THE WILD HORSE CRITERIUM
The Wild Horse Criterium (WHC)
The idea behind the WHC was to provide an event for road runners to make the transition to trail, without the challenge typically associated with trail running (lots of climbs, navigation, and terrain). Originally put on by Alun Davies, the concept of multiple loops was suggested by the team at Active Stride and it took off from there.
Key to its success was the location at the foot of Wild Horse Mountain which has been proven to be an ideal staging point.
A relatively flat course of 11 km was designed with a variety of terrains. The date, however, was a different matter. With a congested calendar, the only weekend around the time of year we wanted to stage it was Easter Sunday. It has turned out to be popular and we’ve continued with it being held on Easter Sunday ever since.
In the first year (2010) distances of 55, 33, 22 and 11 km were put on with the hope of attracting maybe 50 runners and a permit for 100 acquired. An extension was required as the first year saw the event draw over 100 and seemed to be an instant hit.
In 2011, the event once more drew more than the permit and we had over 150 runners attend. The change of direction on each loop was introduced and was a huge factor in its growth from there. We also had support from Salomon who proved to be of great value in the event’s first few years.
2012 saw the event draw over 250 people but the real indication that the event had become a fixture on the race calendar was that 2013 drew over 360 participants, making it the largest independent trail event in the country (Kokoda Challenge events, Oxfam Trailwalker and UTA – formerly TNF100 are all supported at a corporate level or are recognised charities within their own right).
It was at this point that Brett and Alun were talking about teaming up. Run Queensland was already a concept and the rest, as they say, is history.
WHC has become a real draw card and, though it has had to contest with a burgeoning calendar, it has recently come into its own and draws many ‘repeat offenders’, many of whom have run every instance of its running.
Some people will do anything for a chocolate bunny when they cross the line!
Participants Agreement, Waiver, Release and Acknowledgement:
- I attest that I am sufficiently fit and have sufficiently trained for the exercise associated with course/event I have chosen.
- I consent to receive medical treatment which may be advisable in the event of illness or injuries suffered by me during this event.
- Safety precautions undertaken by the organisers (such as event briefings, trail maps and signage, drink stations) are a service to me and the other participants but are not a guarantee of safety. I agree to abide by the conditions of the event as stated above and as directed by any volunteer or official involved with the event.
- I, whose signature appears below, in consideration of and as a condition of acceptance of my entry in the event (Wild Horse Criterium), for myself, my heirs, my executors and administrators hereby waive all and any claim, right or course of action which I or they might otherwise have for or arising out of loss of my life or injury, damage or loss of any description whatsoever, which I may suffer or sustain in the course of or consequent upon my participation in the event
- This waiver, release and discharge shall operate separately in favour of all persons, corporations and bodies involved or otherwise engaged in promoting or staging of the event and the servants, agents, representatives and officers of any of them and includes but is not limited to the Run Queensland and event sponsors and supporters.
- I give permission for the free use of my name, my voice or picture in any broadcast, telecast, advertising promotion or other account of this event.
- Should the event be cancelled for any reason whatsoever I understand that full entry fees may not be refunded and that no liability of any kind will attach to any person, corporation or body involved or otherwise engaged in promoting or staging the events.
- Submission of this entry indicates agreement to all conditions listed above.
Wild Horse Mountain is located just off the Bruce Highway, M1 Exit 171, adjacent to the Johnston Rd intersection.
From the South: Drive five minutes past the turn off for Steve Irwin Way and take the exit for Johnston Rd, Exit 171. Head up the ramp past the service station (on your left) before turning right, to cross the Bruce Highway. Be careful of the crossing here, as there is traffic coming from both directions. Once across, continue about 50 metres along Johnston Rd before turning right onto Wild Horse Rd.Park on the verge behind the first car you reach, as car park access is restricted to event crew and members of the general public.
From the North : Drive five minutes past Roys Rd before taking the Johnston Rd exit, Exit 171. Head along the off-ramp before turning left onto Johnston Rd,continue for 50 metres before turning right onto Wild Horse Rd.Park on the verge behind the first car you reach, as car park access is restricted to event crew and members of the general public.
Spectators are most welcome.
The event is staged at the base of Wild Horse Mountain. This is the only place you will get to see your runner.
All runners will come through the start/ finish on each lap. You will be able to cheer them on from here.
There is a coffee truck available. Yogi’s coffee serves a range of hot and cold beverages.
You might even like to go for a hike up Wild Horse yourself!!
Volunteers are a huge part of any trail race.Simply, without them there would be no race.
We have wonderful running groups and individuals that assist throughout the year.
We are always on the lookout for anyone who wants to help out at any of our events.
If you would like to volunteer send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is limited parking at Wild Horse Mountain car park.
Park on the verge behind the first car you reach, as car park access is restricted to event crew and members of the general public.
The 2017 Wild Horse Criterium will be held on Sunday 16th April (Easter Sunday)
|Event||Laps of Course||Start||Cut Off||Cost|
|50 mile (80km)||7||12 midnight||12 noon||$135.00|
The course is an 11km loop, starting in The Wild Horse Mountain car park, consisting of single track trail and forestry roads with beautiful creek crossing.
The course will be marked
- Red arrows mounted on posts (some with flashing, red LED lights)
- Red arrows secured to trees
- Crosses marked on trees indicating this is not the course.
- Reflective orange and silver flagging tape, (for the benefit of those starting in the dark).
There will also be additional signage where necessary, at key intersections.
- Please ensure that you allow plenty of time to sign‐in prior to your event, at least 60 minutes (you’ll be issued with your race bib on sign‐in).
- Registration will be open from 11pm Saturday at the race start/finish area.
- Parking will be along Wild Horse Road. Please park behind the first car you reach, ascar park access is restricted to event crew and members of the general public.
- Allow time for a walk of up to 500m to registration.
- 80km – 12midnight (Saturday)
- 55km – 3am
- 33km – 6:30 am
- 22km – 8am
- 11km – 9am
All races will conclude no later than 12noon (Sunday)
There are 2 Checkpoints for this event. Start/Finish and Checkpoint 1 (at approx. 5.5kms).
Both checkpoints will have water, electrolyte, some lollies,fruit and small snacks but will have no cups.
Run Queensland are committed to preserving the environment in which we are privileged to stage
our events. With this in mind, we no longer provide disposable cups at checkpoints. As such, participants will need to carry their own cup for drinks they don’t want to take in their hydration pack or water bottle (coke, electrolyte). If you don’t have a suitable cup, you can acquire a collapsible cup at registration for $7 or order on‐line. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to sell them at the event location. Our ‘no cup’ initiative has been a huge success since implementation at WHC in 2015 with the combined waste from checkpoints being greatly reduced
Drop Bags can be left near to the Start/Finish Checkpoint, in the drop bag zone.
You will be able to access your drop bag on the completion of each lap.
Water bottle or hydration pack – minimum 600ml capacity
- Drinking cup (check the section relating to the ‘no-cup’ initiative)
- Headlight or suitable torch if starting in the dark
- Mobile phone
- Compression bandage
- Insect repellent
- Bite and sting treatment
- Printout of course map (from the website)
There are no support crews allowed on the course.
Support crews are allowed at the Start/Finish Checkpoint.
Runners must first check in before going to their support crew
- No Whining!
- Race directors have final authority on any question that may arise during the Wild Horse Criterium
- No littering. If you have ‘participant rubbish’, keep it with you until you can discard it properly at the next checkpoint.
- No stashing of supplies along the course and no accepting aid except within 200 metres of a designated checkpoint.
- Conditions of your entry mean that you have agreed to be withdrawn from the event, should medical support or event officials,determine it is in the best interests of any participant. Such an instance will not be negotiable.
- Checkpoint officials have the authority to act on behalf of the Wild Horse Criterium event management team and will be authorised to make decisions in the best interest of the event and its participants.
- You must complete the marked course on foot under your own power. Trekking poles are permitted.
- There will be no unofficial participants. Anyone identified as either attempting to or taking part in the event unofficially will be barred from future Run Queensland events.
- Each participant’s official run number must be worn prominently on the front of the body and must be easily visible at all times.
- Each participant must be checked-in at all checkpoints and have your name & number recorded.
- Any participant who is unable to finish their event must personally inform the checkpoint officials at the nearest checkpoint of their decision to withdraw
- If you need First Aid assistance on the course and are unable to reach a checkpoint, you must use the phone numbers on the back of your race bib to contact event management who will arrange to have you attended. Support crews are not allowed to enter the event course to collect participants unless specifically authorised by event management.
- You must carry the Mandatory Gear at all times during the event. Any participant without the mandatory gear will not be able to proceed until they arrange for missing item(s) to be replaced.
- If you aren’t near a toilet and you feel the need to be more at one with nature, by all means do so but please ensure that any waste is buried and any paper you use is biodegradable. Please do not remove paper from the toilets at the start/finish area.
- Enjoy Yourself!!!
1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and female will receive trophies in each event.
All participants will receive a finisher’s medal and of course an Easter egg.
Refunds will be debited for the following:
- Refunds will be subject to 50% admin charge + any merchandise pre-ordered against the entry
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