7th August 2021

Rainbow Beach

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. 

Rainbow Beach is the third event in the Run Qld Day-Night Series.  Complete all four events to automatically qualify for the series.

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


The 2021 Rainbow Beach Trail Festival will be held on Saturday 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        

11km               8.30am        2.30pm      

Half Mara      7.30am        2.30pm      

Marathon      6.30am        2.30pm      

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.

Due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on small communities, Run Qld will give all competitors a voucher to spend in Rainbow Beach, instead of a medal. 



Friday 6th August

  • 3pm– 6.30pm sign-on & bib collection

 Phil Rogers Park

Saturday 1st August

Phil Rogers Park (at the south end of Wide Bay Esplanade).

  • 5:00 am – Marathon Only -  Bib collection

  • 6.30am – Marathon start

  • 6.35am - ½ Marathon - Bib collection

  • 7.30am – ½ Marathon start

  • 7.35 am - 11k - bib collection

  • 8.30am – 11k start

Race brief will be 15mins prior to each race




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 2021 and will be subject to a $20.00 admin charge.

You can transfer your entry to another person for a $20.00 admin fee up to 5pm, 10th July 2020.

To transfer, you must send an email to brett@runqueensland.com with the details.

This is the only way you can transfer your entry.



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



PH: 0447 711 232

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