Brisbane Trail Marathon

Given the recent impact on some of the SEQ trail network and the work subsequently being undertaken by QPWS and SEQ Water, The Brisbane Trail Marathon has undergone a few tweaks to the course for this year only.

There was a slim possibility that we could adhere to the original course, but with a decision not being likely to be made until days before the event, we’ve made the decision to employ a contingency plan.  It will remain the same challenging and picturesque event that you’re used to and we’ll be back to the original course for 2023. 

 

All the details you need are available in the ‘Course Details’ section (link below)

 

Past Results HERE

 

Race Day Information

Register onlineCourse Details

Race Photos

Registration

Where

Enogerra Reservoir, 60 Mt Nebo Rd, The Gap

Open area in front of the dam wall

Race Start

When
Sunday, April, 30th 2023

Entry Fees

TBC

Minimum Ages

Half Marathon 17 years of age on the day,

Marathon 18 years of age on the day.

Refunds / Withdrawals

Refunds are available up to two weeks before the event (less a $20 admin charge).

Event field limit

There is a total field limit of 300 participants for the event.

Race Day

Mandatory Gear

Trail running is a challenging sport on remote trails. Medical and support services are located on the trails at intermittent checkpoints. It may take some time to reach a participant on the course, therefore Mandatory gear is the minimum equipment you are required to carry during an event. This ensures your safety and the safety of others should you be required to assist a fellow trial runner until help arrives.

Marathon – Mandatory Gear

  • Capacity to carry 2 litres of water, (Bladder or Soft Flask)
  • Mobile phone,  Consider Text due to limited coverage.
  • First Aid Kit – Compression Bandage ( 7.5cm x 2.5m), Space Blanket, Wound Dressing (10cm x 10cm)
  • Whistle
  • Soft Cup – TRAQ cups available at registration

Half  Marathon – Mandatory Gear

  • Capacity to carry 1.5 litres of water, (Bladder or Soft Flask)
  • Mobile phone, Consider Text due to limited coverage.
  • First Aid Kit – Compression Bandage ( 7.5cm x 2.5m), Space Blanket, Wound Dressing (10cm x 10cm)
  • Whistle
  • Soft Cup – TRAQ cups available at registration

Suggested Gear

In addition to water ensure you have your own sports nutrition drink or gels to meet your nutritional needs along the way.

Checkpoints provide water, electrolyte / sports drink, lollies, fruit, self help first aid kits, and cola from the 21km/14km mark.

Make sure you do not litter, you can leave rubbish at the checkpoints.

Post Event Catering – subject to any current restrictions:

The entry fee includes a BBQ, fruit, soft drink, / water and sports drink to help you replenish and recover afterwards.

Coffee will be available for purchase at the start/finish line.

Race Day Timing

05:30 – Recommended arrival time to collect bib

05:45 – Race briefing

06:00 – Marathon start

06:15 – Half marathon start

Getting there

Getting There

Access to the dam wall is via the Koala Plantation access road, HERE

Park only in designated parking areas within SEQwater reserved area (race crew will direct you) not along Mt Nebo Road.

Gates will be open from 05:15, till 14:30 if you plan staying longer. park near-by and walk in. Car pooling is recommended as parking is limited, We like to respect our neighbours and keep noise to a minimum, please don’t obstruct any public roads or access to other areas.

Race Start

Course Details

Both the Marathon and Half Marathons course will traverse open fire-trails, narrow and single trails 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.

Half Marathon

Distance: 24.7km

Total Elevation Gain: 1,037m (approximate)

All Trails Map: Brisbane Trail ½ Marathon

GPX File Download

Cut-off time: 5 hours 30minutes

The Half Marathon heads from away from Enoggera Reservoir to the Reservoir Trail (beside the water) to 69 Break, South Boundary Rd onto Centre Rd as you ascend to Mt Nebo to enjoy the narrow gruelling section of “Hell Hole Break”.

Back towards the reservoir via south Boundary Rd to E Break for the return sprint to the finish in front of the dam wall.

Marathon

Distance: 42.37 km

Total Elevation Gain: 1,796m (approximate)

All Trails Map: Brisbane Trail Marathon

GPX File Download

Cut-off time: 7 hours

The Trail Marathon heads west away from Enoggera Reservoir on the Reservoir Trail (beside the water) to 69 Break, South Boundary Rd onto Centre Rd as you ascend to Mt Nebo to enjoy the narrow gruelling section of “Hell Hole Break”.

Back onto South Boundary Road. out along South Boundary Rd this time to Scrub Rd, up to Mt Nebo Break, for a trot along Blacksoil Break, this trial will take you back to South Boundary Rd for the return leg to E Break for the sprint to the finish in front of the dam wall.

Checkpoints / Marshals

Check Points

1. 11km Mt Nebo Rd/Centre Rd

2. 17km South Boundary / Scrub Rd (full)

3. 25km Scrub Rd / Mt Nebo Break (full )

4. 34.5 South Boundary / Centre Rd (all)

Marshal/Water Point –  South Boundary/E Break                                     

Paramedic will be at top of Hell Hole Break also the port-a-loo will be located here.

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

Checkpoints will have water, electrolyte / sports drink, lollies, fruit, self help first aid kits and cola.

Race bib numbers will be checked off at the checkpoints.

There will be no drop bags or support crews permitted at checkpoints.

All sweepers and checkpoint marshals have the authority to withdraw any runner, at any time, who they feel is unlikely to complete the run within the cut-off period allowed (and their judgement is final). They may also decide to retire runners at a checkpoint if they feel that this is in the best interests of the runner and/or the race.

Please note that sweepers, checkpoint crews are all volunteers most being experienced trail runners, please respect their assistance and guidance, they are acting on behalf of the event oraginser and are only considering your safety.

You may also be retired at the 27km mark of the Trail Marathon if you are behind the pace required to finish before the cut-off time.

General Information and Contacts

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: events@traq.org.au