Thank you in advance for entering the 2020 Lamington Classic.
Event Date: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October 2020
The Lamington Classic is Australia's oldest trail race (established 1970). It is run between Binna Burra and Green Mountain (Also known as O'Reilly's) in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Check out the ‘Outdoor Travel Channel’ video of the 2013 edition of our race:
Further location details can be found at:
The race is run under QPWS Permit No TVP508647314, and is along the 'Border Track', which connects Binna Burra to Green Mountains (Also known as O’Reilly's), classified by QPWS as a Class "4" track.
Class 4 track (Australian Standards)
Distinct tracks with junctions signposted, rough track surfaces with exposed roots and rocks.
Variable in width, muddy sections and steep grades likely to be encountered.
May be extensively overgrown; hazards, such as fallen trees and vines, likely to be present.
Caution needed at creek crossings and naturally occurring lookouts.
Moderate fitness level with bush walking experience and ankle-supporting footwear required.
Moderate level of navigation skills recommended, involving self-reliance in first aid and coping with weather hazard situations.
Please read the instructions and event information carefully:
1- On Saturday 24th October there are two (2) race options:
- A 42.195km run, starting from Binna Burra, along the Border Track to Green Mountains and return. This has two (2) mass start waves, with slower runners starting at 5:30AM, and the rest of the field at 7:00AM.
- There is also the traditional Green Mountain to Binna Burra Run (21.3km), starting at O'Reilly's on the Border Track. This is a staggered start, with groups of 8, at 3min intervals starting from 8:30AM.
There is time qualifying for both the 42.195km and the 21.3km as well as a compulsory 3 minute stop over at the O'Reilly's half way turn around for the 42.195km runners. More details can be found at:
2- On Sunday 25th October, the run will be from Binna Burra to Green Mountains (21.3km), with staggered starts, at 30 minute Intervals from 6AM. Waves will be set based on the times you provide during registration. We will be scheduling runners in waves that will ensure no one arrives at the finishing area before 10:30AM. This is a requirement of the venue.
3- The event is restricted to 90 runners only, so entering early is advisable. If event registrations is sold out there will be no wait lists.
4- We will offer $120-00 refund to a runner who withdraws on or before the 1st October 2020.
5- Refunds after the 1st October 2020, will be subject to the race management's discretion.
6- Providing that you keep the Race Director informed, you can trade entries (up until 10th October 2020) if you can't run, providing you don't sell them for more than what you paid.
7- Our race entry fee is $165-00/person, and this gives you:
- The choice of the 42.195km or 21.3km run on the Saturday and includes lunch. The 42.195km runners also have the option to run the 21.3km on Sunday. For those running on Sunday, lunch will also be included.
- Either the Saturday or Sunday 21.3km runs can be run as a one-off, but this will still cost you $165-00 including lunch.
Note: Please do not phone or email us for a reduction in price because you’re doing less, as the answer will be NO. From a Race Directors point of view, the organisation of the shorter races has similar logistical challenges.
If you are not comfortable with our entry fee and structure, please do not enter.
8- The logistics of the weekend are complicated, but once you know which race(s) you want to do, please only read the guidelines for your race. If still unclear, please email or phone us, please do not ask a friend to interpret these instructions, unless they have run the race before,
The outline of the logistics are:
(a) If you are running the 42.195km run only, you must be at Binna Burra ready to run at either 5:30AM or 7:00AM on the Saturday. We suggest you arrive before 30+ minutes before your start time, so that you can register and collect your race number. No race numbers will be mailed out.
(b) If you choose to run the 42.195km on Saturday, and then the 21.3km on the Sunday, you will have to bring a person who is not running on Sunday with you, to relocate your car to the Sunday finish at Green Mountains. It is only a 21.3km run, but via roads it is 60+km, on narrow winding roads, and we do not have the man power to drive your car on Sunday to the finish.
Note: If you run the 42.195km on Saturday and the 21.3km on Sunday, you are NOT eligible to win the Gary Briggs Trophy for the combined fastest time for the double crossing.
(c) If you are running the 21.3km run only on Saturday, you must be at Binna Burra ready to be transported to the start at 6:10AM on Saturday (We suggest you arrive before 6:00AM.)
(d) If you are running the 21.3km on Saturday, and then the 21.3km back to Green Mountains on Sunday, you must be at the park in Canunga for the race briefing at 7:00AM on the Saturday.
Unless you make other arrangements we will transport your personal overnight gear from Canunga to Binna Burra for you, and then on Sunday, we will transport your personal gear from Binna Burra to the Sunday finish at Green Mountains.
Parking is limited at Green Mountains, so we will car pool from Canunga to Green Mountains. If your car is left at Canunga, then on Sunday after the race, we will transport you back to Canunga.
Note A: It is important that your car is at either Canunga or Green Mountain, because on Sunday, there will be no way of getting a runner back to Binna Burra, unless he/she chooses to run (and carry all of their own gear as well).
Note B: We will do everything possible to both explain and put in place the procedures, you must accept responsibility in ensuring that your sleeping gear and your car are in the right place when you need them.
9- We have 20 places available in the Bunkhouse for runners, and the cost is $45-00. It costs the same whether you use the bunkhouse on Friday or Saturday Night or both. This will also include a light breakfast.
If you are allocated a place in the Bunkhouse, then you may be sharing with 5 other runners, and that is the way it is. You need to be 18 years old to stay in the bunkhouse.
Thin mattresses are provided, but you must provide your bedding (please assume that it will be cold overnight), and you will use the adjacent camping grounds bathrooms for showering etc.
10- If you chose not to stay in the bunkhouse, or if there are no places left in the bunkhouse, you must arrange your own sleeping accommodation.
Binna Burra has a camping/caravan park. It also has 'Safari Tents', which are weather proof, and have beds with mattresses, but you must provide your own bedding, and use the camp ground faculties.
Binna Burra also has 'Motel/Lodge' style accommodation, which is about a 400metre walk from Race Headquarters.
You must book the camp ground, Safari Tents or Motel units yourself. The link is:
Note: If booking the Motel/Lodge, please ensure you know what you are booking, as some tariffs have meals included, and some don't. We are also providing meals at the bunkhouse (breakfast, lunch etc), so please work out where you want to eat.
11- If you are camping or in a Safari tent (must be booked and paid for online with Binna Burra Lodge-see above), you can join us in the Bunkhouse Common room for Breakfast at $10/person (Whether it be 1 or 2 Breakfasts).
12- If you have small children with you, the Bunkhouse Common room has a stove and a microwave, so if you need to prepare some meals for your children, please make use of these facilities.
13- If you are arriving on Friday afternoon/night you will have to provide your own Friday evening meal.
14- Due to COVID restrictions the Saturday Night dinner will now not be going ahead. For those who have already paid for this with their race entry we are arranging a take away option for dinner that you can collect and take back to your accommodation.
15- The Saturday meal for children, maybe as basic as 'Chips and Nuggets’, please email or phone us for details.
16- If on the Saturday Night your children eat prior to the dinner, then they are welcome to find a quiet corner in the Tea Room to read, play on your iPad etc.
17- There is no Prize Money for this event, but there are trophies (sorry no age categories)
18- Your safety is foremost in our minds, and that of the QPWS, therefore, if for any reason either Race Management of the QPWS believe it unsafe for the race to proceed, for any reason at all(but mainly due to the weather or possible fire hazards), and cancellation can be as late as 1min before race start.(Note: once started, because of the inaccessibility of the course, we can't actually stop the race.)
If the race is cancelled or postponed, then the liability of the race management will be limited to what is paid by you on this entry form less $45-00 for administration (to cover fixed costs incurred.)
In the event of race cancellation, neither the QPWS or race management will be liable for any costs you have incurred to others (including, but not limited to, airlines, hotels, etc) in planning and traveling to this race.
19- With respect to your safety, we have assumed that you are fit, healthy and well trained to cover the distance of the race you have chosen to enter, which are run on a Class 4 walking track.
We have taken every reasonable precaution in our planning, to ensure your safety, but ultimately, you are in control of the speed you move at, and your footfall, and a Class 4 track is very uncertain under foot, and runners falling over is a common occurrence, therefore you need to be aware of the following:
- Our tail sweepers will be carrying a basic 1st aid kit, but they will only be equipped to treat minor scratches and abrasions and carry a recognised 1st Aid qualification
- The tail sweepers are normally about 15min to 30 mins behind the last runner each day.
- At the finish line each day, there will be a qualified First Aid person.
- If you fall, and become incapacitated, it could take several hours for qualified medical assistance to reach you (please assume 4 to 6 hours to get you out of the forest depending on the location where you become incapacitated), so if you have a heart condition, know or unknown and not disclosed to us, you will probably die in the forest.
- If you cannot walk out of the Forest, you will be carried out on a stretcher, as the tree canopy is too dense for a Helicopter rescue. If when you are clear of the forest, you need Helicopter evacuation to hospital, this decision will be made by the Race medical team in consultation with the QPWS on the behalf of you and your family. The cost of any evacuation of you for any reason, by any means will be at your cost, and neither the QPWS nor the race management will be liable for these costs.
Please consider this before you enter!
- If you come across an injured runner or a runner in distress who is alone, as a trail runner, you are expect to stop (basic track etiquette) render all possible assistance until a more qualified person arrives. No incapacitated runner must be left alone on the track (remember the sweeper will be behind you).
20- You should also be aware, that we only provide a water stop at both the Binna Burra end of the course and the Green Mountain end of the course, and there are no formal drinks/refreshment stops in-between(which is 21.3km), therefore you must make your own arrangements to re-hydrate yourself, and this means you must carry sufficient fluids for your re-hydration needs, which will vary depending on the daily temperature. You will also run the 21.3km in a time about 30% slower than on a flat road, so please factor this extra time into your personal hydration plan.
There is a creek with drinkable water about 7km from the Binna Burra end of the course, which has had reliable water for 30+ years, but until were check the course the day before the race, we will not be able to confirm its suitability as an emergency drink stop.
21- By entering this event, you consent to your personal information being provided to Athletics Australia Ltd and the Athletics Association in your home state for the purpose of registering you as a recreational running class of member of your relevant state association for administering the iRun program. You further consent to receiving information (including via iRun and email) about the iRun program including details of other events and special offers or promotions is required.
Please note: All of the above is very onerous, and unlike a lot of races, it places a lot of responsibility on you to take care of yourself and fellow runners, and this is necessary as the race crosses a reasonably rugged terrain, only accessible via a narrow rough walking track and because of the tree canopy, there is no way a Helicopter can rescue you. If the above makes you uncomfortable, please do not enter.
If you do enter, you are going to have a great weekend, make new friends, and have an experience which to the best of our knowledge is unmatched elsewhere in the world.
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