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)
- *Maidenwell Full Moon 3 x 42.2km (over three days) by the River City Runners (Friday 19 – Sunday 21 April 2019)
- Brisbane Trail Ultra 110km and 160km by Brisbane Trail Ultra (Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July 2019)
- 3 Marathons in 3 days 126.6km (Friday 9 July to Sunday 11 July)
- The Guzzler 100km by The Trail Co (Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July 2019)
- The Scenic Rim Ultra 105km by On The Edge Events (Friday 14 – Sunday 16 August)
- Glasshouse 100 100km by Race Promotions (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2019)
- Ultra Trail Gold Coast 100km by Ultra Trail Gold Coast (Friday 25 September 2019)
- Blackall 100 by Run Queensland (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 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)
- Hares and Hounds 52km by Race Promotions (Sunday 19 January)
- Wild Horse Criterium 55km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Sunday 12 April)
- Mt Mee Marathon 42.2km by Race Promotions (Sunday 19 April)
- Brisbane Trail Marathon 42.2km by TRAQ (Sunday 3 May)
- 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) 26.22 by AAA Racing & Coaching (Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June)
- Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) 53 miles by AAA Racing & Coaching (Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June)
- Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) 42.2km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June)
- Brisbane Trail Ultra 60km by Brisbane Trail Ultra (Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July)
- 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 25 and Sunday 26 July)
- 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)
- Waterfall Trail Runs 50km by G’onya Adventures on (Sunday 2 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 54km by Race Promotions (Saturday 12 September)
- Run The Great Whitsunday Trail 57.4km by the Whitsunday Running Club (Sunday 13 September)
- Ultra Trail Gold Coast 50km by Ultra Trail Gold Coast (Saturday 22 September)
- Blackall 50 by Run Queensland (Sunday 18 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
- Beerwah@Daybreak 42.2km by Run Queensland (Sunday 6 December)
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 22 March)
- Pinnacles Classic 18km by TRAQ (Sunday 5 April)
- Elliots Revenge 21km Townsville by Outer Limits Adventure (Sunday 5 April)
- Ramada Resort Ultimate Direction Long Course 15km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 12 April)
- *Maidenwell Half Moon 21.1km by the River City Runners (Friday 19 – Sunday 21 April)
- Wild Horse Criterium 33km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 12 April)
- Wild Horse Criterium 22 by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 12 April)
- Mt Mee Half Marathon 21.1km by Race Promotions (Sunday 19 April)
- Brisbane Trail Half Marathon 24km by TRAQ (Sunday 3 May)
- Cook’s Tour 33km by Race Promotions (Saturday 9 May)
- Magnetic Island 2 Bays 20km Townsville by Outer Limits Adventure (Saturday 23 May)
- Swan Gully Ultimate Direction Long Course 17km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 24 May)
- The Gladiator 15km by Run Queensland (Sunday 31 May)
- Wild Horse at Night 16.5km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 6 June)
- Wild Horse at Night 25km by AAA Racing & Coaching (Saturday 6 June)
- The Mount Coot-Tha Hightail Trail Race 12km by Mountain Goat Trail Runners (Sunday 14 June)
- The Rover Trail Run 15km by Advernture Sport NQ (Sunday 30 June)
- Brisbane Trail Ultra 30km by Brisbane Trail Ultra (Saturday 11 July)
- Kauri Half Marathon 21.1km (Friday 10 July) by 3 Marathons in 3 days
- Mt Barney Ultimate Direction Long Course 18km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 19 July)
- Steam in Nerang 15km by Mountain Goat Trail Runners (Sunday 12 July)
- Speewah Legend Footrace 17km by Adventure Sport NQ (Sunday 21 July)
- King of the Mountain – Pomona – Lions Club Cooroy – Pomona (Sunday 26 July)
- Flinder’s Tour 26km by Race Promotions (Sunday 26 July)
- Rainbow Beach 21.1km by Run Queensland (Saturday 1 August)
- Mackay Mountain Marathon 15km by Mackay Mountain Marathon (Saturday 1 August)
- Waterfall Trail Runs 33km by G’onya adventures on (Sunday 2 August)
- Waterfall Trail Runs 17km by G’onya adventures on (Sunday 2 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)
- Lake Manchester 22km by TRAQ (Sunday 16 August)
- The Surefoot 21km by Mountain Goat Trail Runners (Sunday 23 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)
- Run The Great Whitsunday Trail 28.7km by the Whitsunday Running Club (Sunday 13 September)
- Coulson Ultimate Direction Long Course 14km by On The Edge Events (Sunday 2 August)
- Yarrabilba Trail Fest 20km by The Trail Co (Sunday 20 September)
- Ultra Trail Gold Coast 25km by Ultra Trail Gold Coast (Sunday 27 September)
- Enoggera long course 13km by Those Guys Events (Sunday 13 October)
- 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 25 October)
- 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 email@example.com. 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.