The Wild Horse Criterium


Based at the car park at the foot of Wild Horse Mountain, this year's running of the Wild Horse Criterium will be run around an 11km lap, changing direction on completion of each lap (for those participating in distances beyond one lap).


The surface is a mix of pine forest trail, grass, gravel, sand, compact dirt and two small creek crossings (one of which is usually dry).

As well as bird life and kangaroos, the area is also known for the wild brumbies that inhabit the area, hence the naming of the mountain.


Saturday, August 8th, 2020 - run for the first time in conjunction with Wild Horse @ Night, the COVID-19 edition!


2020 sees 10 years of the Wild Horse Criterium and its eleventh running!

In that time we've seen rain, sund, mud, sand and some superb performances from established athletes in the running community and many more who have taken their first steps off the road onto the trail (which was the idea behind the event in the first place).

It's hard to fathom where the time as gone but this year in particular represents a landmark as AAA Racing & Coaching have taken over the tiller of the Glasshouse Trail Series and, as such, both the WHC and WH@N become part of it.

So, the 2020 WHC takes its place as Round 1 of the series which now has five events, culminating in the Glasshouse 100 on the second weekend of September.  

Come and join us on Easter Sunday and see what it's all about!

Start Times & Pricing

  • 9:00 am - Free kids fun run (1.5 km - under 10 years) 

  • 8:30 am - 11 km - $55

  • 7:00 am - 22 km - $75

  • 6:00 am - 33 km - $90

  • 3:00 am - 55 km - $105

  • 3:00 am - 6 hour individual - $105

  • 00:00 am - 12 hour individual - $125

Cut- off for all events is midday.  Participants in the 12 hour, 6 hour and 55 km events will require a headlamp.

There's an aid station at the start/finish area and halfway around the course (drop bag area at the start/finish area). Finishers will get a medal or a bottle of wine dependent on the participation. There's also an Easter bunny for all participants. Cut-off for all events is 12:00 pm.


Mandatory Kit

  • Please familiarise yourself with the course map and course directions, both of which can be found on this page. (maybe print off the map and carry a copy if you’re unsure of directions)

  • Water bottle

  • Headlamp (for runs commencing before sunrise)

  • Access to a map of the course - either by mobile device or printed map (available from this page)

  • Mobile phone (most areas or the course have coverage and having a phone means you can relocate to an area that has coverage if that’s not the case)

  • Race directors contact added to phone, Hopefully you won't need it, but if you do, you'll be glad of it:

Alun Davies - 0407 836 775

AAA racing accept it in good faith that the mandatory list is adhered to by participants, though there will be spot checks on course

Recommended Kit

  • Insect repellent

  • Bite and sting treatment 

  • Compression bandage (cheaply available at most chemists) 

  • Emergency Whistle

Course Map

Click on the image opposite to view a full size image of this year's course.

KML file download HERE

2018 Course.png

During the Event


If you pull out or have to leave the course for any reason, please advise the checkpoint staff or those at the start finish area.

Practice mindfulness

Regardless of ability, please be mindful of other runners: If you’re a faster runner wanting to pass, advise the runner in front by all means, but be patient and don’t pressurise anyone. It can be unnerving and easily lead to a trip. Conversely, if you are aware of a faster runner behind you, take the utmost of care and allow them to pass when it’s safe. Many a runner/walker’s day can be blighted by the smallest of incidents and we want everyone to leave on Saturday night being a little better for their experience. Look after each other out there.

Health and injury

This isn’t the nanny state by any means but we are out on the trail. As per the waiver agreed to on entry, should you become injured or should event staff consider that you need medical attention or examination, do not continue until authorised to do so. If it’s deemed that it’s not in your interests to continue, you will be withdrawn from the event. We’d rather make the mistake of scratching someone who could continue than letting someone who shouldn’t.

Remember where you are

We don’t like to talk about it, but we are in Queensland and many of the locals aren’t so friendly if they’re frightened or disturbed. Watch where you’re putting your feet and keep a close eye on the ground as well as ahead.

We recommend that you carry a compression bandage and understand how to apply it. Take a look here:


On the Day


Course Marking

Course marking will consist of flagging tape, arrows on trees, signage where necessary and red, flashing LED lights mounted on posts at key points.  NB – the LED lights are not directional. They are designed to ensure that you see and draw your attention to the arrow that accompanies them. Do not assume that the light indicates the way to go.


It is essential, with no exceptions, that each participant carries a water bottle at the very minimum. There will be water at the start/finish area and at checkpoint 1, along with some snacks/lollies.



Any rubbish can be taken from you each time you visit a checkpoint. Anything that leaves the checkpoint with you must stay with you until you can dispose of it properly and not on the course. We’d like to set and maintain an example to those less conscientious.


Toilet facilities are available at the start/finish area. Please do not remove paper from the toilets at the start/finish area.


The event crew are running the show

Cooperate with event crew/officials/volunteers all the times - they're there not only because they enjoy giving something back or participating in a different way, but because they have event experience. They know what they're doing and they'll be under instruction from the race directors. Under whatever circumstances, the event directors decisions are final ... and they're usually the same as the crew! :)


Finally, have Fun!
It is a compulsory requirement of all participants at AAA Racing events to have fun. Failure to have any fun will be frowned upon by the event management team!


Where are we?
Wild Horse Mountain is located just off The Bruce Highway, adjacent to the Johnston Rd intersection (click on the map opposite).

From the south

Drive five minutes past the turn off for Steve Irwin Way and take the Johnston Rd exit. 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 after the last car.

From the north

Drive five minutes past Roy's Rd before taking the Johnston Rd exit. Head along the off ramp before turning left onto Johnston Rd for 50 metres before turning right onto Wild Horse Rd. Park on the verge after the last car.


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