Queensland Trail Running Championships

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The Queensland Trail Running Championships are here!

TRAQ is a not for profit, peak trail running organisation in Queensland, which as an advocate for the sport, organises the Queensland Trail Running Championships. The objective is to bring together the trail running community, runners and event organisers alike, in a series of events that ‘shakes out’ the best runners on Queensland’s trails.

In organising the series, the support of event organisers has been overwhelming, from Far North Queensland to the border of New South Wales.  This guarantees that it is an inclusive series, with more than 70 participating events across 4 different categories :

  • 15Km to 35km
  • 35 to 99km
  • 100km
  • Mountain Runs, characterised as shorter and steeper.

Scoring

Anyone of 18 years or older can accumulate points for the championships.

As 2019 is the first year, the point scoring is very simple:

The first 5 place getters in each participating race accumulates 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) for places 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. For the 15 to 35km and the 35 to 99km categories, the regional races count 3 times, to balance out the high concentration of events in South East Queensland. This may be adjusted during the season / calendar year of 2019, if this is necessary to ‘shake out’ the strongest and fastest runners on Queensland’s Trails.

Leaderboards

The leaderboard are updated regularly here as participating race results become available.

QTRC Category Leaderboards and Overall Leaderboard  (PDF, will open in a new tab)

Advocacy

TRAQ does not intend these championships to provide an income stream for TRAQ. The purpose of the series is to bring the trail running community across Queensland together and have a fun competition that will provide runners a chance to prove themselves across different events and for Event Organisers to showcase their events.

Participants are not charged extra for participating in the Championships and Event Organisers are not charged a fee for participating with their events. Event Organisers, however, provide free entries to selected prize winners in 2020 and TRAQ provides the main prizes for the overall Queensland Trail Running Champions, which includes race entry, transport and accommodation to an event, yet to be determined, in Australia or New Zealand.

TRAQ only intends to include events in the Championships that are safe, well organised, community oriented and environmentally friendly.  

See the Facebook page for up-to-date news.

Queensland Trail Running Championships Format

Below is the initial format for the Queensland Trail Running Championships Series 2019. It is the first year and TRAQ will be seeking feedback to improve the series in 2020.

Competition Categories

There are 4 different categories:

Category 1: 100km (and a little over) events – 100km

Category 2: 35 – 99km events – Long Course

Category 3: 15 – 34km events (some shorter may be included) – Short Course

Category 4: Mountain Running events characterised by shorter, steeper, events 

Below is the current list of participating events in the Queensland trail running championships, divided into race categories.

Please note: Some events still need to be confirmed by the Event Organiser or TRAQ and therefore may not appear on the list.

Category 1: (100km)
  1. *Maidenwell Full Moon 3 x 42.2km (over three days) by the River City Runners (Friday 19 – Sunday 21 April 2019)
  2. Brisbane Trail Ultra 110km by Brisbane Trail Ultra  (Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2019)
  3. 3 Marathons in 3 days 126.6km (Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July)
  4. The Guzzler 100km by The Trail Co (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 2019)
  5. The HerberTONNE 100km by Adventure Sport NQ (Sunday 3 August 2019)
  6. Glasshouse 100 100km by Race Promotions (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2019)
  7. Ultra Trail Gold Coast 100km by Ultra Trail Gold Coast (Friday 28 September 2019)
  8. The Scenic Rim Ultra 105km by On The Edge Events (Friday 4 – Sunday 6 October)
  9. Blackall 100 by Run Queensland (Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019)

*For the Maidenwell event, the best performances over 21.1km, 28km, 42.2km, 56km, 3 x 42.2, and the 100km (56km + 42.2km + 2km) events attract Championship points.  The 100km event is put in the 35 – 99km category because of the day’s recovery between the efforts; the 3 x 42.2km over 3 days is more than 100km but considered similarly tough to an approximately 100km event. To get more clarity on the structure and associated scoring of the event, please visit the event website and also look up the results from previous years.

Category 2: Long course (35k - 99km)
  1. Hares and Hounds 52km by Race Promotions (Sunday 10 February 2019)
  2. Mt Mee Marathon 42.2km by Race Promotions  (Sunday 14 April 2019)
  3. *Maidenwell Full Moon 42.2km by the River City Runners (Friday 19 – Sunday 21 April 2019)
  4. *Maidenwell Easter Running Festival 100km (which is 42.2km + 56km (+2km) over two days) by the River City Runners (Friday 19 – Sunday 21 April 2019)
  5. *Maidenwell Super Moon 56km by the River City Runners (Saturday 20 April 2019)
  6. Wild Horse Criterium 55km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 20 April 2019)
  7. Brisbane Trail Marathon 42.2km by TRAQ (Sunday 5 May 2019)
  8. Cook’s Tour 50km by  Race Promotions (Saturday 11 May 2019)
  9. Cook’s Tour 80km by Race Promotions  (Saturday 11 May 2019)
  10. Wild Horse at Night 50km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 25 May 2019)
  11. Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) 26.22 by AAA Racing & Coaching  (Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June 2019)
  12. Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) 53 miles by AAA Racing & Coaching  (Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June 2019)
  13. Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) 42.2km by AAA Racing & Coaching  (Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June 2019)
  14. Brisbane Trail Ultra 60km by Brisbane Trail Ultra (Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2019)
  15. Cairns Marathon 42.2km (Sunday 14 July) by 3 Marathons in 3 days
  16. Weipa running festival 42.2km (Sunday 21 July) by Weipa running festival
  17. Flinder’s Tour 52km by Race Promotions (Sunday 21 July 2019)
  18. The Guzzler – The Glass Half Full by 50km The Trail Co (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 2019)
  19. Rainbow Beach 42.2km by Run Queensland (Sunday 28 July 2019)
  20. The HerberTONNE 50km Cairns by Adventure Sport NQ (3 August 2019)
  21. Mackay Mountain Marathon 38km by Mackay Mountain Marathon (Saturday 3 August 2019)
  22. Waterfall Trail Runs 50km by G’onya Adventures on (Sunday 11 August 2019)
  23. Glasshouse 100 54km by Race Promotions  (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2019)
  24. Run The Great Whitsunday Trail 57.4km by the Whitsunday Running Club (Sunday 15 September 2019)
  25. Ultra Trail Gold Coast 50km by Ultra Trail Gold Coast (Friday 29 September 2019)
  26. The Scenic Rim Ultra 65km by On The Edge Events (Friday 4 – Sunday 6 October)
  27. Mergon Marathon 42.2km by AAA Racing & Coaching 50km (Saturday 5 October 2019)
  28. Blackall 50 by  Run Queensland (Sunday 20 October 2019)
  29. Lamington Classic 42.2km by River City Runners (Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019)
  30. Black Mountain Trail Race 35km (Sunday 24 November) by Dynamic Running
  31. Beerwah@Daybreak 42.2km by Run Queensland (Sunday 8 December 2019)

*For the Maidenwell event, the best performances over 21.1km, 28km, 42.2km, 56km, 3 x 42.2, and the 100km (56km + 42.2km + 2km) events attract Championship points.  The 100km event is put in the 35 – 99km category because of the day’s recovery between the efforts; the 3 x 42.2km over 3 days is more than 100km but considered similarly tough to an approximately 100km event. To get more clarity on the structure and associated scoring of the event, please visit the event website and also look up the results from previous years.

 

Category 3: Short(er) course (15 - 34km; with the inclusion of some shorter events)
  1. Bunyaville long course 15.7km by Those Guys Events (3 Feb 2019)
  2. Hinze Dam long course 18.1km by Those Guys Events (17 Feb 2019)
  3. Ewen Maddock Dam long course 14.7km by Those Guys Events (3 March 2019)
  4. Daisy Hills long course 20km by Those Guys Events (17 March 2019)
  5. Mt Glorious 22km by TRAQ (Sunday 24 March 2019)
  6. Pinnacles Classic 18km by TRAQ (Sunday 7 April 2019)
  7. Elliots Revenge 21km Townsville by Outer Limits Adventure (Sunday 7 April 2019)
  8. Ramda Resort Ultimate Direction Long Course 15km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 14 April 2019)
  9. Mt Mee Half Marathon 21.1km by Race Promotions (Sunday 14 April 2019)
  10. *Maidenwell Half Moon 21.1km  by the River City Runners (Friday 19 – Sunday 21 April 2019)
  11. Wild Horse Criterium 33km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 20 April 2019)
  12. Wild Horse Criterium 22 by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 20 April 2019)
  13. Brisbane Trail Half Marathon 24km by TRAQ (Sunday 5 May 2019)
  14. Cook’s Tour 33km by Race Promotions (Saturday 11 May 2019)
  15. Wild Horse at Night 16.5km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 25 May 2019)
  16. Wild Horse at Night 25km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 25 May 2019)
  17. Magnetic Island 2 Bays 20km Townsville by Outer Limits Adventure (Saturday 25 May 2019)
  18. Swan Gully Ultimate Direction Long Course 17km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 26 May 2019)
  19. The Gladiator 15km by Run Queensland (Sunday 2 June 2019)
  20. The Mount Coot-Tha Hightail Trail Race 12km by Mountain Goat Trail Runners (Sunday 16 June 2019)
  21. The Rover Trail Run 15km by Advernture Sport NQ (Sunday 30 June 2019)
  22. Brisbane Trail Ultra 30km by Brisbane Trail Ultra (Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2019)
  23. Kauri Half Marathon 21.1km (Friday 12 July) by 3 Marathons in 3 days
  24. Mt Barney Ultimate Direction Long Course 18km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 14 July 2019)
  25. Steam in Nerang 15km by Mountain Goat Trail Runners (Sunday 14 July 2019)
  26. Speewah Legend Footrace 17km by Adventure Sport NQ  (Sunday 21 July 2019)
  27. Flinder’s Tour 26km by Race Promotions (Sunday 21 July 2019)
  28. Rainbow Beach 21.1km by Run Queensland (Sunday 28 July 2019)
  29. Mackay Mountain Marathon 15km by Mackay Mountain Marathon (Saturday 3 August 2019)
  30. Waterfall Trail Runs 33km by G’onya adventures on (Sunday 11 August 2019)
  31. Waterfall Trail Runs 17km by G’onya adventures on (Sunday 11 August 2019)
  32. Overflow Ultimate Direction Long Course 26km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 18 August 2019)
  33. Lake Manchester 22km by TRAQ (Sunday 18 August 2019)
  34. Trail Run Epic Hidden Vale Adventure Park by Epic Event Management (Saturday 14 September 2019)
  35. Glasshouse 100 33km by Race Promotions (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2019)
  36. Run The Great Whitsunday Trail 28.7km by the Whitsunday Running Club (Sunday 15 September 2019)
  37. Ultra Trail Gold Coast 25km by Ultra Trail Gold Coast (Friday 29 September 2019)
  38. Mergon Half Marathon 21.1km by AAA Racing & Coaching 50km (Saturday 5 October 2019)
  39. Bump to Bells 20km by Adventure Sport NQ  (Sunday 6 October 2019)
  40. The Turtle and Lamb Trail 19km by Adventure Sport NQ  (Saturday 19 October 2019)
  41. Lamington Classic 21.3 by River City Runners (Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019)
  42. Paluma Dam Good Run 20km Townsville by Outer Limits Adventure (Sunday 27 October 2019)
  43. Black Mountain Trail Race 21.1km (Sunday 24 November) by Dynamic Running
  44. Beerwah@Daybreak 21.1km by Run Queensland (Sunday 8 December 2019)

 

Category 4: Mountain Runs (short and steep - 10% and more and less than 15km)
  1. Castle Hill Trail Run – Townsville – Outer Limits Adventure (Sunday 24 February 2019)
  2. King of the Mountain – Pomona – Lions Club Cooroy – Pomona (Sunday 28 July 2019)
  3. Australian and Queensland Mountain Running Championship by TRAQ (Sunday 15 September 2019)
  4. The Bald Possum 11km by Adventure Sport NQ  (Saturday 2 November 2019)

 

Duration

  • The first season of the series runs during the calendar year of 2019, and will conclude with the final participating event of 2019.

Presentations

  • Presentations are held thereafter in December at a time and place to be determined.
  • Prizes include Championship Prizes and Spot Prizes for other Queensland Trail Running Championships participants.

Competition Scoring

  • The top 5 males and females are allocated points (If necessary the top 10, but the administrative burden needs to be kept down) in each of the participating events
  • Points for top 5 place getters are awarded as follows:
    • 5pts for 1st place, 4pts/2nd, 3pts/3rd, 2pts/4th, 1pt/5th
  • For the 100km category only the three best placings for competitors at different events count – there are some 100km events close together, so to allow recovery, only the three best results count and if there is a tie – TRAQ may look at any ‘head-to-head’ results or other ways, to determine the stronger runner.
  • At the end of the series – December 2019 – the male and female with the highest overall score (across the different categories) are the Queensland Trail Running Champions.
  • At the end of the series the male and female with the highest score in each category are the Queensland Trail Running Champions of their categories (e.g. Male/Female Category 2 Long Course Champions).
  • For the Long Course and the Short Course categories, the events outside Southeast Queensland (SEQ) attract 3 times as many points as within SEQ, to make it a truly Queensland wide competition and level the chances for runners from different regions to accumulate points. This is based on the notion that participants within SEQ have greater access to (more) events than their counterparts in the regions.
  • Please note that, if TRAQ thinks it is necessary, it may ‘tweak’ the method of point scoring to ensure that the best trail runners on Queensland trails come out on top. TRAQ has the final say in this, further feedback may be taken into account for 2020.

Prizes

  • The Queensland Trail Running Champions (male and female) receive an entry, transport, accommodation, for an event, yet to be determined, in Australia or New Zealand – sponsored by TRAQ.
  • The category winners receive free entries into the 2020 races for the category that they won in 2019. These are sponsored / provided by the Event Organisers.
  • If someone is a winner of multiple categories, this person can choose which category they would like to receive the free entries for, and the runner up for the other category will receive the prize for that category. The only exception is that the overall winners (across the categories) may receive one category prize as well. (So, if John Williams is the overall champ, he wins a race elsewhere in Aus or NZ and he wins free entries to all the races in one category, but if he won two categories as well, he needs to make the choice which category he would like to receive the prize for and the prize for the other category passes on the runner-up)
  • At the prize presentations in December, randomly drawn prizes will be awarded to Queensland Trail Running Championships participants who are attending these presentations.

Inclusion

The aim is to include all Queensland events that fall into the different categories, provided that they are well organised, safe, community oriented, environmentally friendly events. Most Event Organisers are confirmed, with almost all their events. Event Organisers can also submit new races during the year if new ones are organised. Under the race categories section above are the current list of events. If you think we’ve missed one, let us know.

Excluded

Most events shorter than 15km that don’t qualify as a mountain race are excluded.

TRAQ will have the final say about the inclusion of an event (in consultation with the Event Organiser), as TRAQ is the convenor of the series. TRAQ wants to include fun events that are safe, well organised, community-oriented and environment friendly. If TRAQ believes an event does not meet those requirements, it may exclude the event. Events during which alcohol is consumed by event participants during the event may not be included.

The participating events are organised independently from TRAQ by different event organisers, who are responsible for the quality and safety of the events they organise, and not TRAQ. Runners and others attending the events must assess for themselves if the event is suitable to them to attend and meets their safety expectations.

Should you have any comments, feedback or questions, please email us at info@traq.org.au. The main contact is our Vice President Hubertien Wichers.

Age Limit

These are distances suitable to 18 years and over, so participants under 18 years old are excluded from participating in the Championships.