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I AM – Trail Running

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4 Week Consecutive Program for Women
Saturdays: June 9, 16, 23 & 30 - 4pm


Do you enjoy running and keen to try something off-road? Want to learn some foundation skills to the fast growing adventure sport of Trail Running? If running through some of our regions finest nature trails with expert instructors with a bunch of other inspired women sounds like your thing then this unique opportunity is not to be missed.

This fun 4-week program is offered under the Mackay Regional Council Inspiring an Active Mackay (I AM) initiative, for women who have a current run capacity of 3km plus. It is for women with a good level of physical health and have an interest in developing some of the basic trail running skills to enhance their overall running experience.

 The sessions include professional instruction on trail running technique, running on dirt and hills as well as ongoing support to engage in longer-term activities and events for health and fitness.  The program includes visits to trails in the Mackay region at Mt Black, Cape Hillsborough and Eungella.

It’s also about connecting with other local women, sharing experiences, developing new friendships and starting/getting back into physical activity.

Dates/Time and Locations:

4-5pm on four Consecutive Saturdays:

  • Saturday June 9, 4pm            Whitsunday Anglican School Oval, Celeber Drive, Andergrove
  • Saturday June 16, 4pm          Mt Black, Habana-Farleigh Road
  • Saturday June 23, 4pm          Cape Hillsborough
  • Saturday June 30, 4pm          Eungella (Chalet to Sky Window)


Fitness level:  - Participants should be able to run 3km

Price: $20 for the 4-week program (plus $2.20 booking fee)

What to Bring:  Hat, towel, water bottle, sunscreen, running light, and insect repellant.

What to wear: Good sturdy running shoes that are suitable for running off road. Running attire. 

Your instructor: Nikki Giles is a highly experienced and accredited coach and Adventure Racer who competes in extreme endurance triathlons and also competes in the male dominated adventure races- which are multi-sport, multi-day, self-navigated and self-supported in teams of 4. She is passionate about supporting others in their fitness journey and founded Tri-ActiV8 to help others achieve their goals. Nikki has a passion for running and is looking forward to sharing her trail running experience with you!


Q - What if it’s raining? Please keep an eye on the event Facebook page to be keep up to date on the weather events. Participants will also be notified by email if an event needs to be cancelled. Where possible we will attempt to make up any sessions cancelled due to weather.

Q - What ages? The I AM program is aimed at women over the ages of 18 however, if younger women (over 13) would like to attend they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Q - Do I need to be fit? Participants should be of general good health. If you have any concerns about your health or fitness level, please see a medial practitioner before joining the program. Participants will be asked to sign this waiver before taking part in the events.

Q - What if I need to cancel? Unfortunately due to the timeframe of the program, we are unable to offer an alternative if you are unable to attend one of the sessions. Tickets for the programs are non-refundable.

Q – Why Women? This program will focus on women, due to the underrepresentation of females engaging in physical activity, as well as the key role that women have within the home, particularly around influencing healthy family choices. Women identify that barriers to exercise include difficulty prioritising due to competing responsibilities, confidence issues, fear, concerns around fitness and being injured. The I AM program aims to address some of these barriers and enable more women to begin to engage in activity.

**There is a limit to the number of places available for each program so please book as soon as possible.

About I AM

 The Australian and Queensland Governments, through the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, provided funding to Mackay Regional Council to deliver the Inspiring an Active Mackay (I AM) program.

I AM is aimed at delivering low-cost beginner level physical activities and skill development opportunities for women who are currently under-active or are seeking to learn a new sport within the Mackay region.

The activities on offer are based around spending time in the outdoors and skills that will enhance capacity to participate in broader events across the Region and will focus on long-term engagement in the activity.  


Contact for more information: message us on Facebook (approachadventuremackay)