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Welcome to the 11th Annual Run the Great Whitsunday Trail

This event was formerly known as Run the Whitsunday Great Walk, which was the inspiration of the Mackay Road Rnners. The event is now organised by Whitsunday Running Club who also organise the popular Airlie Beach Running festival in July.


The iconic course is a challenging 28.7 km through some of the best rainforest in North Queensland, traversing the Conway Ranges National Park via the Conway Circuit, with varying surfaces. Prepare to be challenged, but rewarded, and you will want to return. The maximum time for this event is 5hrs 30mins.


The introduction of the 57.4km Ultra in 2016 proved so popular that it is now firmly placed on the event calendar, and travels the 28.7km course in an out and back loop.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This event has been CANCELLED for 2017


It is imperative that runners accept that it is a challenging trail and should train appropriately. It is a requirement when registering that you provide the name of a similar event within the previous 18 months, and your time for that event. The introduction of the Kids 2km trail run and the Rookies 4.5km trail run, will bring a new dimension to the event weekend, providing something for the whole family.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: All events are covered by Event Public Liability Insurance but it is recommended that you check your personal insurance policy to make sure you are covered in case of accident/injury.

You will be requested to advise if you are a member of a Running Club which provides its member PL insurance cover (eg Athletics Australia). If not, you will be obliged to pay an additional $5 when registering.

Welcome also to our 2017 Event Ambassador

Brendan Davies


Brendan Davis - Event AmbassadorBrendan is based in the Blue Mountains, NSW, and is one of Australia’s most successful and versatile endurance runners. He has a passion for running trails and road, over short and long ultra distances, and this has taken him around the world as well as to some of the most spectacular locations in Australia.

Brendan has achieved the rare feat of representing Australia in 50km and 100km road running, trail and mountain running at World Championship level and continues to participate in events ranging from 5km races through to ultra distance events at an elite level.


Brendan is currently the AURA Australian Male ultra runner of the year, an honour also awarded to him in 2012, 2015 and 2016.


As a qualified Athletics Australia coach, Brendan is also a highly regarded coach and trainer. He utilises his skills as a school teacher, coach and elite athlete to offer training programs and targeted group sessions, catering for each individual’s goals and lifestyle.


“With my wife Nadine, I am looking forward to returning to Airlie Beach for the 2nd “Run the Great Whitsunday Trail Ultra” race to experience the unique and pristine environments of the Whitsundays and the Conway National Park. Travelling and meeting new communities of runners in new locations is something I love the most about running.

I feel fortunate to be able to share my coaching expertise with potential competitors in the lead up through my training programs. I am of course excited to be participating in the first ‘Run the Great Whitsunday Trail Ultra’ race!”



All event information will be updated on this site regularly for both events. Go to the Race Info page where you can also register for either event.  Entry numbers are capped, so register early to avoid disappointment.

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