Beginner Friendly Running Events in Australia

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APR14
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Murray River Trail Running FestivalCharles Sturt Dr, Murray Bridge SA 5253, Australia

A volunteer run community event that raises awareness and funds to help find a cure for type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. The event has evolved over 8 years to cater to local demands with a large focus being on the river and now the trails that take in our local and unique conservation park at Kinchina. On offer this year we have exluded the out and back options over the mid and long course to make it a much more interesting point to point challenge. A fun-packed festival for all the family!

AUD $10 - AUD $30
5k • Other
Murray River Trail Running Festival
APR14
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Scenic Rim Trail Running Series – Kooralbyn Valley (Round 1)23 Routley Dr, Kooralbyn QLD 4285, Australia

The Scenic Rim Trail Running Series is welcoming runners of all abilities, first timers through to the running elite. You do not have to run ultra-distances to be part of it. You do not need years of experience or all the latest gear...all you need is a come-and-try-it attitude and a bit of fitness to get around the course. All races are designed to be fun, scenic and rewarding for all runners with a friendly event atmosphere that is truly welcoming of everyone. While some people run to win, plenty of people just come for a dose of fresh air with their buddies on a Sunday morning then head to the local caf for brunch before getting on with the rest of their day.

AUD $20 - AUD $40
5k • Other
Scenic Rim Trail Running Series – Kooralbyn Valley (Round 1)
APR27
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BottleButt Bash Trail RunBurrawan Forest Dr, Herons Creek NSW 2443, Australia

The BottleButt Bash Trail Run is born out of our love of running and racing in this area with COASTAL Track and Trail Runners. Why save this area for us, when we can share this magical area with everyone. The BottleButt Bash Trail Run is in inaugural year in 2019, giving you 3 different distances to experience this beautiful area. It has a distance for all abilities.

The BottleButt Bash is a 21km bash through the magical Burrawan State Forest. Through stunning tracks and trails with lots of hidden secrets and one of these is the Old BottleButt Tree.

AUD $40 - AUD $85
5k • Other • 10k
BottleButt Bash Trail Run
APR28
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Convicts and Wenches Trail Run31-33 Top Rd, Greens Beach TAS 7270, Australia

Come to explore some of Tassie's pristine coastal single-track all within the historic Narawntapu National Park at the prettiest beach run in Tasmania. The Convicts and Wenches Beach Run has four options for distance with a 50km, 25km, 12km, and 5km run.

Coastal trail-running doesn't get any better!

2 reviews
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Convicts and Wenches Trail Run

31-33 Top Rd, Greens Beach TAS 7270, AustraliaView event
2 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

Come to explore some of Tassie's pristine coastal single-track all within the historic Narawntapu National Park at the prettiest beach run in Tasmania. The Convicts and Wenches Beach Run has four options for distance with a 50km, 25km, 12km, and 5km run.

Coastal trail-running doesn't get any better!

Reviews
  • Did the 50 Km in 2018

    Convicts & Wenches is a beautiful and scenic run never straying far from the coast line. The scenery of isolated beaches, rugged headlands and breathtaking ocean views keep you engaged from start to finish. There is not a dull moment and it is difficult to say with certainty which part of the course is my favourite. I have ran this race for the past 7 years (5x 50km and 2x 25km) and I keep coming back for more.
  • Did the 12 Km in 2018

    My fellow wenches & I had the best day out!! We are still talking about how its one of our favourite events!! Beautiful scenery, well organised, great photography! & a fantastic atmosphere, already registered for next year with an idea to top our costumes this year
AUD $35 - AUD $160
5k • Ultramarathon • Other
Convicts and Wenches Trail Run
APR28
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Oatley Park Fun RunOatley NSW 2223, Australia

Walk or run in the Oatley Park Fun Run, proudly voted one of the top ten Fun Runs in NSW.

Oatley Park Fun Run is held in the beautiful bushland setting of Oatley Park, southern Sydney on the banks of the George's River.

There is something for everyone with three events on offer; a 1km Kids Dash, 2.5km and 5km run.

AUD $20 - AUD $60
5k • Other
Oatley Park Fun Run
MAY26
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Scenic Rim Trail Running Series Swan Gully – Round 2Mt Barney Lodge Country Retreat, 1093 Upper Logan Rd, Mount Barney QLD 4287, 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 $40
5k • Other
Scenic Rim Trail Running Series Swan Gully – Round 2
JUL6
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Brisbane Trail Ultra11 Romea St, The Gap QLD 4061, Australia

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
5k • Other • Ultramarathon
Brisbane Trail Ultra
JUL14
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Scenic Rim Trail Running Series – MT BARNEY LODGE (Round 3)Unnamed Road, Cannon Creek QLD 4310, 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 naturally 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
5k • Other
Scenic Rim Trail Running Series – MT BARNEY LODGE (Round 3)
AUG18
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Scenic Rim Trail Running Series – The Overflow Estate (Round 4)1660 Beaudesert Boonah Rd, Wyaralong QLD 4310, 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
5k • Other
Scenic Rim Trail Running Series – The Overflow Estate (Round 4)
AUG25
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Bryon 2 Bruns Beach Run1 Old Pacific Highway, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483, 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
5k • 10k
Bryon 2 Bruns Beach Run
OCT6
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Beach to BrotherTown Green Inn, 6 Horton St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, 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!

21 reviews
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Beach to Brother

Town Green Inn, 6 Horton St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, AustraliaView event
21 reviews
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!

Reviews
  • Did the 10k Dash in 2018

    With two knee replacements I was stoked that I did it. It was harder than I thought and I was suffering vertigo but the fact that I finished a(and not last) I couldnt have been happier. The view at the top was amazing and I think everyone did an excellent job organizing it. As I had not done anything like this before and came from Nambucca Heads I was a bit confused as the were to register. I had sent an email a few days before but no one answered it. I just went to the surf club and asked everyone and before long the girl arrived for registration. I wasnt aware you were suppose to register the day before but in the end it was all good. Cheers
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    I was ok with the information provided prior to the race, however I know the area. I did hear of other competitors who were surprised at the intensity of the incline up North Brother Mountain at the end.
AUD $25 - AUD $190
5k • Marathon • Half Marathon • 10k
Beach to Brother
MAR30
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Grapest 5k Fun Run – Port MacquarieLong Point Vineyard & Art Gallery, Long Point Drive (Off Houston Mitchell), Cooinda Pl, Lake Cathie NSW 2445, Australia

What could be better than a little bit of running before a good time with your friends? With the choice of 5K or 10K runs you'll breeze through the vineyards before refreshing yourself with the 'wine waddle'. All topped off with some live music as the day comes to an end.

AUD $25 - AUD $82
5k • 10k • Other
Grapest 5k Fun Run – Port Macquarie

What you need to know about Beginner Friendly running

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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