Brought to you by Whitsunday Running Club with the Ultra distance now listed by AURA, TRAQ and DUV
Whitsunday Running Club is delighted to announce the 3rd 57.4km Ultra Distance event. This event enhances the shorter distance of 28.7km which will be celebrating 13 years in 2019. This iconic event is a challenging Ultra distance of 57.4km and the shorter distance of 28.7km, through some of the best rainforest in North Queensland, traversing through the Conway National Park via the Conway Circuit. Both events end their journey at the Airlie Beach Lagoon.
The trail has some steep ascents and descents, and varying track surfaces. This event is not a walking event so, for those new to trail running, add a further 50% to your best 25km flat road run or 50km road race times. Prepare to be challenged but rewarded, and you will enjoy the journey. DO train on varying tracks and trails in the months leading up to the event.
When registering you will be required to prove that you have experience in this type of terrain. The organisers have the right to disallow entry if runners are not prepared. With a capped entry of 200 total runners over both events, it is suggested you enter early to avoid disappointment. The date for the event has been brought forward to hopefully enjoy better climatic conditions and be out of the very busy September school holidays tourism period.
Included in the 2019 event is the 2nd Honeyeater Challenge - 10.5km - taking in the spectacular view from the lookout at the turnaround point. This trail includes the first part of the Ultra distance so is also challenging, starting and finishing at the beach. Training on hills and trails is imperative.
All further event information will continue to be updated on this website and on our facebook page - runwhitsundays.
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019 EVENT WILL BE OPEN ON 25TH JANUARY
Based in the Blue Mountains, Brendan Davies is one of Australia’s most successful and versatile endurance runners. He has a zest for running trails and road, over all distances and terrain. It has been a passion which has taken him around the world as well as to some of the most spectacular locations in Australia over a long and sustaining career.
Brendan has achieved the rare feat of representing Australia in 50km and 100km Road Running and Trail and Mountain Running at World Championship level and continues to participate in events ranging from 5km races through to ultra distance events at a competitive level. He has represented his home state of NSW 3 times in the Australian Marathon Championships and in 2015 was NSW Marathon Champion.
His career racing highlights include a Top 10 finish at Western States Endurance Run, Top 5 at Ultra Trail-Mt Fuji, Top 20 at Comrades Marathon, Top 10 at the IAAF/IAU 100km World Championship and numerous domestic wins in Australia, including Ultra-Trail Australia 100 (previously TNF100), Surf Coast Century, Great North Walk, Great Ocean Walk and many other trail and road events. He was Australian Male Ultra Runner of the Year in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
In the last 4 years, Brendan has dedicated himself to forming and growing his other big passion, UP Coaching, a running group offering coaching services and local training sessions in Western Sydney and has expanded further around Australia. UP Coaching has a strong inclusive philosophy and caters for all runners; from those taking their first steps through to the fun runner and elite athlete. Weekly Training Sessions, Individual and Group Training, Online Programming, Trail Running and Race Specific Running Camps, Kids Running Clinics and Technique Analysis are some of the services offered.
Brendan has participated in the Run the Great Whitsunday Trail events the last two years and is excited to be Race Ambassador for the 3rd successive year. In 2016 he was the inaugural winner of the ultra, announcing that this challenging trail is one of the best and truest trail runs in Australia; and was runner-up in the modified distance last year. This year, due to World Championship commitments, he is only able to race the 28.7km, and will be back to hopefully claim that title this year!.
Brendan will once again be writing a series of short blog posts each fortnight to give you training and race day tips, and is always happy to answer any questions you may have leading into the event.
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