Walkabout Creek – Enoggera Reservoir – Sun 08 July 2018

Walkabout Creek Run – 9.3km – The Gap – Sunday 08 July 2018

Please find the Walkabout Creek Trails Race 2017 results here.

Awesome action shots from the 2017 Walkabout Creek Trail Race on the weekend can be viewed here: SOK images (walkabout). Thanks Steve for the awesome shots

Welcome to the fourth 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 aka ‘The Beach’. 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.

Entries to open begin May. Follow our Facebook page for announcements.

Registration:

Individual TRAQ Member $25.00

Individual Non TRAQ Member $30.00

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. You can save up to about $60 a year on our events.

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.

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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 your friends run the trails from across the water. 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. At 10 am you can relax from the run by kayaking the lake, see Walkabout Creek Adventures or contact Fiona Heizmann at fiona@walkaboutcreekadventures.com.au

Event date: Sunday 8 July 2018  8:00 am, race bib pickup from 7am. Please arrive at least half an hour before the start.

Event distance: 9.3km

Elevation: 250-300m

Course map on Strava here

Virtual competition on Strava here

Start: Enoggera Dam Wall (within the SEQ Water area), The Gap. This is nearby the Park ‘n Ride at the start of Mt Nebo Road.

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

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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.

Walk about Creek Run on Google Earth - Paint with km markers

Elevations:  The total elevation gain and loss is around 250m, however, Suunto watches may measure more elevation and drop.  There are some nice hills particularly at the start, 1km, 3km, 4.5km and 6km.

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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 contact me at joriswu@gmail.com or 0414 627 817

We hope you will have a great time!

Your Walkabout Creek Trails Race Organisers

Joris Wu, TRAQ Secretary

Warwick Nichols, TRAQ member

Enoggera Reservoir 3 Elly Mae

Photo copy right: E Mae – Google Earth