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McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival

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Race in the heart of Brisbane city in this scenic and challenging Marathon event. Great for runners of all levels, the event has multiple distances that all finish at the Riverstage, Brisbane. Come for a physical feat and a tour of the city.

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Matt H
"Great course around Brisbane and South Bank with a few small hills to test even..."
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How to enter the McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival

  1. Brisbane Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    AUD $110–AUD $130
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    AUD $85–AUD $105
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  3. Mizuno 10km

    Run 10km
    AUD $45–AUD $60
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  4. McDonald’s 5km

    Run 5km
    AUD $20–AUD $40
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  5. RMHC 2km

    Run 2km
    AUD $15–AUD $25
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McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival routes


Start/Finish Line: Riverstage, Brisbane

Cut Off Times: There is an overall cut off time of 6 hours; with interim checkpoints.

Categories: 17-24, 25-29, 30-34. 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Half Marathon

Start/Finish Line: Riverstage, Brisbane

Cut Off Times: There is an overall cut off time of 3 hours; with interim checkpoints.

Categories: Wheelchair, 14-17, 18-20, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34. 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Mizuno 10km

Start/Finish Line: Riverstage, Brisbane

Cut Off Times: There is an overall cut off time of 3 hours; with interim checkpoints.

Categories: U14, U16, U18, U20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

McDonald’s 5km

Start/Finish Line: Riverstage, Brisbane

Entrants under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Cut Off Times: Entrants must be finished by midday

Categories: U14, U16, U18, 18-39, 40+

RMHC 2km

Start/Finish Line: Riverstage, Brisbane

Cut Off Times: Entrants must be finished by midday

Categories: Wheelchair, Wheelchair (need a companion), U8, U12, U16, 16+

Event Details

What’s Included

All participants who finish their race will receive

  • 2019 Finishers Medal
  • 2019 Finishers Towel

Additionally, there are prizes for winners in each age group category.

Raceday Logistics

Start Times

Marathon: 6am

Half Marathon: 6am

Mizuno 10km: 7:00am

McDonald’s 5km: 10:30am

RMHC 2km: 11:15am

Race Pack Collection

ALL race packs must be picked up on the Saturday before race day at the event venue. You will need a photo ID or registration confirmation to pick up you (or a friend's) race pack.

  • Saturday 1st June 2019
  • Riverstage, Brisbane
  • 9am-4pm

Race Pack Mail Out Option

Bib postage is available to participants up until 4 weeks before the event. This option is an additional $10 charge for the postage fee. No merchandise will be posted, so those that choose this option will have to pick up their race day merchandise at the information marquee after their event.


The Brisbane Marathon Festival is always looking for people to help them create their event. Please email [email protected] to express your interest in volunteering for the 2019 festival event.

Organisations have the opportunity to volunteer as a group or individuals can volunteer on their own. Volunteers receive a donation to their organisation as well as a t shirt for their help.


Can I transfer my distance?

Yes. Competitors will only be allowed to transfer their entry to another participant or change their entry to another event at the McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon 2019. You can transfer to another distance by emailing [email protected] up until April 19, 2019.  After this time transfers of distances can be done at race pack collection.  Please bring your confirmation email, collect your bib and then bring it to late entries for transfer. Transfers of distance and person will be subject to availability of races. A $10 administration fee is applicable to any changes made to an entry including the transfer of distance or participant.

Will there be pace runners?

Yes.  Marathon Paces: 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30. Half Marathon Paces: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20. 10km Paces: 40mins, 50mins, 60mins, 70mins. 5km Paces: 20mins, 25mins, 30mins, 35mins, 40mins

Can I run with a pram?

Yes – you are welcome to run with a pram in any of the distances, however, we ask out of courtesy to other runners to please start at the back.

Can I run with headphones?

Yes, you are welcome to run with headphones, but please be mindful of volunteers, police and ambulance and other runners.

Can I collect a race pack for another person?

Yes.  Whilst competitors are recommended to collect their own race packs if you are collecting for a team or on behalf of another person, please ensure you have written permission or their confirmation email.

Is the event a qualifier for the World’s Majors?

Yes. The Brisbane Marathon Festival is proud members of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) course certification. Rest assured the Brisbane Marathon Festival events follow strict guidelines to ensure the distance you are completing is accurately measured. The event provides the ideal opportunity to set a personal best or recording a qualifying time for the major marathons around the world.

Can I walk my event?

Yes, you are welcome to walk the 10km, 5km, and 2km events, but please be mindful that roads will reopen at 12:00 pm, with interim checkpoints.  We encourage you to choose a distance you know you will be able to complete by 12:00 pm.

Are personal drinks allowed on course?

All marathon and half marathon participants will have the opportunity to access all water stations with their own personal ‘special needs drinks’. Although not compulsory, due to the nature of the distance, we invite you to utilize this service.  If you wish to have your own personal drinks placed on course by our team, please clearly mark your drinks and place in the special need boxes at race pack collection.

Is there somewhere I can leave my belongings when I run?

Participants will be able to leave their personal items in the ‘baggage tent’ whilst running. All participants will receive a special tear-off tag on race numbers. We ask you tear off this tag and attach to your belongings before you drop your bag off. We recommend you do not leave valuables.

 Where is my timing chip?

Your timing chip is attached to the back of your race bib and we use electronic timing.  Your personal race time (or net time) will be recorded as you cross the timing mats on the start line and will finish when you cross the finish line mats at the end.

What is the weather like in Brisbane?

Weather conditions are generally ideal for running with temperatures in the morning at 7 degrees and warming up to 22 degrees Celsius during the day. Generally a low chance of rainfall.

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McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival reviews

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Mizuno 10km in 2018

    Great course around Brisbane and South Bank with a few small hills to test even the keenest runners. This is definitely Brisbane's premier road running event. With much smaller numbers then other Brisbane runs through out the year it has a Boutique feel to it and a great atmosphere with keen and amateur runners a-like. It doubles as a good warm up to the other major SEQ marathons that follow it.
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