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11 Apr 2019

Track’s Cracked But We’re Still Giving It A Crack

The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival will see 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 build 25th anniversary event that will challenge and extend 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 have flocked to the event like flies laughs Dirt n Dust Committee President Stephen Malone.

“We’ve had almost 100 registrations for the new event,” says Stephen. “We’re nationally acclaimed for hosting the toughest sprint triathlon and now we’re offering something new and fresh to those who may not want to enter a full triathlon but who want to get dirty and dusty over the weekend.”

In an unexpected turn of events, the run was almost cancelled before it had even begun.

The 2019 North Queensland floods were particularly devastating for McKinlay Shire, washing away farms, livestock and livelihoods. But as the flood waters receded members of the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Committee discovered the entire course had also been wiped out.

Of course this didn’t stop the spirit of the people of Julia Creek.

“The original course that we designed did go underwater, and I mean underwater, about 10 metres of water,” says Stephen.

“It ripped a lot of the soil and trails away with it. We had to pull together and recreate the course in just a few weeks.”

Rhianna Batt, a former Julia Creek local says she is excited to join the inaugural run.

“I’m really looking forward to it! I have always wanted to compete at Dirt n Dust in some way but there’s no way I could take on the tri. This is the perfect alternative,” she says.

The committee has been overwhelmed with the positive response to the run.

Fast Facts:

  • Race commences at 8:00AM behind the Julia Creek Pool
  • 97 registrations - with entrants from 6 yrs to 60 yrs
  • 5.5km, 11km and 16km distances

The 25th Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is this weekend, April 12-14.  
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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.