Sunday 10th April 2016
Conducted by The Run Inn Race Promotions
- 44km Solo Run – 7.00am
- 44km Relay Run (2 runners) – 7.00am
- 19km Solo Run – 9.00am
- 9km Run – 10.30am
- 9km Walk – 10.30am
Over the years the event has undergone numerous course changes, mainly due to safety reasons and forest closures. The first event traversed the favourite training haunts of the Caboolture Road Runners who would start at the Wamuran shops and run out and back along Campbell’s Pocket Road to Mt Mee Hall. Gary Parsons, the first race director, altered the course slightly by running downhill first for 12.5km and back up the same way on bitumen road. Distances were 50 (2 laps), 25 and 10km.
This course was altered slightly after a few years to add in some dirt road (Top Yard and Tidwell Rds) and this helped with safety – having runners on only one side of the road.
When Gary entered politics he handed the event to Phil Hungerford (Race Director) and Bruce Cook (Course Organiser) in 2004. 2005 saw a change of venue with headquarters at the Mt Mee Showgrounds. Kids’ events were also added and more off-road terrain added. Course went out Pedwell Rd, onto the recreation walking trail into Wamuran Basin, back up Campbell’s Pocket Rd, Top Yard and Tidwell Rd for the 26km. The 50 and 10km events used Settlement Rd for balance of the distance. 2009 saw a new concept with the axing of the 50km and the introduction of the standard marathon distance. A point to point journey was also added with the start in the main street of Dayboro and finishing in the Mt Mee Showgrounds. The course included Mt Brisbane Rd, into Mt Mee State Forest, Chambers Rd, Peggs Rd, Sellin Rd, Neurum Ck Rd, Centipede Rd, Fife Rd, out of the forest and Settlement Rd. 2010 saw the reverse direction, downhill, attempted.
Major floods in 2011 caused the cancellation of the event. Major forest damage saw the rerouting of the course in 2012. Starting in Dayboro the course was altered from the Gantry. An 8km loop was added in the West Escarpment Rd region to make up the distance and then running out of the forest area along Sellin Rd, into Fraser’s Farm, along Hewitt Rd easement and out onto Settlement Rd In 2013 there were more route changes due to forest logging on the northern part of the course. The annual course direction reversal presented some issues.
In 2015 we planned to start at The Gantry in D’Aguilar National Park and traverse a northern loop (Loveday’s Rd, La Traverse and Neurum Ck Rd), then most of the 2010 course. Unfortunately the 2015 event had to be cancelled due to bad weather.