FNQ Trail Running Series
- Compression banadage (minimum 10 cm width
- Race bib (provided by orgnaisers)
- Hydration system
- Nutritional plan
Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon (25 August 2013)
Sponsor: It’s Extreme
Race Director: Lorraine Lawson
Sponsor: It’s Extreme
Training Run: 27 July and 03 August 2013
The final and fourth race in the FNQ Trail Running series. 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.
Race Start Times and Locations
Make sure you know the start time of your race. It is recommended you get to the race at least a half hour before your race starts.
|Race||Distance||Race Briefing – all competitors MUST attend||Start Time||Location|
|Ultra Marathon||64km point to point||5.45am||6:00am||*Corner Kennedy Highway and Black Mountain Road, Kuranda|
|16km Bump to Beach||16km point to point||9.45am||10.00am||*Top of the Bump Track|
* Bus transfers are available to start of event and from Port Douglas to Cairns after the events.
Competitors have three options for this race:
Option 1 – Run the 64km Ultra from start to finish
Option 2 – Run as part of a team and complete one or more legs of the 64km Ultra (consists of five legs) – no split times will be recorded. Only the overall finish time. All members in the team will be allocated points according to the conditions stipulated in the ”Trophies/Ribbons” section below.
Option 3 – Run the 16km Bump to the Beach Finish (Leg 4 and 5 of the Ultra)
Leg 1 (14km) and Leg 2 (13km along Black Mountain Road Leg 3, (21.1km): From Quaid Road into the Twin Bridges track, then to top of the Bump Track. Leg 4 (6km): The historic Bump Track including the Slatey Pinch – a cutting through slate rock at a steep 1 in 3 grade, about 1 kilometre from the bottom of the tack. Leg 5 (10km): After following (mostly) sealed roads into Port Douglas, the race leads onto the southern end of Four Mile Beach. (Low tide is at 2.15pm).
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.
The historic Bump Track offers views of the Mowbray River valley where the Mowbray River drops through a gorge carved into the forested foothills of the Macalister Range. It was blazed in 1877 by Christie Palmerston, a prominent bushman and pathfinder of the times and was the main access from the Hodgkinson Goldfield to the port facilities at Port Douglas.
The Bump Track was infamous for its steepness. Passengers on the horse-drawn coach service had to get out and walk when going up or coming down the section known as Slatey Pinch – a cutting through slate rock at a steep 1 in 3 grade, about 1 kilometre from the bottom of the tack.
After following (mostly) sealed roads into Port Douglas, the race leads onto the southern end of Four Mile Beach. One of the many attractions of Port Douglas this fine hard beach is considered to be one of the best in far north Queensland. The sand is so firm that the beach has been used for horse races and mountain bike races and also as a landing place by Kingsford Smith and by C.T.P. Ulm en route to New Guinea with the first official air mail.