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Happy trails in national park

Ben Duffus crosses the line at last year’s Washpool/Gibraltar Range trail run. Photo: Contributed
Ben Duffus crosses the line at last year’s Washpool/Gibraltar Range trail run. Photo: Contributed

WASHPOOL and Gibraltar Range national parks will play host to the Trail Running Association of Queensland next weekend when more than 100 people take to the trails as part of the annual fun runs.

TRAQ has been staging the runs in the region since 2009 as part of its yearly schedule.

Event organiser Greg Waite said it was decided to include the run after taking time out to explore the area.

"Before we included the Washpool/Gibraltar run we came down and camped for a few days," Waite said. "Me and a few other members of TRAQ had a bit of a look around and really liked the trails.

"We only had a smallish number the first time we did it but it's been steadily increasing in the years since."

TRAQ has offered three courses for the day - a 9km fun run, 25km for the more competitive runners, and a testing 50km course that covers the entire heritage trail.

All three courses will start and finish at Mulligan's Hut.

Waite was surprised at how quickly the Washpool/Gibraltar run was added to the calendar.

"Usually we have a bit of trouble finding places that are suitable for trail running," Waite said.

TRAQ, a Queensland-based organisation, is encouraging locals who wouldn't normally think of themselves as serious runners to have a go.

"It's easy to enjoy your time on the trails when there's so much around you to see," Waite said.

"The NPWS has done a great job with their newest short-loop track from Mulligan's Hut campground. This is one of the best short trails anywhere in Australia."

Runners must register for the runs, with entries closing on Saturday. For more information, visit http://runtrails.org/articles/events/washpool.

Washpool World Heritage Trails

  • When: October 21
  • Where: Mulligan's Hut, Gibraltar Range National Park
  • Cost: $5 for the 9km run, $25 for 25km run and $35 for the 50km run

Topics:  gibraltar range national park washpool reserve



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