We NO LONGER organize unique mountain bike + trail running events
Rummery Park/Minyon falls. (World Heritage) Nightcap National Park,
Byron bay Hinterland, NSW. Australia .
START TIMES: 50K – 6.30AM: 35K – 7.30AM : 25K – 8.30AM: 13K/5K – 9.30AM
NSW Daylight Saving Time. Its Cooler in the Rain forest!
Welcome to the 7th annual Freedom Trail Run (2018) in the Nightcap national park, Byron bay. This is a fun and challenging event open to all ages 12 years+. 50k/35k/25k/13k/5k distance events this year. This is a running event but we welcome anyone who wishes to Walk or Speed/Walk the events. The walkers will start in a wave behind the runners wave. .
The World Heritage Nightcap national park is beautiful warm temperate and subtropical rain forest with amazing views from the top of nearby water falls (Minyon Falls) high up in the Byron bay hinterland. This event is in addition to the Freedom Mountain Bike Marathon that we have been running here for 10 years.
You are invited to come out and enjoy a great day of running the trails.
The Freedom Trail Run starts at Rummery Park a camping area inside the forest. Camp over in Rummery park friday night before the race, or stay in nearby Mullumbimby (30 minutes from Rummery park)
Rummery Park camp facilities include:
Approx 35 camp sites (Grassy spots)
BBQ Cooking (gas and wood)
Bring your own wood and drinking water.
Camp Fees: $20 (per adult/15 years + ) Free (children 5yrs – 14yrs)
National parks have blocked the Rummery Park campground to the general public, It is only for our Freedom Events participant use on Friday the 9th and Saturday 10th.
Campground booking . You must prepay and book in advance when you enter online. Limited camp sites available/ Max 45 people.
We will be checking all registrations and campers, if you are not on the prereg camp list the cost will be $25 per person per night.
Please note: Limited parking at Rummery Park, riders may be asked to move their vehicles just down the rd to Minyon falls car park.
The 50k/35k/25k/13k trail run courses starts with the amazing Peates Mountain walkway track, then turns onto a fire road (the 13k descends, then loops down an undulating single track loop and back on the fire road 2.5k descent to the finish). The 50k/35k/25k climbs on the fire road to the top of the National park on the Gibbergunyah trail. The 25k stays up and then an undulating fire rd then makes its way down and back to the finish via the 13k loop track.
The 50k/35k does the 10k downhill to the rocky creek dam, followed by a road section back into the National park. The 50k then does the Rummery rd descent and climb (4k) to nearly the top of the the National park then an undulating fire rd then makes its way down and back to the finish via the 13k loop track.
The 35k turns off onto telephone road to Quondong falls and back to the finish.
The 5k course loop (is very close to the finish line) and uses the last piece of fun rainforest single track that the 50k/35k runners start on.
Its an approx (in both distance and elevation) because the satellites can not see through the Rain forest so well.
Trail conditions: Dirt roads, fire trails, and double/single tracks. Clay hard pack, awesome tree cover. This course is awesome and will put a smile on your face! Great always even if we have rain this course can handle it and is totally fun!
Come Set up camp. Please be aware the MTB event is on this day
NUMBER BIB PICKUP and TRANSPONDER BAND Opens at 6AM/closes at 9.15AM in Rummery Park.
Run course briefing 5 minutes before each event start. YOU MUST be on the line for the briefing.
Trail Run Start Times:
50K – 6.30AM
35K – 7.30AM
25K – 8.30AM
13K/5K – 9.30AM
50k/35k/25k/13k/5k Age Categories:
Open to runners 12yrs and above.
Please note: 12 – 16yrs may only enter the Freedom Trail Run 13k event. Parents must sign entry form/release.
17yrs + Can enter 50k/35k/25k/13k/5k
50 litres at approx 9k
50 litres at approx 13k
50 litres at approx 25k
50 litres at approx 32k
50 litres at approx 44k
150 litres at the Start/finish.
We will not be supplying cups. All 50k/35k/25k runners MUST carry their own bottles Minimum size 600ml to refill at the Water/fuel stops.
NO WATER BOTTLE NO START.
Rummery Park Elevation:370m
Average Daily Temperature: 20.9c
Average Night time Temperature: 9.9c
Directions: How to get there
Click here for directions to the Freedom Trail Run
Share your car:
Coming to the Freedom Trail Run? There is limited parking space in the forest.
Be ecologically and economically wise and share your car/transport with another runner.
If your camping please arrive saturday before 10pm. (The earlier you arrive the better camp spot you will get). If your arriving race day get to registration/number pick up before it closes at 9.15am.
All runners and supporters who come to camp friday night will have first preference to parking in Rummery park. All runners who arrive the morning of the event must park on the RIGHT HAND SIDE of the Minyon falls/Nightcap range rd if there is no parking in Rummery park campground area. We have Parking marshals to direct you.
National Forest care:
This is a National Forest park with precious wild life/flora and fauna. The organiser’s of the Freedom Trail Run will not allow littering by runners or spectators. Please carry all your food/gel wrappers with you and deposit at water station bins. If you see somebody litter please take their number. We will disqualify them No questions asked. No pets allowed.
Please Note: We have First Aid people in attendance but All runners are responsible for their own Insurance and medical expenses.
If your friends/supporters are available for marshals on the day contact us. FREE LUNCH and FREE ENTRY to a future event (Value$60) Contact Anthony. Email anthony [at] summerofcycling.com
Glass Trophies for Top 3 Men and Women in each event.
Musashi Smoothie Recovery Drink/race numbers: All entered runner receive a Musashi Protein/Carb Banana Smoothie Recovery Drink as part of your entry. It will be served after you finish, followed by the prize giving at 1.30pm. Your RACE NUMBER is your lunch ticket to be returned (BECAUSE WE RE-USE THEM).
Thanks to the Sponsors:
50km Freedom Trail Run: $85 (Includes 2 Free Trial Issues of Runners World Magazine and Protein/Carb Banana Smoothie Recovery Drink)
35km Freedom Trail Run: $65 (Includes 2 Free Trial Issues of Runners World Magazine and Protein/Carb Banana Smoothie Recovery Drink)
25km Freedom Trail Run: $55 (Includes 2 Free Trial Issues of Runners World Magazine and Protein/Carb Banana Smoothie Recovery Drink)
13km Freedom Trail Run: $45 (Includes 2 Free Trial Issues of Runners World Magazine and Protein/Carb Banana Smoothie Recovery Drink)
5km Freedom Trail Run: $35 (Includes 2 Free Trial Issues of Runners World Magazine and Protein/Carb Banana Smoothie Recovery Drink)
RACE DAY ENTRIES. $15 Late Fee applies to entries on the day
All Entry Fees include: National park per person fees (which have just gone up again in 2018, hence the entry fee increase) and the Active Network processing Fees plus Transponder timing. Late Entries on the day incur a $15 late fee.
Tell your friends, get your mates together for a great weekend and start training!