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Race previews Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival

17 February 2023, 1pm

Something for everyone in a friendly, supportive atmosphere

A new world experience

Sunshine Coast Marathon & Community Run Festival
Sun 13 August 2023

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The Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival takes place in Queensland, Australia, and attracts runners from all over the world. The marathon, which features a 42.2km course that starts and finishes at the famed ‘Alex Surf Club’, offers runners a tour through one of Australia’s most picturesque coastal towns.

The race starts with breath taking views of the sun rising up from the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. The race date provides perfect winter conditions for runners to chase a personal best time. The event’s hub, Mooloolaba, is an easy hour’s drive from Brisbane and lies directly in the heart of the Sunshine Coast region. Famous for its white sandy beaches, rainforests and diverse wildlife, it is an excellent opportunity to experience the culture and natural beauty of Australia, and an ideal destination for runners looking for an exotic and unique marathon experience.

The marathon first took place in 2012 and in the decade since has grown to become one of the most popular running events in Australia. The marathon is known for its flat, fast and scenic course, friendly atmosphere and excellent organisation.

The Marathon is part of the Sunshine Coast Running Festival, which includes a 21.1km half marathon, 10km, and 5km run and walk, together with a kids 2km race. The wide range of distances offered allows runners of all abilities to participate over the weekend.

In addition to the running events, the festival also features a health and fitness expo where participants can learn about the latest in running gear, nutrition, and training. The expo is open to the public and features a wide range of exhibitors, including local businesses, running clubs and fitness experts, as well as family-friendly activities for the kids.

The Sunshine Coast Marathon is well known for its charity partnerships with a number of local and national organisations benefiting from the event every year. Runners can choose to fundraise for the festival’s partner beneficiary, but many choose to use the event as a way to raise awareness and funds for causes close to their hearts.

In 2022 the event attracted a record field and played host to the Australian Half-Marathon Championships. With the event moving ever closer to 10,000 overall participants the announcement was made that the Sunshine Coast region will host the 2032 Olympic Marathon, Organisers Atlas Events look forward to welcoming participants from all over the globe in the coming years.

The Sunshine Coast Marathon is known for its friendly, supportive atmosphere. The region’s numerous attractions and local activities make it a popular destination for runners year-round. The locals’ friendly, laid-back lifestyle continues to attract runners of all ages and abilities making it a great opportunity to meet new people and form friendships.

The Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival is an event that offers something for everyone, whether you’re a competitive runner looking to push yourself to a new personal best or just looking for a fun and scenic way to get active. With its beautiful course, great atmosphere and excellent organisation it’s a perfect event for those who are looking for a new experience, a fast course and a beautiful running experience.

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