As we are living in unprecedented times with COVID-19 changing the way we are living at the moment, TRAQ is unsure what races on the Queensland Trail Running Championships calendar will still occur in 2020 and how this will impact the Championships. We also understand that race directors may not know if their events are going ahead or if they can be postponed till later in the year.
While it is TRAQ’s intention to proceed with the Championships in some form, it reserves the right to modify the Championships in any way it deems necessary or cancel it if need be.
TRAQ will be in touch with the event organisers, and the TRAQ Management Committee will decide on the future of the 2020 Queensland Trail Running Championships as soon as there is sufficient information available to do so.
TRAQ really appreciates your patience in this matter and hopes you understand – keep an eye out on our website or our social media pages to keep up to date with any further info!
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 3 different categories :
- 15Km to 35km or Mountain runs characterises as shorter and steeper
- 35 to 99km
- 100km or a little over
Anyone of 18 years or older can accumulate points for the championships.
As of 2020 is the first year, the point scoring is very simple, like 2019:
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.
The leaderboard are updated regularly here as participating race results become available.
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 format for the Queensland Trail Running Championships Series 2020. It is the second year and TRAQ will be seeking feedback to improve the series in 2021.
There are 3 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 and 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.
Category 1: (100+km)
- Brisbane Valley Rail Trail ell 160km by AAA Racing (Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 July)
- Brisbane Trail Ultra 110km and 160km by Brisbane Trail Ultra (Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October)
- 3 Marathons in 3 days 126.6km (Friday 9 July to Sunday 11 July)
- The Guzzler 100km by The Trail Co (Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November)
- The Scenic Rim Ultra 105km by On The Edge Events (Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 August)
- Glasshouse 100 100km by Race Promotions (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September)
- Blackall 100 by Run Queensland (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October)
Category 2: Long course (35k - 99km)
- Hares and Hounds 52km by Race Promotions (Sunday 19 January)
- Beerwah@Night 42.2km by Run Queensland (Sunday 2 February)
- 2 Up’s 42km by Run Queensland (Sunday 4 July)
- Mt Mee Marathon 42.2km by Race Promotions (Sunday 19 July)
- Cook’s Tour 50km by Race Promotions (Saturday 9 May)
- Cook’s Tour 80km by Race Promotions (Saturday 9 May)
- Wild Horse at Night 50km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 6 June)
- Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) 42km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 26 July)
- Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) 80 kmby AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 26 July)
- Brisbane Trail Ultra 60km by Brisbane Trail Ultra (Saturday 3 October)
- Cairns Marathon 42.2km (Sunday 11 July) by 3 Marathons in 3 days
- Flinder’s Tour 52km by Race Promotions (Sunday 26 July)
- The Guzzler – The Glass Half Full by 50km The Trail Co (Saturday 7 November)
- Weipa running festival 42.2km (Sunday 26 July) by Weipa running festival
- Rainbow Beach 42.2km by Run Queensland (Saturday 1 August)
- Mackay Mountain Marathon 38km by Mackay Mountain Marathon (Saturday 1 August)
- Lamington Eco Challenge 42.2km by G’onya Adventures (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August)
- The Scenic Rim Ultra 65km by On The Edge Events (Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 August)
- Kuranda to Port Douglas 64km by Dynamic Running (Sunday 30 Auhust)
- Glasshouse 100 50 km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Sunday 13 September)
- Blackall 50 by Run Queensland (Sunday 17 October)
- Lamington Classic 42.2km by River City Runners (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October)
- Black Mountain Trail Race 35km (Sunday 22 November) by Dynamic Running
Category 3: Short(er) course : 15 - 34km or a bit shorter. Plus shorter and steeper mountain course
- Bunyaville long course 15.7km by Those Guys Events (Sunday 2 Feb)
- Castle Hill Trail Run – Townsville – Outer Limits Adventure (Sunday 23 February)
- Ewen Maddock Dam long course 14.7km by Those Guys Events (Sunday 1 March)
- Mt Glorious 22km by TRAQ (Sunday 1 March)
- Hinze Dam long course 18.1km by Those Guys Events (Sunday 8 March)
- Daisy Hills long course 20km by Those Guys Events (Sunday 15 March)
- White Rock Trail Festival by White Rock Warriors (Sunday 4 October)
- Ramada Resort Ultimate Direction Long Course 15km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 19 July)
- Mt Mee Half Marathon 21.1km by Race Promotions (Sunday 19 July)
- Swan Gully Ultimate Direction Long Course 17km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 13 September)
- Wild Horse at Night 16/25km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 8 August)
- Wild Horse at Criterium 22/33km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 8 August)
- The Mount Coot-Tha Hightail Trail Race 12km by Mountain Goat Trail Runners (Sunday 15 December)
- Brisbane Trail Ultra 30km by Brisbane Trail Ultra (Saturday 3 October)
- Mt Barney Ultimate Direction Long Course 18km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 19 July)
- Speewah Legend Footrace 17km by Adventure Sport NQ (Sunday 19 July)
- Rainbow Beach 21.1km by Run Queensland (Saturday 1 August)
- Overflow Ultimate Direction Long Course 26km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 2 August)
- Lamington Eco Challenge 21.1km by G’onya Adventures (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August)
- Trail Run Epic Hidden Vale Adventure Park 24 Km by Epic Event Management (Saturday 19 September)
- Glasshouse 100 33km by Race Promotions (Saturday 12 September)
- Lamington Classic 21.3km by River City Runners (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October)
- Paluma Dam Good Run 20km Townsville by Outer Limits Adventure (Sunday 1 November)
- The Big Sipper 21km by The Trail Co Sunday 8 November
- Black Mountain Trail Race 21.1km (Sunday 22 November) by Dynamic Running
- Beerwah@Daybreak 21.1km by Run Queensland (Sunday 6 December)
- The series runs during the calendar year of 2020, and will conclude with the final participating event of 2020.
- 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.
- The top 5 males and females are allocated points (Next year we may consider to include 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 2020 – 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The main contact is our Vice President Hubertien Wichers.
These are distances suitable to 18 years and over, so participants under 18 years old are excluded from participating in the Championships.