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“The Tropical Journeys GBR Marathon is one of the most beautiful events on the running calendar. Port Douglas provides the perfect backdrop to test your fitness and endurance in a tropical environment. Managed by a great team, the event is professionally organised and provides all level of athletes with everything they need to have a great time. Certainly one event to tick off the bucket list!”
The Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival is rapidly becoming one of the ‘must do’ events on the Australian Running Calendar. Hosted in the tropical oasis of Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland in November, the Festival offers some thing for everyone – the icing on the cake … you get to recover right here in paradise.
Dubbed “the worlds best adventure course” by Olympic marathon champion Steve Moneghetti, the diverse landscape of Port Douglas offers a combination of beach, road and trail running for all distances – enabling you, the runner to see this amazing area up close and personal. All distances start on the flat, compact sands of Four Mile Beach – some on sunrise and the colours of the sun rising over the Coral Sea sets the tone for the rest of the run. There are distances ranging from the grueling 74km JCU Ultra Marathon to a 2.3km Junior Challenge, it’s the perfect opportunity to get a group of mates together or gather the family and come and Race, Stay and Play in Port Douglas. With two World Heritage listed sites in the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest right on our door step, there’s no better place to come and stay.
The first 4.5km running on the compact beach sands of Port Douglas sets the scene for how spectacular this race will be.
At the end of the beach runners will turn inland and weave through the resort town streets before heading out into the Mowbray Valley along Mowbray River Road, past the sugar cane fields and towards Black Mountain, crossing over the historic Diggers Bridge before heading down Connolly Road to face the infamous Bump Track.
The Bump Track itself is a historic trail where gold & tin miners used to transport their finds from the Atherton Tablelands all the way down to the Port Douglas sugar wharf with carts and bullocks. It is also the point where everyone should train for.
The first part of the Bump Track ascends 360m in just 2.2km, it is very steep and most people will walk it. Please include steep hill climbs in your training plan. Take your time and breath, there are remarkable views along the way with the Mowbray River Waterfalls to the right roughly 3/4 of the way and the best view in the region at the top, the view looks all the way across the Mowbray Valley and across the Coral Sea to Low Isles. There's even a bench for a rest if you need! This is known as The Landing.
From The Landing it's a further 4km to the top of the Bump Track, this part is shaded, undulating and not nearly as difficult. Once runners have reached the top, you'll get to turn left onto Black Mountain Road and head towards East Black Mountain Road for approximately 3km - from here, runners turn around and it's all down hill from here. The course then continues back down the Bump Track before heading back in towards Port Douglas with the final 5.5km weaving through the streets of town with a final straight past The Sheraton Mirage Resort. The last 1500m brings you back to the start/finish area with a glory lap of the Port Douglas Esplanade in front of a great crowd.
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