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Rainbow Beach Trail Festival

7th August 2022
Rainbow Beach

Opening soon

Due to Covid19 lockdown in SEQ, the 2021 event has been cancelled. emails have been sent to all entrants, please check you inbox.

This is undoubtedly Qld's most beautiful trail-running event, with spectacular trails taking you through one of the marvels of nature - the towering sand cliffs of the Cooloola Coast. Formed over thousands of years, the coloured sands rise over the expansive blue Coral Sea.  Runners will experience lush forests, perched lakes, rising sand dunes and the historic lighthouse while running single track, fire roads and beaches. This is the perfect event for a weekend getaway. 

Interesting fact: The Aboriginal people have a dream-time story about how the Coloured Sands were formed along the Cooloola Coast. 


The 2022 Rainbow Beach Trail Festival will be held on Sunday 7th August.


Race Bibs can be collected at

The Running Company Sunshine Coast,

5/1 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore,

This event is based at Phil Rogers Park Rainbow Beach, consisting of three events.

Price includes GST.

Event              Start        Cut Off           Cost

11km               TBC     2.30pm          $70.00 

Half Mara      TBC     2.30pm          $95.00 

Marathon      TBC     2.30pm          $120.00 

Minimum Age Limits.

11km - 12 years

Half Marathon - 15 years

Marathon - 18 years

Any participants under 18 years, will require a parent or guardian to be present at the event.

All finishers will receive an event memento.



Saturday 6th August

  • Race sign-on 3pm - 6.30pm Phil Rogers Park

Sunday 7th August

  • 5.30am - Race sign-on Marathon only

  • 6.30am - Race sign-on Half Marathon

Race Start Times - All races start in Phil Rogers Park.

  • TBC - Marathon

  • TBC - Half Marathon

  • TBC - 11km

Race brief will be 15mins prior to each race

Please Note: All races finish at 19 Rainbow Beach Rd. (in the park next to SES)

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The course will be marked with reflective orange flagging tape (approx. every 250m). Directional arrows are red on a white background. These will be at intersections along the trail. Follow the direction of the arrow.

These red crosses will be at intersections, indicating this is NOT the course.

The course will be marked

  • Reflective orange and silver flagging tape.

  • Red arrows secured to trees or posts. Follow these arrows.

  • Red crosses secured on trees or posts, indicating this is not the course.


Please note: the course may change due to unforseen circumstances such as bush fires, flooding or harvesting.  Please follow all course markings on race day.  

If you are training on the course, do not enter any areas that are closed.

Updates will be posted on social media and/or web site if this occures.



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Mandatory Gear:

  • Race Bib - Your allocated bib, must be worn prominently on the front of the body and must be visible at all times.

  • Water bottle or hydration pack – minimum 1.5litres capacity for marathon competitors.

  •                                                       – minimum 500ml for half marathon & 11km competitors.

  • Compression bandage

  • Mobile phone with these numbers for emergency contacts.

    • Brett Standring 0447 711 232

    • Gavin Jackson 0417 007 960



  • Drinking cup (participants will need to carry their own cup for drinks they don’t want to put in their hydration pack or water bottle (eg. electrolyte).)

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • Bite and sting treatment

  • Printout of course map (from the website)



Checkpoints 1, 3 & 5 will have water, electrolyte, some lollies, fruit and small snacks but will have no cups.

Checkpoints 2 & 4 will have water only.

Run Queensland is committed to preserving the environment in which we are privileged to stage our events.
With this in mind, we no longer provide disposable cups at checkpoints.

As such, participants will need to carry their own cup for drinks they don’t want to put in their hydration pack or water bottle (coke, electrolyte).

Our ‘no cup’ initiative has been a huge success since implementation in 2015 with the combined waste from checkpoints being greatly reduced.

There are no drop bags at this event.



There are no support crews allowed on the course.

Support crews are allowed at the Start/Finish area only.

Spectators are most welcome.

The event is staged at Phil Rogers Park (at the south end of Wide Bay Esplanade).

All runners will start and finish here. You will be able to cheer them on from here.

This is the only place you will get to see your runner.



Refunds are available until 24th July 2022 and will be subject to a $20.00 admin charge.

There are no transfers for this event.

For refunds email



All participants must ensure they read and understand this waiver prior to entering the event. It is an important document informing you of your legal rights and responsibilities. During online registration, you must tick a box to confirm you understand and accept these rights and responsibilities.




Rainbow Beach Trail Festival's event partners

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