The Trail Marathon event can credibly lay claim to being the most scenic marathon event many runners could hope to enjoy. However, claims to being the toughest marathon would hold equal integrity. Significant vertical ascent, evaporation-arresting humidity and the full range of trail surfaces is sure to test even the most well prepared runners. While the large majority of the course is shaded and regular watercourses provide relief, safety precautions require entry to be at the discretion of the Race Director.
The 2015 event will again use the original Gold Rush Trail Marathon course starting at the Babinda Boulders, running the length of the Goldfields Trail, sneaking up to Kearneys Falls for a quick peek and returning to the Boulders.
Thanks to generous sponsors particularly Adventure Equipment.
When: Sunday 26th July, 2015
Where: Babinda Boulders
Organiser: Shane White 0438 758 862
Race Entry Fee
$15 for those who have previously competed in an Adventure Sport NQ event and also Cairns Road Runners members.
$20 for first timers.
Rego 6:00am (42.2km), 7:30 (23km), 8:30(7km and 2km).
All races start 1hr later: 7:00am – 42.2km, 8:30am – 23km, 9:30am – 7km & 2km.
Food available from 10:00am
Gold Rush Trail Marathon
Gold Rush Trail Marathon Course. Starts at the Boulders and travels up and over the saddle, through the East Mulgrave at the causeway and the length of the Goldfields Trail. Upon reaching the Goldsborough campground, continue to the first turnaround point near the 20km marker, head back a few hundred metres and head up to Kearneys Falls and the second turnaround. Return to the campground and turn left to retrace your steps over the Goldfields Trail to finish at the Boulders.Training plans now available!
Gold Rush 23km Course. Starts at the Boulders and travels up and over the saddle, through the East Mulgrave at the causeway before turning around to return to the finish at the Boulders campground.
Gold Rush 7km Course. Turnaround at a marked point 3.5km along the Goldfields Trail and return to the Boulders to finish.
Gold Rush 2km for Kids Course (Under 13 yrs old). Turnaround at a marked point 1km along the Goldfields Trail and return to the Boulders to finish.
What to bring (compulsory in 23k and 42k events)
- Hydration plan eg Camelback style set up, Water bottle, collapsible cup etc
- Snake bite kit (2 roller bandages).
Fruit and yummies are supplied after the race.
Climate and Weather
Daytime temperatures are typically warm at any time of the year. However, July mornings can be pretty chilly (for us Dirty Northeners), the humidity lower and less chance of precipitation. Trail conditions are at their best from April or May until November. Expect to be cool before the start, a maximum temperature of around 28-29 degrees and a reasonable chance of clear skies.
What’s on location
Babinda State Hotel: 73 Munro St, Babinda. Phone: 074067 1202. Website or email. Support these guys, this is a great spot. Transport available to event site available.
Babinda Quarters Guesthouse: 30 Knowles Street, Babinda Qld 4861. Phone 0427 132 306. Website or email. Just opened, The Quarters Guest House is a beautifully restored classic Art Deco guesthouse.
Bartle Frere B&B: 1 Josephine Falls Rd, Bartle Frere. Phone 0740676778. Website. or email
Bramston Beach Plantation Caravan Park: Lot 1, Evans Rd, Bramston Beach. Phone: 07 4067 4133
Bramston Seaside Haven: 1 – 3 Dawson Street, Bramston Beach. Phone. 074067 4139 email
Accommodation in Innisfail and Cairns is plentiful. See transport below.
The Boulders camping ground and park: Currently, no bookings are required for this campground, although there are only five sites.
The other, much larger campground is located right on Babinda Creek at the Babinda Rotary Park on Howard Kennedy Drive. This camp ground is pet friendly. Both parks have free amenities.
email firstname.lastname@example.org for car pool options (offers/requests). If Staying at the Babinda State Hotel they have a courtesy bus which is available to guests.
Boulders and Event Site: shade, picnic tables, BBQs, toilets, car park, drinking water and cool swimming in the (crocodile free) upper reaches of Babinda Creek.
Domestic animals are not permitted in Queensland National Parks.
Babinda Town and surrounds: check out http://www.babindainfocentre.com.au/
How to get there:
From the Bruce Highway turn West at Babinda (around halfway between Innisfail and Cairns). Travel through the small town of Babinda and follow the signs to the ‘Boulders’. Once you leave town, continue on the main road for a pleasant 10 to 15 minute drive to the registration area and start line at the Boulders. It is suitable for conventional vehicles, but please drive with caution.
Results can be found on the Results page.