We are pleased to have the Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge included in the Queensland Trail Running Championships.
The Queensland Trail Running Championships are a group of independent races that showcase the rugged beauty and challenge Queensland trail running has to offer. The Championships are convened by the Trail Running Association of Queensland but owned by all runners, racers and event directors across the State. See here for more information.
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 2009 by Neil Labinsky in a time of 22 minutes 43 seconds.
The race has 8 categories: Male Open, Female Open, Male Veteran, Female Veteran, Male Masters, Female Masters, Male Junior and Female Junior.
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 please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or contact us.