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Wild Horse Criterium

Sat 20th Apr 2019
Unnamed Road, Coochin Creek QLD 4519, Australia
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From the organizer

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Inaugurally staged in 2010, the Wild Horse Criterium has become one of the most popular events on the SEQ trail running calendar.

With options for walkers, runners, hikers and children, there's truly something for everyone. The event was originally conceived as the ideal stepping stone for those transitioning from road or simply starting running - an ideal introduction to trail given the varying surface underfoot, it has also developed to included much for the more adventurous.

There are three options at 'ultra' distance that start during the night. Running in the dark under headlight is a fantastic experience and, if you're thinking about dipping your toe into the ultra scene, there's no better place to start.

Distances in this event

  1. 12 Hour

    Run 12h
    12:00am Sat 20th Apr 2019
    AUD $105–AUD $225
    Event passed
  2. 6 Hour

    Run 6h
    3:00am Sat 20th Apr 2019
    AUD $75–AUD $130
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  3. 55k

    Run 55km
    3:00am Sat 20th Apr 2019
    AUD $100
    Event passed
  4. 33k

    Run 33km
    6:00am Sat 20th Apr 2019
    AUD $80
    Event passed
  5. 22k

    Run 22km
    7:00am Sat 20th Apr 2019
    AUD $70
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  6. 11k

    Run 11km
    8:30am Sat 20th Apr 2019
    AUD $50
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  7. Kids 1.5km

    Run 1.5km
    9:00am Sat 20th Apr 2019
    Free
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Route info

Course Maps
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What’s Included
    Toilets
    Finisher's Medal
Course Details

Based at the car park at the foot of Wild Horse Mountain, this year's running of the Wild Horse Criterium will be run around an 11km lap, changing direction on completion of each lap (for those participating in distances beyond one lap).

The surface is a mix of pine forest trail, grass, gravel, sand, compact dirt and two small creek crossings (one of which is usually dry).

As well as bird life and kangaroos, the area is also known for the wild brumbies that inhabit the area, hence the naming of the mountain.

Course Marking

Course marking will consist of flagging tape, arrows on trees, signage where necessary and red, flashing LED lights mounted on posts at key points. NB – the LED lights are not directional. They are designed to ensure that you see and draw your attention to the arrow that accompanies them. Do not assume that the light indicates the way to go.

Raceday Logistics

Start Times

    Free Kids Fun Run (1.5km) – 9:00am
    11km – 8:30am
    22km – 7:00am
    33km – 6:00am
    55km – 3:00am
    6 Hour Individual/Team – 3:00am
    12 Hour Individual/Team – 12:00am

Drop Bags

Bags can be left at a location adjacent to the start/finish area

Course Marking

Course marking will consist of flagging tape, arrows on trees, signage where necessary and red, flashing LED lights mounted on posts at key points. NB – the LED lights are not directional. They are designed to ensure that you see and draw your attention to the arrow that accompanies them. Do not assume that the light indicates the way to go.

Hydration

It is essential, with no exceptions, that each participant carries a water bottle at the very minimum. There will be water at the start/finish area and at checkpoint 1, along with some snacks/lollies.

Litter

Any rubbish can be taken from you each time you visit a checkpoint. Anything that leaves the checkpoint with you must stay with you until you can dispose of it properly and not on the course. We’d like to set and maintain an example to those less conscientious.

Toilets

Toilet facilities are available at the start/finish area. Please do not remove paper from the toilets at the start/finish area. 

Withdrawal

If you pull out or have to leave the course for any reason, please advise the checkpoint staff or those at the start finish area.

Practice mindfulness

Regardless of ability, please be mindful of other runners: If you’re a faster runner wanting to pass, advise the runner in front by all means, but be patient and don’t pressurise anyone. It can be unnerving and easily lead to a trip. Conversely, if you are aware of a faster runner behind you, take the utmost of care and allow them to pass when it’s safe. Many a runner/walker’s day can be blighted by the smallest of incidents and we want everyone to leave on Saturday night being a little better for their experience. Look after each other out there.

Health and injury

This isn’t the nanny state by any means but we are out on the trail. As per the waiver agreed to on entry, should you become injured or should event staff consider that you need medical attention or examination, do not continue until authorised to do so. If it’s deemed that it’s not in your interests to continue, you will be withdrawn from the event. We’d rather make the mistake of scratching someone who could continue than letting someone who shouldn’t.

Remember where you are

We don’t like to talk about it, but we are in Queensland and many of the locals aren’t so friendly if they’re frightened or disturbed. Watch where you’re putting your feet and keep a close eye on the ground as well as ahead.

The event crew are running the show

Cooperate with event crew/officials/volunteers all the times - they're there not only because they enjoy giving something back or participating in a different way, but because they have event experience. They know what they're doing and they'll be under instruction from the race directors. Under whatever circumstances, the event directors decisions are final ... and they're usually the same as the crew!

Finally, have Fun!

It is a compulsory requirement of all participants at AAA Racing events to have fun. Failure to have any fun will be frowned upon by the event management team!

Travel

Parking

Parking will be along Wild Horse Road. Please park behind the first car you reach, as car park access is restricted to event crew and members of the general public.

Where are we?

Wild Horse Mountain is located just off The Bruce Highway, adjacent to the Johnston Rd intersection.

From the south

Drive five minutes past the turn off for Steve Irwin Way and take the Johnston Rd exit. Head up the ramp past the service station (on your left) before turning right to cross the Bruce Highway. Be careful of the crossing here, as there is traffic coming from both directions. Once across, continue about 50 metres along Johnston Rd before turning right onto Wild Horse Rd. Park on the verge after the last car.

From the north

Drive five minutes past Roy's Rd before taking the Johnston Rd exit. Head along the off ramp before turning left onto Johnston Rd for 50 metres before turning right onto Wild Horse Rd. Park on the verge after the last car.

Kit List

Mandatory kit

    Water bottle
    Headlamp (participants in the 12 hour, 6 hour and 55 km events will require a headlamp)
    Emergency whistle
    Access to a map of the course - either by mobile device or printed map (available from this page)
    Mobile phone (most areas or the course have coverage and having a phone means you can relocate to an area that has coverage if that’s not the case)
    Race directors contact added to phone, Hopefully you won't need it, but if you do, you'll be glad of it: Alun Davies - 0407 836 775

Recommended Kit

    Insect repellent
    Bite and sting treatment
    Compression bandage (cheaply available at most chemists)

AAA racing accept it in good faith that the mandatory list is adhered to by participants, though there will be spot checks on course

Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer for this event you can do so here: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=33447

FAQs

Race Instructions
The race is here for fun, but for your own safety and wellbeing, AAA Racing does have some guidelines: AAA Racing is committed to preserving the environment in which we are privileged to stage our events. With this in mind, they do not provide disposable cups at checkpoints. As such, participants will need to carry their own cup for drinks they don’t want to take from their hydration pack or water bottle (coke, electrolyte).

  1. It is essential, with no exceptions, that each participant carries a water bottle at the very minimum. Checkpoint 1 (the only checkpoint on the course) will have water, electrolyte, some lollies and small snacks but will have no cups.
  2. Any rubbish can be taken from you each time you visit the checkpoint. Anything that leaves the checkpoint with you must stay with you until you can dispose of it properly and not on the course. Though not the worst I’ve seen, you’ll see a little evidence on the day of the way the general public treat the area, I’d rather we set an example.
  3. Toilet facilities are available at the start/finish area and there are also toilets at the service stations on either side of the Bruce Highway off Johnson Road. Please do not remove the paper from the toilets at the start/finish area.
  4. During the race if you retire or have to leave the course for any reason, please advise the checkpoint staff or those at the start finish area.
  5. Regardless of ability, please be mindful of other runners: If you’re a faster runner wanting to pass, advise the runner in front but be patient and don’t pressurise anyone. It can be unnerving and easily lead to a trip. Conversely, if you are aware of a faster runner behind you, take the utmost of care and allow them to pass when it’s safe. Many a runner/ walker’s day can be blighted by the smallest of incidents and we want everyone to leave on Sunday is a little better for their experience. Look after each other out there.
  6. This isn’t the nanny state by any means but we are out on the trail. As per the waiver agreed to on entry, should you become injured or should event staff consider that you need medical attention or examination, do not continue until authorised to do so. If it’s deemed that it’s not in your interests to continue, you will be withdrawn from the event.
  7. Remember where you are. Watch where you’re putting your feet and keep a close eye on the ground as well as ahead.
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Reviews (2)

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 11k in 2019

    A great course with hills, creek crossings, long flats, scenery all bundled up with that fun trail runners vibe. Its well organized with a friendly bunch of runners and organizers' It's a great way to spend the Easter long weekend
  • Did the 22k in 2019

    A complete newbie, had so much fun met new friends. Happy friendly crew and a memorable course and conditions. Good Fun

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