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13 Apr 2019

Lorna Jane Dirty and Dusty Adventure Trail Run

The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival saw in their silver jubilee with the premiere of their new action packed, Dirty and Dusty Adventure Trail Run.

Australian owned activewear brand Lorna Jane secured exclusive naming rights to the custom built 25th anniversary event that challenged competitors in a 5.5km, 11km or 16km adventure trail run.

Touted as an Outback adventure, filled with dirt, mud and fun, almost 100 festival-goers warmed up for day two with the race.

Race Director Sam Steadman said, “The very first Lorna Jane Adventure Run has certainly been a success this morning, with lots of people crossing the finish line with big smiles, a bit of mud and sweat on their faces. It’s a great addition to the festival for those who don’t want to do the big triathlon. Having the shorter distance means we’ve got families running together, everyone young and old is out here today.”

First over the line and winner of the 5.5km was 11 year old Archie Smith from Brisbane, with a lightning fast time of 00:26:32, a full minute before the next competitor. Archie says “I wasn’t expecting to come first, I just entered for fun. My favourite obstacle was running through the muddy creek!” he said.

First over the line for the 11km race was Cloncurry local Michelle Handley with a time of 00:44:03, with first male Bruce Wallace following at 00:54:20. Rhianna Batt from Mount Isa took out the coveted first place of the 16km run with a time of 01:01:58, while Luke Rose was the first male over the line at 01:08:04.

Dirt n Dust Committee President Stephen Malone says the event was custom made in celebration of the 25th Anniversary event.

“We’re nationally acclaimed for hosting the toughest sprint triathlon, but we developed the run to suit people that don’t feel like they could tackle the full triathlon but who still want to get out and celebrate our 25th year with mud, sweat and tears. It’s something new and fresh and after all this time it’s fantastic that the Festival is still able to be innovative and ever-changing.”

Later competitors will scrub up for the Artesian Express Horse Races, before gearing up for tonight's PBR Bull Ride and concert.






Fast Facts:

  • 96 registrations; 36 individual and 60 team competitors; 69 Females and 27 males
  • Three race lengths:
    • 5.5km (72 competitors)
    • 11km (17 competitors)
    • 16km (7 competitors)
  • Furthest travelling competitor from Brisbane
  • The largest percentage of competitors are from Townsville
  • Average age of competitors is 27

Results Lorna Jane Dirty, Dusty Adventure Trail Run  

Race

Gender

Name

Time

5.5km

1st Male

Archie Smith

00:26:32

1st Female

Emma McGlade

00:28:42

Race

Gender

Name

Time

11km

1st Male

Michelle Handley

00:44:03

1st Female

Bruce Wallace

00:54:20



Race

Gender

Name

Time

11km

1st Male

Rhianna Batt

01:01:58

1st Female

Luke Rose

01:08:04



The 25th Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is this weekend, April 12-14.  
For more information, go to www.dirtndust.com

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The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland calendar of events.