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    Scenic Rim Trail Running Series Swan Gully – Round 2
    Sun 26th May
    Mount Barney, QLD, Australia
    AUD $20 - AUD $40
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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.

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    Bryon 2 Bruns Beach Run
    Sun 25th Aug
    Brunswick Heads, NSW, Australia
    AUD $10 - AUD $80
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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.

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    Beach to Brother
    Sun 6th Oct
    Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
    AUD $25 - AUD $190
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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!

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    Merimbula Fun Run
    Sun 26th May
    Merimbula, NSW, Australia
    AUD $25
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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

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    True Grit – NSW
    Sat 1st Jun
    Lower Portland, NSW, Australia
    AUD $116 - AUD $142
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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!

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    Grapest 5k Fun Run – Hunter Valley
    Sat 1st Jun
    Rothbury, NSW, Australia
    AUD $30 - AUD $77
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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.

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    AUD $15 - AUD $90
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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.

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    Cooks River Fun Run
    Sun 23rd Jun
    AUD $15 - AUD $35
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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!

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    Central Coast Cross Country: Norah Head Sports Club
    Sat 29th Jun
    Norah Head, NSW, Australia
    AUD $5 - AUD $10
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    Central Coast Cross Country: Norah Head Sports Club

    Norah Head Bowling & Sports Club, Victoria St, Norah Head NSW 2263, AustraliaView event
    About the event
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    Newcastle Cross Country: Hunter Wetlands
    Sat 27th Jul
    AUD $30 - AUD $115
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    Newcastle Cross Country: Hunter Wetlands

    Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia, 1 Wetlands Pl, Shortland NSW 2307, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    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.

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    Waratah Run Series: Short Course Series Challenge
    Sat 3rd Aug
    Kembla Grange, NSW, Australia
    AUD $10 - AUD $40
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    Waratah Run Series: Short Course Series Challenge

    Integral Energy Park, 88 Darkes Rd, Kembla Grange NSW 2526, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    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.

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    San Run For Life
    Sun 4th Aug
    AUD $25 - AUD $90
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    San Run For Life

    Sydney Adventist Hospital, 185 Fox Valley Rd, Wahroonga NSW 2076, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    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.

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    Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon
    Sat 17th Aug
    Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
    AUD $10 - AUD $120
    Details

    Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon

    Wagga Beach, Cabarita Park, Johnson Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Wagga Trail Marathon Running Weekend on 17-18 August 2019. Events include marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10km, 5km and a mountain bike event.

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    Mudgee Running Festival
    Sun 18th Aug
    Mudgee, NSW, Australia
    $10 - $30
    Details

    Mudgee Running Festival

    Short St, Mudgee NSW 2850, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Mudgee Running Festival is well known for its relaxed friendly atmosphere, perfect for the first timer who is looking for a no-pressure race, yet still a course that is challenging to the experienced marathoner.

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    Husky Half Running Festival
    Sun 18th Aug
    Huskisson, NSW, Australia
    AUD $10 - AUD $90
    Details

    Husky Half Running Festival

    38 Bowen St, Huskisson NSW 2540, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Get ready for the annual Husky Half Marathon! It is sure to be another crowd pleaser a flat, fast course on the scenic shores of Jervis Bay. The view is nothing short of perfection, you wont even notice the kilometres tick over!With the half marathon having an option of a two person team, as well as 2km and 5km races, there is a distance for everyone. Pack the family up and make a weekend of it!

    Huskisson is on the shores of the spectacular Jervis Bay Marine Park within the Shoalhaven. Youll find plenty of amazing things to see and do, relax on some of the worlds whitest sands meeting the crystal-blue waters along some of the breathtaking panoramic views.

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    Shepparton Running Festival
    Sun 25th Aug
    Shepparton, VIC, Australia
    AUD $10 - AUD $95
    Details

    Shepparton Running Festival

    536 Wyndham St, Shepparton VIC 3630, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    We have events suitable for all ages and abilities. Our certified accurate course is known for being flat and fast, ideal for those looking for a PB, stepping up a distance or a beginner runner. See you in Shepp!

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    Byron2Bruns Beach Run
    Sun 25th Aug
    Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia
    AUD $20 - AUD $35
    Details

    Byron2Bruns Beach Run

    Brunswick Byron Netball Association, 9 Byron St, Mullumbimby NSW 2482, 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.

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    Bright Running Festival
    Sat 31st Aug
    Bright, VIC, Australia
    AUD $12
    Details

    Bright Running Festival

    Howitt Park, 7 Riverside Ave, Bright VIC 3741, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Just 3 hours from Melbourne and 1 hour from the regional towns of Albury and Wangaratta we bring you the Bright Running Festival.

    The 2019 event is now open. Taking place on Saturday 31st August 2019.

    Distances:

    100km 18 years plus)

    50km (18 years plus)

    25km (17 years plus)

    5k & 10k (15 years plus)

    For the little ones:

    Punka 1 km (3 years - 14 years)

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    Grapest 5k Fun Run – Canberra
    Sat 28th Sep
    Collector, NSW, Australia
    AUD $25 - AUD $77
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    Grapest 5k Fun Run – Canberra

    The Vineyards Rd, Collector NSW 2581, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Who said you cant drink wine AND exercise? Experience a great evening with friends, with a little fitness & lots of fun. You will work up a thirst with the 5k or 10k run through amazing wineries across Australia. Then enjoy a cool down through the wine tasting waddle to re-energise yourself before some grape dancing with our live entertainment as the sun goes down.We bet youve never run a race quite like the Grapest 5k Run!

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    Harrietville Half Marathon
    Sun 6th Oct
    Selwyn, VIC, Australia
    AUD $8 - AUD $17
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    Harrietville Half Marathon

    B500, Selwyn VIC 3737, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Harrietville Half Marathon runs from Bright to Harrietville along the Great Alpine Road in Victoria.

    The event is organised by a local running group with a passion for running, health & wellbeing & the community. The "Harrietville Half" is planned to be an ongoing, annual event to encourage and promote healthy activities, fitness and lifestyle in our community. All proceeds will be donated to the Harrietville Primary School supporting "Excellence in Regional Education".

    Along with the half marathon, there are 2km, 5km and 10km fun run/walk distances.

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    Greater Bank Armidale Fun Run
    Sun 3rd Nov
    Armidale, NSW, Australia
    AUD $11.50 - AUD $110
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    Greater Bank Armidale Fun Run

    Harris Park, 144-150 Kirkwood St, Armidale NSW 2350, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Run in Australia's Highest City in the Greater Bank Armidale Fun Run will be held for the sixth time on Sunday 3rd November 2019. The event has attracted over 450 runners in all previous events and has strong roots in the local community including the Armidale Athletics Club and Armidale parkrun.

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    AUD $15 - AUD $330
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    Long Course Weekend Jervis Bay

    17 Hawke St, Huskisson NSW 2540, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The stunning Jervis Bay, NSW is the home to The Long Course Weekend (LCW) in 2019. The unique event lasts three days and this fun, inclusive format is ideal for clubs, training groups and families to come along and enjoy the benefits of training and racing together.

    The weekend kicks off on Friday evening, where the LCW athletes have The Jervis Bay Swim to complete a 3.8km open water swim that takes place at Jervis Bay. The Swim also has a 1.9km and 950m distances.

    On Saturday the attention turns to The Jervis Bay Grand Fondo, a 180km ride of undulating countryside that also incorporates 90km and 45km distances to attract athletes of all abilities.

    To finish the weekend, the athletes will complete The Run a 42.2km marathon taking in the beautiful coastline of Jervis Bay and Huskinson. There is also a 21.1km run and a 10km run which allows everyone to be involved.

    More than 1500 competitors are expected to attend the LCW with approximately 300 athletes attempting to receive the Long Course Weekend medal, which entails completing all three of the longest distances. Successful LCW athletes will be awarded with the LCW medal and polo shirt at the finish line presentation on Sunday after the marathon.

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    Booking Closed
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    Run 2 Cure

    St Marys Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, AustraliaView event
    About the event

    Run for a cause around some of the most infamous areas in Sydney. The courses are mostly flat with some steep hills, making them challenging but doable for all. This is the perfect event for the whole family to get involved in an active weekend out.

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    SDAC Winter Series in Bangor
    Sat 22nd Jun
    Details

    SDAC Winter Series in Bangor

    Yala Rd, Bangor NSW 2234, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Community athlete registration is $10. Annual participation fee is $5 registered or not. All runners wanting to have their time recorded will need to purchase a timing chip for $5. To be eligible for points score you must be registered with the club.

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    Australian Wildlife Marathon
    Sat 29th Jun
    Mount Buller, VIC, Australia
    Details

    Australian Wildlife Marathon

    4160 Mt Buller Rd, Mount Buller VIC 3723, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    A very scenic trail run through the Australian Alps.Distances 5K, Half-Marathon, Marathon and 50K. All Inclusive Package includes accommodations, meals and sightseeing.

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    SDAC Winter Series at Darkes Forest
    Sat 20th Jul
    Darkes Forest, NSW, Australia
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    SDAC Winter Series at Darkes Forest

    Darkes Forest NSW 2508, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Sutherland District Athletics Club race at Royal National Park in Sydney, is part of an annual winter series of road and cross country events. The club welcomes all types of runners. The winter series is fantastic training to obtain fitness, or compete at local level, or prepare for state events, half marathons, marathons, ultra marathons and even triathlons.

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    Roseville Chase Rotary Fun Run
    Sun 21st Jul
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    Roseville Chase Rotary Fun Run

    Castle Cove Park, 36 Holly St, Castle Cove NSW 2069, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The next Roseville Chase Rotary Fun Run is on Sunday 21st July in Castle Cove - 10km, 5km & 2km events

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    Sutherland Half Marathon
    Sat 27th Jul
    Details

    Sutherland Half Marathon

    Royal National Park Visitor Centre, 2 Lady Carrington Dr, Royal National Park NSW 2233, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Community athlete registration is $10. Annual participation fee is $5 registered or not. All runners wanting to have their time recorded will need to purchase a timing chip for $5. To be eligible for points score you must be registered with the club.

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    Sydney Harbour 10K & 5K
    Sun 28th Jul
    Details

    Sydney Harbour 10K & 5K

    Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, AustraliaView event
    About the event

    Race your way through Sydney in these flat and quick 10km and 5km events. Great for runners of all abilities, the course begins and ends in The Rocks, taking runners along the harbour. Come reach your next running goal or simply for a fun day out with friends and family.

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    Westlink M7 Blacktown Running Festival
    Sun 28th Jul
    Booking Closed
    Details

    Westlink M7 Blacktown Running Festival

    Eastern Rd, Rooty Hill NSW 2766, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    There is a race for everyone from professional athletes to families, and kids just having a go! The traffic free marathon circuit makes it one the worlds most unique. The Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km events will be run on the Westlink M7 Shared Pathway

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    Waratah Run Series XC Short Course
    Sat 3rd Aug
    Details

    Waratah Run Series XC Short Course

    Rydalmere NSW 2116, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    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.

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    Newcastle Cross Country: Jesmond Park
    Sat 17th Aug
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    Newcastle Cross Country: Jesmond Park

    Jesmond Park, Robinson Ave, Jesmond NSW 2299, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Newcastle Cross Country Club's race at Jesmond Park is part of a series of races in the Hunter Region of NSW. This is an old time favourite of many runners. After the event, stay for afternoon tea and a chat with the committee members.

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    Head to Head Walk Run
    Sun 25th Aug
    Crescent Head, NSW, Australia
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    Head to Head Walk Run

    Killick Creek, Killick Creek, Crescent Head NSW 2440, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The walk starts and finishes on the beach on the north side of the Crescent Head footbridge that crosses Killick Creek. The entire event is held on the beach which is flanked by the Hat Head National Park coastal bushland.

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    Coffs Harbour Running Festival
    Sun 8th Sep
    Sawtell, NSW, Australia
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    Coffs Harbour Running Festival

    Bonville Headland, Bonville Headland, Sawtell NSW 2452, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival is a community event for people of all ages and abilities and consists of a 21.1km Half Marathon, 10km Fun Run, 5km Fun Run and a 3km Family Fun Run/Walk.

    It is on the beautiful Coffs Creek Walkway that meanders along the south and north banks of the Coffs Creek which is all part of the Coffs Coast Regional Park.

    The picturesque track hugs the beautiful Coffs Creek and competitors run over floating boardwalks, through swamp forests of mangrove, casuarina and paperbark trees from the centre of town to the coast and back.

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    Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival
    Sun 8th Sep
    Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
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    Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival

    Seed Catering and Events, 14 McLean St, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival is a community event for people of all ages and abilities and consists of a 21.1km Half Marathon, 10km Fun Run, 5km Fun Run and a 3km Family Fun Run/Walk.

    Held on a bush trail on the Coffs Creek walkway, the flat, shady course is ideal for runners. The picturesque track hugs the beautiful Coffs Creek and competitors run over floating boardwalks, through swamp forests of mangrove, casuarina and paperbark trees from the centre of town to the coast and back.

    The event raises funds for local childrens charities including Life Education Australia, Coffs Coast Autism, Camp Quality and Early Connections Coffs Harbour.

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    Lane Cove Fun Run
    Sun 8th Sep
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    Lane Cove Fun Run

    Kingsford Smith Oval, Kenneth St & Stuart St, Longueville NSW 2066, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Be among the crowd on the starting line in the Lane Cove Fun Run OUR community Fun Run. We encourage everyone to enter into the FUN of the event, dress up, get your kids to dress up and dress up those strollers!

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    St George Bank Beachside Dash
    Sun 8th Sep
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    St George Bank Beachside Dash

    Peter Depena Reserve, Russell Ave, Dolls Point NSW 2219, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Held annually in Sydney the Beachside Dash provides 10km, 5km and 2km courses. Starting and finishing in Peter Depena Park, Sans Souci, the Dash also takes in the beautiful views of Dolls Point and Brighton.

    The fun run raises funds and awareness for St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation supporting medical research in St George and Sutherland Hospitals.

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