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Cape Pallarenda Trail Run

August 23 @ 5:00 am - 10:00 am

$10 – $50

The Cape Pallarenda Trail Run has been the signature run in the Outer Limits Trail Run Series for a number of years. The Trail Run is now part of the Townsville Triathlon & Multisport Festival, Off Road Weekend. However not too much has changed, you will still get a great course, amazing atmosphere, challenging trails and a whole lot more.

The start and finish of each race will be at Race HQ at the Cape Pallarenda Park, once a quarantine station in the early 1900s and a strategic defence location in World War II. The park offers a fantastic trail network for mountain biking and trail running, all whilst taking in the great views onto Magnetic Island and the Townsville mainland.

When: Sunday, 23rd August 2020

To register please visit the Triathlon Festival Website.

Rego closes Friday night 8pm

Distances & entry fees:

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your event to sign in and receive your race number. There is always the possibility of an earlier start, so make sure you arrive prior to the scheduled starting time

Heartbreak Half (21km) – General Entry $70 | Start time: 7.00am

Brolga Dreaming (12km) – General Entry $55 | Start time: 7.30am

Gunners Salute (5km) – General Entry $45 | Start time: 8.00am

Categories: The following categories are available for all distances. For the Gunners Salute 5km, kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult can take up to 2 kids). Juniors are also permitted to run the longer distances but must do so on the parents’ consent.

Male & Female

Juniors (under 16) | 16-29yrs | 30-39yrs | 40-49yrs | 50-59yrs | 60+yrs

Getting there: Pallarenda is a 15 minute drive from Townsville CBD. Follow Cape Pallarenda Road to the very end to find Race HQ

Parking: parking is available at the end of the public road at Walter Nesbit Park. More parking can be found at Free Masons Park, back towards town near the boat ramp

Start Location:  Pallarenda Park

Presentation: TBC

Mandatory Gear: Due to the warmer season and the dry conditions, the following mandatory equipment must be taken by all competitors (except for the Gunners Salute 5km)

  • 2x compression bandages
  • mobile phone- fully charged. Please download the Emergency+ app and make yourself familiar with it
  • Whistle
  • Emergency blanket
  • hydration pack or bottle with sufficient water and nutrition

There will be a mandatory gear check when you sign in. You must be carrying these items in order to participate in the run.

Every runner will be provided with a race number. Please bring a race number belt or use the pins provided.

Aid Stations: water refill stations are out on the course but no cups are supplied. You are to use your own bottles or bladder for the run.

Facilities: There are toilets located at Free Mason Park and Race HQ. The trail network is part of Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park and we expect everyone to take care of the park and facilities, ensuring no rubbish is left out on the course in order for us to continue our good relationship with the Council and Parks and Wildlife. The Park will also be open to day users, please be mindful and courteous of other users at all times.

Safety: There are 3 main safety concerns for this event:

Snakes – The area you are running in is home to various types of snakes and they are likely to be more active due to the warmer weather. There are areas of the course which are quite remote which is why it is necceassary for all runners to carry compression bandages.

The Heat- August in the tropics can be hot and very dry, as a result we have chosen an early start time for the races. Please ensure you are well hydrated and take sufficient water carrying capacity, electrolytes and nurtrition with you. If you are new to longer distance running, feel free to contact us for some nutrition and hydration advice.

Technical Trails- The trails can be quite a challenge in itself, especially if you are new to trail running. Please take into consideration that running on trails will take you significantly longer than running the same distance on road.  Ensure you take adequate food and water to cover you for the duration you expect. The Outer Limits Merchandise tent will have nutrition and electrolytes for sale on the day.

Please ensure you have appropriate footwear, we recommend the use of trail running shoes

The Course: The course starts at Race HQ at Pallarenda Park and passes through old strategic defence locations from WWII. The trails take you along the spectacular Mt Marlow summit, Smedleys Ridge, the Graveyard Circuit and of course the popular single track Under the Radar. These trails will give you sweeping views over Cleveland Bay, Magnetic Island and the Coral Sea beyond. The terrain ranges from single track to wider trails, short, steep climbs, loose and rocky ground and some cruisy flat sections.

Gunners Salute: 5km – One lap of the marked course

Brolga Dreaming: 12km – Runs out the Conservation Park, up Mt Marlow, down to Bald Rock Carpark, then back along via the Freshwater Trail, then heads in to finish along the Conservation Park Rd to Race HQ. Brolga Dreaming will have water available at the 7km mark.

Heartbreak Half Marathon: 21km – Runs out the Conservation Park, up Mt Marlow, down to Bald Rock Carpark, then continues along Under The Radar. It takes in one loop of the Graveyard Circuit, runs down the beach, then back to race HQ via the Conservation Park Road. The Heartbreak Half will have water stations available at the 7km, 12km and 19km mark.


August 23
5:00 am - 10:00 am
$10 – $50
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