The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival premiered its new action packed event, The Dirty and Dusty Adventure Trail Run.
Australian owned activewear brand Lorna Jane secured exclusive naming rights to the custom built 25th anniversary event that challenged competitors in a 5.5km, 11km or 16km adventure trail run.
Touted as an Outback adventure, filled with dirt, mud and fun, almost 100 festival-goers warmed up for day two with the race.
Race Director Sam Steadman said the very first Lorna Jane Adventure Run was certainly a success.
"There were lots of people crossing the finish line with big smiles, a bit of mud and sweat on their faces," Mr Steadman said.
"It's a great addition to the festival for those who don't want to do the big triathlon. Having the shorter distance means we've got families running together, everyone young and old is out here today."
First over the line and winner of the 5.5km was 11 year old Archie Smith from Brisbane, with a lightning fast time of 00:26:32, a full minute before the next competitor. Archie said "I wasn't expecting to come first, I just entered for fun. My favourite obstacle was running through the muddy creek!" he said.
First over the line for the 11km race was Cloncurry local Michelle Handley with a time of 00:44:03, with first male Bruce Wallace following at 00:54:20.
Rhianna Batt from Mount Isa took out the coveted first place of the 16km run with a time of 01:01:58, while Luke Rose was the first male over the line at 01:08:04.
Dirt n Dust Committee President Stephen Malone said the event was custom made in celebration of the 25th Anniversary event.
"We're nationally acclaimed for hosting the toughest sprint triathlon, but we developed the run to suit people that don't feel like they could tackle the full triathlon but who still want to get out and celebrate our 25th year with mud, sweat and tears," Mr Malone said.
"It's something new and fresh and after all this time it's fantastic that the Festival is still able to be innovative and ever-changing."
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