Course Description


A rewarding challenge for the well prepared multisport athlete, the Grin n Bear It course will prove testing, tough and truly wild – but incredibly scenic and satisfying, to anyone chasing an adventurous achievement.

Grin n Bear It Challenge participants will experience a classic four legged multisport event;

  1. Open water 2km swim,
  2. Out and back 12km lake paddle,
  3. 64km mountainous MTB Ride,
  4. 11km approx. trail run – as the final sting in the tail, of a magnificent multisport course.

Race will begin at 7.30am

1. Ochre Restaurant and Catering Swim Leg

The (mostly) sheltered Torpedo Bay to the West of Barrabadeen Peninsula will host the Swim Leg. In late August water temperatures are likely to be closer to cool than freezing and Barrabadeen blocks the predominant South Easterly breeze, making for an achievable and awakening first leg.

Swim leg cut off time 8:30am

2. Cape York MTB Adventures Paddle Leg

At the completion of the swim, participants will collect paddlecraft and associated equipment and head out around the tip of Barrabadeen Peninsula to the more open and potentially exposed waters of Lake Tinaroo. Paddlers will head East towards Platypus Bay Campground (1km) and steadily turn North East, keeping the Danbulla side of Tinaroo on their left and Fong On Peninsula on their right.

Any ‘rougher’ conditions are likely to decrease as progress towards the sheltered North East arm of Tinaroo is made, and paddlers who remain on course will gladly note the Fong On Camping Area (3.5km) on their right, then the Downfall Creek Camping Area (4.5km) on their left, before the Kauri Creek Camping Area (6km) and Paddle Leg turnaround – hopefully straight ahead. Upon reaching the turnaround, paddlers return via the same route to Barrabadeen (12km).

Paddle leg cut off time 10:30am

3. Pump n Pedals Mountain Bike Leg

MTB’s will replace paddlecraft for Leg Three – a 64km, two wheeled, scenic and diverse tour of Far North Queensland’s Wet Tropics, as much as a Multisport Race! As riders depart Barrabadeen (680m asl) they will turn right onto Danbulla Road and after a few km’s the bitumen surface will become dirt. The ride initially traces the shoreline which was the earlier paddle leg, but continues beyond the Kauri Creek Camping Area (paddle turnaround), past the Kauri Creek Day Use Area and Kauri Creek Road Intersection until the intersection with Mt Edith Road is met. Riders will turn left onto Mt Edith Road and begin a gentle 2km climb Northwards up and away from Tinaroo. With false sense of securities firmly set, Mt Edith Rd then takes riders on a steep but scenic 6km climb, winding past stunning creeks and massive boulders along the ascent almost to the very summit of Mt Edith (1149m asl). The KOM/QOM point is at approximately 20km.

A thrilling descent then drops riders North West into the Emerald Creek Catchment before hooking South West and undulating up towards the junction with Kauri Creek Road. Riders turn left and up Kauri Creek Road for a climb not too dissimilar in both length and height to the Mt Edith climb. At the top of the climb (1220m asl) riders return to steady undulations before a long and extended descent with only very brief climbs to remind legs of their state of fatigue. Kauri Creek Road returns to Danbulla Road East of Barrabadeen so riders will turn right and make their way back along the shoreline, via Danbulla Road to where they began and the final Run Leg.

Bike leg cut off time 3:30pm

4. Keir Qld Run Leg

The approximately 11km Run Leg starts and finishes at Barrabadeen. Competitors will follow the beautiful Barrabadeen headland past Robson’s Graves, around Scout Point and Venturers Cove. After crossing Danbulla Drive, a two-lap course winds up and around the rugged single trails and granite outcrops above Torpedo Bay. Glorious views over the Atherton Tableland and steep descents will be the highlights of the run leg – depending on the condition of one’s thighs – with views to Barrabadeen and the Finish Line sure to motivate even the weariest of participants.

After completing 2 laps of the Torpedo Bay trail, the short section of Danbulla Road returns Grin n Bear It finishers to Barrabadeen and the completion of an epic challenge. A tremendous sense of achievement awaits them along with eternal glory, some serious multisport kudos and a face full of the ‘Grin’ inspired by the event’s title and the size of each and every entrant’s accomplishment.

Run leg cut off time 5:30pm

*All stages are subject to change. * Entry numbers will be limited.

Cut off times

Cut off times will be enforced at the discretion of the Race Director. Swim – 8.30 am – wetsuit optional, swim caps will be provided Paddle – 10.30 am – own craft, Australian Standard PFD required. Bike – 3.30 pm – helmet to Australian Standard, bikes to be recently serviced & well maintained, competitors to wear appropriate clothing to cover torso. Run – 5.30 pm – Runners are advised to be self sufficient & carry some water and food on the run course.

Presentation will begin at 4pm

The Grin n Bear It Challenge is the major fundraising event for The Bear Foreman Foundation.

Ochre Restaurant Swim Leg

Pump n Pedals Ride Leg

Keir Qld Run Leg