The King of the Mountain Festival and Race is the Noosa hinterland's main festival and is held in Pomona on the fourth Sunday of July each year. The picturesque town of Pomona, nestled in the heart of the Noosa hinterland, boasts a warm and friendly atmoshere, where its buildings reflect early settlement days.
This year's King of the Mountain Race and Festival on Sunday 25 July, 2010 is a full day of fun, food, entertainment and events and for all the family. The event is primarily a free family fun day, full of activities and entertainment. The festival is organised by the Cooroy/Pomona Lions Club as a means of supporting community groups and giving them the opportunity to connect with the public and to do some fundraising. Starting at 7am the festival kicks off with the Bush Poets Breakfast and wraps up with the main event, the Zinc 96.1 International Mountain Challenge at 3pm.
Athletes from around the world descend on Pomona for this race and compete in the most gruelling 4.5km mountain race in the country. The race has a long and colourful history and dates back to 1958 when Bruce Samuels, a local footballer and railway porter ran to the top of the (438m) Mount Cooroora. He later casually announced, in the bar of the Railway Hotel, which used to be in Pomona, that he had done it in under an hour. His claims brought doubt and scoffs from the idling drinkers who needled Samuels into declaring that he was prepared to do it again, under supervision. The race was arranged, a good few side bets placed and Samuels, after no special preparation, set out on March 22, 1958 to prove he could do it "inside the hour". To the amazement of most, Samuels returned with 20 minutes of his hour to spare. He collected his hundred pound wager, was nicknamed "Hilary" Samuels and became the town hero. Since that date back in 1958 a long list of runners over the years have made this event their annual pilgrimage and the challenge still inspires visitors to witness the run to this day.
Details of the day's various races, fun runs etc and the festival's program can be obtained through the official website - www.kingofthemountain.com.au.
The 2010 Pomona King of the Mountain Race and Festival
Stan Topper Park, Pomona
Annual event held on the fourth Sunday of July each year. Starts at 7am and finishes at 5pm.
Stan Topper Park, Pomona
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