- Thursday 18 August 2016
More than 8000 competitors are set to take to streets this weekend as part of the fifth annual 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon.
This year the festival aims to raise more than $250,000, taking the total raised to $1 million in the five years since the event began.
Money raised will be distributed to more than 70 charity and community groups.
The community-run festival includes a marathon (42km) half-marathon (21km), 10km, 5km and kids 2km and is one of the most loved running festivals in Australia.
Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said the festival was a celebration of health, fitness and participation and would be one of the headline events of the year’s packed calendar of major events.
“The Sunshine Coast has proudly hosted the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon for the past five years,” Cr O’Pray said.
“It provides an economic contribution of $2.7 million to our local region, but more importantly has already raised in excess of $700,000 for our local charities and community groups.
Event director Jason Crowther said the event was originally the vision of three mates who loved running and wanted to give back – but now aspires to be the largest fundraising marathon event in Australia.
“The $1 million milestone is an especially important one for us and our international reputation is really starting to take off,” Mr Crowther said.
“We believe that this festival continues to build into an iconic fundraising and community event, which would not be possible without the continued support of our participants, sponsors, volunteers and Sunshine Coast Council.”
The event is based at the Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club precinct, with the participants getting the chance to take in the stunning coastline while they race.
Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club General Manager Ashley Robinson said that the Sunshine Coast Marathon was a highlight event for the Alex Surf Club.
“The event not only showcases our beautiful part of the world, but also brings a significant amount of patrons into the clubs, which is great for business,” Mr Robinson said.
“We’re a strong supporter of the event because we believe that while it’s important to keep our beaches safe, it’s also important to be involved in the community and this is an excellent opportunity to do so.”
Good weather, low humidity and mild temperatures combined with a flat course should allow for some fast finishing times.
For more information visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/majorevents