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9km Honeyeater Challenge
Whitsunday Running Club is delighted to announce the return of the 57.4km Ultra Distance event which was cancelled in 2017 due to cyclone damage. This event enhances the shorter distance of 28.7km which will be celebrating 12 years in 2018. This iconic event is a challenging Ultra distance of 57.4km and the shorter distance of 28.7km, through some of the best rainforest in North Queensland, traversing through the Conway National Park via the Conway Circuit. Both events end their journey at the Airlie Beach Lagoon.
The trail has some steep ascents and descents, and varying track surfaces. This event is not a walking event so, for those new to trail running, add a further 50% to your best 25km flat road run or 50km road race times. Prepare to be challenged but rewarded, and you will enjoy the journey. DO train on varying tracks and trails in the months leading up to the event.
When registering you will be required to prove that you have experience in this type of terrain. The organisers have the right to disallow entry if runners are not prepared. With a capped entry of 200 total runners over both events, it is suggested you enter early to avoid disappointment. The date for the event has been brought forward to hopefully enjoy better climatic conditions and be out of the very busy September school holidays tourism period.
Included in the 2018 event is the inaugural 9km Honeyeater Challenge taking in the spectacular view from the lookout at the turnaround point. This trail includes the first part of the Ultra distance so is also challenging, starting and finishing at the beach. Training on hills and trails is imperative.