Where is the race? Marathon 1 starts in Kuranda, 30 minutes inland from Cairns CBD. It finishes at Cedar Park Rainforest Resort, 15 minutes’ drive from Kuranda along the Kennedy Highway. Marathon 2 starts and finishes at Cedar Park Rainforest Resort. Marathon 3, the Cairns Marathon, starts at Cedar Park Rainforest Resort and finishes in Goomboora Park Redlynch Valley, Cairns – about 15 minutes from Cairns CBD.
Condition of entry: You must be at least 18 years old on race day to participate in the Grand Slam or any of the marathons. You must be at least 16 years old to participate in the Kauri Half Marathon or the 16km Lake Morris Race. To compete in the Grand Slam event, you also need to be an experienced trail runner and you must be sufficiently skilled and have trained to undertake the event. The course is demanding with steep ascents and descents and remote sections that can result in slower first aid / rescue response times. You must be in good health to compete in this event. To register for the Grand Slam event you must be a returning competitor or be able to run a sub-5 hour road marathon. You can also use trail races as qualifiers, please record the details on the entry form. Your performance in Marathons 1 and 2 will be used to allocate your bib number and start time on Sunday.
What training do I need? It is recommended that you follow a training program for at least 16 weeks to prepare for the event. Focus on back to back long runs that build up to about 32km each over two consecutive days. Hill training is a must, especially training to run hard down hills, as there are numerous steep ascents and descents each day.
What is the terrain like? There are steep ascents and descents each day. There is some road running and also sections that are on single tracks. One section (Snake Gully) is heavily deteriorated. Marathon 2 is mostly on dirt roads, however, the Viviers Track is heavily deteriorated in places. Marathon 3 is half on dirt road and half on bitumen/sealed roads. You will cross various shallow rocky creeks each day. You will also cross causeways, which may be slippery or muddy. And no, there are no crocodiles in this area.
Where can I stay? We recommend you stay at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort. This is where the bus departs from each day. Alternatively you can arrange your own accommodation at Cedar Park Rainforest Resort, Speewah Country Tavern, or in Cairns CBD. Speewah and Kuranda are about 20 minutes’ drive from Cedar Park, Cairns is about 45 minutes away.
Can I camp? The closest camping facilities are at Kuranda Rainforest Accommodation Park, Speewah Country Tavern, Kuranda or Davies Creek Campground.
How can I get to the start? A bus leaves from and returns to Cairns Colonial Club Resort each day. If you have a spectator/supporter who needs to catch the bus, there is an additional fee. Please contact us on . There are no other bus pick up locations.
Can I have a support crew? This is tricky – especially if you don’t know the region. There are sections each day where there is no vehicle access or through roads. Read the document: ‘Support Crew Information’.
Are there toilets along the way? Toilet facilities are only available at the start/finish each day; at Speewah Campground on Marathon 1 and at Copperlode Dam on Marathon 3. If you need to go to the toilet out in the bush, do so far away from any water courses.
Is there a cut off time? Yes. Cut off times have been imposed at the second checkpoint on Marathons 1 and 2 due to issues with transport after the event. There are cut off on Marathon 1 (12.30am at 33km) and Marathon 2 (11.30am at 27km). These cut off do NOT apply to competitors who have their own transport. Race officials can and will withdraw competitors from the course, as required.
What do I need to look out for? The Weather – early mornings on the Tablelands can be very cold at this time of the year (down to -3°C), however it soon warms up to about 24-26°C for the rest of the day. It can be very hot and humid – even in winter. Watch out for snakes, wild pigs, cassowaries, Golden Orb spiders, ticks and leeches, stinging trees, Wait-A-While (Lawyer Vine), loose gravel, slippery rocks and slippery boardwalks. Read the document: ‘Running Safely on Trails in the FNQ’.