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.
April 12th, 2020 - Easter Sunday
What a ride the 2019 Wild Horse Criterium turned out to be!
Torrential rain throughout Friday afternoon and evening while we were loading and bumping in, a brief let up through the first six hours of the event, only to be deluged throughout the second half.
Creeks rising, puddles growing, runners running despite everything and all having a blast it seemed.
Timing failure, PA soaked ... what else?
Oh yes, there were Easter bunnies, lots of coffee and hot chocolate from Kerbside Coffee and the best vibe there's been at the event for a few years.
Not least, we raised a few dollars from loose change to put towards the Skin Cancer Foundation on behalf of Keith Sullivan.
What a fantastic crowd - we can't wait for 2020 when the WHC will possibly return to Easter Sunday!
Start Times & Pricing
9:00 am - Free kids fun run (1.5 km - under 10 years)
8:30 am - 11 km - $50
7:00 am - 22 km - $70
6:00 am - 33 km - $80
3:00 am - 55 km - $100
3:00 am - 6 hour individual/team - $75/$130 (2 per team)
00:00 am - 12 hour individual/team - $105/$225 (4 per team)
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.
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)
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
Bite and sting treatment
Compression bandage (cheaply available at most chemists)
Click on the image opposite to view a full size image of this year's course.
KML file download HERE
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.
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 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.