Kauri Half Marathon 2017: Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the race? It starts in Kuranda, 30 minutes inland from Cairns CBD. It finishes at Speewah Campground, Speewah, 15 minutes from Kuranda.

What are the prerequisites? 16 years or older on race day. The expectation is that competitors would have followed a training program leading up to the event to cope with the demands and distance of the course.

What training do I need? Despite the distance this is NOT an event where you can just turn up to have a go. It is recommended that you follow a training program for at least 12 weeks to prepare for the event. Competitors who have not trained sufficiently on hills and single trails will find the course challenging.

What is the terrain like? For the Kauri Half Marathon there is some road running and also sections that are on single tracks with steep ascents and descents. You will cross over a shallow rocky creek on two occasions. And no, there are no crocodiles in this area.

Where can I stay? During the event you can stay with the group at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort. Alternatively you can arrange your own accommodation at Cedar Park Rainforest Resort, Speewah Country Tavern, or in Cairns. Kuranda isabout 30 minutes’ drive from Cairns and Speewah campground is about 45 minutes from Cairns. Transport options are provided on the entry form.

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 info@3marathonsin3day. 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 in Kuranda and the finish at Speewah Campground. 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’.