Thursday, September 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Trail Fest Sets New Records

The Accom Whitsunday Trail Fest saw a massive 150 participants taking on four different local trails last weekend.

The most difficult hike, the Shokz Ultra 58km boasted a record 27 registrations and 25 runners on the day.

“We’re really happy with that outcome,” Race Director Andrea Farley explained.

The 58km winners were Cristian Smith from Mackay and Sarah Parkins from Alligator Creek.

Across the day, four more records were broken.

Demi Caldwell from Mackay broke the 28km women’s record, completing the trek in 2:23:56, breaking the previous record of 2:37:06.

Proserpine doctor Damien Messmer broke the 28km men’s record, finishing in 2:22:40, the previous record being 2:29:44

The 10.5km Honeyeater records were broken by Zane Devine, in 1:02:27, and Aimee Sulzenberger in 1:03:33, both of the Whitsundays.

For the 1.4km Kids Beach Bash, 27 keen athletes dashed across the Airlie Beach foreshore.

“It was such a good day with a great turnout and a great atmosphere,” Andrea said.

“We had a lot of interest from Mackay, as well runners from Western Australia and Spain.

“We hope next year will be bigger and better.”

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