Challenge on for Griffith Sport Toohey Trail Run

The Griffith Sport Toohey Trail Run is expecting to attract 1000 competitors this year

It’s billed as a test of physical endurance in the heart of the city, and this year the Griffith Sport Toohey Trail Run is aiming to put more than 1000 competitors to task over three challenging courses.

The trail run, now in its second year, will also go down as the next big race for The Wounded Pelicans, Gold Coast mates Christopher Evans and Antony Sedman who have set themselves a target of more than 35 running events this year to raise $20,000 for cancer research.

The Griffith Sport Toohey Trail Run is being held at Griffith University’s Nathan campus on Sunday, October 9, with the support of official charity partner the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

It will feature three all-terrain courses comprising 5km, 10km and 21.1km, winding through the scenic surrounds of Toohey Forest in what is becoming a bitumen-to-bush classic on Brisbane’s sporting calendar.

Clare Polkinghorne, a Griffith University student and captain of the Matildas women’s Olympic soccer team, has been chosen as ambassador for the event.

Holly Ruhle, Event Co-ordinator at Griffith Sport, is confident of doubling the field of 530 runners who took part last year.

“We’re definitely on track with 400 early registrations already received,” said Ms Ruhle.

“Trail runs have become the new black of the running scene, and this is probably the only run of its kind so close to the city.

“Trail runs are generally quite difficult, and this all-terrain course has some tough hill climbs to test competitors. It’s actually a great course for those looking to get a start in trail running.

“We’ve set three courses to suit all levels of runners, although we are finding that more of them are choosing longer distances – they really like to push themselves.”

Registrations for the Griffith Sport Toohey Trail Run close on October 6.

For more details, including course maps, click here.