Mt Haig Trail Marathon, Tinaroo Dam (20 July 2013)
Race Director: Paul Ryan
No practice run.
The third of four races in 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”.
The event distance has been increased from 42km to 45km to allow the event to start and finish at Kauri Creek day-use area. The race follows along Danbulla Forest Drive for approximately 2km before it turns left at a grove of pine trees, crossing over Robson Creek and through the lush rock gardens of the Robson Creek tributaries. The road rise for the next 9km to the saddle between mts Edith and Haig. From here it descends down to follow Emerald Creek where the rainforest gives way to huge white-trunked Flooded Gums and wet sclerophyll forest. Before it ascends again to the crest of the ridge of Emerald Creek Valley with some good views. It then drops in and out of the valleys of Douglas Creek tributaries through tall eucalyptus forest. At the 29km mark the road descends (steeply in parts) into Kauri Creek Valley through dense rainforest from an altitude of over 1200m (nearly 4,000ft) before it turns onto a single track (the Kauri Creek Walking Track) that takes you the last 1.5km to the finish at the Kauri Creek Day Area on Danbulla Forest Drive.
- Accommodation: Join us at
- (2km from Tinaroo Township; about 15km from the start of the race). Cost: $10/person.