Camp Mountain Trails Challenge – Sunday 15 September 2019

Incorporating the Queensland Mountain Running Championships and ‘Junior Trails Challenge’


2018 results here.

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

Welcome to TRAQ’s Camp Mountain Trails Challenge, which incorporates Queensland Athletics Queensland Mountain Running Championships and the Junior Trails Challenges for the 8 – 15 year olds.

The distances vary between 1 and 13.3km, are designed to suit different ages and consist of well-constructed forestry trails.

Competition overview

The 13.3km course incorporates the Queensland Mountain Running Championships for the ‘Open’ category, this distance aligns with the Australian and World Mountain Running Championships distances. Minimum age is 20 and the distance is not suitable for walkers; we expect you to be able to run at least all of the flat and downhill sections.

If you fall into a Masters category (over 34) you can opt to run in the 13.3km Open race, but then you forgo the chance to medal in the 8.3km Masters Championship Race.

The 8.3km includes the U20 and Masters Queensland Mountain Running Championships, but it is also open to 20 – 34 year olds as a non-championship run. This distance requires you to be at least 16 years old and is suitable for walkers; this distance should leave you enough time to reach the finish line before darkness falls.

The categories you are eligible for will automatically pop up for you. when you register. Please note again that if you fall in a ‘Masters’ category you can opt to run in the Open category, which means that you forego the chance to medal in your Masters category.

Please note that you need to be a TRAQ and/or Qld Athletics member to take advantage of the discount, just type in MEMBER in the promotional code box. Please check that your membership is up to date. You can join here.
Non-members who register as members and not pay the full entry fee, may not be allowed to start.

Please check the event time table below for the start time of your event and note that all Junior Trails Challenges (for 8 – 15 year olds) are non-championship events.

Prizes: Medals are only provided for individuals in the championship categories (U20, Open, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64 and 65+ age groups). However, there are prizes for the winners across the different distances.

  • Age groups are determined by the competitor’s age as at 31 December 2018 (i.e. year born), except for Masters.
  • Masters’ ages are taken to be as on the day of the competition.
Day schedule

14:15 registration opens

15:00: Start of the 13.3km Queensland Mountain Running Championships

15:05 Start of the 8.3km Queensland Mountain Running Championships

15:05 Start of the 4km Junior Trails Challenge

15:15 Start of the 1km, 2km and 3km Junior Trails Challenges

16:00 Presentations for the Junior Trail Challenges

16:45 presentations for the U20, Open and Masters Queensland Mountain Running Championships

If you have any questions, please contact TRAQ

See you on the 3rd of June!

Hubertien Wichers

Camp Mountain Trails Challenge and Queensland Mountain Running Championships Organiser.

 Course Description

Don’t be mislead by the (for many) shortish distance; this is a fast course with an average ascent and descent of 10%, on which you can really push yourself, so you can make it as tough a race as you would like to make it.

The 8.3km and 4km courses have been used for many years to host the Queensland Mountain Running Championships and the Australian Mountain Running Championships on 4 occasions, as recently as 2015 and 2017.

However, if you want to take it easy and you are not chasing medals, 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.

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 National Park and is a very popular picnic and recreation area.

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 course is the same as the 8.3km course, with the 5km loop over the top of the mountain run twice and the total elevation / descent is 600  -700m.

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), see the course maps.

Course Map

The course map below incorporates the four courses: the 13.3km course (minimum age 20) in red plus yellow; the 8.3km course (minimum age 16) in red, the 4km course (ages 14 and 15) in blue, and the 1km loop in green, which is run once, twice or three times, for the 8 – 13 year olds.

8.3 Km elevation
8.3 Km elevation profile

Registrations to open in 2019.

No registrations are taken on the day, but online registrations only close at 6pm the previous day.

  • Please pick up your race bib from the registration table at least 30 minutes before your race starts.
  • Please carpool
  • 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 and sports drink

Make sure that you are sufficiently hydrated and have enough energy to run this Mountain Challenge. However, water and sports drink are provided at the top of the mountain and water only at the 6.7km mark (1.6km and 2.4km mark for the 4km course). There is also water and sports drink available 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
  • Fruit, afternoon tea and / or other refreshments are included in your entry fee. If you are not a competitor and would like to have these foodies, you can purchase this for a few dollars.
  • The Girl Guides from Walton Bridge, The Gap, assist TRAQ in the catering this year. Please bring some spare change to buy their yummy Guides biscuits.
  • Rachid wille be there with his mobile coffee facility so you can purchase your hot beverage.
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  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.

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.


See you on the 3rd of June!

Hubertien Wichers
Camp Mountain Trails Challenge and Queensland Mountain Running Championships Organiser.

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