Entries open now for annual trail run
ENTRIES have opened for the longest trail run through the rainforests of tropical north Queensland, the 28km Run the Whitsunday Great Walk on Sunday, September 22.
Mackay Road Runners will enlist the support of local organisations to host the event, now in its seventh year, through the rugged Conway National Park.
Mackay Road Runner and organiser Nickie King said the event continues to grow in popularity and reputation each year.
“Word of mouth gets around the running community and people come from all over Australia to compete in the run, and combine it with a holiday in Airlie Beach,” she said.
The rugged terrain and remoteness of the trail through the rainforest-clad hills of Conway National Park makes the run unique in Australia.
The trail winds its way alongside streams, over the Mt Hayward plateau then descends steeply into Airlie Beach.
This year event organisers are aiming to attract up to 200 competitors to compete in the run, which will be the largest field of competitors to date.
“Each runner is given an island, location or business within the Whitsunday region to represent during the run. It adds to the local flavour of the event and is a bit of fun,” Ms King said.
Mackay Road Runners relies on the support of many local organisations to ensure the safety of runners throughout the event.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service prepare the track months in advance and team up with the State Emergency Service to provide drinks and first aid to runners during the run.
For more information and to register online for the event visit www.whitsundayrun.com or email email@example.com.
GREAT RACE: Mackay runners Tim Caddy representing Pelican Island and Greg Coulson representing Plum Pudding Island at the 1km mark of a previous Run the Whitsunday Great Walk.