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Welcome to the Airlie Beach Running Festival 2018 


The 6th annual Airlie Beach Running Festival will be held on Sunday the 22nd of July 2018.


The Airlie Beach Running Festival is held annually in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. It is the Whitsunday’s premier running event and the largest onshore mass participation event in the region.


This year’s courses will be very similar to last year with minor adjustments at the beginning and turn around points.  The unique four lap off road (run on concrete footpaths and boardwalks) standard marathon will be offered again with the opportunity for your support team to cheer you on several times at one location. It will again be the North Queensland Championships Marathon.


Added to the program this year is the opportunity to enter a 3 person relay team in the 21.1 km event and a 3 person corporate team in the 5 km event.


The Whitsundays is located in a remote region with limited access to hospitals.  Both the RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter based in Mackay and the Ronald McDonald House in Townsville adequately supports this gap in our services. This year both these charities will benefit from any proceeds generated by the running festival.


The RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter has partnered with Everyday Hero to give you the ability to create your own online fundraising page. If you would like to support this cause go to click on “start fundraising” and follow their instructions.


The Airlie Beach Running Festival is not possible without the support of our main sponsors and we encourage you to support them.  We thank them for their support and you can go to their websites by clicking on their logos on our Sponsor page.

Mantra Group 

Our exclusive accommodation partner and managers of the Boathouse Apartments and the newly refurbished Club Croc are offering a 10% discount to all participants. To take up this offer go to then select your location, then room type and hit BOOK. Input the Promo Code ABRF2018 (case sensitive).

Why choose the Airlie Beach Running Festival? 


Airlie Beach is a beautiful tropical holiday destination in its own right and the home of two marinas that provide access to the Whitsunday Islands that are popular for sailing, diving and snorkeling. It is located 150km north of Mackay and 300km south of Townsville. The scenery and climate in Airlie Beach during July is ideal for competing in the running festival. 


If you live in the Whitsundays and thinking of taking part in the running festival why not join the Whitsunday Running Club and train with them on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday?


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Our Sponsors

Thank you to all our amazing club sponsors


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