Brought to you by Whitsunday Running Club with the Ultra distance now listed by AURA, TRAQ and DUV
NEW in 2019: Both the Ultra and standard distances are included in the Inaugural TRAQ 2019 Trail Running Championships - yet another reason to select your annual events for this year, including "Run The Great Whitsunday Trail". This could be your lucky year! For more information go to www.traq.org.au
The Queensland Trail Running Championships are a group of independent races that showcase the rugged beauty and challenge Queensland trail running has to offer. The Championships are convened by the Trail Running Association of Queensland but owned by all runners, racers and event directors across the State. See here for more information.
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 250 total runners over 3 events, it is suggested you enter early to avoid disappointment.
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 IS NOW "LIVE" VIA THIS WEBSITE
When registering online, we’d like you as competitors to show your thanks and appreciation to the amazing SES, who keep us all safe while participating in this event; by adding a small donation to your entry fee. At close of the event, all the donations will be forwarded to SES. Remember, it might be your life, or your home that they could be saving.
Based in Brisbane but originally from regional Western Australia Jodie has achieved success on the road, track and trails, proving to be versatile endurance runner.
Jodie’s passion for running has taken her all over the World but it is the experiences close to home that still draws her to compete, particularly here in Queensland. Jodie is one of a few to have represented Australia at the 100km and 24 Hour World Championships, a career highlight was finishing 6th at the 24 hour World Championships in Turin, Italy with a distance of 230.244km.
Jodie has also finished in the top 10 at Ultra Trail Australia 100km, 3rd in the Surf Coast Century and holds the Australian Record for 100 miles with a time of 15 hours 33 minutes and 56 seconds, a record she claimed on an athletic track in Taiwan.
She has represented Queensland in the Marathon and Half Marathon Championships. Jodie now derives great satisfaction in passing on her knowledge and providing support and guidance to runners of all abilities helping them achieve their running and fitness goals as one of many highly regarded and experienced Coaches at UP Coaching.
Jodie ran the Run the Great Whitsunday Trail 57.4km Ultra in it’s inaugural year, missed the 2nd year due to other running commitments, returned in 2018 enjoying the short and faster Honeyeater Challenge 10.5km after a short period off running due to injury, and is keen to run the standard distance 28.7km trail one way this year as it has been run for many years now.