Running Events in Australia

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JUN28
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Australian Wildlife Marathon
Mount Buller, VIC, Australia

Your Australian Wildlife Marathon tour will take place from June 28-July 6, with the marathon and additional runs kicking off Saturday, June 30th. Set along he Great Ocean Road along Australia's surf cost, the Wildlife Marathon is one of the most amazing runs that Australia has to offer. Combining the majesty of the Australian Coast , you alone get to experience it all away from the crowds.

Wildlife, wine, food, and local culture will be at your beck and call during your stay, and there is plenty here for runners and non-runners alike! We guarantee that you will get 5-star customer service, warm welcome from locals, excellent food, stunning scenery, and experiences exclusive only to us!

$500 - $1,250
Australian Wildlife Marathon
JUN30
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Murray Bridge Marathon Festival
Murray Bridge, SA, Australia

Saturdays festivities kick off with a runners expo. Located in Murray Bridges Iconic Town Hall on Bridge St, Guest presenters and speakers will be talking and delivering informative sessions on all things running in the afternoon, followed by an Athletes dinner and short film festival on inspirational running stories.

AUD $15 - AUD $75
Murray Bridge Marathon Festival
JUL6
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Brisbane Trail Ultra

The Brisbane Trail Ultra is a new event for 2019, starting from The Gap and exploring D'Aguliar National Park.

The event is designed to be a prestigious ultramarathon trail running event that is a platform where the best runners in Australia can come and test themselves on exhilarating terrain, whilst escaping the chilly southern states and enjoying a stunning Queensland Winter.

The course is designed by Shona Stephenson, an Ultra Trail World Tour 8th Ranking athlete, and her colleague David Eastman, a solid middle of the pack runner who knows what its like at the other end of the race! The course is aimed to get all athletes from the elites to the beginners ready for any local or international Skyrunning or Ultra Trail events.

AUD $50 - AUD $550
Brisbane Trail Ultra
JUL18
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Elephant Trail Race
Bonny Hills, NSW, Australia

The Elephant Trail Race Course is a 25-27km course, with approx. 1455m elevation. Friday Night at 10pm see's the start of the 160 Km race (2 laps reverse, 2 laps clockwise and 2 laps in reverse), Saturday the 100km course, Solo and Teams of 2, (being 2 laps in clockwise and 2 laps in reverse).

Saturday will also be the 50km course, 2 laps clockwise one direction. Sunday the 25km, 13km course and the Kids Trail Race.

The ETR Race is only a short distance from Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Telegraph Point in the beautiful Hastings Area. All racing will take place in Cairncross State Forest.You will travel through the State Forest and NSW Crown Lands and land of the traditional owners, the Birpai People.

AUD $50 - AUD $355
Elephant Trail Race
JUL28
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Federation Ultra Trail
Monarto, SA, Australia

The 2nd Annual Federation Ultra Trail a trail based event held predominantly on the Lavender/Federation Trail and will take in the new Callington Hill "Olearia Trail" with breathtaking views over the Bremmer Valley. From African zoo animals to the pelicans around Murray Bridge, the race has some awesome scenery meaning there'll never be a dull moment as they saunter along the mixture of gravel, dirt, sand, rocks and sweet single track!! Runners who finished the 50km distance in 2018 have unlocked the ability to tackle the Level 2 Run (62.5Km) or Level 3 (75km) distances.

AUD $25 - AUD $70
Federation Ultra Trail
AUG11
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Rocky Gully Run & Roll X-DUO
Rocky Gully, SA, Australia

The Rocky Gully Run n Roll is an adventurous cross-country Duathlon (X-Duo) consisting of two 3-5 km trail runs accompanied with a 10km mountain bike stage on newly formed single trails in the Kinchina Conservation Park through Rocky Gully and White Hill close to Murray Bridge. The course is challenging yet fun, think Man vs Wild meets natures own playground True Grit style adventure on foot and by bike!!

For those who just want to run, there are 4.8km and 11.5km trail runs.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Movember foundation to raise awareness for Mens Health issues of Prostate and Testicular Cancer along with Mental Health and suicide.

AUD $20 - AUD $65
Rocky Gully Run & Roll X-DUO
AUG18
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Scenic Rim Trail Running Series – The Overflow Estate (Round 4)
Wyaralong, QLD, Australia

The Scenic Rim is an exciting destination for tourism, art, food, outdoor adventure, walking, watersports, mountain biking and trail running.

Surrounded by a rim of mountains, the Scenic Rim is an outstanding location to run, explore and visit the natural beautiful, diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife and incredible produce.

So come out and test yourself, new events and new locations of some of the best and toughest trail running terrain in Australia.

AUD $20 - AUD $50
Scenic Rim Trail Running Series – The Overflow Estate (Round 4)
AUG25
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Bryon 2 Bruns Beach Run
Brunswick Heads, NSW, Australia

The Byron2Bruns Beach Run is series of two individual Fun Runs (5km + 10km) that take place on the iconic stretch of sand between Belongil Creek (just north of Byron Bay) and the Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club in Brunswick Heads, NSW.

There is a 5km race (for runners only) introduced in 2016. The race is a 2.5km out and back loop that starts and finishes at Brunswick SLSC. This is a great race for those not used to long distances on the sand.

The 10km Fun Run starts at Belongil Creek and finishes at Brunswick SLSC. Walkers and runners are both encouraged to take part in this event. FREE shuttle buses provided by BVC take runners from Brunswick Heads to the starting line at Belongil Creek. This takes all hassle away from parking and pickups as everyone's vehicles will be waiting at the finish line.

AUD $10 - AUD $80
Bryon 2 Bruns Beach Run
SEP15
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Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is run on one of the most spectacular courses in the world, taking in all of the Sydney iconic landmarks and providing all runners with a unique opportunity of crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic free.

The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is the sole remaining participant legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It started in 2001 when the NSW Government approved the continuation of a marathon in Sydney to promote fitness and health for the NSW community and to position Sydney as an international tourist destination.

AUD $25 - AUD $180
Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
SEP24
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Ultra Trail Gold Coast

Ultra Trail Gold Coast (previously known as the Nerang State Forest Trail Race, Nerang 100 Miler and 200 Miler) runs from Tuesday, 24 September to Monday, 30 September 2019 with distances from 25km to 500km.

The event is conducted on an accurately measured 25km looped course with 895 metres of elevation gain per loop, based at the Gold Coast Nerang cycling velodrome.

The races form part of the prestigious Asia Trail Master Championship series, are ITRA certified and a qualifier for UTMB and other major events.

AUD $70 - AUD $1,350
Ultra Trail Gold Coast
OCT5
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Scenic Rim Ultra
Kooralbyn, QLD, Australia

This is the 1st annual Scenic Rim Ultra and the first ultra to be held in the area. The Scenic Rim Ultra is held over 3 days, 4-6 October. Runners have the option of 65km and 105km distances. Starting at The Overflow Estate 1895 winery, runners will traverse the Dugandan Range and cross four mountains centred by spectacular Wyaralong Dam. The loop course finishes back at the winery, the perfect party precinct to celebrate tackling this gruelling and scenic course.

AUD $179 - AUD $289
Scenic Rim Ultra
OCT6
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Beach to Brother
Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

Use this year's Beach to Brother trail running event as an excuse to visit the impressive and stunning Mid-North Coast!

The Beach to Brother Marathon is just one of a few distances offered on the long weekend of Sunday 6th October 2019. Also on offer is a Half-Marathon, a 10km Dash, a 5km Fun Run, and a Team Relay Marathon (up to 4 persons). All of these distances are based on the beautiful Mid-North Coast of NSW; they start in various beautiful locations along the marathon course, and all finish atop North Brother Mountain one of the most scenic lookouts on the North Coast, located in Dooragan National Park, Laurieton.

Both the individual and team relay marathon events start at Town Beach, Port Macquarie; the half-marathon starts at Lake Cathie Beach; the 10km run/walk starts at Camden Haven Beach, and the 5km run/walk starts adjacent Laurieton Pool.

The courses have been designed to provide a similar challenge to races such as the Six-Foot Track Marathon, the Coastal Classic, and the Raffertys Resort Run. The four distances all offer a great challenge to runners/walkers of every ability. Other than the 5km run/walk, the runs all encompass beautiful beaches, coastal paths and trails, and as was named by competitors in 2016 the hill from hell at the end! The four distances on offer all provide both mental and physical challenges in amongst some of the most beautiful and scenic coastline the Mid-North Coast has to offer.

Book in for an awesome challenge; bring your friends and family along to compete or spectate; then, relax in paradise!

AUD $25 - AUD $190
Beach to Brother
MAR12
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Borneo Wildlife Marathon
Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

The Borneo Wildlife Marathon is an all inclusive package that gives you the opportunity to run in a scenic destination, interact with wildlife, meet the people and see incredible scenery.

Tired of running in the exact same places, doing the same things with the same people?

The Borneo Wildlife Marathon and Half-marathon gets you out of your traveling and running routine and gives you the chance to experience something new!

You will have the chance to interact with the locals, challenge yourself running and enrich your life leaving Borneo knowing that you have done something good by helping to save the Orangutans.

*Please note: By entering through Let's Do This, you will be paying a deposit only. The total price of the ticket will be $3,695, for which the event organizer will be in touch directly

$500
Borneo Wildlife Marathon
JUN21
Wild Goose Chase Running Festival
Avon Valley National Park, WA, Australia

The Wild Goose Chase Running Festival is Australias newest Multi-Day event on the running calendar. The festival has blossomed into an outstanding selection of trail races from 5k for the kids up to 177k for the Multi-day events with plenty of elevation for each course, in a quintessential Australian bush setting with the courses designed to encourage and test all levels of ability.

With 2 Multi-day events aptly named the Loose Goose (18k, 45k, 22.5k) and the Ducks Nuts (18k, 106k, 53k), these races are designed to test your grit, determination, stamina, dedication and overall mental insanity levels

AUD $15 - AUD $109
Wild Goose Chase Running Festival
JUN21
Brisbane Valley 100

It seems like no time since the inaugural BVRT100 wrapped up and yet here we are, ramping up for its second outing - a 'down' year! This year sees the introduction of a 200 mile option in addition to the 100 mile. There will also be a 50 mile event starting at Toogoolawah and a marathon starting at Coominya.

AUD $165 - AUD $240
Brisbane Valley 100
JUN21
Hunter Valley Ultra
Pokolbin, NSW, Australia

Our vision is to create an exceptional trail running experience for the entire family. In its first year we are offering four running event distances ranging from 12km right through to the 102km course. In addition to this there will be a juniors only fun run through the winery in which parents can also take part alongside their budding young runners.


The trail running courses will allow runners of all abilities to take on a challenge and complete a visually stunning off road running event. Starting and finishing at Draytons Winery in Pokolbin , this event will ensure runners needs are met pre and post event whilst supporters can revel in the Race HQ activities across the weekend.


The Event Expo is a short 10km drive away at the Crowne Plaza Resort offering the ideal venue for Registration, Presentations and an after Party celebration on the Saturday evening and of course a range of accommodation options for participants and their families.

All events will start by running out of Draytons Winery, through the adjacent Ivanhoe Winery and then out to Pokolbin Mountains Road

Coming Soon
Hunter Valley Ultra
JUN22
Wondai Country Running Festival
Wondai, QLD, Australia

After the overwhelming success of the 2018 event, Wondai, a little town with a big heart is hosting the next Country Running Festival 22 23 June 2019. We are delighted you are coming to join us, we hope to make the weekend enjoyable and fun for the whole family.

AUD $30 - AUD $80
Wondai Country Running Festival
JUN22
Waratah Run Series: Series Challenge
Nowra, NSW, Australia

Join in the running fun at the beautiful Willandra Course, situated in the lush green foothills of Browns Mountain near Nowra. The course winds itself up and down the trails below Browns Mountain and shows just why this event is coined the Waratah Series XC Challenge! If youre not interested in such a challenge, not to worry, as the event has a range of suitable options for participants of all ages & abilities, with distances starting from 1km all the way through to 10km. On top of this, the event will play host to on the day activations, food and drink stalls, captivating race callers as well as entertaining music.

AUD $20 - AUD $40
Waratah Run Series: Series Challenge
JUN22
Waratah Run Series - XC Challenge
Tapitallee, NSW, Australia

Join in the running fun at the beautiful Willandra Course, situated in the lush green foothills of Browns Mountain near Nowra. The course winds itself up and down the trails below Browns Mountain and shows just why this event is coined the Waratah Series XC Challenge! If youre not interested in such a challenge, not to worry, as the event has a range of suitable options for participants of all ages & abilities, with distances starting from 1km all the way through to 10km. On top of this, the event will play host to on the day activations, food and drink stalls, captivating race callers as well as entertaining music.

AUD $20 - AUD $40
Waratah Run Series - XC Challenge
JUN22
Curtis Island Trail Run
Curtis Island, QLD, Australia

Returning on Saturday, June 22 is the annual Curtis Island Trail Run, courtesy of Gladstone Road Runners and the event sponsor - Turtle Street Beach Resort. The trail running community is gathering momentum and constantly looking to put on a variety of events in unspoilt areas, and this event is no exception. Gladstone's Best Kept Secret - one of Australia's most picturesque beaches.

AUD $15
Curtis Island Trail Run
JUN23
Tower Trail Run
Mount Gambier, SA, Australia

The Tower Trail Run is an ultra-marathon, marathon, half marathon and 10.5km fun run in Mount Gambier, South Australia.

The course winds its way around some of the region's most scenic locations, including a pass by of Mount Gambier's iconic Centenary Tower. Taking in the sights of the Blue Lake, visiting Leg Of Mutton Lake, and passing through the bluegum trails below the tower, this course has you circling the craters of dormant volcanos and running into and through others.

AUD $59 - AUD $100
Tower Trail Run
JUN23
Pancare Foundation Walk for Hope - Gold Coast

Walk for Hope is Pancare Foundations largest fundraising community event.

The inaugural Walk for Hope was hosted in Melbourne, May 2018 with over 500 participants, answering the call to arms in the fight against pancreatic cancer. This year, were taking up the challenge nationally in an all ages and abilities event with 5km courses.

AUD $20 - AUD $38
Pancare Foundation Walk for Hope - Gold Coast
JUN29
Surf Coast Trail Marathon
Torquay, VIC, Australia

The Surf Coast Trail Marathon is conducted on the Surf Coast Walk, starting in Torquay and finishing in Fairhaven, Victoria on Saturday, 30 June 2018.

Participants can enter a marathon or half marathon distance as individuals, or in relay teams of 2 for the marathon.

From iconic Bells Beach (yes you run a short stretch of this hallowed turf) to the cliff tops of Point Addis and Anglesea and on to Split Point lighthouse at Airyes Inlet, this course deserves to be renewed for the sheer experience of journeying through a unique natural environment. We invite you all to experience trail running from the surf beaches to rainforest of the Otways.

AUD $85 - AUD $135
Surf Coast Trail Marathon
JUN30
Sri Chinmoy Tuggeranong Trot
Australian Capital Territory, ACT, Australia

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team offers a 3-event series of Winter trail runs at popular venues close to Canberra west, south and north for your enjoyment, fitness and self-transcendence. Each event includes races of 3 distances:

Short (2km 3km)

Middle (5km 10km)

Longer (10km 31km)

AUD $13
Sri Chinmoy Tuggeranong Trot
JUN30
WAMC King of the Mountain

King of the Mountain on Sunday, 30 June is a 16.1km race starting from Helena Valley Primary School and finishing at Fred Jacoby Park in Perth, Western Australia.

AUD $5 - AUD $20
WAMC King of the Mountain
JUN30
Freycinet Circuits Trail Run
Freycinet, TAS, Australia

The Freycinet Peninsula is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful locations in the world. With 29 km of exceptional track interspersed with pristine beaches this trail run will be hard to race with the temptation to stop for a swim or take in the view!

AUD $50
Freycinet Circuits Trail Run
JUN30
The Tan Ultra

Welcome to race 3 of the Victorian Urban Trail Running Series. The Tan race location is our final event for the series, with race 1 at Brimbank and Race 2 at Princes park now completed.

We hope you will come and join us either as a participant or as a spectator encouraging all as they strive to achieve their goals, be it 4, 12, 21, 42, 50 or 100 km.

AUD $20 - AUD $125
The Tan Ultra
JUN30
Stadium Stomp Melbourne - MCG

Are you ready to experience the ultimate stair climb?

The MCG is one of the largest stadiums on the planet boasting a seating capacity of 100,024. Thats a lot of seats, which means a lot of stairs.

Climb your way up, down and around the MCG bays in this epic stair challenge. There will be rest stops (pick a seat!), drink stations and music playing to keep you focused and pumped. Get ready Melbourne!

There are course options for everyone regardless of your fitness full course (7,600 steps), short course (2,200 steps) and Junior Stomp (1,900 steps). And for those who want to stomp until they drop Stomp Unlimited is for you.

Choose your own start time when you register but be advised, early wave times fill quickly.

AUD $24.95 - AUD $149.95
Stadium Stomp Melbourne - MCG
JUL6
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Sydney Striders 10km Series - Race 6

The Sydney Striders 10K at Parramatta Park on Saturday, 6 July 2019 is part of a series is held on the first Saturday of every month from February to November.


The 10K Series points score and awards are for Sydney Striders, but all runners over 18 years of age are welcome to run.

AUD $7 - AUD $20
Sydney Striders 10km Series - Race 6
JUL7
Broome Marathon
Cable Beach, WA, Australia

Tides are ideal for the 2019 Broome International Airport Marathon to take place on 7th July. This will ensure runners have super firm and hard packed sand. Tide times are a critical part of selecting the perfect date.

AUD $60 - AUD $120
Broome Marathon
JUL7
Walkabout Creek Trails Race

Welcome to the fourth running of the Walkabout Creek Trails Race. It is a beautiful course around the Enoggera Reservoir on SEQ Water land within the dAguilar National Park. In recent years, this area has been developed for recreation purposes, which allows us to organise this race that finishes at the Walkabout Creek Visitors and Wildlife Centre aka The Beach. It is fantastic to have access to this beautiful area only 15minutes away from the Brisbane CBD at The Gap.

AUD $25 - AUD $30
Walkabout Creek Trails Race
JUL13
Central Coast Cross Country: Ourimbah University
Ourimbah, NSW, Australia

Each Saturday CCXC run is organised along three different loop tracks in two waves at a specific venue (see table below). The first wave is the shortest track (typically 2 km) and normally starts at 14.30. The second wave is a combined start of the medium (4 km) and long track (6 km) and starts shortly after the first wave has finished. This provides the opportunity to either do a warm-up run before starting the medium/long or to run up with family members that run the short track. Each track is clearly marked and where needed volunteers are posting along the track to give directions

AUD $5 - AUD $10
Central Coast Cross Country: Ourimbah University
JUL13
Raffertys Coastal Run
Cams Wharf, NSW, Australia

A 12km, 22km and 36km trail run hosted from Raffertys Resort. The course takes in the sites of beautiful Lake Macquarie and the stunning coastline of historic Catherine Hill Bay and the Munmorah State Conservation Area.

AUD $12.50 - AUD $130
Raffertys Coastal Run
JUL14
Jolly Jumbuck Trail Run

Trail Running through Bells Rapids! Join us for a 13km or 22km fun filled trail run.

A brand new Trail Running Event! It's the perfect distance whereever your running level is at. Whether you just completed a half, or you're brand new to trail running. This event is not to be missed! We get adventurous types who've accomplished plenty of other fitness achievements maybe a half, full or even ultra marathon! Trails are fun and open to everyone.

AUD $75.10 - AUD $86.48
Jolly Jumbuck Trail Run
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Running in Australia

Australia has an incredible, adventurous and sometimes pretty out there running scene (see popularity of Cupid Undie Runs). The largest marathon is at the Sydney Running Festival with over 37,000 finishers last year. However, if you're looking for something truly massive, then join the Sun-Herald City2Surf with 80,000 other competitors. Expect to meet amazing people from all over the world and probably get overtaken by a giant foam beer bottle - fancy dress is encouraged.

What you need to know about running

There are heaps of different running events to get involved with, if you want a good mix of fun then Parkruns, colour runs, 5ks, and 10ks, might be ideal for you. However, if you're looking to extend your distance then our selection of half marathons, marathons, and ultras might be what you need to set your sights on. Running is not only one of the world's most accessible sports, it's also super sociable too, so grab your friends set some goals. If you're just starting out, 5k and 10k events are great fun and definitely worth doing if you're training for a bigger challenge further down the line. These events often aim to keep the mood light, the Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run is a famous example.

For those who want to stretch their legs a little more, the half marathon and marathon are the next level up to consider. The Gold Coast Marathon is one of the oldest running in Australia, passing it's 40th edition in 2018 and attracted a record 28,000 participants. However if you're looking for something a little smaller, on the other side of Brisbane the Sunshine Coast Marathon hosts a much smaller pool of around 6,500 participants.

If you love to push yourself further than most others will, then an ultramarathon might be for you. These raced are defined as anything over the 26.2 marathon distance. This could have you trekking for 100k or more as in the Ultra-Trail Australia. There are 'shorter' versions too, usually starting around the 50k mark. The Australian Running Festival in Canberra hosts one of these. To take on these events you've got to be prepared for anything, and the key is to be well rested and properly fuelled. Take things slowly, it's an (ultra)marathon, not a sprint after all. Get to know your fellow competitors along the way and soak up some breathtaking views.

Training for a running event

Training isn't easy, and can be particularly tough if you're going it alone. Generally, people who stick to a training plan struggle less with motivation and are able to fit their goals around their lives more easily. It doesn't matter if you're a 5k novice or a marathon pro, have a read over some of our pre-race training plans to help you reach your goals: 5k Training Plan; 10k Training Plan; Half Marathon Training Plan; Marathon Training Plan; Ultramarathon Training Plan.

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