BIT HILLY: Dave Morris climbing Mount Marlow. Photo: Contributed
BIT HILLY: Dave Morris climbing Mount Marlow. Photo: Contributed

The 10th Great Whitsunday Trail

TRAIL RUNNING: Run the Great Whitsunday Trail is back this year on September 11, with the event celebrating its 10th anniversary.

To mark the occasion an 'Ultra Distance' 57.4km round trip has been introduced that will start at the Airlie Beach Lagoon, travel to Brandy Creek and return. The 28.7km event is also running, with competitors starting from Brandy Creek.

Jubilee Pocket's Dave Morris is an experienced trail runner and will be entering the event for the fifth time.

"Its a pretty big event. Its a very technical trail, its quite a challenge," he said.

"I think it's a fantastic challenge. For the seasoned trail runners I don't think distance will be the issue, it will be the terrain."

After being involved in yacht racing around the world, Morris found trail running and had some advice for the challenge. "During the 28km event, more experienced runners will race it quite fast, and finish within 3 hours. For the double (57.4km) you've got to be a bit smarter given it's such hard terrain," he said."You've got to strategise more. The average runner, you're looking at between seven and eight hours of running. You've got to be smart of how you use your energy."

Event coordinator Wendy Downes said they will be welcoming returning runners and new ones from around the country.

"The Whitsundays is a mega tourist attraction and our rainforest is second to none in Queensland. With a maximum of 200 runners over both events, register now before you miss out at http://www.runwhitsundays.com.au," she said.