Bunya Spirit of Youth
The ‘Bunya Spirit of Youth’ concept was inspired by the traditional custodians of the Blackall Range. Aboriginal people came from many miles away to gather around during the fruiting season of the Bunya Tree. This was a time that mobs from all over the country came together to feast, resolve conflicts and story-tell.
Run Queensland, in partnership with the QCCC Mapleton and the Jinibara people have created a coming together challenge, the “Bunya Spirit of Youth”. This challenge aims to foster teamwork, build new friendships and strengthen old ones. Our goal is to teach resilience, aboriginal culture, nurture connection with the land, connection with each other and test individuals comfort zones.
This will be a team event, with teams comprising of four youths and one adult. The youths must be aged between 14-18 years. This event is not only for school teams. We also welcome sporting teams, organisations, or even groups of friends; the only requirement being that they must be aged between 14-18.
Bunya Spirit of Youth will be held on the beautiful and aboriginal enriched Blackall Range, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD. When teams arrive at the QCCC they will be immersed in the surrounds of tropical bush land. This will be their home for the next two days.
The event will be held on the weekend of the 24-26th August 2018. It will be a weekend of coming together, fun, and the ultimate challenge, a 22km hike/run trail event on part of the spectacular Blackall 100 Ultra Marathon course.
The teams will arrive and register on Friday the 24th of August 2018 before 6pm. Teams will come together for a meet and greet and an opening ceremony by the Jinibara people, followed by a dance.
Run Queensland’s mission for the “Bunya Spirit of Youth” event is to offer a secure and safe place for our next generation to connect with the land, test themselves and experience something they may not have experienced before. We aim to foster a sense of accomplishment, understanding and inspiration to conquer any challenge.
Looking forward to meeting you, and journeying on the trail.
Run Queensland Team
Friday 24th August
- 4pm – 6pm Registration
- 6pm Welcome
- 6.45pm – 9.30pm Dance
Saturday 25th August
- 8am – Breakfast
- 9am – 12.30pm Team Building Activities & sight-seeing
- 12.30pm – Lunch
- 1.30pm – 5pm Team Building Activities & sight-seeing
- 6pm – Dinner
- 7pm – Race Brief followed by Aboriginal story telling & dance
Sunday 26th August
- 6am – Breakfast
- 7am – Start 22km challenge
- 3pm – Finish of challenge
- 3.30pm – Presentations
- 5pm – Pack up
- Each individual will receive a “Bunya Spirit of Youth” shirt
- Each individual that completes the challenge will receive a medal
There will be three categories for the teams challenge: all male team, all female team and mixed team.
Winners of each category will receive:
- “Bunya Spirit of Youth” team trophy to take home, and their team names on the perpetual trophy.
- Aboriginal-themed leadership camp for school or group (Summer of 2018/19). Camp for up to 12 participants, value $3,600.
Accommodation for Friday & Saturday night is included in your entry price.
There are a limited number of beds available so we advise to book early.
All meals included from Saturday morning through to Sunday afternoon.
To check out their fabulous facilities and for more informationhttp://www.qccc.org.au/discover-mapleton/
How to get there
The Bunya Spirit of Youth Challenge starts and finishes at the QCCC Mapleton, 70 Obi Obi Road Mapleton.
Just 110 kms north of Brisbane, the centre is located in the mountain top village of Mapleton on the beautiful Blackall Range and within easy reach of many Sunshine Coast and hinterland attractions. Mapleton is accessible via Nambour or Landsborough/ Montville. The breathtaking rainforest setting, combined with the comfortable accommodation and friendly staff make this an ideal location to stage this event.
The village of Mapleton is a tourist favourite attracting thousands of day-trippers from Brisbane every weekend. The shops and cafes of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny are easily accessed from our site.
From the M1 (Bruce Hwy) take exit 208 and follow the signs to Nambour.
Continue through Nambour, past the hospital on Mapleton Rd towards Mapleton. At the top of the range, turn right onto Obi Obi Rd. Continue for 800m. The entrance for QCCC is on the left.
Please take care while driving in the grounds of QCCC and observe all speed limits.
We advise to car pool if you can, as there is limited parking on QCCC grounds.
Spectators are most welcome to come and watch the teams finishing the challenge on Sunday. No spectators are allowed on the course.
The start and finish is at QCCC Mapleton. This is the only place you can see your team.
The 2018 “Bunya Spirit of Youth” will be held on Friday 24th August to Sunday 26th August.
This will be a team event, with teams comprising of four youths and one adult. The youths must be aged between 14-18 years.
The weekend events will comprise of team building activities and sightseeing on Saturday and the ultimate challenge, a 22km hike/run trail event on Sunday.
Price includes meals and accommodation for the weekend.
Entry fee A$200-00 per person(includes gst).
Details required before completing on-line entry.
- Names and DOB of each team member
- Shirt sizes of all team members (sizing chart below)
- Signed indemnity forms for each team member (downloadable form)
- Relevant medical information for each team member
- Ensure all team members have read the mandatory gear requirements.
Everyone who enters the Bunya Spirit of Youth will receive a special edition t-shirt.
When you enter the event, you will be asked to specify your shirt size.
Please use this chart to determine your size. Measurements are taken from seam to seam under the armpit.
Be sure to specify your correct size as there will be NO exchanges.
Participants Agreement, Waiver, Release and Acknowledgement:
- I attest that I am sufficiently fit and have sufficiently trained for the exercise associated with course/event I have chosen.
- I consent to receive medical treatment which may be advisable in the event of illness or injuries suffered by me during this event.
- Safety precautions undertaken by the organisers (such as event briefings, trail maps and signage, drink stations) are a service to me and the other participants but are not a guarantee of safety. I agree to abide by the conditions of the event as stated above and as directed by any volunteer or official involved with the event.
- I, whose signature appears below, in consideration of and as a condition of acceptance of my entry in the event (Bunya Spirit of Youth Challenge), for myself, my heirs, my executors and administrators hereby waive all and any claim, right or course of action which I or they might otherwise have for or arising out of loss of my life or injury, damage or loss of any description whatsoever, which I may suffer or sustain in the course of or consequent upon my participation in the event.
- This waiver, release and discharge shall operate separately in favour of all persons, corporations and bodies involved or otherwise engaged in promoting or staging of the event and the servants, agents, representatives and officers of any of them and include but is not limited to the Run Queensland coordinators and event sponsors and supporters.
- I give permission for the free use of my name, my voice or picture in any broadcast, telecast, advertising promotion or other account of this event.
- Should the event be cancelled for any reason whatsoever I understand that full entry fees may not be refunded and that no liability of any kind will attach to any person, corporation or body involved or otherwise engaged in promoting or staging the events.
- Submission of this entry indicates agreement to all conditions listed above.
Refunds are available until 30th June 2018 and will be subject to a $50.00 admin charge + any merchandise pre-ordered against the entry.
The course is mainly on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
The course will be marked as follows:
- Reflective orange flagging tape (approx. every 250m)
- Red arrows on posts or trees.
- Red crosses on posts or trees indicating that this is NOT the course.
Directional arrows are red on a white background. These will be at intersections on the trail. Follow the direction of the arrow. The red crosses will be at intersections, indicating DO NOT go this way.
Leg 1 – QCCC Mapleton (Start) to CP1 (Daymar Rd)
Starting from the QCCC,participants will turn left at the entrance to QCCC,follow Obi Obi Rd, continuing past Suses Pocket Rd. There is a road crossing just past Suses Pocket Rd. Participants are to give way to traffic and to proceed as instructed by traffic marshals.
Follow ‘Great Walks’ signs and turn right into Mapleton Falls Rd. There is an additional road crossing on Mapleton Falls Rd. Follow traffic marshals instructions.
Follow this road down to the car park and continue through the day use area. Follow the orange flagging tape and signs along the single track. After 1.5kms you will come to checkpoint 1.
Leg 2 – CP1 (Daymar Rd) – CP2 (Mapleton Day Use Area)
After checking in at the checkpoint continue along the road for approx. 300m and you will cross Delicia Rd to get back on to the trail.
Participants are to give way to traffic and to proceed as instructed by traffic marshals.
Continue along the trail for approx. 3km where you will come to a ‘T’ intersection, turn right and continue (for approx. 150m) until you come to a gate. Turn left through the gate and follow the trail for 900m to Checkpoint 2.
Leg 3 – CP2 to CP2 (Loop)
From The Mapleton Day Use Area, cross the road and descend along the National Park trail. Continue for approx.1.5km until you reach a fork in the trail. Follow the left trail (T2) this will bring you back to Mapleton Falls Rd. After crossing the road continue along the trail adjacent to the road, making your way back to the Mapleton Day Use Area and CP2.
Leg 4 – CP2 to CP1
Note: This is the reverse of leg 2.
After leaving the checkpoint follow the marked trail 900m back to the gate, turn right and follow the marked trail for approx. 150m, turn left continue along this trail for approx. 3km and you will come to Delicia Rd. Take care crossing the road. Follow Daymar road until you get to the checkpoint.
Leg 5 – CP1 to Finish
Note: This is the reverse of leg 1.
After leaving the checkpoint follow the marked trail until you come to the Mapleton Falls carpark. Continue up the path until you get to Obi Obi Rd.
Please be aware of vehicles driving in the carpark area. Participants must give way to traffic.
Stay on the path and follow it back to QCCC.
|1||START – CP1||5km||5km|
|2||CP1 – CP2||3.9km||8.9km|
|3||CP2 – CP2 loop||4.2km||13.1km|
|4||CP2 – CP1||4.9km||17km|
|5||CP1 – Finish||5km||22k|
Checkpoints will have water, electrolyte drink, and food.
First-aid will be available at all checkpoints.
Toilets are located at Mapleton Falls picnic area and Mapleton Day Use Area (CP2).
- Course Map (can be printed from the web site)
- Mobile phone (minimum 1 per team)
- Race bib – Race Directors’ contact numbers on the reverse in case of an emergency
- Capacity for at least 1 litre of water per person
- Compression bandage
- Protective clothing (against sun, cold & wet)
There are NO cups at checkpoints. Run Queensland have a ‘no cups’ policy and should you require to use one at a checkpoint, you will need to bring your own.
- Insect repellent
- Bite and sting treatment
- Race directors have the final authority on any question that may arise during the Bunya Spirit of Youth Challenge.
- Teams comprise of four youths and one adult. The youths must be aged between 14-18 years.
- Team members must stay together as a team during the challenge.
- To be eligible for a category placing, teams must start and finish the event with the same 5 team members they started with.
- You must complete the marked course on foot under your own power, with your team. Trekking poles are permitted.
- Please give way to teams moving at a faster pace.
- Each participant’s official run number must be worn on the front of the body and must be easily visible at all times.
- Each participant must be checked-in at all checkpoints and have your name & number recorded.
- If you want to withdraw during the event you must report this at a checkpoint. The team cannot continue until the member has officially withdrawn. If the adult team member has to withdraw, an authorised adult must be substituted.
- Teams must have at least 3 members to continue in the challenge. That is a minimum of 1 adult and 2 youths.
- Conditions of your entry mean that you have agreed to be withdrawn from the event, should medical support or event officials determine it is in your best interests. Such an instance will not be negotiable.
- Checkpoint officials have the authority to act on behalf of the Run Queensland management and will be authorised to make decisions in the best interest of the event and its participants.
- If you need First Aid assistance on the course and are unable to reach a checkpoint, you must use the phone numbers on the back of your race bib to contact Race Directors who will arrange first aid. Individuals must not be left unattended.
- You must carry the mandatory gear at all times during the event. Any team without the mandatory gear will not be able to proceed until they arrange for missing item(s) to be replaced.
- No littering. If you have ‘participant rubbish’, keep it with you until you can discard it properly at the next checkpoint.
- If you aren’t near a toilet and you feel the need to be more at one with nature, by all means do so but please ensure that any waste is buried and any paper you use is biodegradable.
- There will be no unofficial participants. Anyone identified as either attempting to or taking part in the event unofficially will be barred from future Run Queensland events.
- Enjoy Yourself!!!