Australian & Queensland Mountain Running Championships
Welcome to the 2019 Australian and Queensland Mountain Running Championships at Camp Mountain. This event on 15 September is the selection Race for the Australian Mountain Running Team 2019, which will compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Argentina (Villa La Angostura) on 15 November 2019.
The Australian and Queensland Championships are a collaboration between Athletics Australia, the Australian Mountain Running Association, Queensland Athletics and the Trail Running Association of Queensland, with TRAQ being the event organiser and host.
The World Mountain Running Championships are an IAAF event.
Two of the races comprise of the Junior Championship races of 9km, one for young men and one for young women, aged between 16 and 20 years old.
Two of the races comprise of the Open Championship races of 14km one for men and one for women aged 20 years and older, which incorporate the Masters categories.
There is one non-championship race using the Junior course; 9kms for men and women aged 16 and older.
It is the same course as used in 2015, with 700m of steep technical trail added towards the end of the race. Otherwise, the course is fast and allows athletes to go at maximum effort.
Registrations and General Information
All races are running events, so we expect you to be able to run all downhill and flat sections, but you may walk some of the uphill sections. We aim to have the 14km course should be cleared in 2 hours and the 9km course in 1hr and 20mins.
No registrations will be taken on the day
Where and when
Bellbird Grove, via Mt Nebo Road (10min drive from The Gap, 25 minutes from Brisbane City, 45 minutes from Brisbane Airport).
Sunday 15 September 2019, 8:00am.
Entries, Categories and Awards
There are 5 different races/starts.
Two races comprise of the Australian and Queensland Junior Championship races of 9km, one for young men and one for young women, aged from16 up to 20 years old.*
Two races comprise of the Australian and Queensland Open Championship races of 14km one for men and one for women aged 20 years and older, which incorporate the Masters categories.*
One is a non-championship race using the Junior Championship course; 9kms for men and women aged 16 years and older.
Athletics Australia awards the Australian and State team medals to the Junior and Open categories.
Indiidual Masters categories are awarded by the Australian Mountain Running Association within 5 year age brackets from 35 – 65+ as follows: 35 – 39, 40 – 44 and so on with the oldest age category intended to be 65+.
Queensland Athletics awards individual medals to the Junior, Open and Masters categories. The Masters categories are 35 – 44, 45 – 54, 55 – 64 and 65+ (birth year). The Junior categories are Under 18 and Under 20 (age on the day).
* If you are a Queensland Athlete, you automatically enter the Queensland Championships when you register for the Australian Mountain Running Championships – only one race to run!
No registrations are taken on the day.
The start and finish lines for all races are at Bellbird Grove at the start of the main fire break.
Below is the provisional time table:
06:30 Collection of Race Bibs Open *
07:45 Marshalling and Race Briefing for Open and Masters Men and Women at the Start Line – 14km
08:00 Race Start Senior and Masters Men
08:05 Race Start Senior and Masters Women
09:30 Marshalling and Race Briefing for Junior Men and Women and Non-Championship Race at Start Line – 9km
09:45 Race Start Junior Men
09::50 Race Start Junior Women
09:55 Race Start Non-Championship Race (9km)
*You should collect your race bib at least 30 minutes before the start of your race.
Hydration and Nutrition
Make sure you are sufficiently fuelled up and hydrated for this race. Also, make sure you are healthy and flu free.
Water and sports drink are provided at 1.8km, 6.8km, 4.4km and 9.4km, which is where the course starts its loop and at the top of the mountain just before the descent.
Post Race Refreshments and Cups:
There will be water at the finish line. Fruit, morning tea and / or other refreshments are included in your entry fee.
We hope to have the local Girl Guides from Walton Bridge, The Gap, assisting us in the catering this year. Please bring some spare change to make a donation and get some yummy Girl Guides biscuits in exchange.
Rachid will attend with his mobile coffee facility.
Cups are a ‘tender’ issue. TRAQ is a great supporter of a no cup policy, but considering the fast paced nature of this event, there are some cups available at the drink stations on the course and at the finish line. We however ask entrants in the non-championship race to carry their own hydration bottle or bladder, and we applaud those who do the same thing in the Championship races.
Getting there and Parking
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.
When you arrive at the main picnic area, you can see where the event area is. Please keep driving for another 100m, turning left, until the end, then turn right into Red Ash picnic area, where you can park.
Please consider carpooling to be kind to the environment and to minimise the traffic on a busy Sunday Mount Nebo Road. When you register online, you will be asked about carpooling. TRAQ will facilitate this by sharing some of your details with others, who may come from your area, or who indicate that they can give someone from Interstate a lift.
If you take the 385 bus to the last stop (The Gap Park N Ride and terminal) and would like to get a lift from there, please indicate this in your online registration.
The start and finish lines for all races are at Bellbird Grove at the start of the main fire break. Bellbird Grove is part of D’Aguilar National Park and is a popular picnic and recreation area.
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. There is one 700m section towards the end of the course that is steeper and more technical, take care in this section!
The 14km course is the same as the 9km course, with the approx. 5km loop over the top of the mountain run twice.
Please note that your course measurements may differ depending on weather circumstances and the measuring device used.
Total elevation/descent: approx. 750 -800m
The 9km course (minimum age 16 years old) leads up the mountain for 1.8km after which it turns right at the fork in the road. At 2.9km there is a steep ascent to the top of Camp Mountain on the Samford side. Once at the top (4km) take the forestry track that runs parallel to the picnic ground and the road. Then continue to run about 150m alongside the road before descending back down to about 7.6km. Then descend along the steep rocky road (Pump Station Rd), which runs straight off the main trail alongside the powerline. Descend to the creek and run back up. At the top, turn right to descend to the finish line 700m down the main trail..
Total elevation/descent: approx. 475 – 525m
marshals and volunteering
If you cannot run, but would like to be involved and be part of this great event, please contact Hubertien – details in the general information section below.
Jobs include registration, parking, marshalling, checkpoints, water station, catering, timing, stand by 4WD.
There are two paramedics in attendance, one at the start / finish Line and one at the top of Camp Mountain. Furthermore, there are self help first aid kits available at various points on the courses and at the start / finish line.
General Information and Contacts
Please pick up your race bib from the registration table at least 30 minutes before your race starts.
Don’t leave any litter behind, take all litter with you.
As this event is conducted in a National Park you are not permitted to bring in domestic animals.
Hubertien Wichers, Australian and Queensland Mountain Running Championships Event Organiser for TRAQ
Please email me for further race enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org