Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge

The race runs from the centre of Pomona township, past streets crowded with well-wishers and supporters, then heads ‘bush’ towards the mountain. It covers a distance of 4.2km race to the top of the mountain and back. The runners commence climbing a set of low hills before confronting the mountain. The track up the mountain is little more than a goat track, with parts now modified with steps. In some places, it is only wide enough for one or two runners.

The mountain provides a steep almost vertical climb. The return down the mountain requires strength, agility, a good sense of balance, and an immunity to fear. The course, and indeed the race, has to be seen to be believed! Entrants in the King of the Mountain come from all over Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Rim and the United Kingdom. There is a strong rivalry between Australia and New Zealand participants.

The race record was set in 1987 by Graham Baralett of Queensland who completed the course in 22 minutes 50 seconds.  In 2009, 22 years since the record was set, Neil Labinsky, 4th year consecutive winner, broke the record and recorded a time of 22 minutes 43 seconds.

Visit the event’s hall of fame to view a complete list of previous categorised winners.

The race has 7 categories: Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Veteran, Women’s Veteran, Masters and Junior Boys and Junior Girls.

The outright winners men and women of The King Of The Mountain Race are invited and sponsored to compete in our “sister race” – the Kawerau King of the Mountain in New Zealand.

The Mountain Challenge event is sponsored by the Bendigo Bank, our local community bank with branches in Pomona, Cooroy and Tewantin.

For more information on this event, phone Dan King on 0417 367 300 or email

or alternatively phone Heather Manders on 041 111 4077.

See more entry details below:

Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge Entry

Will you be the next King of the Mountain?




CLOSING DATE: Entries close on receipt of 100 entries


Race starts at 2.30pm – introduction of 100 competitors at 2pm

Payment Options:

Cheque/money order payable to: Cooroy Pomona Lions Club

Direct Deposit: Bendigo Bank BSB 633 000      A/C 1425 24503

(for all electronic payments via bank transfer, please use your name and reason for transfer as payment reference, ie. John Smith Mnt Challenge.)

APPLICATION FORM to be completed and signed and posted with cheque, money order or proof of direct deposit to:

King of the Mountain – Race Nomination
PO Box 144