Your 2018 Running Calendar

Lace up your running shoes and put your game face on – the 2018 running season is upon us and these races can’t be missed!

With so many fantastic road and trail races around Australia, avid runners are spoiled for choice. But if you’re keen to get out of the comfort zone of your local area this year, look no further than our guide to some of the best races in the country listed in chronological order.

The Cradle Mountain Run

Where: Overland Track, Tasmania

When: February 3, 2018

Distance: 82km trail run

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This exclusive trail run through the Tasmanian wilderness isn’t for the faint of heart! Featuring steep hills, thick mud, and precarious roots and stones, it puts the 60 carefully selected participants through their paces.

The Australian Running Festival

Where: Canberra, ACT

When: April 14-15, 2018

Distances: 50km ultra marathon, 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half-marathon, 10km run and 5km run.

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Nearly 7000 runners of all ages and abilities pounded the pavement of the nation’s capital during the 2017 edition of the Australian Running Festival, and more participants are expected this year.

Ultra-Trail Australia

Where: Blue Mountains, NSW

When: May 17-20, 2018

Distances: 100km ultra marathon, 50km ultra marathon, 21.6km run, 951-stair climb and 1km kids’ run.

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Formerly known as The North Face 100, Ultra-Trail Australia is the most challenging and prestigious trail-running event in the country. You’ll need to put in some serious training, but it’ll be worth it for the bragging rights alone.

The Great Ocean Road Running Festival

Where: Great Ocean Road, Victoria

When: May 19-20, 2018

Distances: 60km ultra marathon, 44km marathon, 23km half-marathon, 14km run, 6km run, 1.5km kids’ run and a walk.

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The stunning panoramic views of the Southern Ocean make this one of the most breathtaking courses in the country, and there’s a distance for every ability level.

The Gold Coast Marathon

Where: Gold Coast, Qld

When: June 30-July 1, 2018

Distances: 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half-marathon, wheelchair marathon and 15km, 10km run, 5.7km run, and 4km and 2km kids’ runs.

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More than 25,000 runners from 45 countries took part in the scenic Gold Coast Marathon last year. Best of all, there’s plenty of live music and entertainment after the races.

The Australian Outback Marathon

Where: Alice Springs, NT

When: July 28, 2018

Distances: 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half-marathon, 11km run and 6km run.

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Take in spectacular views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta as you brave the desert heat and earthy red sand of the Australian Outback.

City2Surf and City2Sea

Where: Sydney, NSW and Melbourne, Vic

When: August 12, 2018 and November 2018 (date TBC)

Distances: 14km and 15km.

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City2Surf is known as the “world’s largest fun run” with more than 80,000 participants each year, and Melbourne’s City2Sea – while much smaller – is great fun to run. There are also sister events in Brisbane and Canberra, as well as an unrelated but equally entertaining City to Surf event in Perth.

Sydney Running Festival

Where: Sydney, NSW

When: September 16, 2018

Distances: 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half-marathon, 10km bridge run and 3.5km family fun run.

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The Sydney Marathon boasts one of the most beautiful courses in the world with landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge and Opera House helping runners forget their pain.

Sunday Mail City-Bay

Where: Adelaide, SA

When: September 16, 2018

Distances: 12km run or walk, 6km run or walk and 3km run or walk.

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South Australia’s biggest fun run is an inclusive event that welcomes runners, walkers and wheelchair participants of all ages and abilities. Good times guaranteed!

Melbourne Marathon Festival

Where: Melbourne, Vic

When: October 14, 2018

Distances: 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half-marathon, 10km run, 5.7km run, and 3km walk.

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This popular event attracted more than 32,000 participants in 2017. The electric atmosphere of the festival keeps runners coming back year after year.


Sabrina Rogers-Anderson



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