Beginner Friendly Running Events in Australia

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MAY26
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Scenic Rim Trail Running Series Swan Gully – Round 2
Mount Barney, 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.

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Scenic Rim Trail Running Series Swan Gully – Round 2

Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat, 1093 Upper Logan Rd, Mount Barney QLD 4287, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

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 $40
Scenic Rim Trail Running Series Swan Gully – Round 2
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.

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Murray Bridge Marathon Festival

1 Murray Cods Dr, Murray Bridge SA 5253, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

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.

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Brisbane Trail Ultra

11 Romea St, The Gap QLD 4061, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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.

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Scenic Rim Trail Running Series – The Overflow Estate (Round 4)

1660 Beaudesert Boonah Rd, Wyaralong QLD 4310, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

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.

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Bryon 2 Bruns Beach Run

1 Old Pacific Highway, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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!

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Beach to Brother

Town Green Inn, 6 Horton St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
MAY26
Adelaide Marathon

Join in on one of Adelaides most iconic running events the annual Adelaide Marathon. The Adelaide Marathon will be the first large State Marathon on the Australian Calendar this year and will take on some further course improvements from last years addition.

The Adelaide Marathon has attracted over 30,000 entrants since the inaugural year and we cant wait to share the journey with you this year!

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Adelaide Marathon

13 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

Join in on one of Adelaides most iconic running events the annual Adelaide Marathon. The Adelaide Marathon will be the first large State Marathon on the Australian Calendar this year and will take on some further course improvements from last years addition.

The Adelaide Marathon has attracted over 30,000 entrants since the inaugural year and we cant wait to share the journey with you this year!

AUD $25 - AUD $40
Adelaide Marathon
MAY26
Pine Rivers Charity Fun Run

The Pine Rivers Charity Fun Run is a great Moreton Bay regional event. Run or walk as an individual, encourage your work or team mates to join in, or simply be part of this charity event and have some fun running or walking with your family and friends. It is an opportunity to have fun or to prove yourself as an individual whilst raising valuable funds for local and community projects as well as Rotary's charities, PolioPlus and ShelterBox.

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Pine Rivers Charity Fun Run

Little Genesis Early Learning Centre, 12-16 Youngs Crossing Rd, Bray Park QLD 4500, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Pine Rivers Charity Fun Run is a great Moreton Bay regional event. Run or walk as an individual, encourage your work or team mates to join in, or simply be part of this charity event and have some fun running or walking with your family and friends. It is an opportunity to have fun or to prove yourself as an individual whilst raising valuable funds for local and community projects as well as Rotary's charities, PolioPlus and ShelterBox.

AUD $5 - AUD $65
Pine Rivers Charity Fun Run
MAY26
Merimbula Fun Run
Merimbula, NSW, Australia

Sapphire Coast Runners are excited and proud to announce that we have joined forces with Rotary to this year assist in the staging of the Mothers Day Classic in Merimbula

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Merimbula Fun Run

3 Sapphire Coast Dr, Merimbula NSW 2548, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

Sapphire Coast Runners are excited and proud to announce that we have joined forces with Rotary to this year assist in the staging of the Mothers Day Classic in Merimbula

AUD $25
Merimbula Fun Run
MAY26
7 Rocky River Run
Rockhampton, QLD, Australia

The 7 Rocky River Run on Sunday, 30 June 2019 raises funds to address youth mental health issues and the prevention of youth suicide, which has been a significant issue in Rockhampton for several years.

The event has become a great tourist attraction for Rockhampton and is a major contributor to funding local community groups and celebrates its twelfth successful year in 2019.

Rockhampton's favourite charity event once again promises to be a fun day out, all in the name of a good cause!

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7 Rocky River Run

Rockhampton QLD 4700, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The 7 Rocky River Run on Sunday, 30 June 2019 raises funds to address youth mental health issues and the prevention of youth suicide, which has been a significant issue in Rockhampton for several years.

The event has become a great tourist attraction for Rockhampton and is a major contributor to funding local community groups and celebrates its twelfth successful year in 2019.

Rockhampton's favourite charity event once again promises to be a fun day out, all in the name of a good cause!

AUD $10 - AUD $75
7 Rocky River Run
JUN1
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True Grit – NSW
Lower Portland, NSW, Australia

Our NSW course is run at Dargle Farm, on the Hawkesbury River in Lower Portland. Not far from Sydney, this True Grit course moves through a varying property of grasslands, temperate rainforest, dense swamps, granite escarpments and towering sandstone cliffs.

Take on the full course of 10km and 30+ obstacles, or test the waters with our half course of 5km and 15+ obstacles. Remember - it's not about finishing the fastest, it's about finishing at all.

Not only do we hold our True Grit event here, but also our OCR World Championship 24hr Enduro course on the same property. Take on the same course the pros tackle for a full 24hrs!

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True Grit – NSW

Dargle Water Ski Resort, 312 River Rd, Lower Portland NSW 2756, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

Our NSW course is run at Dargle Farm, on the Hawkesbury River in Lower Portland. Not far from Sydney, this True Grit course moves through a varying property of grasslands, temperate rainforest, dense swamps, granite escarpments and towering sandstone cliffs.

Take on the full course of 10km and 30+ obstacles, or test the waters with our half course of 5km and 15+ obstacles. Remember - it's not about finishing the fastest, it's about finishing at all.

Not only do we hold our True Grit event here, but also our OCR World Championship 24hr Enduro course on the same property. Take on the same course the pros tackle for a full 24hrs!

AUD $116 - AUD $142
True Grit – NSW
JUN1
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Grapest 5k Fun Run – Hunter Valley
Rothbury, NSW, Australia

There's no race quite like the Grapest 5K run. Enjoy an evening 5km or 10km run through the wineries of the Hunter Valley, and re-hydrate and cool down after with the wine tasting 1km Waddle. A great evening to enjoy with friends, topped off with live entertainment as the sun goes down.

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Grapest 5k Fun Run – Hunter Valley

Hope Estate Road, Rothbury NSW 2320, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

There's no race quite like the Grapest 5K run. Enjoy an evening 5km or 10km run through the wineries of the Hunter Valley, and re-hydrate and cool down after with the wine tasting 1km Waddle. A great evening to enjoy with friends, topped off with live entertainment as the sun goes down.

AUD $30 - AUD $77
Grapest 5k Fun Run – Hunter Valley
JUN1
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Western Sydney Marathon

The Western Sydney Marathon has fast become Western Sydneys premier running event offering five different race categories suitable for all ages and abilities. Whether you are a family wanting to get outdoors and active, a recreational runner looking for a social run or an elite athlete trying to beat your best time the Western Sydney Marathon has an event for you.

Situated in Penrith, the event is held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre which boasts scenic views of Penrith Lakes, Lower Blue Mountains and surrounding parkland. A fast flat course has been designed which navigates the main lake, crosses the island bridges to the Regatta Centre and weaves around roads within and outside of the venue.

With a focus on health, fitness and active lifestyles the event is a fun and festive day out for the whole family and features a health and fitness expo, activities for the kids, entertainment and massage. The event brings families and communities together and attracts runners from local regions, interstate and internationally.

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Western Sydney Marathon

Unnamed Road, Castlereagh NSW 2749, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Western Sydney Marathon has fast become Western Sydneys premier running event offering five different race categories suitable for all ages and abilities. Whether you are a family wanting to get outdoors and active, a recreational runner looking for a social run or an elite athlete trying to beat your best time the Western Sydney Marathon has an event for you.

Situated in Penrith, the event is held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre which boasts scenic views of Penrith Lakes, Lower Blue Mountains and surrounding parkland. A fast flat course has been designed which navigates the main lake, crosses the island bridges to the Regatta Centre and weaves around roads within and outside of the venue.

With a focus on health, fitness and active lifestyles the event is a fun and festive day out for the whole family and features a health and fitness expo, activities for the kids, entertainment and massage. The event brings families and communities together and attracts runners from local regions, interstate and internationally.

AUD $15 - AUD $90
Western Sydney Marathon
JUN1
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McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival

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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McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Alice St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, AustraliaView event
About the event
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.
AUD $15 - AUD $130
McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival
JUN2
Mackay Marina Run
Mackay, QLD, Australia

Mackay is a booming Queensland Region and the BMA Mackay Marina Run is the signature running event for the exciting and expanding City of Mackay. The event showcases the spectacular features of the tropical coastal city and celebrates the role that fun and fitness has in the community.

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Mackay Marina Run

83M Victoria St, Mackay QLD 4740, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

Mackay is a booming Queensland Region and the BMA Mackay Marina Run is the signature running event for the exciting and expanding City of Mackay. The event showcases the spectacular features of the tropical coastal city and celebrates the role that fun and fitness has in the community.

AUD $20 - AUD $90
Mackay Marina Run
JUN2
Roller Coaster Run

The Roller Coaster Run in Perth is a 5km and 10km fun run organised by the West Australian Marathon Club.

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Roller Coaster Run

The West Australian Marathon Club, Burswood Water Sports Centre, 1 Camfield Dr, Burswood WA 6100, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Roller Coaster Run in Perth is a 5km and 10km fun run organised by the West Australian Marathon Club.

AUD $10 - AUD $20
Roller Coaster Run
JUN2
Traralgon Marathon
Traralgon, VIC, Australia

The Traralgon Harriers Marathon and Running Festival includes the full marathon, half marathon and 10K. The 10K can be run solo, or in a team of 4 with the fastest team aggregate time winning. The Traralgon Marathon is the oldest current marathon in Australia and was first run on 24 August in 1968. The race was an all male affair and was won by Barry Sawyer in 2:26:53. The friendly vibe and country atmosphere make it the ideal event for serious and novice runners alike. Stay around after the race, food is provided and it offers a great chance to socialise with your fellow runners.

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Traralgon Marathon

26 Whittakers Rd, Traralgon VIC 3844, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Traralgon Harriers Marathon and Running Festival includes the full marathon, half marathon and 10K. The 10K can be run solo, or in a team of 4 with the fastest team aggregate time winning. The Traralgon Marathon is the oldest current marathon in Australia and was first run on 24 August in 1968. The race was an all male affair and was won by Barry Sawyer in 2:26:53. The friendly vibe and country atmosphere make it the ideal event for serious and novice runners alike. Stay around after the race, food is provided and it offers a great chance to socialise with your fellow runners.

AUD $10 - AUD $120
Traralgon Marathon
JUN2
Elleker Half Marathon and 10km Road race
Albany, WA, Australia

The Asics Elleker Half Marathon and Retravision 10 km Road Race is an annual event, presented by the Albany Athletics Club Inc. This event attracted a recoded number of participants of over 260 entries last year. Participants travelled from as far away as Perth, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance and even the USA to take part.

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Elleker Half Marathon and 10km Road race

Albany WA 6330, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Asics Elleker Half Marathon and Retravision 10 km Road Race is an annual event, presented by the Albany Athletics Club Inc. This event attracted a recoded number of participants of over 260 entries last year. Participants travelled from as far away as Perth, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance and even the USA to take part.

AUD $10 - AUD $40
Elleker Half Marathon and 10km Road race
JUN9
Memory Walk and Jog: Sunshine Coast

Were back! Dementia Australia is thrilled to be returning to the Sunshine Coast for the annual Memory Walk & Jog. This year were headed back to Kawana Surf Club on Sunday 9 June 2019.

Choose from 2.5km, 5km or 9km and walk, jog or run and help Australia Get Active and Beat Dementia.

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Memory Walk and Jog: Sunshine Coast

99 Pacific Blvd, Buddina QLD 4575, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

Were back! Dementia Australia is thrilled to be returning to the Sunshine Coast for the annual Memory Walk & Jog. This year were headed back to Kawana Surf Club on Sunday 9 June 2019.

Choose from 2.5km, 5km or 9km and walk, jog or run and help Australia Get Active and Beat Dementia.

AUD $29 - AUD $39
Memory Walk and Jog: Sunshine Coast
JUN9
Griffith Sport Logan Fun Run

The Griffith Sport Logan Fun Run will be held on Sunday 9 June. The course traverses the most scenic areas of the Griffith University Logan Campus and Riverdale Park and is perfect for runners and walkers alike. So why not challenge yourself to this glorious cross country course in the 5km or 10km distance. There is something for everyone, even an on-road 1km Junior Dash for the kids plus free face painting!

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Griffith Sport Logan Fun Run

Griffith University, Logan Campus, 68 University Dr, Meadowbrook QLD 4131, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Griffith Sport Logan Fun Run will be held on Sunday 9 June. The course traverses the most scenic areas of the Griffith University Logan Campus and Riverdale Park and is perfect for runners and walkers alike. So why not challenge yourself to this glorious cross country course in the 5km or 10km distance. There is something for everyone, even an on-road 1km Junior Dash for the kids plus free face painting!

AUD $10 - AUD $47.50
Griffith Sport Logan Fun Run
JUN16
Sri Chinmoy Albert Park

The event is conducted on a scenic 5km closed trail circuit around Albert Park Lake, with full runner services.

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Sri Chinmoy Albert Park

Albert Park Lake, Albert Park Lake, Albert Park VIC 3206, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The event is conducted on a scenic 5km closed trail circuit around Albert Park Lake, with full runner services.

AUD $25 - AUD $40
Sri Chinmoy Albert Park
JUN16
Rottnest Running Festival
Rottnest Island, WA, Australia

The Rottnest Running Festival on Sunday, 21 October 2018 has a full 42.2km marathon along with 21.1km half marathon, 5km and 10km fun runs on Rottnest Island in Western Australia.

The start of the Rottnest Marathon is heralded by the wail of bagpipes on the Sunday morning. The bagpipes have become a traditional part of the marathon and can be heard throughout the marathon at Armstrong Hill.

The four lap marathon course circumnavigates the salt lakes in the centre of the Island via the sealed roads. Half marathoners run two laps; 10km runners/walkers one lap; and the 5km is an out and back course.

The event is organised by the West Australian Marathon Club, with proceeds donated to Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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Rottnest Running Festival

Somerville Dr, Rottnest Island WA 6161, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Rottnest Running Festival on Sunday, 21 October 2018 has a full 42.2km marathon along with 21.1km half marathon, 5km and 10km fun runs on Rottnest Island in Western Australia.

The start of the Rottnest Marathon is heralded by the wail of bagpipes on the Sunday morning. The bagpipes have become a traditional part of the marathon and can be heard throughout the marathon at Armstrong Hill.

The four lap marathon course circumnavigates the salt lakes in the centre of the Island via the sealed roads. Half marathoners run two laps; 10km runners/walkers one lap; and the 5km is an out and back course.

The event is organised by the West Australian Marathon Club, with proceeds donated to Royal Flying Doctor Service.

AUD $35 - AUD $110
Rottnest Running Festival
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

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Wild Goose Chase Running Festival

Avon Valley National Park WA 6084, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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.

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Curtis Island Trail Run

Capricorn Lodge, 1 Seaview Esplanade, Curtis Island QLD 4680, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
Cooks River Fun Run

Tighten your laces runners! Strathfields much loved active living event the Cooks River Fun Run is returning!

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Cooks River Fun Run

Freshwater Park, Ada Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

Tighten your laces runners! Strathfields much loved active living event the Cooks River Fun Run is returning!

AUD $15 - AUD $35
Cooks River Fun Run
JUN30
The Rover Trail Run
Wondecla, QLD, Australia

The Rover Trail Run will take participants to a new, exciting and usually lesser known trail each year, as it "roves" through Far North Queensland.

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The Rover Trail Run

Herberton Range National Park, Wondecla QLD 4887, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Rover Trail Run will take participants to a new, exciting and usually lesser known trail each year, as it "roves" through Far North Queensland.

AUD $10 - AUD $25
The Rover Trail Run
JUN30
Sri Chinmoy Minnippi Parklands

A fast and flat loop course set amongst the beautiful scenery of Minnippi Parklands.

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Sri Chinmoy Minnippi Parklands

Minnippi Parkland, 276 Meadowlands Rd, Carina QLD 4152, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

A fast and flat loop course set amongst the beautiful scenery of Minnippi Parklands.

AUD $17 - AUD $37
Sri Chinmoy Minnippi Parklands
JUL15
Women’s Classic Fun Run

This community event is conducted by the West Australian Marathon Club Inc. with the proceeds being donated to Breast Cancer Care WA. Our aim is to promote the sport of running. Participants have the option of a 10km and a 5km event. This option has been designed for those who want to be part of the great community event but feel 10km is too far. It is ideally suited for walkers or the very young with their parents.

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Women’s Classic Fun Run

1 Camfield Dr, Burswood WA 6100, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

This community event is conducted by the West Australian Marathon Club Inc. with the proceeds being donated to Breast Cancer Care WA. Our aim is to promote the sport of running. Participants have the option of a 10km and a 5km event. This option has been designed for those who want to be part of the great community event but feel 10km is too far. It is ideally suited for walkers or the very young with their parents.

AUD $15 - AUD $45
Women’s Classic Fun Run
JUL21
Airlie Beach Running Festival
Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia

The 7th annual Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival 2019 will be held on the weekend of 20th and 21st July, a beautiful time of the year to be running in Airlie Beach. It is a great opportunity to extend your stay and holiday in paradise and explore all that The Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. The course runs along the foreshore from Port of Airlie to Cannonvale beach.

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Airlie Beach Running Festival

14 Broadwater Ave, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

The 7th annual Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival 2019 will be held on the weekend of 20th and 21st July, a beautiful time of the year to be running in Airlie Beach. It is a great opportunity to extend your stay and holiday in paradise and explore all that The Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. The course runs along the foreshore from Port of Airlie to Cannonvale beach.

AUD $20 - AUD $135
Airlie Beach Running Festival
JUL21
Weipa Running Festival
Rocky Point, QLD, Australia

The Weipa Running Festival in Queensland on Sunday, 21 July 2019 has a distance for everyone, from a 2.5km fun run through to a full marathon. The full and half marathon are a combination of bush, trail, beach and road. The course is notorious for its corrugations and red dirt. Warning: your shoes will return red

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Weipa Running Festival

Andoom Rd, Rocky Point QLD 4874, AustraliaView event
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From the organiser

The Weipa Running Festival in Queensland on Sunday, 21 July 2019 has a distance for everyone, from a 2.5km fun run through to a full marathon. The full and half marathon are a combination of bush, trail, beach and road. The course is notorious for its corrugations and red dirt. Warning: your shoes will return red

AUD $15 - AUD $65
Weipa Running Festival
JUL21
Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run

Whether you choose to walk or run ,the Jetty 2 Jetty Fu Run is an event for all ages and levels. Come and see why thousands return each year for Queensland's most scenic and longest running fun run.

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Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run

Crockatt Park, 229 Hornibrook Esplanade, Woody Point QLD 4019, AustraliaView event
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From the organiser

Whether you choose to walk or run ,the Jetty 2 Jetty Fu Run is an event for all ages and levels. Come and see why thousands return each year for Queensland's most scenic and longest running fun run.

AUD $25 - AUD $85
Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run
JUL21
Greenbelt Challenge

Originally starting out as the Half Marathon Distance of the Adelaide Marathon, Greenbelt has evolved over the years; from changes to its course to shorter distances being added.

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Greenbelt Challenge

1 Esplanade, West Beach SA 5024, AustraliaView event
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From the organiser

Originally starting out as the Half Marathon Distance of the Adelaide Marathon, Greenbelt has evolved over the years; from changes to its course to shorter distances being added.

AUD $20 - AUD $65
Greenbelt Challenge
JUL27
Newcastle Cross Country: Hunter Wetlands

The Newcastle Cross Country Club (NXC) conducts cross country running events in the Newcastle - Hunter Region. Most of the events are organised by NXC club members and affiliated clubs. Any member is eligible to run in any event, however to be eligible for prizes at some special events you must be registered with Athletics New South Wales (ANSW) and reside within the region as allocated by ANSW.

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Newcastle Cross Country: Hunter Wetlands

Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia, 1 Wetlands Pl, Shortland NSW 2307, AustraliaView event
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From the organiser

The Newcastle Cross Country Club (NXC) conducts cross country running events in the Newcastle - Hunter Region. Most of the events are organised by NXC club members and affiliated clubs. Any member is eligible to run in any event, however to be eligible for prizes at some special events you must be registered with Athletics New South Wales (ANSW) and reside within the region as allocated by ANSW.

AUD $30 - AUD $115
Newcastle Cross Country: Hunter Wetlands
JUL28
Yaberoo Trail Ultra

Our most popular trail event in the Ultra Series WA calendar, this event is run along the Yaberoo Budjara Trail from Joondalup in Perths North through the Neerabup National Park.

The ideal introduction trail event with superbly groomed limestone trails along the entire route, it also makes for a very fast course with some ridiculously quick times over the last few years. The generous no cut off times are perfect for those wanting to accomplish their first trail experiences and pop that cherry into Ultra Marathons for those attempting the 50k. Spectacular scenery has you unsuspecting that you are running through the metro area with no road crossings throughout and hardly a sign of civilisation!!

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Yaberoo Trail Ultra

Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail, Burns Beach Rd, Joondalup WA 6027, AustraliaView event
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From the organiser

Our most popular trail event in the Ultra Series WA calendar, this event is run along the Yaberoo Budjara Trail from Joondalup in Perths North through the Neerabup National Park.

The ideal introduction trail event with superbly groomed limestone trails along the entire route, it also makes for a very fast course with some ridiculously quick times over the last few years. The generous no cut off times are perfect for those wanting to accomplish their first trail experiences and pop that cherry into Ultra Marathons for those attempting the 50k. Spectacular scenery has you unsuspecting that you are running through the metro area with no road crossings throughout and hardly a sign of civilisation!!

£15 - £155
Yaberoo Trail Ultra
JUL28
Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run
Mackay, QLD, Australia

The Sydney St Medical Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run will offer runners a selection of beautiful scenic routes from 5km, 8km, 16km and 21.1km situated on the Bluewater Trail within the tropics of Mackay and a 2.6 km dog walk at Iluka Park to raise vital funds for your local helicopter rescue service RACQ CQ Rescue. All three races will start and finish at Iluka Park.

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Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run

Queens Park, Goldsmith St, East Mackay QLD 4740, AustraliaView event
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From the organiser

The Sydney St Medical Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run will offer runners a selection of beautiful scenic routes from 5km, 8km, 16km and 21.1km situated on the Bluewater Trail within the tropics of Mackay and a 2.6 km dog walk at Iluka Park to raise vital funds for your local helicopter rescue service RACQ CQ Rescue. All three races will start and finish at Iluka Park.

$35
Beach to Gardens Charity Fun Run
JUL28
Run Melbourne

EXPERIENCE MELBOURNE AT ITS BEST

The 12th year of Run Melbourne will once again fill the streets with more than 20,000 people running past some of Melbournes famous landmarks Flinders Street Station, MCG, the Shrine and the Yarra River.

In 2019, we will deliver the best running event in Melbourne with specially designed courses, a unique perspective of the city and the chance to discover one of the most liveable cities in the world on foot.

With cheer zones, more training support, fundraising resources and true to our core, a race day experience youll never forget.

Lets Run Melbourne together next July.

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Run Melbourne

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne VIC 3000, AustraliaView event
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From the organiser

EXPERIENCE MELBOURNE AT ITS BEST

The 12th year of Run Melbourne will once again fill the streets with more than 20,000 people running past some of Melbournes famous landmarks Flinders Street Station, MCG, the Shrine and the Yarra River.

In 2019, we will deliver the best running event in Melbourne with specially designed courses, a unique perspective of the city and the chance to discover one of the most liveable cities in the world on foot.

With cheer zones, more training support, fundraising resources and true to our core, a race day experience youll never forget.

Lets Run Melbourne together next July.

AUD $30 - AUD $55
Run Melbourne
AUG3
Waratah Run Series: Short Course Series Challenge
Kembla Grange, NSW, Australia

The Waratah Run Series is a rebranded and remodelled set of XC, road races and relays events. These events are for participants of all ages and abilities, and focus on participant enjoyment and on the day entertainment. Formally known as the Athletics NSW Winter Series, the Waratah Run Series is a community based social event, incorporating a championship component.

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Waratah Run Series: Short Course Series Challenge

Integral Energy Park, 88 Darkes Rd, Kembla Grange NSW 2526, AustraliaView event
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From the organiser

The Waratah Run Series is a rebranded and remodelled set of XC, road races and relays events. These events are for participants of all ages and abilities, and focus on participant enjoyment and on the day entertainment. Formally known as the Athletics NSW Winter Series, the Waratah Run Series is a community based social event, incorporating a championship component.

AUD $10 - AUD $40
Waratah Run Series: Short Course Series Challenge
AUG4
San Run For Life

Funds raised at the San Run for Life will go towards San Cancer Services to support the community. In conjunction with the Hospitals world-class physical care facilities, San Cancer Services looks after the full range of emotional needs for cancer patients and their loved ones throughout their journey.

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San Run For Life

Sydney Adventist Hospital, 185 Fox Valley Rd, Wahroonga NSW 2076, AustraliaView event
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From the organiser

Funds raised at the San Run for Life will go towards San Cancer Services to support the community. In conjunction with the Hospitals world-class physical care facilities, San Cancer Services looks after the full range of emotional needs for cancer patients and their loved ones throughout their journey.

AUD $25 - AUD $90
San Run For Life
AUG4
Registration Perks
Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival

Race along the Sunshine Coast in this flat and fast marathon event. Great for beginners, this coastal course is a single loop within the Alexandra Headlands. Come for a personal best or a fun day out for the entire family.

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Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival

6 Crystal Waves Pl, Alexandra Headland QLD 4572, AustraliaView event
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Race along the Sunshine Coast in this flat and fast marathon event. Great for beginners, this coastal course is a single loop within the Alexandra Headlands. Come for a personal best or a fun day out for the entire family.
AUD $15 - AUD $110
Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival
AUG4
Perth Half Marathon

This community event is conducted by the West Australian Marathon Club Inc. with the proceeds being donated to the Lions Save Sight Foundation. Our aim is to promote the sport of running. Participants have the option of a 5km walk or run in conjunction with the Half Marathon. This option has been designed for those who want to be part of the great community event but feel 21.1km is too far. The 5km is ideally suited for walkers or the very young with their parents. Results will be available on the day from the BlueChip Timings and the WAMC website.

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Perth Half Marathon

The West Australian Marathon Club, Burswood Water Sports Centre, 1 Camfield Dr, Burswood WA 6100, AustraliaView event
About the event
From the organiser

This community event is conducted by the West Australian Marathon Club Inc. with the proceeds being donated to the Lions Save Sight Foundation. Our aim is to promote the sport of running. Participants have the option of a 5km walk or run in conjunction with the Half Marathon. This option has been designed for those who want to be part of the great community event but feel 21.1km is too far. The 5km is ideally suited for walkers or the very young with their parents. Results will be available on the day from the BlueChip Timings and the WAMC website.

AUD $15 - AUD $30
Perth Half Marathon
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What you need to know about Beginner Friendly Running Events

Whether you’re completely new to running or just getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got some great race recommendations to get you started. Chosen by our team, these are some of our favourite events for first-timers. 5k races & 10k races are perfect for beginners, they tend to be relatively flat (always check the elevation just in case) and there’ll usually be a great crowd to cheer you on.

Find the right running event for you

To keep motivated try to run with friends and to organise a race a few months away as something to work towards. Running as a sport is very inclusive, people love to chat and give a boost to those around them! Practice makes perfect so with the right training you can achieve anything. Start small and it won’t be long before you’re a total professional tackling the bigger races.

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