31st July & 1st August 2021
Welcome to the Mackay Mountain Marathon, a Mountain Bike and Trail Running Festival!
Whether you are looking for a fun family adventure, an extreme MTB challenge or a big day out on the running trails, this event set in Eungella National Park is sure to satisfy. Pedal or run your way through a lush rainforest on a winding single track, crossing platypus inhabited creeks and rivers. After that, head out and tackle the fire trails in the back country before making your way back to finish above the clouds and on top of the world.
Eungella National Park is situated 80km west of Mackay, sitting high above the surrounding plains. It is one of Queensland's most diverse parks, a visit to Eungella is both an exciting adventure and an escape to tranquility. Why not make a weekend of it? We have planned family events and entertainment on the Saturday afternoon and evening. We encourage all participants to stay the night and either camp out with us at the Eungella Cricket Oval or stay with one of the local accommodation providers. (See our accommodation page for more details.)
The event caters for all ages and skill levels. The event will start and finish at Eungella. There is a choice of 3 mountain bike adventures and 4 trail running adventures - maybe consider doing one of each! All entrants must be present for the pre-event briefing which is 15 minutes before each events start time. All events finish at Eungella Chalet.
15km Recreational Course - designed for those wanting to participate in a mountain bike event for the first ride and also for younger riders. (14 or older - all riders under 14 wishing to participate must have an approval letter from either their MTB club or MTBA coach.) SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST 8.10 AM - LEAVES FROM BESIDE CRICKET GROUNDS
38km Sport Course - designed to challenge those who are familiar with the sport. (open to riders 15 or older, all riders under 15 wishing to participate must have an approval letter from either their MTB club or MTBA coach.) SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST 8.05AM - LEAVES FROM BESIDE CRICKET GROUND
80km Marathon Course 'Jeff Rafferty Trophy' - competitive course for experienced riders.(18+ only) SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST 8AM - LEAVES FROM BESIDE CRICKET GROUND
5km Family Fun Run/Walk - designed to encourage everyone to get back to nature and experience the tropical rainforest without having to venture too far. SATURDAY 31ST JULY 2.15PM - LEAVES FROM EUNGELLA CHALET
15km Recreational Trail Run - for anyone keen to experience the joy of trail running. This course is a good entry level train run or a great hit out for anyone keen to push themselves for a fast time. SATURDAY 31ST JULY 2PM - LEAVES FROM EUNGELLA CHALET
25km Platypus Chase Trail Run - designed to challenge the more experienced runners who are familiar with trail running and want to tackle a more technical course.(18+ only) SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST 8.20AM - LEAVES FROM BESIDE CRICKET GROUNDS
55km Platypus Ultra Trail Run - for the experienced runner who likes a challenge! (18+only) SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST 5AM - LEAVES FROM BESIDE CRICKET GROUND
The courses consist of a combination of fire trails, bitumen roads, winding single tracks, creek crossings and amazing views of the Pioneer Valley. The conditions along courses will vary from lush rainforest to arid bushland so you should be prepared for the conditions.
Event bags containing rider and runner number plates will be available for collection from Corry Cyles on the Thursday 29th July (from 1pm) and Friday 30th July (between 9am and 5pm) before the event. For out of town entrants, bags can be collected from our rego desk at the ECDA Hall, North Street Eungella on Saturday 12noon. People from out of town not arriving until Sunday can collect their bags from the EDCA Hall between 7am - 7.30.
The kids session is basically a skills session run by a local mountain bike team and is held on the cricket group where we set up the camp ground at 4.30pm on Saturday 31st July. It caters for all ages and mostly includes games, like "bike limbo", "Last one standing" and lots of others. The activities are all held on the cricket ground so you won't need to relocate to watch. So don't forget to pack the kids bikes and helmets so they can participate in this free session.
Register before 25th June 2021 and receive a FREE event jersey (mountain bike) or t-shirt (trail run) with your registration. T Please note that the 5km Fun Run/Walk does not included a free t-shirt.
Final entries close at 5pm on Friday 23rd July 2021. Registrations will NOT be accepted on the day. Email for late entry options. See Event Prices