Just over a week to go!  Our first trail run for 2015 will be held on the Saturday afternoon of February 7th, with the race starting at 4pm. Make sure you are there in plenty of time to register and prepare before the race!  HOW TO REGISTER?   If you cannot find the link on the website please  go to our Facebook page (Cairns Road Runners) and scroll down past our Australia Day event until you find the Upcoming Events-Poker Run. Register HERE.

Any problems, please email or phone 0459020091 evenings). Don’t forget this event is FREE for members and a mere $5 for non-members. Below, you will find our Information Pack for the Poker Run 2015 and also the Map of Smithfield Conservation Park (which shows the car park).

VOLUNTEERS DESPERATELY NEEDED!!  We don’t need many but some people to help set up before the race and two or three people to help with signing runners in and handing out tokens would be terrific. If you can help, please use the contacts above.

Information Pack for the Poker Run 2015                                                                                                  Map of Smithfield Conservation Park

POKER RUN – Saturday 7th February, 2015

Our annual introduction to trail running is fast approaching! Sprinting off at 4pm (make sure you are there at least half an hour before the start) this event is for both younger and older runners. Younger runners are catered for with a short course and if tackling a longer course we recommend an adult running with them. Safety is very important of course!

The event is free. A great way to meet friends and put some dust (or mud) on your trail running shoes and kick off the 2015 trail running season.  How does it work? Well, basically you have up to an hour in which to accumulate as many tokens as possible by running around a combination of courses of your choice. Each run course is worth a certain number of tokens with longer courses attracting more tokens. After an hour each runner exchanges his or her tokens for playing cards with the winner making up the best “poker hand”. It’s a test not only for your legs but also your brain as you attempt to gather the most tokens possible in an hour.

Where is this all happening? Meet at the car park almost at the end of McGregor Road, Smithfield, just past the turn off to the James Cook University. See the map of the Poker Run Courses, 2015  below this notice.

Volunteers needed! No event can run without your help! We will need at least one person on Registration and at least two people handing out tokens to runners as they complete each circuit. Anyone who can and would like to help, please contact me  via email at                    or phone me on 0459 020 091

See you there! Dave OBrien, Race Director


The Cairns Road Runners and Triathlon Club David Todd Memorial Bursary assist Cairns Road Runners junior members who have competed at a State or State School Championship, National or National School Championship, or at an International Championship. The bursary was set up in 1987 to honour to the late David Todd (Cairns Road Runner member and promising junior athlete).

In 2014, Cahn Butler-Channel and John Gordon were each awarded $500; in recognition of their their hard work during 2013 in representing their schools and regions at state-level championships. Cairns Road Runners is proud of all young runners and actively encourages participation by all.

Applications for the 2015 David Todd Memorial Bursary are now open. Please follow the LINK HERE to access the application form, which includes detailed information on how to apply. Applications will remain open until 28 February 2015. Recipient(s) will be announced at the Rock (race three) on Saturday 14 March. For further information, please contact Mel at


We’re here to help you achieve your new year’s resolution …”to join a fun, friendly and motivating club where I can run my little feet happy”….

Australia Day is our official sign on and welcome event. To ensure we throw enough shrimps on the barbie please register your attendance HERE directly from the calendar event.

Don’t forget to sign up for 2015 as a member. This can be done online HERE and if you order your “Go Faster” club singlet prior to Oz Day we’ll endeavour to get it to you on or before the race. If you don’t have a club shirt and don’t want to be left out, come dressed in Green and Gold to show your support.