From the get-go, it was evident that this was going to be one epic weekend. The weather was not the usual sunny Brisbane we are accustomed to having and these wet and foggy conditions made for an additional challenge with the terrain.
The day started before sunrise with the 110km and 100 mile runner weigh-ins at 4am. The atmosphere was sedate and truly felt like the calm before the storm…. but as the clock ticked closer to 5am, everything changed. There was a growing buzz in the air. As the runners prepared, reality seemed to sink in for everyone. They were about to make history and be the first runners to take on the Brisbane Trail Ultra 110km and 100 miles. The signal was given at 5am sharp and the inaugural BTU was on its way.
The stream of head torches filled the dimly lit footpaths and single trails through The Gap and towards Enoggera Reservoir. What a magnificent view, what an experience to have been there to witness the beginning of a long day.
The second wave of runners were in and ready to go at 6am. A small but speedy group of 110km race athletes were out with one goal and that was to win.
Hon. Kate Jones, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, joined us to open and announce the running of the BTU 60km race. It was very evident at this time that the rain was not going to ease and the run was going to be a wet and slippery one. At 12pm, the fast 60km wave took off in pursuit of finish line glory.
At 3pm, all 30km runners converged at The Gap State High School oval. The rain had eased somewhat by this time, but the cold breeze lingered. The signal was given and the last wave of runners left the start line. From here we will follow the individual distances through the courses.