THIS IS ALL NEW FROM THE LAST FOUR YEARS – PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY
the race headquarters have changed …. don’t go to the wrong place
the race options have changed ….one far easier, one a little tougher, one moderately hard and one a decent challenge
no drink cups …. top up facilities only. You need to be self sufficient for 15-20 kms.
Date: Sunday, 23 April 2017
Where: Numinbah Valley Arts Hall, Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, Numinbah Valley township, Note: no longer at the NV Environmental Education Centre as in previous years.
Parking: Adequate parking is available in the paddock adjacent to the Numinbah Valley Hall.
- start / finish (parking is available)
- Pine Creek Road corner (parking is available)
- Pollys (aka Neranwood, parking is available) NOW CANCELLED BECAUSE OF ROAD CLOSURES
Contestants are advised to carry sufficient liquid to last for 18-20 kms. Note: cups will no longer be provided, but top up facilities are available at the aid stations.
Run course options and configuration:
- 13 kms. Easy run, nice & scenic, suitable for speedsters, beginners and walkers. With a shortish distance of 13 kms, it has an elevation gain of a very modest 400 metres. This section, known as the Waterfall Creek circuit appears in red on the course map below. Run on the track adjacent to the Nerang-Murwillimbah Road to Chesters Road, where you turn right. Continue for a km then turn left through the gate onto a fire trail. Proceed up the hill, turning left at the top. Follow the ridge-line north for 2 kms before veering right down a single track to join another fire-trail. Turn left and continue for another km to the aid station at corner Pine Creek Road. Thence turn and come back along the eastern side of the circuit. There are several creek crossings but you can keep your feet dry unless it’s been raining. Continue south and through the gate at the boundary to the National Park. When you reach a major fire trail, turn right. Proceed for a km to a gate when you reach a roadway (Chesters Road end). Proceed down Chesters Road for one km then turn left onto a fire trail and continue down the hill following the markings back to Numinbah township. This section is much the same as that used in the middle stages of the Kokoda Challenge.
- 18 kms. Same as the Waterfall Creek circuit until where you emerge from the National Park onto a major fire trail, where you turn left. This is at about the 10 kms mark. Then follow the signs to Woonoongoora Campsite, then turn around, heading back to Chester’s Road end. Proceed down Chesters Road for one km then turn left onto a fire trail and continue down the hill following the markings back to Numinbah Valley township. This option has an elevation gain of 530 metres, and is just a little tougher then the 13 kms option.
- 33 kms. Same as the Waterfall Creek circuit to the Pine Creek corner, then turn right and run along the bitumen road for 1.6 kms before re-entering the National Park. Proceed up the hill and follow the signs to Pollys turnaround. Then turn around and come back to the Pine Creek corner aid station. Then complete the remainder of the Waterfall Creek circuit until where you emerge from the National Park onto a major fire trail, where you turn left. Follow the signs to Woonoongoora Campsite, then turn around, heading back to Chester’s Road end. Proceed down Chesters Road for one km then turn left onto a fire trail and continue down the hill following the markings back to Numinbah Valley township. This option has an elevation gain of 1,333 metres, so is moderately tough.
- 50 kms. Same as the 33 kms section, except repeat the Waterfall Creek circuit including the leg to Woonoongoora. This option has an elevation gain of 1,860 metres, so is quite challenging.
Note: the three fingers course previously used within the City Gold Coast Environmental Park has been discarded.
Toilets: There are toilets at the race headquarters in Numinbah township and at Neranwood (Pollys).
First aid: For cuts and abrasions, the aid station will carry First Aid kits. Scott Whimpey from First Aid Accident & Emergency will be on hand to attend to anything serious.
We provide public liability insurance for this and all of our events. This does not include Personal Accident (PA) cover for you as a runner. We have joined Qrun as a member organisation to access this PA insurance but for it to extend to you, you must also be a member of Qrun. You can join when you enter this race, by entering the information when prompted, at the low cost of $10/pa. If you are already a member of Qrun or Queensland Athletics, you can ignore this option. Likewise, if you enter another of our races, you need not join Qrun a second time. This insurance will also cover you on any of our organised training runs, but only if you have registered with us and, in turn, with Qrun. This insurance is good for any of our races and while participating in any of our organised training runs (currently at Nerang every Wednesday) but expires come end August each year.
Course marking: Marked where appropriate. Course markings will be far more detailed than in previous years.
Course measurement: Measured by GPS but if you have a Garmin or Suunto or similar measuring device, please measure it for us together with elevation gain.
Accreditation: The race is sanctioned by Athletics Australia, Qld Athletics and Australian Ultra Runners Association. It is a qualifying event for Six Foot track and the world ultra trail championships.
Race start times:
Note: These start times differ from what was previously advertised.
Racebib collection: On the day only, available from 6:00am
Race singlets: These are provided as part of your race entry fee. Although by no means compulsory, it would be appreciated if you could wear your singlet on the day. They are comfortable to wear but, of course, check it first to make sure it meets your satisfaction.
Race medals: No extra charge, provided as part of your race entry fee.
BBQ: No extra charge, provided as part of your race entry fee.
Electronic timing: Will be provided by TimingPlus and results will be uploaded to the website progressively as runners finish.
Prizegiving: As soon as practicable after each event.
Teams: Kokoda challenge style teams of 2-3-4-5-6 persons will be accepted. All team members must check in at each aid station together then check out together. There will be a prize for the first winning team of 4 persons or more. When entering do not enter as a team but enter as individuals, nominating your team from the drop-down box provided in the entry portal.
Photos: Will be taken by a professional photographer on race day and will be available within 24 hours for viewing and download.
Trash: Please bring all trash back to base. Please do not leave any wrappers or other trash on the trails. Leave only footprints and take nothing but photos.
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