1st August 2020

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 2020 Rainbow Beach Trail Festival will be held on Saturday 1st August.

Standard price entries finish on Sunday 26th July (midnight). Any entries after this date will incur a late fee of $20.00. ALL entries close on Wednesday 29th July (midnight).   NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY.

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

Price includes GST.

Event              Start      Cut Off   Cost

11km               8.30am        2.30pm      $60.00

Half Mara      7.30am        2.30pm      $85.00

Marathon      6.30am        2.30pm      $110.00

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.

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. 



Please note this schedule may change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Friday 31st July

  • 4pm– 6.30pm sign-on

 Rainbow Beach Hotel (upstairs)

 Rainbow Beach Rd, Rainbow Beach

Saturday 1st August

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

  • 5:00 am – Sign-on

  • 6.30am – Marathon start

  • 7.30am – ½ Marathon start

  • 8.30am – 11k start

  • 6pm - Presentations, Trail Trivia, Prizes & Giveaways.

       At the Rainbow Beach Hotel.​

Race brief will be 15mins prior to each race




Mandatory Gear:

  • 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.



A full refund will be offered if this event is cancelled due to COVID-19.

Other refunds are available until 17th July 2020 and will be subject to a $20.00 admin charge + any merchandise pre-ordered against the entry.

You can transfer your entry to another person for a $20.00 admin fee prior to  29th July 2020.



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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