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 8 Trail Running Races hosted by the Cairns Road Runners in Far North Queensland in 2014, including the popular FNQ Trail Running Series. There are another three trail runs and regular training trail runs to introduce runners to the various trails. Keep an eye on the Cairns Road Runners Website (www.roadrunners.org.au) and the Cairns Runners Facebook page for updates.
Minimum Impact Trail 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.
Registrations are open
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.
15 February 2014. Full moon Glacier Rock Run. 6km. FREE
A great social night run from Stoney Creek Road to Glacier Rock lookout along the Douglas Track.
29 March 2014. 3rd Earth Hour Run. 10km or 5km. FREE
Run up to Park Ridge to view the lights being turned off for Earth Hour.
We get straight into steep hills in this race – head up the super-steep Smith’s Track at the start of this race.
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!
4 May 2014. Members’ Only Handicap Race #1 of 2. 5km. FREE
1 June 2014. Members’ Only Handicap Race #2 of 2. 5km. FREE
15 June 2014. Inaugural Atherton Forest Trail Race. 15km or 9km. NEW. Competitor Information Pack is being updated.
11-13 July 2014. 3rd 3 Marathons in 3 Days. 3 x 42.2km = 126.6km
26 July 2014. Smithfield Trail Run. 8km. NEW. FREE to Club members.
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”.
7 September 2014. 4th Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon Race. 64km; 64km relay (2-5 runners); 16km Bump to Beach. #4 of the FNQ Trail Running Series. Includes the 16km Bump to Beach race. Competitor Information Pack; Support Crew Information
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.
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.