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May 2001 - Glasshouse 50km Trail Run Reportby Shiela Hunter
I would like to extend a very big thank you, to the race organizers and the aid station crews who remained out in remote areas of the trail in what was very uncomfortable conditions (cold) if you were not running. It was perfect if you were running. The organizers are very forgiving and patient with us slower runners allowing us the opportunity to gain experience and confidence. Let's face it, as slow as I was, there were still five other runners that the aid stations had to wait for. Once again a very big thank you to the race organization we would not have these races if it was not for you.
I would also like to take the opportunity to market this race. This is a true trail race, there is probably 300 meters of hard top road in the entire race, there are places where the trail winds through, up and down narrow dirt tracks through the eucalyptus forest, that have loose rocks to navigate and there are some doozies of hills. But there are also stretches of very pleasant fire roads and trails where you can really stretch out and run hard, or relax in my case.
For those not from Queensland, it is a wonderful opportunity to experience the flora and fauna of Queensland up close and personal. There is the evidence of forest fires recently on the trail but the ground cover is recovering quickly and there are little grass trees popping up everywhere, almost like little children watching you run by. Many of the trails are deep in the forest giving you the feeling you are running through a green tunnel, surrounded by the sounds of the Whip Birds and Cockatoos. I saw three Wedge Tail Eagles at one point, but most of all, the people who put this race on are fantastic. The whole community is behind the race, it is small town community at its very best.
Keep up the good work
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