Aid stations along the course of the King of the Mount will supply you with hydration and running snacks. But please bring your own hydration containers – we’re environmentally friendly in the Flinders!
We welcome all entrants to the King of the Mount – walkers, and runners. Everyone gets a timed result and all finishers receive a medal.
Come up for the King of the Mount, stay to enjoy the rustic charm of Melrose. There will be additional activities on race-day such as the King of the Monument mini races, camping, mountain biking, bush-walking, and more. Plenty of charming country accommodation could turn this into a wonderful weekend away!
Snap up an early bird special!
King of the Mount Early BirdBest Value
- On sale until May 31st
- KIDS (UNDER 18’s) EARLY BIRD PRICING $20
- Fully supported with aid stations
- Bibs and timing
- Generous cutoff times
- Finisher medals
King of the Mount Standard EntryFrom June 1st
- KIDS (UNDER 18’s) PRICING $25
- Fully supported with aid stations
- Bibs and timing
- Generous cutoff times
- Finisher medals
Please familiarise yourself with the rules below. Further instructions will be mailed out the event briefing prior to the event day. If you have any questions, please contact us via email using our contact form or phone us on 0428 887 845. You can also contact us via Facebook or Twitter.
Please be safe on the roads. Our country roads are home to kangaroos and cyclists. Travel slowly and take caution at dawn and dusk when either kangaroos or cyclists tend to be on the road.
Race Day Procedure
Due to the confined nature of the trails and the potential for a congestion of participants, we may have staggered starts. Details will be announced in the event briefing which will go out to all entrants prior to the race day. Bib pickups be available from 8am. The event opening will be performed at 9am, with the first wave of starters taking place soon afterwards.
To ensure everyone safely enters and exits the course we require all participants to check-in and check-out.
Check-ins: Please check-in at the registration tent before lining up at the start line (even if you have already collected your bib).
As you cross the finish line we will mark you as complete and record your time. Participants will then be able to rest at the summit before proceeding to walk down the dedicated return trail. There are two trails to the summit, and each trail will be one-way to avoid collisions. Please follow the signs and volunteer directions carefully.
Check-out: When you leave course at the base of the mount you are required to check-out at the registrations tent. You are still required to check-out if you are unable to complete the race. This will allow us to ensure that you have safely left the course. Failure to do so may result in us marking you as missing and a recovery team sent to find you on the mount.
It is vital that we keep people safe and know if you are still on the course. If you cannot complete the course, please inform the volunteers at the registration tent when you exit. If you are unable to do so yourself please organise someone else to check-out for you.
Registrations and Bibs
Registrations will close midnight on Friday 18th of August. Early bird tickets are on sale until the 31st of May.
Bibs will not be mailed out. Bibs are able to be picked up on the Saturday before the event (location to be confirmed), and on the event day at the information marquee.
If you want to have your name printed on your bib your entry must be received by midnight Friday 31st July.
Volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to help out on the day, please email us [email protected]
All participants are expected to carry the following mandatory items. These are required for your own safety.
- Mobile phone. Telstra and Optus coverage throughout the course should be quite good. Program in the race director’s phone number in case of emergency. 0428 887 845.
- Space blanket. These are available for a couple of dollars from all good pharmacies and sports stores.
- Somewhere to store your rubbish (eg a pocket). Do not leave your rubbish out on the course!
The following items are not mandatory but are highly recommended:
- A compression bandage.
- A hydration container such as a handheld bottle, a hydration pack (eg a camelbak) or bottle belt. You will be able to refill from aid stations and the start/finish areas.
The course will be marked with confidence tape, course divergence signs and wrong way signs where needed. The majority of the course will take place on wide single trail with very few diverging paths.
The maps are listed below.
The course starts at the base of the monument road in the Melrose Caravan Park campgrounds. There will be a partial road closure inside the campgrounds on the day of the event.
The finish is the summit of Mt Remarkable. From the summit, there is an alternate trail back down to the base which has been designated the dedicated return trail. The return trail is the ‘old’ trail and forms part of the Heysen Trail.
There will be a partial road closure of Joes Road on Sunday 20th of August. The road closure will be in the Melrose Caravan Park campgrounds around the starting area. There will be limited parking in the campgrounds on the day of the event.
We recommend that you find parking out the front of the North Star Hotel, around the tennis courts, or along the main street of Melrose.
Race Day Etiquette
The course begins on bitumen with a steep climb out of the campgrounds. After this, the course quickly narrows and the remainder of the course takes place on wide single trail.
If you need to pass another entrant on the single trail, please make yourself know as you approach by calling out.
If you hear someone coming from behind, please move to the inside of the trail and allow the other competitor to pass you on the outside.
There will be established toilets and porta-potties in the campgrounds at the start location. There are no toilets in the national park or at the finish line!
Hydration and Aid Stations
We will not be offering plastic cups at the aid stations. You will be required to bring your own hydration container for use at the race. This can be a hydration vest (for example, a Camelbak), drink belts, or handheld water bottles. You will be able to refill your water bottle at the aid stations.
You are entering a national park for this event. There are no rubbish bins along the trail. You will need to be mindful of taking out what you bring in. Please ensure you do not litter. This is especially important with energy gels. Please help us respect the environment and cart out what you bring in.
Race marshals and volunteers may ask you to follow instructions at various times throughout the event. Please listen and do as directed to help keep the day flowing smoothly.
Registration Cancellations and Transfers
There will be a $10 fee for ticket refunds to cover our expenses. If you need to cancel your ticket and request a refund, please contact the event organisers promptly.
Event registrations can be transferred to another party. Please contact the event organiser with your request.
The event organiser can be contacted via email to [email protected] or phone 0428 887 845.
Due to the isolated nature of the course, the event will be cancelled if the weather is considered unsafe to proceed. Procedures are in place to monitor the weather in the lead up to the event and inform all entrants in a timely manner if there are expected to be any problems with the weather. Please ensure we have up to date contact details. Notifications will be sent out via SMS and email.
Cancellation due to extreme weather will occur if there is a combination of strong winds, rain, and low temperatures. This trio of conditions will result in a sheep graziers warning. Cancellation will also occur if there are thunderstorms forecast on race day.The race directors say is final.
In the unlikelihood of an event cancellation, the race will be rescheduled to the nearest possible date. If competitors are unable to participate in the rescheduled event, credit will be made available for future events, or refunds will be provided upon request.
The race directors say is final.
Participant Categorisations and King of the Mount Titles.
Entrants will be categorised by their sex and age on the day of the event. Based on these categorisations, there will be a King, Queen, Princess and Prince of the Mount.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dogs permitted?
The majority of the event takes part in National Park which prohibits dogs. For the section at the start outside of National Park land, dogs are likewise not permitted on the course alongside runners/walkers. Accredited disability dogs/guide dogs/hearing dogs are permitted as per requirements under state and federal legislation.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
There are no ID requirements, but entrants under 14 years old on race day will be required to participate with a registered guardian.
What do I need to bring?
There is some mandatory equipment that participants will need to bring. Please check the race rules for further info.
Spectators are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs. Bring some money for a BBQ and refreshments which will be available at the campgrounds near the start-line.
What refreshments will be available?
At the staging area in the campgrounds, we will have a BBQ and drinks for sale. Down the main street of Melrose, you will find 2 hotels and a general store which will have additional supplies available. There is no alcohol at the event.
What other activities are happening on the day?
We will have a King of the Monument event for the kids and the young at heart. This is a short 800M run from the campgrounds to the monument lookout. But don’t be fooled, this is possibly the toughest part of the course!
The King of the Monument will be a gold coin entry with proceeds going towards the Friends of Mt Remarkable national park to assist with their trail maintenance efforts.
A nearby creek with plenty of nature play opportunities, several tennis courts, a playground, and a beautiful lawned park are all nearby and offer a range of activities. We are also endeavoring to have some kid-friendly activities available at the staging area to keep everyone occupied.
What are my transport options?
Melrose is not serviced by public transport. You can catch the Premier bus service from Adelaide to Port Pirie. There are taxis available in Port Pirie, but be aware that Port Pirie is a 40-minute drive from Melrose and the taxi fare may be substantial.
You can walk from most accommodation providers to the start line, including the camping area located at the showgrounds just north of Melrose.
Parking is available on the main street, around the tennis courts, and opposite the North Star Hotel.
Where will I find accommodation?
Melrose is home to BnBs, 2 hotels, and rental houses that cater from couples to large groups. You can find the accommodation options at http://www.melrose-mtremarkable.org.au/accommodation-2/
There are also campsites, caravan pads, and cabins available at the Melrose Caravan Park. http://www.melrosecaravanpark.com.au/
Lastly, there are plenty of campsites available at the Melrose showgrounds, about 1km north of the township. The showgrounds cover around 90 acres and most of that area is available for camping. You will find a caretaker living at the showground entrance that can direct you further and take your money.
What services does Melrose have?
FOOD: Melrose has a general convenience store on the main street, as well as 2 pubs. There is no bank, but both hotels have ATMs available. Both pubs are famous around the district for their food and atmosphere; you can’t beat a good drink and a great feed in a warm pub with a fireplace on a cold winters day!
FUEL: The Melrose general store has fuel available. Wilmington (15min north) and Wirrabara (20min south) both have fuel available as well. Wirrabara has a 24hr fuel station which operates via an automated credit card system on weekends. Booleroo (20min north east) has an ATM and has unattended 24hr fuel via an automated system.
HOSPITAL: Booleroo Centre (20 min north east) has a hospital available and is serviced by 2 doctors. There is a pharmacy and a medical centre (both closed on weekends).
NEAREST MAJOR TOWN: Port Augusta and Port Pirie are both around 40min by car. Both towns are major regional centres where you will find all major conveniences including several large supermarket and shopping chains, fast food, 24hr petrol stations and more.
Don't miss out!
This is your chance to join us for the King of the Mount experience in the iconic Flinders Ranges and climb to the summit of the famous Mt Remarkable at Melrose with full support.