Caboolture Historical Village Dusk to Dawn 2013
Caboolture Historical Village has been providing their grounds for this event since about 1994 but I do not think they would have ever expected the event to have grown in popularity as displayed this year.
There were over 268 entries, and over 155 competitors started at 6pm. Sadly not all finished what they set out to achieve. Of those starters, 47 finished in the 12hr, 62 in the 6hr, 2 the 100k, 4 the 50k, 11 the Marathon & 12 the Half. What a fantastic achievement for promoting the Caboolture Historical Village as a great place to run.
From conversations heard after the event all competitors were friendly not slowing any of the faster ones from accumulating some huge kms in their chosen distance.
As I did the first turn around, I did not see or experience any difficulty. Everyone appeared to listen to announcements & followed the instructions. This helps in keeping the event running smoothly, so thanks.
The weather was great apart from being slightly humid for some South Aussies. One comment made, “I was hoping for a small shower to wash away some sweat, but still all good”.
My only complaint is with myself, I always mix up the medals for the relay teams. I never seem to get that right. Thank heavens everyone understands. One day I will surprise you all & myself.
I will not mention any particular competitors for we all know who the outstanding stars were, congratulations to them, as well to all podium finishers. Well done to everyone who attended, & registered. Hope you achieved your goal. You are all winners for being there at the finish. . Congratulate yourself for all the hard work to get the distance recorded, then go back asking yourself, “am I happy or could I have done more”. Only you can answer that. Some made it look easy, others struggled a bit, but all in all you were there at the finish, again well done everyone.
Results are available on the Timing Plus website.
As for praise, top shelf has to go to Timing Plus for another brilliant job in time keeping & presentation during & after. That huge TV showing the competitors crossing the mat attracted a larger crowd than any grand final. Many walked away in disbelief of how forward time keeping has traveled from the early days, making statements “that is so fantastic, clear & quick”. Again well done Timing Plus.
As well everyone will be saying today, “where or when did he get that shot?”.
That will mean Tim and Rohan from Dreamsport Photography have done their job again perfectly snapping those glorious shots of as many competitors possible for display. What surprises me is they are so fresh & clear. Another job well done, thanks. Photos can be purchased with a great deal of every photo of yourself for only $59.
Thanks also has to go to my personal little band of helpers, Kerrie, Paul, Darren & my wife Betty. Thank you all for your added hours in setting up & dismounting all the pegs, poles, tables, chairs, lights, marques. Without you my job would be much larger.
Thank you to our sponsor Endura for their continued support with products & merchandise, keeping competitors hydrated & comfortable. Woolworths Caboolture for a voucher allowing the purchase of goods for the event. Alpha Omega Engraving for all the great trophies & medals plus their patience with me while trying to sort out all the categories for labels on the medals.
Finally again thanks to all competitors for your continued support in holding this event and to the many side kicks positioned around the track cheering everyone on.
It is all of you who make this event what it has become today. We have record holders returning again & again to run among those breaking into ultra running. Freely giving advice when asked, on the track, during competition. Where in any other sport does one get that? Where in any other sport does one have inspiring crowds cheering each on by name? What a great atmosphere created by those loving to come to this event to just do that. Thank you.
With all the good people now around me, Timing Plus, Dreamsport Photography & my helpers, I feel proud & confident in what has taken many years to achieve to now be able to say,” this is a great event”
Thank you competitors see you at the 20th Caboolture Dusk to Dawn.