EPIC CHALLENGE: Hundreds of runners will tackle the 4.2km run from the heart of Pomona to the top of Mt Cooroora and back on Sunday.
EPIC CHALLENGE: Hundreds of runners will tackle the 4.2km run from the heart of Pomona to the top of Mt Cooroora and back on Sunday.

Tables turn as rescue crew takes on gruelling mountain

THEY are usually the people coming to the rescue of adventurers stuck, stranded or injured on the Coast's spectacular peaks, now the tables are turning.

Crews from the Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter are limbering up for this weekend's 39th Pomona King of the Mountain challenge.

The gruelling run attracts athletes from far and wide to a steep, 4.2km run from the heart of Pomona to the top of the 439m high Mt Cooroora and back again.

 

The idea to compete in the lung-busting challenge was born in 2015 after the LifeFlight aeromedical crew winched two injured runners to safety.

Aircrewman Dan King was the winch operator during the rescue.

"I said to the pilot who I was on with at the time 'bet you I can beat you to the top of the hill' and he said he thought I was dreaming, so that meant there was only one way to find out," he said.

The crew finished close to the front of the pack last year and now they're keen to improve on last year's result.

This year they'll be joined by LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor Luke Nottingham who joined the base in January, along with pilot and ultra-marathon runner Andrew Caton and former LifeFlight doctor Andrew Haggerty.



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