In its 13th year the point-to-point 60km K2PD race starts at the corner of Black Mountain Road and Kennedy Highway and finishes on Four Mile beach in Port Douglas.
Date: Sunday, 30 July 2023
Event Organiser: Dynamic Running Ltd.
Length: 60km Ultra or 60km 4-leg relay
Race Directors: Heidi Sweeting and Lorraine Lawson
Mobile: 0417 798 444
View the map here.
Terrain: Dirt roads, single tracks, bitumen. Steep descent section and beach.
A good idea is to participate in the training runs over the course. Refer to the Kuranda to Port Douglas Facebook page for updates.
60km – K2PD: First 43 km
0km – 13km (Relay Leg 1): From the start run along Black Mountain Road
13km – 26km (Relay Leg 2): Continue along Black Mountain Road to Quaid Road checkpoint
26km - 43km (Relay Leg 3): From Quaid Road continue along Black Mountain Road to the Top of the Bump checkpoint. There is a course change in 2021: We will not go through the Twin Bridges Track, so the course is 4km shorter.
The Last 17km – Bump to Beach
43km – 60km (Relay Leg 4): The historic 6km Bump Track offers views of the Mowbray River valley where the Mowbray River drops through a gorge carved into the forested foothills of the Macalister Range. It was blazed in 1877 by Christie Palmerston, a prominent bushman and pathfinder of the times and was the main access from the Hodgkinson Goldfield to the port facilities at Port Douglas. The Bump Track was infamous for its steepness. Passengers on the horse-drawn coach service had to get out and walk when going up or coming down the section known as Slatey Pinch – a cutting through slate rock at a steep 1 in 3 grade, about 1 kilometre from the bottom of the tack.
From the bottom of the bump, follow dirt and sealed roads leading onto the southern end of Four Mile Beach. One of the many attractions of Port Douglas, this fine hard beach is considered to be one of the best in far north Queensland. The sand is so firm that the beach has been used for horse races and mountain bike races and also as a landing place by Kingsford Smith and by C.T.P. Ulm en route to New Guinea with the first official air mail. (Low tide is at 12.55am).
Race bib to be worn on your front and visible at all times (supplied by event organiser)
1 x AERO Snake bandage (10cmx10.5m) or 2 x Elastoplast or Handy’s heavy crepe bandages (10cmx2.3m). DON'T contact us about this, go the the chemist and buy the correct gear. Turn up with anything else and you will not be allowed to compete. Teams can pass on their bandages from one member to the next, but be careful that you don't forget as you will be removed from the course if we catch you without your mandatory gear!
1 x whistle
1 x set of maps and course description in zip lock bag
A hydration system with a capacity of at least 600mL
Nutrition to sustain running for the event
Head torch if you are an early starter (64km K2PD Solo only).
You can buy an ‘Emergency Pack’ that contains 2 compression bandages and a whistle for $20 when you register. There is a gear check at registration, at each checkpoint and anywhere along the course.
You must be at least 18 years old on race day to participate as in individual in the 64km Ultra race. You must be 16 years or older on race day to participate in the relay. Juniors aged 16-17 years can only complete ONE leg of the relay. Another relay member can run with the junior.
This event is not suitable for walkers. All competitors must reach the beach by 5.00pm.
You must be sufficiently skilled and have trained to undertake the event. The course is reasonably demanding with remote sections that can result in slower first aid / rescue response times. You must be in good health to compete in this event.
CHECKPOINTS AND CUT OFFS
The purpose of the checkpoints is to ensure the safety of the competitors. Make sure the marshal records your time and race number when you come through a checkpoint. Failing to pass through a checkpoint or failing to stop to get your race number recorded will result in disqualification. If you arrive early at a checkpoint because you elected the incorrect starting time, you will be required to wait until the volunteers are set up – check the Predicted Race times document for times.
K2PD Solo Competitors can put gear in the drop boxes going to selected checkpoints.
26km Quaid Road. Drop box available.
47km Top of the Bump (Start of Bump to Beach).
58km Captain Cook Highway.
‘Comfort foods’ such as salty chips, Healthy Slice, fruit, water and Tailwind will be provided at the checkpoint and Finish.
The following conditions apply to gear placed in the drop boxes:
Make sure the bag is clearly labelled with your name and race number (if known).
ONLY include non-perishable items.
ONLY include as many energy bars/drinks as you can physically use at the checkpoint – or intend on taking with you.
DO NOT put valuable items such as shoes, socks or race belts in the drop boxes.
No glass bottles please.
Containers must be sealed (i.e. will not leak if laid down) and must be no more than 30cm in height.
You will not be able to get gear back from the drop boxes until the checkpoint marshals report back to the finish line at the end of the race (at about 4pm on Sunday).
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
We appreciate that circumstances arise where you may no longer be able to participate in the event. You can transfer your entry to another person (cut off dates apply). A request for refund of the registration fee must be submitted to the organiser at least one month prior to race day. A 10% administration fee applies to all refunds. PLEASE cancel your registration or inform the race director if you can no longer compete. There are no refunds in the final month prior to the race.
Should the event be cancelled for any reason whatsoever entry fees in full or part may not be refunded and no liability of any kind will attach to any person, corporation or body involved or otherwise engaged in promoting or staging the event.
In the event that the course is, in the opinion of the event organiser, unsafe (for example due to heavy rains or bushfires), the organiser may attempt to re-route the course, find an alternative shortened course or cancel the event. Due to travel and commitment involved by competitors, it is not practical to re-schedule the event to any other weekend.