Trail running has been established in Far North Queensland thanks to the efforts of the Cairns Road Runners who has offered trail running events since 2006. There are various Trail Running Races hosted by the Cairns Road Runners in Far North Queensland in 2014, including the popular FNQ Trail Running Series. Keep an eye on the website and the Cairns Runners Facebook page for updates.
MINIMUM IMPACT RUNNING
The Trail Running Series showcases fantastic trail locations in Far North Queensland. Before, during and after each event competitors, volunteers and supporters are encouraged to follow standard ‘leave no trace’ environmental guidelines. To reduce our carbon footprint, competitors are encouraged to make use of transport provided or organise to travel with fellow competitors.
Please Note: Due to safety concerns Junior Runners (Under 16s) can only participate in selected trail runs. Applications for consideration in longer events can be made to the race organisers. Strict criteria (which may include, but not be limited to, full parental supervision during the event) will apply to ensure the safety of the junior runner.
CHANGE OF EVENTS – 2014
During early 2014 the committee decided to hand over several of our endurance distance trail running events so that the Club could ensure that all races, big and small, could receive the same amount of energy applied to ensuring their success. The Club apologies for any changes that have had to be made to it’s calendars, however the new event hosts have kindly agreed that any CRR platinum members will receive free entry to these now externally hosted events for 2014.
For Club events and registration please see our EVENTS page.
For externally hosted FNQ Series Trail Runs please see FNQ Trail Series.
POKER RUN – 1HR
In its sixth year, the Poker Trail Run is conducted on dirt tracks at the Smithfield Conservation and Mountain Bike Park in Cairns, Queensland. There is a long loop (approx. 3km) and a short loop (approx. 2km) through rainforest and pine plantations. Competitors complete as many loops as they can in the hour allowed. Upon registration and at the end of each short loop, adult competitors receive a playing card. Two cards are awarded for each long loop. The runner with the best poker hand at the end of the race is the winner. Junior runners receive a goody bag.
FULL MOON GLACIER ROCK – 6km
A great social night run from Stoney Creek Road to Glacier Rock lookout along the Douglas Track.
EARTH HOUR – 10km / 5km
Run up to Park Ridge to view the lights being turned off for Earth Hour.
BARRON GORGE TRAIL RACE – 18km / 11km(#1 of the FNQ Trail Running Series)
We get straight into steep hills in this race – head up the super-steep Smith’s Track at the start of this race.
BLACK SNAKE TRAIL RACE – 34km / 21.1km / 10km (Race #2 of the FNQ Trail Running Series)
This race is named after what is probably the most common snake seen in the rainforest. The Red-bellied Black Snake is often just called the Black Snake by Far North Queenslanders, who spot it frequently laying on trails basking in the sun. It’s not aggressive, and while its bite is considered dangerous, it is unlikely to result in death!
A Club allocated handicap is given where you can race against Club members for pride not places.
ATHERTON FOREST TRAIL RACE 15km / 9km. CANCELLED DUE TO CLASH WITH OTHER EVENTS IN LOCATION
3MARATHONS IN 3DAYS – 3 x 42.2km = 126.6km THIS EVENT IS NO LONGER HOSTED BY CAIRNS ROAD RUNNERS
CAIRNS MARATHON – 42.2km (Part trail/road) THIS EVENT IS NO LONGER HOSTED BY CAIRNS ROAD RUNNERS
SMITHFIELD TRAIL RUN – 8km
Held on the World Class Mountain Bike Trails and beyond. A favourite event close to home that can be attempted by amateur trail runners.
MT HAIG TRAIL MARATHON – 45km / 21.1km / 10km / 5km fun run (Race #3 of the FNQ Trail Running Series)
This race follows a fairly well constructed forestry road that meanders to create probably the best rainforest circuit in the north, according to Paul Curtis’ book “The Travellers’ Guide to North Queensland Cairns and Surrounds”.
KURANDA TO PORT DOUGLAS TRAIL RACE – 64km / 64km relay (2-5 runners) / 16km Bump to Beach THIS EVENT IS NO LONGER HOSTED BY CAIRNS ROAD RUNNERS
This Point-to-Point race starts just off Kennedy Highway in Kuranda and follows Black Mountain Road that runs through native rainforest, open eucalyptus forest, pine plantations and crosses picturesque creeks. It is a scenic course incorporated in the Mowbray National Park within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The pyramid-shaped Black Mountain is a prominent feature of the race. The tropical rainforest is home to the endangered southern cassowary, a flightless bird that can grow to two metres in height.
TWIN BRIDGES HALF MARATHON – 21.1km
The Twin Bridges track (East Black Mountain Road) follows the route of the original Black Mountain Road, to the east of the current road. It diverges from Black Mountain Road 27 kilometres from the Kennedy Highway and rejoins it 2 kilometres from the top of the Bump Track. Closed by gates at both ends, it is a multi-use track for trail runners, walkers and mountain bikers. Motor vehicles, trail bikes and horses are not allowed on this track.