CAIRNS 2 KURANDA THE MOST SPECTACULAR TRAIN RACE IN THE WORLD.
SUNDAY 16TH MAY 2021
Thank you for signing up for the 2021 Cairns 2 Kuranda train race and supporting Trinity Family Chiropractic, a local company established in 1998. We are thrilled to welcome back competitors from previous years and all new comers.
A BREAKDOWN OF THE EVENT:
Solo Event: 18 km’s: Aimed at experienced runners 18 years and over who must be able to complete the course in under 2.5 hours.
Team event: 2 or 3 person Teams (with one runner completing 2 consecutive stages)
The race starts adjacent to the Freshwater Station on Lower Freshwater Road, Kamerunga, Cairns, in sunny North Queensland. Leaving the train to begin its 31km winding journey through tunnels and rainforest to the tableland’s town of Kuranda, runners follow Lower Freshwater Road through the sugar cane fields.
At 2.5km, runners turn right entering a grassed area on the banks of the mighty Barron River in the Kamerunga Conservation Park. Heading up stream at 3km the track passes under the Kamerunga Bridge and the lowest point of the run, just above sea level. Shortly after the grass track joins the small roundabout on Stoney Creek Road. Here the runners enjoy several hundred metres of flat road running, before a rollercoaster climb into Stoney Creek and the end of the first relay leg (5km).
At the relay change over and drink station, runners enter the Barron Gorge National Park.
It is compulsory to carry a hydration device on the trail section. Water stations will be located at 5km, 13km and 16km points.
Immediately after crossing Stoney Creek via an old bridge you turn right onto the Douglas Track and the serious climb begins. For the next 3km runners are on steep single track, in dense tropical rainforest, which has slippery tree roots and rocks to test the most seasoned trail runner. It is important to remember to give way to other track users, as we don’t have sole use of this wonderful park. Towards the top a steel bridge is reached, and you must cross the rail track here.
AT NO TIME DURING THE RACE ARE RUNNERS TO BE ON OR NEAR THE RAIL TRACKS.
With a bit more climbing on a narrow switch back track through a grassed area the junction with McDonalds Track. Take the time to observe the stunning view over Cairns and the Coral Sea.
From here runners follow the Barron Gorge on an undulating 4WD track passing through the 400m point in elevation three times. Surprise Creek is crossed on a steel bridge at 11km. This marks the beginning of the last major climb of the day, and runners enter an area of casuarina and cypress forest.
Wright’s Lookout marks the final relay change over and another drink station at the 13km point. This year will see a major course change in the last road section in Kuranda. At the Barron Falls Lookout carpark entrance, runners will proceed along a newly formed and sealed bush track to meet with the Jum Rum track about 1/2 way down. The new section will have some ups and downs, including a few stairs. The only part on the road will be between Wrights Lookout and the entrance to the trail. The Jum Rum track descends to the banks of the Barron River, passing underneath the rail tracks. From here it’s a flat run through a stand of Melaleuca trees to the finish line, just below the Kuranda Station, and just maybe you have beaten the train.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of this fantastic event.
Race Day Information:
Race Briefing Time
Race Start Time
Open Men’s: Phil Bradshaw 1:13.20 (2011)
Open Womens: 2017 Audrey Hall 1:32:18 (2017)
Men 45+ Lee Kirby 1:26:53 (2015)
Women 45+ Susan Crowe 1:40:03 (2016)
Team: Chiros with Legs 1:20.48 (2018)
Runners/Teams that have beaten the train...
7 x Phil Bradshaw
2 x Steven Francis
2 x Leo Schoeplflin
2 x Table Land Trio Team
Mike Le Roux
Robert Mc Williams
Chiros With Legs Team