Registrations for the 2016 Tamborine mountain hinterland sports festival in November opened this week. Early entry discounts are available.
The Tamborine mountain hinterland sports festival is an annual mass participation sports event held on top of the mountain over one weekend each November. The event brings exciting sports action, education and activities to the scenic rim region and gold coast hinterland for everyone to enjoy and participate.
The event, now in its 14th year, was founded in 2003 by Val Dunlea in memory of local young archaeologist Samantha Eames who passed away of a brain tumour aged 33. An incredible person, Sam had immense courage and a remarkable determination to live life to its fullest. Her passing also brought about the recognition for the community to provide better palliative care support on Tamborine Mountain that would allow locals to receive healthcare services close to home, especially for those going through a life limiting illness, a reason for the event to commence fundraising. The Tamborine mountain festival has since gone on to raise funds for this cause plus numerous charities, organisations and local beneficiaries, through the support of volunteers, clubs, and participants.
The 2016 festival is to be held on Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November and includes a wide range of events, open to participants of all ages and abilities. Improving on previous festivals, this year’s event will offer challengers the opportunity to compete in their preferred cycle distance, including a 90km, 50km, and mountain top 25km ride.
Prefer some trainers and a vest? Then participants can compete in a 5km run, 10km mountain rush or enter the hinterland half marathon. Walkers are also encouraged to be a part of the action – appreciating the courses at a much more leisurely pace and enjoying the scenery on offer.
A little bit more adventurous – then try one of the rainforest mountain trail runs.
The festival finishes with a 1km junior bolt and 1km junior fondo – providing the kids with an opportunity to share in the limelight as well as add to the event’s entertainment.
There’s something for everyone – families, kids, professionals, commuters, and weekend warriors – of all ages and abilities.