Australia’s third most populous city, Brisbane, is the home of an important piece of Australian running history.


Back in 1982 when the city hosted the Commonwealth Games, Australian Robert de Castella won marathon gold and ignited a new wave of running fever in Australia.


Now in its 24th year, the Brisbane Marathon Festival has embraced this passion and offers events to suit every age and ability. It features a full marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km and kids 2.2km so the whole family can be involved.


The AIMs certified marathon course follows both sides of the Brisbane River finishing at the Brisbane River Stage within the beautiful setting of the city’s Botanic Gardens. 

The race is always on the first Sunday in August - the perfect time to take on the challenge with temperatures averaging 23 degrees and conditions expected to be excellent.


Experience the pure excitement and satisfaction of challenging your body to the boundaries of human endurance whilst soaking up this city’s vibrant cultural and historical atmosphere.


Brisbane has been rapidly emerging as one of Australia’s super cities and now the time has come to run it.




Take the stairs! That’s what the organisers of Quebec Staircase Challenge want you to do.

Offering both a 19km Super Challenge and 13km Oasis Challenge, this opposite of a flat course takes runners up and down all the staircases connecting Upper and Lower Quebec City. That’s about 30 staircases and more than 3,000 stairs.

Racers have the chance to compete in three challenges: overall time, best climber (up the 398 steps of the last staircase, the Cap-Blanc) and best sprinter along the 1.5km after the last stairs.

In a city like no other, this is an event like no other and, yes, your legs will be tired.


A month later Quebec hosts the Desjardins Ladies Challenge, exclusively for women. This event encourages women of all ages to compete in a 10km, 5km or 2km girls run.

As part of the entry fee is given to aid research into prostate cancer, this is a race the woman are doing for men. So grab your friends, mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmas, aunties and run or walk for the men in your life!

Possibly the best part of competing in either of these races is the post-race brunch provided; how can you not keep going when there’s food at the end!




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