marshals:

Marshals will be deployed at various sections of the course to assist with direction and guidance.

Checkpoints: For the marathon checkpoint 1 – 5 are located at
• 12km Top of Centre Rd / Mt Nebo Rd,
• 21km South Boundary Rd / Gold Creek Boundary Track intersection
• 27km South Boundary Rd / Augies Rd intersection,
• 33km – Creek Rd and Gold Creek Boundary Track intersection, and
• 38 km – near the stone house on Gold Creek Boundary Track.
The half marathon will pass through checkpoints 1, 2 (4) and 5 at 5, 14 and 21km.
Checkpoints will have water, electrolyte / sports drink, lollies, some fruit, self help first aid kits, and some cola from the 21km/14km mark. Race bib numbers will be checked off at the checkpoints. There will be no drop bags or support crews permitted at checkpoints.
Water for the marathon will be provided at the 7km mark, when the course comes through the start / finish area before heading out to South Boundary Rd.
A paramedic is stationed at checkpoint 2 at the 21km mark (14km for the half marathon), which is about 150m from checkpoint 4 at the 33km mark. The 21km point will also have a port-a-loo.
Please note that checkpoint people are allowed to stop you / get you checked out by the paramedic or even retire you from the race, if they think you are not in a good condition to continue.
You may also be retired at the 27km mark if won’t make the cut off of 7 hours (the cut off time for this point still needs to be determined and will be provided in information that will be sent out to you).

Car Parking:

There is limited parking along Gold Creek Road and at Gold Creek Reservoir. TRAQ recommends you park near the showgrounds on Brookfield Rd, Brookfield and car pool to Gold Creek Reservoir. Please be alert for fellow competitors and offer a lift if you have room. We are seeking additional parking along Gold Creek Rd, if successful, location details will be provided.

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Hydration and Nutrition:

Mandatory: You must carry 1.5lts for the half marathon and 2.0lts for the full marathon. In addition to water ensure you have your own sports nutrition drink or gels to ensure your nutritional need are met along the way.
Checkpoints provide water, electrolyte / sports drink, lollies, some fruit, self help first aid kits, and some cola from the 21km/14km mark..
Make sure you do not litter, you can leave rubbish at the checkpoints.

 

Post Event Catering:

The entry fee includes a BBQ, fruit, cola, water and sports drink to help you replenish and recover afterwards.
Coffee will be available for purchase at the start/finish line.

 

General Points:

 

There is no further compulsory gear for this event, however it is advised you have with you a compression bandage / wound dressing and mobile phone in case of emergency. There will be no pacers.
Make sure you are familiar with the course – see the maps.
All finishers will receive a medal.
Toilets are located at the start / finish area and at 21 /14km checkpoint, which is close to the 33km mark.
I hope you will have great fun running in this event, and I’m looking forward see you all at the finish line!
Paul Vennells, Race Director, Brisbane Trail Marathon.
Please email me for further race enquiries: paul.vennells@ambulance.qld.gov.au

Pinnacles Classic – Confirmed for Sunday 30 April 2017

Pinnacles Classic – Confirmed for Sunday 30 April 2017

Due to Cyclone Debbie we had to postpone the Pinnacles Classic from the 2nd of April to Sunday the 30th of April.

If you have already registered for this event, please check your emails for a message from Hubertien, with further details.

We have extended the entry closing date till 29 April – Entries Closed

Become a member here (via Qld Athletics) to join TRAQ and to receive a discount on the entry fee.

2016 Results here

The Pinnacles Classic is the race where the hills feel like mountains!

This classic race over the many hills at Brookfield around the Gold Creek Reservoir will have a little difference this year. Instead of starting at the gate, we’ll start behind the dam wall. There is more space there, with less risk of running into each other and interference with other users, and, as we experienced at the Brisbane Trail Marathon, it’s great to see the runners coming in over the dam wall.

This year we’ll run the course in anti clockwise direction, so we’ll take off running back towards the gate and then up the hill towards South Boundary Road. There is one checkpoint half way at the rain gauge, so it is necessary that you carry as much as you need to make it to that point. Remember that even in late April it can be still quite hot. Take some fuel for on the way as well, but there will be some fruit and goodies at the checkpoint.

Date and Time: Planned rescheduled date: Sunday 30th April, fast wave starts at 7am, slow wave starts at 6:40am.  Race briefings are 10 mins before the starts. Be there at least 30 mins before your start to pick up your bib and nominate your start time.

Car-pooling required: Options are available during the registration process.

Course: The course is 18km long over serious hills in Brisbane Forest Park (d’Aguillar National Park), at the end of Gold Creek Road Brookfield, starting from Gold Creek Reservoir.  It is a race for seriously fit runners. See the map and course profile further below.

Catering: The entry fee includes a BBQ afterwards, but there will be also fruit, water and (sports) drink to replenish what you have left out there on the trails. Thanks to The Gap State High School students who are raising funds for the Kokoda Youth Foundation to organise the catering for this event! Coffees are available too, but they are for you to purchase separately.

Registration and cost: For participants 18 years and older: entries close at 10 am Saturday 29th April with 150 entrants allowed. Entry cost $35 for TRAQ members and $42.50 for non-members. Entries Closed

TRAQ Membership details here. TRAQ has affiliated with Queensland Athletics (QA). 2016 Annual Membership fees are $17.50 per individual. The registration year runs from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Register now, but nominate your wave on the day when you pick up your race bib from the registration table at least 30min before your start.  Race briefing takes place 10 min before the start of each wave.  Main wave (2) starts at 7am, very slow wave (1) starts at 6:40am.

Please note that the winners and placings are taken from wave 2!

Fuel and Nutrition: you need to carry at least 750mls of fluids. There is one checkpoint halfway along the course with water, electrolytes and lollies.

I hope you will have great fun running this great course, and I am looking forward sharing a laugh and something to eat/drink with you at the finish line!

Hubertien Wichers , Pinnacles Classic Race Organiser

Please email me for further race enquiries hubertien.wichers@gmail.com

Video here

Course Map

Pinnacles Map

Course Profile

Pinnacles Elevations

Strava Event

Results from 2016

Results from 2015

Results from 2014

Results from 2013

Results from 2012

Results from 2011

Results from 2010

Pics and report from 2009 

2014 Race Video

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Walkabout Creek Trails Race – 10 July 2016

Walkabout Creek Run – 9.3km – The Gap – Sunday 10 July 2016

Please find the Walkabout Creek Trails Race 2016 results here.

Awesome action shots from the Walkabout Creek Trail Race on the weekend can be viewed and purchased here: GeoSnapShot. Thanks Matthew and Scott for the awesome shots

Registration: here. Results from last year: results. Become a member here.

Individual TRAQ Member$25.00

Individual Non TRAQ Member $30.00

Welcome to the second running of the Walkabout Creek Trails Race. It is a beautiful course around the Enoggera Reservoir on SEQ Water land within the d’Aguilar National Park.

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In recent years, this area has been developed for recreation purposes, which allows us to organise this race that finishes at the Walkabout Creek Visitors and Wildlife Centre. It is fantastic to have access to this beautiful area only 15minutes away from the Brisbane CBD at The Gap.

The course is fairly short at 9.3km and suitable to most runners from the fast runner who would like to have a nice hit-out to people who are new to trail running or to those who would like to have a nice social run with friends. However,  you need to be 16 years or older. If you are between 16 and 18, you need to have your parent/guardian to sign the waiver.

If you would like to register as a TRAQ member, make sure you are a current financial member. Membership is only $17.50 and if you are already a Qld Athletics member the fee is $7.50. Become a member here.

There are two waves, 5 minutes apart. The first wave is the fast wave, the second wave the slow wave. The first 3 males and females over the lines get the placings, so if you want to be in the running for a place, make sure you enter in the first wave. If the first wave is booked out, contact me, Hubertien on 0404 922 577 or hubertien.wichers@gmail.com, to get a start in the first wave.

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The race starts at the Enoggera Dam Wall, inside the gates of SEQ Water, which is just behind the Park ‘n Ride at the end of The Gap. Whilst the finish line is only 700m away, the course leads all the way around the reservoir for 9.3km to finish on the ‘beach’ of the Walkabout Creek Visitors and Wildlife Centre. The course covers a variety of flatter sections, steep hills, broad fire trails and single tracks.

At the finish line we’ll have a nice morning tea waiting for you, which is included in the entry fee and there is coffee available for purchase from the Green Tree Frog Cafe

Please bring along the family and some extra picnic, because Walkabout Creek is a great area to explore, take a walk, or just hang out near the finish line to see you run the trails from across the water when you have about 2km to go. Once the presentations are done and morning tea is finished, visit the Wildlife Centre with its wombat, platypus, sugar gliders, rain forest birds, snakes and many other animals. Have a look here! There are lots of interesting things to do and see for children. Of course, make sure your children are being supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

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Summary: Registration: here.  Become a TRAQ member here.

Event date: Sunday 10 July 2015 8:00 am, registrations open from 7am (you need to enter online though!)

Event distance: 9.3km

Garmin course link – here  Strava map link – here

Start: Enoggera Dam Wall (SEQ Water), The Gap

Getting there and Parking: The Gap is about 15 minutes drive from the CBD.

Drive out to The Gap along Waterworks Road towards Mt Nebo and turn left just before the Park ‘n Ride at the end of The Gap and park inside the SEQWater gates, which is about 200m from the start line.

Bussing it: consider taking the bus (385), which stops at the bus depot of The Gap Park ‘n Ride, which is right where you want to be, a mere 300m walk to the start line.

Finish: the ‘Beach’ at the Walkabout Creek Visitors and Wildlife centre, which is also the Head Quarters for this part of d’Aguilar National Park.

Finishers’ bags: A vehicle/trailer is provided at the start line to carry your finishing gear to near the finish.

Return to parking: 700m walk.

Number of participants: 150

Checkpoint: about ½ way: at this checkpoint your bib number will be recorded and there will be a self-help first aid kit.

Hydration and Fuel: There is no water or sports drink provided along this course, so if you are not sure about your hydration requirements carry at least 500ml of water. Also, make sure you are properly hydrated and fuelled at the start of the race.  Please take enough supplies with you to last you for the duration of the run, but take your litter with you.

Course familiarisation: The course will be marked, but please make sure you read the course information so that you know where you are going. TRAQ may organise a training run 2 weeks out from the race, so keep your eye out for this on the web page and on Facebook.

Garmin course link – here  Strava map link – here

First Aid: Qualified First Aid person at start and finish, self-help first aid kit at the ½ way check point.

Catering: Morning tea, water and sports drinks are provided to participants and volunteers. Coffee may be purchased from the Green Tree Frog Cafe.

If you have any questions, please give me a ring on 0404 922 577

I hope you will have a great time!

Hubertien, Walkabout Creek Trails Race Organiser and TRAQ President