Race to the Base

Cross Country Race

Course Summary


The 6.2km Race to the Base course commences at Alley Park, travelling along streets throughout the town of Gordonvale, before heading out towards the highway south. Runners navigate their way over the cane train track prior to a slight downhill to Greenpatch. Tourists cheer on the competitors, taking a break from their camp chairs and billy tea and assist at the water station.


The Mulgrave River is crossed at the old bridge before the runners traverse a bed of rocks under the new bridge, taking them along the dirt track of the cane field headlands. Running parallel to the highway, motorists delight in sounding their horns to encourage each competitor.


Before too long, a turn to the right where runners are in awe of the Great Pyramid, taking up most of their view. Uphill towards the base, a water system at the turn-around is awaiting, which is timely.


The course is repeated in reverse back to Alley Park where locals and visitors alike are cheering the runners to the finish line!

Course details


Date: Saturday 17th August
Adult Categories: 18-39, 40-59, 60+ yrs
Junior Categories: 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17 yrs
Entry Fee:  Junior $20 / Adult $30. (Online until the 10th August) or Register at the Pyramid Race office with cash 10th – 16th August
Distance: 6.2km
Start time: To be decided
Start line: Alley Park, Gordonvale. Get Directions
Finish line: Back to start (Alley Park)
Minimum Age: Must be 10 years of age on race day
Road closures: Partial or full road closures will take place as they become a part of the race course. George Street, Moller Street, Mill Street and the old Bruce highway/ Greenpatch Road and Moss Road will be affected.
Check In: Please report to the runner’s registration tent in Alley Park between 12midday and 1:00pm. You will be marked on your arm with your race number and receive a numbered bib.
Runners briefing: Inside the runner’s registration tent at 1:30pm

Course map


  • Start behind the banner in Alley Park.
  • Head onto the race track towards Scouts den George street intersection.
  • When leaving the park, run on the race track through the start finish Shute.
  • Follow witch’s hats through intersection onto George street
  • Turn left onto Moller street
  • Turn right onto Mill Road
  • Run down and through the Green Patch area
  • Run on the old Bruce highway up to tunnels
  • Run under the highway at the first set of tunnels
  • Run on the cane headland to Moss Road
  • Proceed along Moss Road to the Pyramid car park

Race rules


This event requires a good level of fitness. Temperatures may be as high as 30+ degrees on the day so please consider your hydration requirements. Please consider your own health in the lead up to the race. If you are unwell or have been unwell in the two weeks prior to the race, then consider the consequences of running on the day.



  • Please obey all marshals. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
  • There is to be NO outside assistance.  Anyone caught receiving outside assistance will be disqualified.
  • Pacing by outside persons is prohibited. This includes a non-entrant joining the race, or a person shouting instructions from a bicycle.
  • Personal music devices are NOT permitted to be used due to safety issues.
  • Runners that do not complete the full course are NOT to pass through the finish line. Upon return please present yourself to SES to be marked off.
  • Stay on the track always. NO short cuts as this results in disqualification
  • Race Numbers will have to be marked off at checkpoints to gain a finish place in the race.
  • Any protests must be lodged within 15 minutes of your return. The Committee will hear these and their decision will be final.
  • Anyone caught running on the highway will be disqualified as this breach the conditions of our permit.


You must read and accept the race terms and conditions.



  • Adult: Male/Female: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Cash Prize: to be advised depending on sponsorship
  • Junior: Male/Female: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prize Pack: to be advised depending on sponsorship


Race presentation is programmed for 3:30pm (subject to change)

All runners will receive a participation certificate.  Certificates will be emailed in the 2 weeks after event, please leave a valid email when registering.