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Glasshouse Trail Mailing List Mission Statement
The Glasshouse Trail ultramarathons, organised by Ian Javes and held in the Glasshouse Mountains area of Queensland, are Australia's nearest approach to the long trail ultras that are prevalent in other parts of the world, especially the USA.
The races are held in a mixture of natural bushland and pine plantations amid some remarkable natural monuments, the Glasshouse Mountains. Competitors race over a series of fire trails, bush tracks and logging roads that snake around the bases of a number of these monoliths.
This kind of race is, as said above, fairly rare in Australia and as a result the race is something of a "cult" event rather than attracting the larger crowds of some shorter Australian ultras, or overseas 100 Milers. In September 1999, I completed the 50 Mile event, and in April 2000, I finished the sister event, the Glasshouse 50K, also organised by Ian Javes and held in the same locale as the "big ones". Whether I would return that following October or not was never really in question, but Ian has had trouble with sections of the bureaucracy, as well as pouring a remarkable amount of energy into an event that is, on the whole, highly professional in its organisation.
In order to attract potential runners and lend a hand to those "committed" I decided to form an email discussion group (on 8th June 2000) - again, along the lines of a number of American 100 Milers. I've now established that group, GlasshouseTrail. It isn't a high volume forum, but competitors can discuss training and tactics, organise group longs runs or transport or whatever, as well as discussing other issues that arise concerning the race. After the events, competitors contribute stories and tales from their longest day. Runners intrigued by the event may also want to subscribe and make up their own minds.
I have no interest or involvement in the race, except that I will be running it (I live over a thousand kilometres away). Plenty of other runners have more experience of the race and the area than myself. The Glasshouse Trail mailing List isn't an official arm of the race, either - except that I mailed Ian Javes to notify him that I intended to establish the list, and did he have any objections. Those interested in the List can see for themselves at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/glasshousetrail
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