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Welcome to the Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival 


The 5th annual Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival was held on Sunday the 16th of July 2017.


The Cruise Whitsundays 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.


In 2017 we dramatically lowered registration fees across all events, making ABRF17 arguably the most affordable running festival in the country. We also added two new events: the Heart of the Reef Marathon (42.2km), which will also be the North Queensland Marathon Championships, and the FREE Turtle Club 1km Family Fun Walk.


Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of our commercial partners, namely:


Cruise Whitsundays - award winning travel and tourism operator;
Mantra Group -
our exclusive accommodation partner and managers of the Boathouse Apartments and the newly refurbished Club Croc;
The Coffee Club - who provided food and beverage vouchers for our AMAZING volunteers;
Whitsunday Times - our official print media partner. 


Thank you all for your support.


Why choose the Airlie Beach Running Festival?


AIRLIE BEACH is the mainland coastal destination of the Whitsunday Islands, a beautiful tropical holiday destination, popular for sailing, diving and snorkelling; positioned 150km north of Mackay and 300km south of Townsville. Airlie Beach offers a beautiful environment in which to train and compete, for both scenery and climate.

Set in the shadows of the Conway National Park and the 74 Whitsunday Islands on our doorstep, plus the scenic Bicentennial Walkway in Airlie Beach, we are spoilt for choices. Airlie Beach annual temperatures range from a minimum of 15 deg to maximum of 33 deg.


offering a special offer on their ‘Picnic on Whitehaven Day Cruise’. This cruise includes a BBQ lunch on Whitehaven Beach and enjoy time to explore Hamilton Island before and after Whitehaven.

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