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Cape Pallarenda Trail Run

September 20 @ 6:00 am - 11:00 am

$12 – $50

The Cape Pallarenda Trail Run has been the signature run in the Outer Limits Trail Run Series for a number of years. The Trail Run was meant to part of the Townsville Triathlon & Multisport Festival, Off Road Weekend. However the Multisport Festival got cancelled due to COVID restrictions. The trail run however is still going ahead and is back under Outer Limits for 2020.

The start and finish of each race will be at Race HQ at the Cape Pallarenda Park, once a quarantine station in the early 1900s and a strategic defence location in World War II. The park offers a fantastic trail network for mountain biking and trail running, all whilst taking in the great views onto Magnetic Island and the Townsville mainland.

When: Sunday, 20th September 2020

Register Here

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Rego closes Saturday (19th Sep) at 12.30pm

Download the Athlete Guide here

If you would like to check who your competition will be or if you need to check if your name is on the list, a participant list can be found here

Distances & entry fees:

Please arrive at your allocated arrival time for the start of your event to sign in and receive your race number. Do not arrive any earlier as we are trying to limit the number of people at Race HQ at any one time.

Heartbreak Half (21km) – General Entry $48 | Start time: 7.00am (arrival time: 6.15am)

Brolga Dreaming (12km) – General Entry $42 | Start time: 7.30am (arrival time 7.05am)

Gunners Salute (5km) – General Entry $36 | Start time: 7.50am (arrival time 7.35am)


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 up to 2 kids). Juniors are also permitted to run the longer distances but must do so on the parents’ consent.

Male & Female

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

Getting there & Parking 

Pallarenda is a 15 minute drive from Townsville CBD. Follow Cape Pallarenda Road to the very end to find Race HQ. Parking is available at the end of the public road at Walter Nesbit Park. More parking can be found at Free Masons Park, back towards town near the boat ramp

Start Location:  Pallarenda Park


Will be online on Sunday evening. Prizes will be arranged individually with the winners.

Mandatory Gear

Due to the warmer season and the dry conditions, the following mandatory equipment must be taken by all competitors (except for the Gunners Salute 5km)

  • 2x compression bandages
  • mobile phone- fully charged. Please download the Emergency+ app and make yourself familiar with it
  • Whistle
  • Emergency blanket
  • hydration pack or bottle with sufficient water and nutrition

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

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

Aid Stations

water refill stations are out on the course but no cups are supplied. You are to use your own bottle or bladder for the run.


There are toilets located at Free Mason Park and Race HQ. The trail network is part of Cape Pallarenda Conservation 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.


There are 3 main safety concerns for this event:

Snakes – The area you are running in is home to various types of 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 races. Please ensure you are well hydrated and take sufficient water carrying capacity, electrolytes and nurtrition with you. If you are new to longer distance running, feel free to contact us for some nutrition and hydration advice.

Technical Trails- The trails can be quite a challenge in itself, especially if you are new to trail running. Please take into consideration that running on trails will take you significantly longer than running the same distance on road.  Ensure you take adequate food and water to cover you for the duration you expect. The Outer Limits Merchandise tent will have nutrition and electrolytes for sale on the day.

Please ensure you have appropriate footwear, we recommend the use of trail running shoes

The Course

The course starts at Race HQ at Pallarenda Park and passes through old strategic defence locations from WWII. The trails take you along the spectacular Mt Marlow summit, Smedleys Ridge, the Graveyard Circuit and of course the popular single track Under the Radar. These trails will give you sweeping views over Cleveland Bay, Magnetic Island and the Coral Sea beyond. The terrain ranges from single track to wider trails, short, steep climbs, loose and rocky ground and some cruisy flat sections.

Gunners Salute: 5km – Starts on the beach for the first 200m and then turns left. Follow the trail until you come to the road, turn right and after 50m turn left. The road then turns into a rocky trail leading up towards the Forts, where the course does an out and back before heading down into Shelly Beach with a fast descent. Don’t get too distracted by the stunning views of Magnetic Island as you head down the stairs and back onto the beach. The 500m along the beach to the finish might feel like they will never end.. View map & download GPX file here

Brolga Dreaming: 12km – Starts across the road from Race HQ. The course follows the Lagoon Trail until the Mt Marlow turn off. A technical single trail takes the runners to the top of Mt Marlow before a fun and fast descent down to Bald Rock Carpark. The course then turns onto the Freshwater Trail for some fun and mostly flat running. The finish is back at Race HQ. Brolga Dreaming will have water available at the 7km mark. View map & download GPX file here

Heartbreak Half Marathon: 21km –tarts across the road from Race HQ. The course follows the Lagoon Trail until the Mt Marlow turn off. A technical single trail takes the runners to the top of Mt Marlow before a fun and fast descent down to Bald Rock Carpark. The course continues along Under The Radar until you go past Shelly Beach and then complete one loop of the Forts. The 500m along the beach to the finish will be a test for your legs. The Heartbreak Half will have water stations available at the 7km, 12km and 19km mark. View map & download GPX file here.



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.
  • Visible BIB number – Please make sure your bib number is clearly visible (front of shirt) when crossing the finish line, this ensures the correct detection of your bib chip by the electronic timing system. The bib can not be covered by clothes or bags, this might cause the timing chip to not be picked up by the antenna at the finish line.
  • 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.
  • Trail etiquette: please do not litter along the trail. Make sure to use the toilets at start and finish line. There will be no toilets on the course, please help us keep our National Parks clean and tidy.
  • Dress Code – please wear appropriate clothing, including pants, shirts and suitable running shoes
  • Please read through our Cancellation and Refund Policy

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September 20
6:00 am - 11:00 am
$12 – $50
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