Named as such for its pyramid like appearance, Walsh's Pyramid generally takes experienced hikers between three and four hours to complete. The race record is one hour and fifteen minutes. The competition is fierce and the training is rigorous. Leading up to the race the Cairns Esplanade becomes busier than usual with dedicated runners putting themselves through their paces.
While race participants are usually number between 100 – 150, almost 6000 spectators and revelers come out to join in the celebrations. The race is incorporated with the Gordonvale County Fair. During this week or so, generally held from late July - August, the southern Cairns suburb comes alive with plenty of activities which culminates at the Pyramid Race. Other events held during the week are Golf tournaments, a country fair and barbeques.
The pyramid race is not for the faint hearted as the track is very rough with jagged rocks and Australian bush and when it is wet it can be treacherous in places so make sure your team is very well prepared for any accidents. If you are in Cairns during this time, the Gordonvale Country Fair and the Pyramid Race are well worth a look. Who knows, perhaps after a few training runs along the Cairns Esplanade you may be able to smash the record.