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It’s that time of the year again, so get your running shoes on and make ready for the Pomona King of the Mountain Festival and Race this Sunday the 24th of July 2011! And, for the less adventurous amongst you (i.e. the couch potatoes) for the very first time in the history of the Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge you will be able to enjoy live footage on the Big Screen at the event.
Sunshine Coast runner Neil Labinsky has won the previous four races so it will be very interesting to see who will be this year’s Mountain King or Queen. Neil’s record time is less than 24 minutes!!! A superhuman feat! The ‘’word on the street’’ is that we have some very fierce New Zealand competition this year so be on the look out!
The event is held at Stan Topper Park, Pomona in the beautiful Noosa Hinterland, between 7am – 5pm, with the main event, the race itself being held at 3:00pm. Witness local and international athletes take on the most grueling and historic mountain race in Australia.
If mountaineering isn’t your cup of tea, the Pomona Township will be “alive’’ with the hustle and bustle of many other events being enjoyed throughout the day. It begins with the recommended Bush Poets Breakfast at Stan Topper Park.
Tuck in to a tasty traditional breakfast of sumptuous bacon, eggs, sausages, tomato and hash browns and enjoy the fantastic local and international bush poets at Pomona’s seventh annual Bush Poets Breakfast.
This year’s line up includes the talents of Shirley Friend, Brad Maclean, Gregory North and Mr Marco Gliori. Entry to the breakfast is strictly by ticket admission as space is limited, so be sure to get your tickets at only $20 per ticket, or alternatively prebook and pay prior to the day for only $17.50. To purchase tickets contact Nadine on (07) 54 85 1960.
There will also be competitions galore, amusement rides, and activities for all ages. The Heritage market will operate all day with a variety of stalls. There will be skateboarding demonstrations, thong throwing competitions (that’s the Australian thong for the Americans amongst you!) Be sure to visit the Antiques and Collectables Fair located in the Pomona Hall, open all day Saturday and Sunday (contact Clive Ford on (07) 54 852028)
Should you be unable to attend the festivities, Mt Cooroora is still a recommended journey. The summit offers exquisite views, so be sure to pack water, sunscreen and a hat!
From Noosa, it is a pleasant 20 minute drive to reach Pomona via Cooroy.
Coming from Gympie travel south along the Bruce Highway for about half an hour and take the Pomona exit at the top of Black Mountain.
Brisbane folk, head north along the Bruce Highway for about 1.5 hours, take the Pomona (Pioneer Road) exit.
Nearing Pomona the successful event will be well signed so enjoy a great day! For any further information visit the official King of the Mountain site, and to the athletes… Break a leg!
Horizon’s Resort at Peregian is proud to give back to the local community and has been a sponsor of the King of the Mountain Festival for four years now! Stop by and say hello, we can organize any of your future accommodation needs or simply CLICK HERE to make a booking.
Named after the Roman Goddess of fruits and orchards, Pomona was originally called Pinbarren Siding. It was renamed in 1906.