Mary Valley Heritage Railway

Race The Valley Rattler



2013 RACE THE RATTLER SUSPENDED

The Valley Rattler will suspend the popular Race the Rattler event for 2013. The race is usually a highlight of the Queen's Birthday Weekend and a major publicity event for Gympie and the Mary Valley. The decision was made for a number of reasons, but primarily because the rail track to Dagun will not be available for passenger trains in time for the Race.
General Manager of the Valley Rattler, Jim Walker stated, "We considered alternatives to the regular race format; in the end though, without the Rattler steam locomotive at the head of our heritage train, we decided to stay true to the popular event and work to be back in to Dagun for the 2014 race".

President of the MVHR, Tony Hallam, supported Mr Walker. "While it is sad that this decision had to made, it is made after consideration of alternative formats. Race the Rattler is the Rattler's signature event, but with the steam train unavailable and work needed on the track then the call was made". The MVHR expresses our thanks to sponsors, runners, supporters and community organisations for their support of the event over the last 14 years and look forward to the return of the event in the future.


Both Mr Walker and Mr Hallam, expressed the hope that Race the Rattler 2014 will occur. The MVHR is working with government to lay the foundations for restoring heritage passenger services into the Mary Valley, and the resumption of Race the Rattler.

Please contact Jim Walker on 5482 2750 or Tony Hallam on 0419 679 447 for more details.



MARY VALLEY HERITAGE RAILWAY PRESENTS
RACE THE RATTLER
Monday June 11, 2012
Powred by Jetts, Gympie. The Valley Rattler Steam Train - Race the Rattler.


Race the Rattler - Race Start at Dagun.Race results have been recorded by The Timing Wizards and are available at their website at:

www.wizardresults.com.au.

Gympie, home of the Valley Rattler, will again host an event with a difference on Monday, June 11th, 2012 with the running of Jetts Fitness Gympie Race the Rattler from the Mary Valley Township of Dagun to the old Gympie Railway Station.

The “Challenge“ is an 18.5 km foot race from the Mary Valley Township of Dagun, running against the C17 Steam Train with a contingent of supporters aboard. Tremendous prize money to be won.

A “Team Challenge” will again be part of the event with 4 runners per team, each team member having to complete approximately 4.5km of the 18km run.

Entry fees are $37.00 per individual entrant or $116.00 for each team. All proceeds raised from the event will go to aid the Mary Valley Heritage Railway Museum to assist with the expansion of its operations to enable it to achieve its ultimate aim to operate steam trips seven days a week.

All entrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, sponsor products and entry into the lucky draws. In addition, the first 300 entrants will receive a trip aboard the Valley Rattler from the old Gympie Railway Station to the start of the race at Dagun.

The Event will commence at 7.40 am with the departure of the Valley Rattler from the old Gympie Railway Station with the entrants on board. Supporters can follow the Race by purchasing a supporters ticket for $25 (Children $12.50) which entitles them to a bus ride leaving at the same time as the train, to meet the train and the runners at the start at Dagun. The supporters will then board the train to race and support the runners back to Gympie, the Race starting at 9.30 am at the Dagun railway crossing. Relay shuttle buses will take the team members to the changeover points, and then pick up from the changeover points and take them to the finish line.

The course follows the Mary Valley Road with a 4 km detour along gravel road to keep in touch with the Rattler. The finish will be at the old Gympie Railway Station.

Entry Forms are available and can be obtained by contacting the Mary Valley Heritage Railway on telephone 5482 2750 or

Click here for Entry Forms

For more information, please email: The Rattler Challenge

IMPORTANT RACE DETAILS

Start/Finish

Start at the railway crossing at Dagun. Finish on the platform at the Old Gympie Railway Station.

Course

The course is 18.5km long starting at Dagun and following the Mary Valley Road with a 4km detour along a gravel road to keep in touch with the train to Gympie.

Medical Support

Please clearly print on the back of your race number details of any medical conditions you have that may effect you during the event. An ambulance will follow the runners. St. Johns officers will be in attendance at the finish.

Training/Hydration

Please note that inadequate training, failure to pace yourself and disregard for the importance of taking fluids has resulted in life threatening conditions such as heat stroke and dehydration, in both experienced and first time runners. Ensure that you are adequately prepared and take fluids at the water stations throughout the run.

Relay Teams

Each team member has to complete approximately 4.5km of the 18.5km run. All four members must wear the same numbered chest number. Relay shuttle buses will take team members to the changeover points, then pick up from the changeover points, and take to the finish line.

Parking

Parking will be available at the Old Gympie Railway Station. Rail (for the first 300 entrants only) and bus transport will be provided for all competitors to take them to the race start and relay changeover points.

Gear

A trailer will be available at Dagun for your gear. Please label your gear with your race number and name. The trailer will return to Gympie for you to collect your gear at the end of the race. You must present your race number to collect your gear. All care but no responsibility for your gear.

Supporters

Supporters can follow the race by purchasing a supporters ticket for $25 adults and $12.50 children which entitles you to a bus ride from the Old Gympie Railway Station to the start at Dagun. You then board the train to race/support the runners back to the Old Gympie Railway Station. Limit of 300 supporters tickets so get in early.

Race Confirmation

Race confirmation will be mailed out as they are processed.

T-shirts

Extra T-shirts will be for sale at the finish.

Results

Results will be available online within an hour of the race timing closing..

Prizes

Prizes and random draws will be awarded at the presentation ceremony to be held at 12 noon at the Old Gympie Railway Station.

Pre-Race Entries

Enquiries: contact the Mary Valley Heritage Rail on (07) 5482 2750.

Visit this page for the 2011 Race Results

Race Details

When: Monday June 11, 2012 - Gympie.
What: An 18.5 km foot race against the famous 'Valley Rattler' Steam Train.
Includes an individual run or team challenge. Teams are made up of 4 competitors and each member completes approximately 4.5 km.
Time: Train departs Gympie Station for Dagun at 7.40 am with the first 300 runners to register. Other runners and supporters are taken by bus to the start of the race. The race begins at 9.30 am from Dagun.

First runners cross the finish line shortly after 10.30 am and competitors and supporters will enjoy entertainment throughout the day at the old Gympie Station.

11.30 am - Course timing closes.

12.00 noon - Presentations and random draws.

Buses will transport the team challenge runners to their changeover points from Dagun.

Food will be available at both Dagun and Gympie Stations.
Supporters: Supporters tickets are also available. Supporters are transported to Dagun by bus and then board ‘The Valley Rattler’ steam train to cheer on the runners as they make their way back to the Old Gympie Station.

Race Information

Entry Forms are available and can be obtained by contacting the Mary Valley Heritage Railway on telephone 5482 2750 or click here for Entry Forms

For more information, please email: The Rattler Challenge

Visit this page for the 2011 Race Results