2018 marks the 24th Anniversary of this iconic event. Some more history about this event can be found at the end of this page.
The Run Inn is the organiser, checkpoint volunteers provider and random draw sponsor. The Marathon and 9km events start and finish
at the Gantry Rangers compound on Sellin Road, Mt Mee. The Half-marathon event starts at the Mt Mee Tennis Courts at the corner of Robinson
and Settlement Roads, and finishes at the Rangers compound. Breakfast is provided for all competitors at the finish from 11:00 am.
The events are:
Marathon Solo Run - 7.00am
Marathon Relay Run (2 runners) - 7.00am
Half-marathon Solo Run - 9.00am
9km Run - 10.00am
9km Walk - 10.00am
A Short History of the Mt Mee Classic
Over the years the event has undergone numerous course changes, mainly due to safety reasons and forest closures. The first event
traversed the favourite training haunts of the Caboolture Road Runners who would start at the Wamuran shops and run out and back
along Campbell's Pocket Road to Mt Mee Hall. Gary Parsons, the first race director, altered the course slightly by running downhill first
for 12.5km and back up the same way on bitumen road. Distances were 50 (2 laps), 25 and 10km.
This course was altered slightly after a few years to add in some dirt road (Top Yard and Tidwell Rds) and this helped with safety -
having runners on only one side of the road.
When Gary entered politics he handed the event to Phil Hungerford (Race Director) and Bruce Cook (Course Organiser) in 2004.
2005 saw a change of venue with headquarters at the Mt Mee Showgrounds. Kids' events were also added and more off-road terrain
added. Course went out Pedwell Rd, onto the recreation walking trail into Wamuran Basin, back up Campbell's Pocket Rd, Top Yard and
Tidwell Rd for the 26km. The 50 and 10km events used Settlement Rd for balance of the distance. 2009 saw a new concept with the
axing of the 50km and the introduction of the standard marathon distance. A point to point journey was also added with the start in the
main street of Dayboro and finishing in the Mt Mee Showgrounds. The course included Mt Brisbane Rd, into Mt Mee State Forest,
Chambers Rd, Peggs Rd, Sellin Rd, Neurum Ck Rd, Centipede Rd, Fife Rd, out of the forest and Settlement Rd. 2010 saw the reverse
direction, downhill, attempted.
Major floods in 2011 caused the cancellation of the event. Major forest damage saw the rerouting of the course in 2012. Starting in
Dayboro the course was altered from the Gantry. An 8km loop was added in the West Escarpment Rd region to make up the distance
and then running out of the forest area along Sellin Rd, into Fraser's Farm, along Hewitt Rd easement and out onto Settlement Rd
In 2013 there were more route changes due to forest logging on the northern part of the course. The annual course direction reversal
presented some issues.
In 2015 we planned to start at The Gantry in D'Aguilar National Park and traverse a northern loop (Loveday's Rd, La Traverse and
Neurum Ck Rd), then most of the 2010 course. Unfortunately the 2015 event had to be cancelled due to bad weather. We were able
to run the event with no further course changes in 2016 and 2017, despite closure of all other South-East Queensland forests due to
weather in 2017.