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Cape Pallarenda Trail Run

September 2, 2018 @ 5:00 am - 10:00 am

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The Cape Pallarenda trail run is the “signature” run in the Outer Limits trail running series. It 11951126_993377614046917_4698316943386081846_nhosts a 5km, 12km along with a half and full marathon. Cape Pallarenda has an amazing network of trails and these runs take in the best of them.

We have $2000 worth of great prizes for our top 3 winners for each distance and first place in each age group. This includes some new trail running shoes and hydration vests from Salomon!
Registration opens 1st January 2018!
View results from 2016 here: Click here for results

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

Parking: There is parking available around the park at the end of the public road, Walter Nesbit Park, as well as in Free Masons Park, back towards town near the boat ramp.

Start Location:  All distances will start at Race HQ, just inside the conservation park at the end of Cape Pallarenda Rd.

When: Sunday 2nd September 2018

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 a few kids). Juniors are also permitted to run the longer distances but must do so on the parents consent.

Categories: Male & Female

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

Start times: Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your event to sign in and get your race number.

Mt Marlow Marathon (42km) – 5:30am | $50

Heartbreak Half (21km) – 7:00am | $45

Brolga Dreaming (12km) – 7:30am | $40

Gunners Salute (5km) – 8:00am | $30

All juniors (under 16) only pay $10 entry fee

Presentation: Approximately 11am. There will be cash and prizes for the first 3 male and female of all courses. 1st place in age group categories will also be recognised.

Mandatory Gear: Due to the warmer season and the dry conditions Outer Limits have appropriate safety mechanisms in place, including requiring  each runner to carry mandatory safety equipment. The following mandatory equipment must be taken by all competitors (except for the Gunners Salute 5km)

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

▪  2x compression bandages

▪  mobile phone (make sure you’ve got the battery fully charged). There are places on the course where you get reception.

▪  hydration pack or bottles

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

Water: refill stations will be out on the course but no cups will be 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 National 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 will be running in is renowned for 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 race. Please ensure you are well hydrated and take sufficient water carrying capacity, electrolytes and nurtrition with you. If you are new to distance running feel free to contact us for some nutrition and hydration advice.

The Trails for those of you not used to running on trails this can be quite a challenge in itself. Please ensure you have appropriate footwear, we recommend the use of trail running shoes.

The Course:

The course will take in the spectacular Mt Marlow summit, Smeddleys Ridge, the Graveyard track and of course the single track Under the Radar course. These trails will give you sweeping views over Cleveland Bay and to Magnetic Island, you will run through the low lying wetlands as well as pass by historical WWII gun emplacement sites. Depending on the distance you would like to challenge yourself with will determine how much of this magnificent part of the world you get to explore.

Due to the technicality of the course it will take considerably longer than you would run the same distance on the road, so ensure you take adequate food and water to cover you for the duration you expect. Outer Limits will have Hammer Nutrition available for purchase at the event, this includes, Gels, Bars and Electrolytes.


Elevation is the 21km course. The 12km course is the same 200m climb and descent then  flat all the way to the end. The 42km course has 10km of flat, the 200m climb then Smedley’s loop (we will out that up shortly) then UTR (which is the remainder of this graph after the big descent.


screen-shot-2013-10-29-at_medGunners Salute: 5km – Runs across the footbridge, turns left follow the graveyard loop in an anti-clockwise direction, with an out and back to the top of the Fort’s Walk to be completed on both laps, you complete 2 loops and then continue down the stairs, along the beach and back along the Conservation Park Rd to finish at Race HQ.

The Gunner’s Salute will have a water station at the 2.5km mark

screen-shot-2013-10-29-at_med-2Brolga 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: Runs out the conservation park, up Mt Marlow, down to Bald Rock Carpark, then continue along Under The Radar, does one loop of the graveyard loop, run 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.

Mt Marlow Marathon: Runs out of the conservation park and along the Lagoon trail to Bald Rock Carpark and back toward the start finish on the Fresh water trail. Then you head up the Mt Marlow trail and drop back down to Bald Rock Carpark. Then you do the 11km loop out to Smeddley’s and back to Bald Rock then Under the Radar and finish with one loop of the Graveyard trail, run down the beach and turn into the finish line.

Gear Drop: We are providing drop bags for the Marathon only they will be placed at Bald Rock Carpark you will pass through it at the 5km mark and return back there after your Mt Marlow loop at the 17km mark and once more after the Smeddley’s Loop at the 28km mark.

Rules & Regulations: In order for the event to run as smoothly as possible we need all participants to cooperate and stick to our rules and regulations, please read through the points below:

  • No rego, No run! – We do not offer registration on the day and most our events sell out in advance. Please check with us before coming to the event unregistered. We are able to offer very low entry fees as we use a manual timing system for our events, it becomes very confusing for the timing staff if there are unregistered runners crossing the finish line and it can cause faults in the timing system.
  • Visible BIB number – Please make sure your bib number is clearly visible (front of shirt) when crossing the finish line, this helps the timing staff to be most efficient
  • No shortcuts – please stick to the marked track, for safety and fairness reasons. All courses are clearly marked and we have marshals out on the course
  • Fitness level – please choose the right distance according to your fitness level! Many of our courses are a bit more technical and running on trail will take you approximately twice as long as running the same distance on road. Our trail run events are not designed to be walked, especially not the longer distances. If you have any questions in regards to choosing the right distance according to your ability, please feel free to contact us.
  • Dress Code – please wear appropriate clothing, including pants, shirts and suitable running shoes

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September 2, 2018
5:00 am - 10:00 am
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