Mt. Cooroora in Pomona remains the scene of one of the most gruelling and challenging athletic events Australia has to offer and continues to attract competitors from around the world.
As part of the King of the Mountain festival, Sunday 22 July marks the 40th anniversary of the notoriously steep 4.2-kilometre Bendigo Bank 'King of the Mountain Challenge' race.
A project of Cooroy & Pomona Lion's Club, the King of the Mountain Festival brings together a host of attractions and event experiences and competitors and spectators alike can look forward to another fun-filled event. The third Zinc 96.1FM Prince and Princess Race has already attracted many junior athletes and will be held on Saturday 21 July with the winners awarded their trophies on the day. Registrations for the mountain challenge and prince and princess races is still open until the 14 July.
This year's festival will also debut the True Value Hardware King of the Mountain Bike Ride on Sunday, 22 July. Aimed at beginner, intermediate and advanced level cyclists, the fun ride through local national parks is expected to attract those keen to explore another side of Pomona's beautiful environment. Registrations will be held on the day at 8.00am at Pomona State School before the ride begins at 9.00am. Groups will be led by experienced riders to their own level of skill and experience. Entry fees are: Adults $10, Junior (Under 16yrs) $5, Family $20 (up to 5 people). Bike hire is available and there are lucky draw prizes up for grabs.
Evidence of the diversity of the festival's attractions can be found in its jam-packed program. The festival offers something for everyone and includes other family-friendly races, heritage markets, amusement rides, Skate Park competition, local cuisine and live music all within the beautiful hinterland setting of Pomona and in view of the majestic Mount Cooroora. Further attractions include an animal farm and side show alley.
Festivities will begin early on the Sunday with the arrival of many different car clubs showing off their classic vehicles in the lead up to the big race at 2.30pm. Celebrations will continue with live music and free entertainment throughout the day.
Continued funding from Bendigo Bank and its Pomona Community Bank branch, Noosa Council and Tourism Noosa is testament to its enduring popularity as a hallmark community event. Many local businesses remain keen to offer their support through their sponsorships for the community focussed event aimed at supporting local Lions' charities and promoting the Pomona and Noosa region.
Put the King of the Mountain Festival in your diary and get ready to enjoy some country hospitality and the best of what community focused events are all about. All proceeds support local charities through the efforts of dedicated Pomona Cooroy Lions Club volunteers.
For more information on the festival and its inclusions, or to register to compete in events, go to the event website at www.kingofthemountain.com.au.