Returning on Saturday, June 23 is the annual Curtis Island Trail Run, courtesy of Gladstone Road Runners and the event sponsor - Turtle Street Beach Resort.
The trail running community is gathering momentum and constantly looking to put on a variety of events in unspoilt areas, and this event is no exception. Gladstone's Best Kept Secret - one of Australia's most picturesque beaches.
After enjoying a leisurely 1 hour harbour cruise enroute to Curtis Island, participants and spectators will arrive at the township of South End before making their way to the race precinct located at Capricorn Lodge on Seaview Esplanade. After a pre race briefing, runners will set off at 10am and will be taking on either the challenge of a 14K or 5K run which will see runners loop around the township of South End before heading north on the inland beach tracks towards the 'Bluff'. Shortly after this, participants in the shorter event will detour and head towards the ocean before tackling the sand dunes and on to the beach at 'Blue Rocks' and heading for home along the beach. Participants in the longer distance will continue on the inland tracks until they arrive at the headland known as the 'Bluff' and be able to take a well earned drink at the aid station after having completed 9K of the run. From here runners will head down the headland across the sand dunes and on to the beach for the 5K run home (pray there is no southerly buster!!) before tackling a set of stairs and sprinting to the finish line.
A post event BBQ lunch and cold drinks will be on offer courtesy of one of the event sponsors, Capricorn Lodge.
Consistent with GRR events, proceeds of the event will be donated back to the local community - this will see the South End Rural Fire Brigade benefit from this event.
Online registration will open on May 07 - further information on the event below.
Where is the event being held and the time and date?
The “Curtis Island Trail Run” is being held from Capricorn Lodge, 29 Seaview Esplanade, South End, Curtis Island on Saturday, June 23. The 5K and 14K events will commence at 10:00.
How do I get to Curtis Island?
Curtis Island is accessible by your own private boat, however there are scheduled services provided by one of the event sponsors Curtis Ferry Services. It is approximately a 1 hour trip from Gladstone to South End. The barge will operate at the following times;
Friday – Departs Gladstone @ 08:00 and 17:30
Saturday – Departs Gladstone @ 08:00
Saturday – Departs South End @ 15:30
Sunday – Departs South End @ 09:00 & 15:30
How do I enter?
Entry is preferred by online registration prior to the event. Entries will be taken on the day, however the discounted transfer fees on Curtis Ferries will not be available and their will also be no guarantee of being able to secure a BBQ lunch due to catering purposes required in advance.
Online entries open Monday, May 07 via this website. You can complete an online entry form before midnight on Sunday, June 17.
How much does it cost to enter?
Online pre-registration fees
All runners $15.00
Curtis Ferries - Adults $20.00
Curtis Ferries – Child (7-16) $18.00
Curtis Ferries – Child (6 & under) Free
BBQ Lunch $10.00
Can I enter more then one person on the online entry form?
Yes, online entries will accept multiple entries. Simply fill in the required data for each person and select the relevant options for race entry, transfers and lunch as required.
How do I collect my race pack?
Race day information and event numbering will take place on the day at 09:45 during the race briefing.
Can my child enter the 5K event?
Due to the nature of the course/s, all children 12 & under will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Where can I put my belongings while I’m participating in the event?
The race precinct at Capricorn Lodge will have a storage area available for you to store your equipment whilst you are running. Any items will be stored at your own risk. Please do not place valuable items in your bag.
Is there a time limit for finishing the 14K event?
No, there is no official race cut off time. However, it is planned to start presentations at 12:30 regardless of any participants still on the course.
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