Entries open for annual trail run

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ENTRIES are now open for the longest trail run through the rainforests of tropical north Queensland, the 28 km 'Run the Whitsunday Great Walk'.

The long-distance event will take place through the rugged Conway National Park with the Mackay Road Runners enlisting the support of local organisations to host the event on Sunday September 23.

"The rugged terrain and remoteness of the trail is what makes the run so unique," Mackay Road Runner Nickie King said.

"It's 28 km through some pretty amazing country - majestic rainforest clad slopes, tropical streams and some of the best views in one of our most spectacular regions".

This year event organisers are aiming to attract up to 200 competitors to complete the run, which is now in it's sixth year of existence.

The event is earning a reputation as one of Queensland's best runs and generates an enormous amount of interest amongst previous participants and new runners.

"Last year we had runners come from all over Australia to Airlie Beach to do the run and spend a few days in the Whitsundays. We even had a few international entrants who planned a holiday to Australia around the event", King said.

While it is a demanding course with many steep sections, participants of all fitness levels have trained for and completed the course within the 6 hour cut-off.

Walkers, in particular, can still complete the event within the time cut off, and spend a bit of time enjoying the views along the way.

The run finishes at the beautiful Airlie Bach Lagoon, where competitors can relax after the event in the waters of the lagoon, or visit one of the many fine establishments in Airlie township to refuel.

For more information and to register online for the event visit www.whitsundayrun.com, email whitsundayrun@gmail.com or call Alison Friswell on 0428 875 482.


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