What a year!

Hi to all our Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival participants and supporters,

Thank you so much for your fantastic contribution to what was an amazing 2018 event.


Some of the highlights:

  • A record 2,394 total participants 
  • Great feedback from everyone involved
  • A confirmed total of now over $100,000 raised for the Run for the Reef Initiative 
  • The first ever tagged whale shark on the Great Barrier Reef just days before the event in partnership with
  • James Cook University and Biopixel
  • Fantastic Run for the Reef Ambassadors. Thank you to Steve Moneghetti, Michael Shelley and Chyloe Kurdas
  • 220 brilliant volunteers
  • The most beautiful sun rise imaginable over Four Mile Beach at 5.30am for the start of the Marathon
  • Sensational media coverage through WIN TV, the whole STAR FM team and the Cairns Post and Newsport Daily
  • 5 new course records
  • Wonderful stories including 130+ participants running for Team Sonny Days in memory of  3 year old Sonny Dare and raising funds for the charity Precious Wings and a really excited young couple who travelled from Adelaide to compete in the marathon - winning the China Southern Airlines prize of a trip to Rome selected randomly from all participants
  • All in all a great weekend


This link gives you a sneak peak at some of the amazing vision taken. More to come.


As always in striving to improve our event our team loved your feedback. 

We are currently finalising all aspects of our next event. The Marathon Festival has always received strong support from our major partner, Tourism and Events Queensland and we are hopeful of that support continuing.

Our current agreement with TEQ has expired and there will be a delay until we hear if our 2019 application will be successful.

So please bear with us. Details for our next event will appear on our website in 2019.