Trail opens new horizons for runners and tourists

New Zealand businesswoman Carlene Staines visited WA and became the first runner to tackle the new Cape to Cape Track trail run with Cape to Cape Explorer Tours.
New Zealand businesswoman Carlene Staines visited WA and became the first runner to tackle the new Cape to Cape Track trail run with Cape to Cape Explorer Tours.

A Cape to Cape Track trail run experience is now available for those wanting the ultimate physical challenge in pristine nature.

Cape To Cape Explorer Tours has launched a self-guided option for tackling the Margaret River region's 124km track in just three days.

The company already offers guided and self-guided end-to-end hikes over seven days, but founder Gene Hardy said the new trail run experience was for those wanting the test their limits.

"We're getting a lot of enquiries from people wanting the run the Track. From athletes who are into ultra-marathons. And generally from people seeking the ultimate physical challenge in a pristine, natural environment," Mr Hardy said.

"So it's prompted us to introduce the 3-day trail run.

"You're essentially running a marathon every day for three days. But you're doing it through some of the most amazing, rugged coastal terrain in Western Australia."

New Zealand event management business operator Carlene Staines visited WA on a business trip recently, and said when she realised she had three free days in her schedule, she decided to attempt running the rugged coastal track with Cape To Cape Explorer Tours providing assistance, logistics, support, meals, transfers and accommodation.

"Fresh legs on Day 1 meant that I was able to carry on past my car at Moses Rock to North Point. The last couple of kilometres were pretty challenging with a bit of cramp but overall a fantastic day on the track. I felt like I was the only person on it," Ms Staines said.

"Day 2 was a nice trot to SurfPoint Resort where I stopped for lunch and a swim. Then onto Contos.

"The beaches on Day 3 were incredible. I walked the long stretch to Hamelin Bay in the water. So refreshing and gorgeous! And then a swim with the sting rays."

Ms Staines said the main reason she decided to run the Cape to Cape Track was thanks to time constraints during her trip to WA.

"It was more a time factor for me. It seemed like a good opportunity to get away and challenge myself physically," she said.

Ms Staines tackled the Margaret River region's 124km track in just three days, with support from Cape to Cape Explorer Tours.

Ms Staines tackled the Margaret River region's 124km track in just three days, with support from Cape to Cape Explorer Tours.

"Although I think the biggest challenge is often the mental challenge when your body is telling you to stop!

"The highlight for me was having the luxury of time to just run and walk, and enjoy the stunning scenery.

"No thoughts of where I needed to be, what I needed to do - just a lovely feeling of freedom without deadlines."

There were also some unexpected thrills.

"I was scared witless rounding a corner and colliding with a kangaroo the size of a horse, not to mention all the other prehistoric reptiles you have there," she said.

"It was great to see Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Gene Hardy at the finish. The tank was pretty empty at this stage!

"Overall I came out of it pretty well. No injuries, blisters or aches. Just a pleasant tiredness.

Rankin Salinas pictured on a recent Cape to Cape Track training run.

Rankin Salinas pictured on a recent Cape to Cape Track training run.

"It's also made me realise that if I actually trained, stopped drinking wine, had early nights and ate well then I could go for longer and further! Need another challenge!"

The Cape to Cape trail run package includes all Track transfers at the start and end of each day's run, all meals and trail lunches, expert advice on routes, weather and safety, on-call extraction if needed, supply of a satellite device for added safety, and 4 nights accommodation at Gnarabup in the middle of the Cape to Cape Track.

For more information and bookings, visit capetocapetours.com.au

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