Pomona King of the Mountain Festival
24 July 2005
Pomona King of the mountain festival is an internationally renowned event with the main event being a 6.5km run up Mt Cooroora. The King of the mountain festival is held at Stan Hopper Park.
The King of the Mountain race, arguably the most gruelling foot race in the world, involves starting from a central point in the town, scaling to the top and down the other side of rocky Mt. Cooroora via a steep arduous track, and greeting the judge across a finishing line in Reserve Street.
The field is limited to fifty runners, who compete in various categories.
The event, which is organised by Cooroy/Pomona Lions, is accompanied by an all-day carnival of market stalls, live music and contests of skill including thong and egg throwing. The festival and race attract thousands of visitors each year.
POMONA COMES ALIVE WITH THE KING OF THE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL
The 26th Annual Pomona King of the Mountain will once again fill the hinterland town of Pomona this weekend, drawing not only a host of dedicated runners but poets, movie buffs and navigators alike.
The main race will form the final event on the two-day program that will begin on Saturday with a Race-Style Orientation Drive to suit the whole family. Day one will conclude with movies in Stan Topper Park featuring "Ice Age" with entry by way of a gold coin donation.
A Bush Poets Breakfast featuring Shirley Friend will mark the start of Sunday's activities at 7.00am with the finale being the King of the Mountain race with over 65 runners from around the world testing their performances on the 3.2 kilometre course.
For those not quite as energetic, a 3km 5km and 10km fun run, as well as a 60- team school relay competition will take place at 8.00am with registration at 7.00am.
Spectators can watch in awe as ground commentators keep them up to date with all the action.
"The festival has really evolved over time and provides a great opportunity for people to experience a great weekend in the Hinterland. Apart from the athletic events the festival has moved to provide something for everyone including heritage markets, vintage car displays, BMX and Motorbike stunt riders, a quilt and pillow exhibition and much more", said event chairman Colin Jackson.
This year's event will also be filled with live entertainment including The Jazz Factory and the Paul Bellerby Band. Helicopter rides will be available on Sunday from 9.30am and for the kids; camel rides and an animal farm will operate all day.
Sunday July 24
7.00am: 10KM Road Run entries at registration tent.
7.00am: BUSH POETS BREAKFAST- serving of Breakfast commences in the CSR Tent. COST: $10 per person.
8.00am: BUSH POETS START!!!
10KM Mini Mountain Challenge Starts at ANZ bank.
Registration for 3KM Family Fun Run at tent.
9.00am: 3KM Family Fun Run Starts at ANZ Bank.
9.30am: School Relay Entries at registration tent.
10.00am: Bar Opens
BMX & MOTORBIKE STUNT RIDERS
PERFORM ALL DAY…(near food court)
10.30am: PAUL BELLERBY & ROGER HARMON will entertain you all day in the food court.
THE JAZZ FACTORY main stage.
10.30am: School Relay Starts—Girls
10.45am: School Relay Starts—Boys
11.00am: The Moonshine Whoopee on main stage
11.15am: Relay Presentations at start/finish line.
12.00pm: Beenleigh Cup Tug-o-War Watch the school relay teams go head to head in the tug-o-war.
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12.30pm: Pomona Fruit & Veg Iron Man Event (Men's & Women's Race)
Win $50 & a trophy ($5 entry fee) Sponsored by Pomona Fruit & Vegie Market
1.00pm: World Thong Throwing Championships
Sponsored by Fraser's Bodyworks ($2 entry fee)
1.30pm: The MOONSHINE WHOOPEE will entertain you on MAIN STAGE.
2.40pm: Introduction of KOM Runners (ANZ Bank)
3.00pm: MIDSTRENGTH KING OF THE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE STARTS (ANZ Bank)
3.30pm: The MOONSHINE WHOOPEE on Main Stage
4.30pm: Midstrength King of the Mountain Challenge Presentations on main stage.
5.00pm: The MOONSHINE WHOOPEE will entertain you on Main Stage until the sun sets.
For further information on the King of the Mountain please call Colin Jackson on 54854125 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.