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King of the Mountain Race Questions

The Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge (King of the Mountain race) takes place on the 4th Sunday of July. The festival runs all day but the runners for the main race are introduced at 2:00 pm and the race begins at 2:30 pm. In 2019 the race is on July 28th.

This race attracts a range of runners from novice to elite. All skill levels are encouraged and all participants MUST be able to compete the course under 1 hour so we strongly recommend that if you are interested in this race that you try the mountain first in your own time.

All competitors are required to complete the course in under 60 minutes. Should a competitor be unable to complete the course within this time frame there is no guarantee that their finishing time will be recorded.

 

Lucky draw trip to NZ prize. Win a trip to NZ compete in the NZ King of the Mountain Race. Click here to see details.

Trans-Tasman sponsored prizes.¹ Certain category winners are sponsored to travel over to NZ to compete in the NZ King of the Mountain.

Participation Medal for all finishing entrants.

Ann Daly Trophy for the most gallant effort.

Stan Topper Trophy for sportsmanship.

Bruce Samuels Trophy for dedication and perseverance.

Col Jackson Trophy for fastest oldest competitor +65 based on a formula which uses age and race time. Finish time minus 30 sec for each year over 65.

Sub 30 Certificate for all runners completing the race under 30 minutes.

 

Category / Age Place Prize
Outright Male 1st $220 + Trophy + Medal
Outright Female 1st $220 + Trophy + Medal

Male Junior

13 - 20

1st $220 + Trophy + Medal +

Trans-Tasman sponsorship

2nd $125 + Medal
3rd $70 + Medal

Female Junior

13 - 20

1st $220 + Trophy + Medal +

Trans-Tasman sponsorship

2nd $125 + Medal
3rd $70 + Medal

Male Open

21 - 39

1st $220 + Trophy + Medal +

Trans-Tasman sponsorship

2nd $125 + Medal
3rd $70 + Medal

Female Open

21 - 39

1st $220 + Trophy + Medal +

Trans-Tasman sponsorship

2nd $125 + Medal
3rd $70 + Medal

Male Veteran

40 - 49

1st $220 + Trophy + Medal +

Trans-Tasman sponsorship*

2nd $125 + Medal
3rd $70 + Medal

Female Veteran

40 - 49

1st $220 + Trophy + Medal +

Trans-Tasman sponsorship**

2nd $125 + Medal
3rd $70 + Medal

Male Masters

50 +

1st $220 + Trophy + Medal +

Trans-Tasman sponsorship*

2nd $125 + Medal
3rd $70 + Medal

Female Masters

50 +

1st $220 + Trophy + Medal +

Trans-Tasman sponsorship**

2nd $125 + Medal
3rd $70 + Medal

 

¹ Trans-Tasman sponsorship prizes may, at the discretion of the race director, be reallocated to the runner with the next fastest race time within a category should a category winner be unable to travel and compete at NZ. To be eligible for the Trans-Tasman sponsorship a runner must be an Australia citizen.

* Trans-Tasman sponsorship is shared for the Male Veteran and Male Masters categories. This means, for the purpose of deciding who is sponsored, these 2 categories are merged together and the runner with the fastest race time is offered sponsorship.

** Trans-Tasman sponsorship is shared for the Female Veteran and Female Masters categories. This means, for the purpose of deciding who is sponsored, these 2 categories are merged together and the runner with the fastest race time is offered sponsorship.

Category Age on race day
Junior Male 13 - 20
Junior Female 13 - 20
Open Male 21 - 39
Open Female 21 - 39
Veteran Male 40 - 49
Veteran Female 40 - 49
Masters Male 50 - 59
Masters Female 50 - 59

Runners must be at least 13 years of age on race day.

The entry fee for the Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge is as follows.

Registration completed prior to July 1st is $130

Registration completed after June 30th and prior to July 26th is $135

Registration completed after July 25th is $145

NB: Registration includes a runners pack (for registrations after June 30th there is no guarantee that your nominated shirt size will be offered - we will do our best) and entry into the lucky draw to be offered a plane fare over to NZ to compete with Team Australia in the NZ king of the Mountain race. See terms and conditions for Lucky Draw Prize here.

There are several options for spectators to see runners competing in the mountain race. Anywhere from the start/finish line and up to the area where the course dips down onto the trail just past the Lions den is the place that sees the most spectators. As a spectator you will see runners looking their best and their worst and you get to cheer them on for the last push to the finish line 😉 There is a small amount of space, provided you remain well clear of the track, at the base of the mountain or where the tourist track meets the steep uphill mountain track. At both of these locations their will be marshalls present and spectators must follow their directions at all times.

Yes. The mountain is closed from the base also where the tourist track meets the main mountain track. This closure is from 12:00pm (Noon) until 5:00pm. Any person not involved in an official way with the race will be required to vacate the mountain between these times.

"King of the Mountain was inspired by the footrace up Mt Cooroora in SE Qld, and the incredible natural beauty and unique history of the Noosa hinterland; it is not a reference to motor racing at Mt. Panorama in Bathurst. Best wishes.” - Rob Hirst (on behalf of Midnight Oil)

Prince and Princess Race Questions

Category Age on race day
9 years old male 9
9 years old female 9
10 years old male 10
10 years old female 10
11 years old male 11
11 years old female 11
12 years old male 12
12 years old female 12
13 years old male 13
13 years old female 13

Cost is $5 (correct cash) paid on the day when collecting race bib. Cost includes a sausage sizzle.

Registrations open on the 1st of March and close the day prior to the race or upon receipt of 100 registrations.

The Prince and Princess race is being held on Saturday the 27th at 2pm (briefing time is at 1pm). This is the day before the King of the Mountain Festival.

Festival Questions

Each year when we have the King of the Mountain Festival schedule of events and timings decided we put them on the homepage of this website.

Each event that requires registration will have details about registering on the individual event page. Go to the events menu on this website to find the event you are interested in.

• Reserve Street between School Street and the eastern side of the railway crossing from 6am to 5.30pm
• Memorial Avenue between Church Street and Station Street from 6am to 5.30pm
• Hospital Street between Mountain Street and Memorial Avenue from 6am to 5.30pm
• School Street between Mountain Street and Reserve Street from 8.30am to noon
• Mountain Street between School Street and Church Street from 12.30pm to 5pm

Alternative routes around the festival area are via School Street, Factory Street, Railway Parade, Red Street and Rectory/Church Streets. Detour signs around the affected areas will be posted.

Bruce Highway access to Pomona has changed recently due to highway upgrades. Take the Pomona/Kin Kin Exit (Exit 237) and follow the signs to the old Bruce Highway (now an access road). Continue up the hill and turn right at Pioneer Road. Follow the signs into Pomona Township.

Travel Times:

• From Brisbane approximately 1 ½ hours
• From Gympie approximately 30 mins
• From Noosa approximately 30 mins

The Pomona King of the Mountain Festival is run by the Cooroy Pomona Lions Inc as a free not-for profit event, thanks to the generosity of its funding partners and sponsors.

Held on the 4th Sunday in July each year, the Pomona King of the Mountain Festival its celebrating 41 years as a community-based festival held in the Noosa Hinterland township of Pomona.

The King of the Mountain Committee and members of the Lions Club give their time freely to make this event happen and to support the local community. Any funds raised by the Cooroy Pomona Lions Club go directly back to the local community through donations and gifts.

The King of the Mountain Festival provides opportunities for smaller clubs and organisations in the Noosa Hinterland to raise much-needed funds.

Volunteers are always needed on the day and on the days leading up to the festival, so your service would be greatly appreciated.

To find out more about volunteering please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Michael Egan on 0418 155 633 or email mke@spiderweb.com.au for information.

Jobs include selling raffle tickets, cooking sausages, selling drinks & fairy floss, registrations tent, marshalling, crowd control, emptying bins, setting up and dismantling marquees, banners, fencing. Plus More…

Plenty of street parking, and parking is also available at the railway grounds, Factory Street for a small donation.

The festival days starts around 7am and finishes around 5pm. Stroll through the Markets Stalls and register in the 3KM Family Fun Run or Bike Ride at 8am.

The festival program embraces free and low cost family fun activities aimed at the family unit and includes pony rides, animal nursery, face painting, craft workshops, buskers, music and entertainment, and a variety of market stalls.