The Beast is a free non-stop multi-sport adventure event that sees participants run, kayak and mountain bike their way from Rainbow Beach to Cotton Tree covering 180km of some of the best trails and waterways in the region.
It’s not a ‘race’, but it will be timed with a leader board to track progress along the way. The Beast is BYO bikes and kayaks and can be completed solo, or as a team of 2, 3 or 4. The event itself is free to participate in, although participants are required to hire a GPS tracker in order to manage safety and handle event timing.
There are two options for participants:
1. BYO Support Crew – handling transport to the start and moving bikes and kayaks to pre-positioned areas on the course
2. Supported – Wild & Co will handle transport to the start and move bikes and kayaks for a small cost to cover bus and trailer hire, transport and logistics (this is limited to 20 people)
The Beast starts at 10pm in the sleepy beach side town of Rainbow Beach with participants running 55kms along the great walk to Harry’s Hut, finishing with a quick swim across the Noosa River to access their kayaks. Paddling south along the Noosa River for 15km they pass through the everglades and Lake Cootharaba to their bikes at Boreen Point. They then use the Noosa Trails Network to cycle to Cooroy, Cooloolabin and Mapleton before descending to Yandina and Dunethin Rock. The final leg of this epic journey is a 20km kayak along the Maroochy River to finish at Cotton tree.
Run: Rainbow Beach to Harry’s Hut – 55kms
Kayak: Harry’s Hut to Boreen Point – 15kms
MTB: Boreen Point to Dunethin Rock – 90kms
Kayak: Dunethin Rock to Cottontree – 20kms
The route will be provided in two formats – a digital format (GPX File) to use with GPS devices or phones to navigate and as a downloadable PDF map at a scale of 1:25,000 with the route marked. The trail will not be marked, so basic navigation skills are required.
Date: 10pm 30 October to 10am 1st November
Start Location: Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia
Finish Location: Cotton Tree, Queensland, Australia
Duration: 36 hour event
Entries: ENTRIES OPEN 25 SEPTEMBER
Team size: 1, 2, 3, 4 person
Distances: Run 55kms, Kayak 35kms, Mountain Bike 90kms = 180kms
Female (female, all female team members)
Male (male, all male team members)
Mixed (minimum one female team member)
* Note: all participants must be 18 years
Participation in the event is free
- GPS tracker and timing system hire (mandatory for each individual or team) – $50
- Wild & Co transport to start and logistics support (max 20 people) – $100
- Double Kayak and bike hire is available on request
All entries close on the Thursday evening, one day before the event.
WARNING: Expect this to be tough – this event is only for those who can race and complete a hard core challenge. There will be minimal support during the event at transition areas but you will be expected to be self sufficient and carry your own gear, water and nutrition for long sections of the course
During the event you must be aware the rescue by the organisers or emergency services may not be possible immediately. In the first instance you are responsible for yourself. Organisers have assets in place to assist, but they may not be immediately available.
It is not practically possible to provide all the safety needed for all the possible scenarios. If you are not willing to accept this self responsibility, you should not start the race.
If you get to a point in the course that you decide you are not comfortable and confident in completing safely, it is your responsibility to do something. If you feel the level of inherent risk is unacceptable, do something about it. Avoid it, withdraw, it is your decision.
Safety Assets Include:
* Event officials with first aid certificates and training.
* Your support crew (for self supported participants)
* Watercraft safety vessel including event officials
* Normal access to emergency services via ‘000’.
No roads will be closed for the event. You must use extreme caution any time you are on a road. You must obey road rules at all times.
Participants are to supply their own equipment to complete the course, this includes mountain bike and kayak. Participants will also be required to carry mandatory gear in order to ensure safety.
The list is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rzg1alezgkp3r2g/The-Beast-Equipment-List-2020.pdf?dl=0
SUPPORT CREW REQUIREMENTS
Each participant or team in the BYO support category will need a minimum of one person as a support crew. They will provide transport to the start and move equipment to pre-positioned areas on the course through out the event. They may also provide a small amount of assistance to teams at specified transition areas on the course.
SUPPORT CREWS WILL BE REQUIRED TO:
* Drive team to the start of the event
* Deliver / retrieve team equipment (boats / bikes) to Transition Areas
* Assist participant or team at specified Transition Areas on the course
* Be prepared to pick participant or team up from the course if they pull out
* Keep all participant or team equipment safe and secure when they are not using it
CANCELATION AND REFUND POLICY
Teams may officially cancel their entry at any stage up to midnight on the Tuesday 3 days before the event by emailing the race organisers. A refund of entry fees paid, less 10% administration fee will be made. Cancellations after this date will not be refunded.
In the event of an “act of god” (fires, floods, etc) organisers will attempt to re-route the course, find alternate short courses or postpone the event. Organisers reserve the right to cancel the event if no suitable alternate course or the event is not possible. If the event is postponed or cancelled at any stage up to midnight on the Tuesday 3 days before the event, the refund policy will apply.
Agree to the conditions, declarations and indemnifications outlined in the entry form for competitors.
Each participant must have Australian ambulance cover or an Australian medical insurance policy that includes ambulance cover or travel insurance covering medical costs including medical transportation for an injury sustained during competitive event or an Australian exemption or other ambulance coverage e.g. Australian Defence Force, residents of Tasmania/Queensland etc.
The event organisers have a public liability insurance policy to the value of 20 million dollars. This is a compulsory insurance policy for events that are organised on, or cross through, any form of government land/public place. This however is not personal accident insurance for you! It is recommended you have your own personal accident insurance.
Live Web Coverage
The event will have dedicated live web site which is optimised for your mobile device. The link for this will be shared during the week before the event and linked to www.wldnco.com and www.facebook.com/wldnco
Participants and teams will carry tracking devices so the world can watch your every move while your race. Images and social media and maps of the course will also be posted to the Wild & Co social media accounts.
Recommended - Support crews should have access a smart phone or tablet, to ensure they track progress of participants or teams and know when to arrive at transitions