Cairns Marathon 2017: Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the race? It starts at Cedar Park Rainforest Resort, Koah (approx. 45 minutes’ drive from Cairns), and finishes in Goomboora Park Redlynch Valley, Cairns – about 15 minutes from Cairns CBD.

Condition of entry: 18 years or older on race day. The decision to approve registrations is at the race director’s discretion.

What training do I need? It is recommended that you follow a training program for at least 12 weeks to prepare for the event. A regular road marathon training program will suffice, but ensure you include hill training, especially training to run hard down hills as there is a long descent on the day.

What is the terrain like? Half on dirt road and half on bitumen/sealed roads. You will cross various shallow rocky creeks. And no, there are no crocodiles in this area. There is a long descent on the day.


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. Transport to and from Cairns Colonial Club Resort is included in the race fee.

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. This is included in your race fee. 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 and at Copperlode Dam. 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? All competitors will be allowed to finish the race in their own time – within reason. 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’.