Glass House Mountains run offers ultimate test
Want to experience the ultimate in ultra marathon running? Then pack your runners and head to Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast for the only 100-mile trail run offered in Australia.
The Glasshouse 100-mile trail run winds it's way through the breathtaking Glass House Mountains just inland from Caloundra, about an hour's drive north from Brisbane. Not for the faint hearted, this run is described as the equivalent of four marathons and offers competitors a serious testing of trail run ability.
The starting gun fires at 5.30am on September 10 at Beerburrum State School, sending runners on an amazing 100-mile trail of undulating bush tracks, gravel and dirt roads and even the summit of the 300m high Mount Beerburrum and Wild Horse Mountain. Serious competitors should aim to beat last year's winner Martin Schot and his time of 21 hours, 8 minutes and 50 seconds. For others, the event can be walked and offers competitors spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains area and the nearby coast.
Race director Ian Javes, an experienced runner himself, having completed the Western States 100 mile in the USA says the Australian equivalent attracts running competitors from all over Australia and overseas.
"The Glass House Mountains 100-mile trail run offers runners a unique challenge, not available anywhere else in Australia, and takes in the breathtaking scenery of the Sunshine Coast's Hinterland," Mr Javes said.
Glasshouse resident Bill Thompson is lining up for his seventh race, the most for any competitor. He has also finished the 100-mile event in the USA.
The run has a 30-hour cut off time and all finishers receive commemorative polo shirts. The first male to complete the 100 miles will be the winner of the perpetual Tibrogargan trophy and the first female to finish will be the winner of the perpetual Beerwah Shield.
To register please visit www.angelfire.com/mt/glasshousetrail/ or contact race director Ian Javes on (07) 5495-4334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry is available to anyone over the age of 18 and costs $150 for general entrants and $140 for Brisbane Road Runners Club members. Postal entries close September 6, 2005. This year's field is anticipated to be the biggest yet with about 30 people expressing interest. The maximum in the past has been 18. There are also shorter runs over 100, 50 , 30 and 12 kilometres.
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