Sunday 6 September – 7am

Cnr Esplanade and Upward Street

Charity – North Queensland Animal Rescue

Many of us train with our dogs, but unfortunately most races restrict entrants from competing with their dogs.  Not the K9 Challenge!  Now in its 4th year this event splits entrants into a Small (<10kg), Medium (10-25kg) or Large (>25kg) breed category.  Entrants have the option of a 3k or 6k event that takes in the northern environs of the Cairns Esplanade.

Our Event Sponsor is Petstock, Mugrave Road. Petstock will be giving away gift vouchers on the day to the 1st finishers of both distances.  Your $10 entry fee and any other contributions will be donated to their choice charity –
North Queensland Animal Rescue (NQAR).

NQAR is a foster carer based rescue organisation in the Cairns region. We aim to rescue homeless and abandoned pets from local pounds and private surrenders.

All pets are de-sexed, vaccinated, micro-chipped, wormed and flea treated, before being adopted out to wonderful new, approved homes. We are a completely not for profit organisation, run by volunteers, and do what we do because we love animals and care about their welfare.

Online entries HERE….


Another beautiful day in Cairns on Sunday 13 September 2015 for the Cairns Half Marathon and 10k – and final event in the Athletics North Queensland (ANQ) Half Marathon Series. The spectacular view up the Barron Gorge from the start line painted a picture of things to come for the 110 runners covering the 21.1km distance.  Although a little gusty at times the wind favoured the runners on the way out to Lake Placid and onward to the Barron River Power Station.  Then it was down hill….well almost, until a short sharp ascent around 13kms to test some runners on the journey to home.

Not as far but far from a sleepy lay in on a Sunday morning was the 10km race starting an hour later at 7.45am.  About 80 runners stepped up to the line for the out and back course to Lake Placid with our own Toby Gillen, a Cairns Road Runners junior collecting the gold medal in a sub 40 minute time.  Post race treats replenished the runners and all those involved afterwards.

The events saw runners from interstate and New Zealand visit Cairns.  I spoke to two runners, one from Mackay and the other from Weipa that travelled to Cairns especially for the event and for their 1st Half.  And, yes – the Townsville runner Liz Maquire, visiting the fairer of the two cities to be the first Half Marathon female.

Cock & Bull (drink vouchers), Flying Monkey Cafe (coffee vouchers)  and PhyxMe Physio (pilates/yoga/massage vouchers) deserve thanks for their contributions.  Disappointments – there were a few, the 15 volunteers on the day that couldn’t run but rather gave up their time to help make it happen.  You know who you are and so do the runners, as without you they wouldn’t have had such a great event!  I applaud all of you.  See you in 2016.

Photos to follow on Facebook, or if you can’t wait see Cairns Runners page for a sneak preview. Race results…. click HERE

Glen Robinson | Race Director

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INSIDERS TIP: Start hill training!

Right on our doorstep are some awesome trails so join Cairns Road Runners from 8am on  Sunday 27 September for the Barron Gorge Trail Race.  Two distances are on offer – 11km and 18km.  Both start at Stoney Creek Road, at the carpark to the National Park. Both are conducted in a loop circuit, returning to the start via the McDonald and Douglas Tracks.  The 18km takes in Speewah Campground and the 11km shortcuts via the Gandal Wandun Track.

Full course details can be accessed via the entry process.  Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female in each event.  Enjoy!

Don’t be disappointed, enter HERE


Registrations close on Friday 11 September at 8:00pm. There are no on-day entries accepted.

ANQ Half Marathon Series:  The Cairns Half Marathon is a Cairns Road Runners event.  It forms part of the Athletics North Queensland (ANQ) Half Marathon Series.  The series comprises events from all over North Queensland including the Mackay Marina Run (7 June), Airlie Beach Running Restival (19 July), Townsville Runnng Festival (2nd August).  Go to ANQ Half Marathon Series for more info.

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Race Eligibility:

Half Marathon – Persons 16 years and over.

10k – Persons 12 years and over.

Ages are based on age as at 31 December 2015.

Race day Check in:

Half Marathon – 6.00 to 6.30am / 10k – 6.45am to 7.15am.

Race Briefing:

Half Marathon – 6.30am  / 10k – 7.15am.

Race Start:

Half Marathon – 6.45am / 10k – 7.30am.

Course Info:

Both events start at Ryan Weare Park, Freshwater and proceed toward the Railway Station before turning left into Lower Freshwater Road between canefields.  The 10k turns around after 5k (soon after crossing Kamerunga Pedestrian bridge)  while the Half Marathoners continue, ultimately crossing the bridge adjacent to the Power Station on Barron Gorge Road before backtracking to the start.


If anybody is coming along to support you, perhaps they could also support the event by registering as a Volunteer.

Tasks include Marshalls on course / event check in / post race recording.

Click HERE for registration, course map and more details