Bendigo

run4reef Bendigo has been cancelled due to severe weather in the region.

If you had already registered for the event we are very sorry, a refund will be issued to you as soon as possible after Sunday's event.

Day commences from 1.00pm and begins with the opening ceremony. The 1km event start time will be 3.10 pm on Sunday 16th October.

6-14 Children only. One parent / guardian may accompany a child for free if they deem this necessary.  All ages must be as on the day of the event.

Kids aged 5 and under may join the 1KM run for free with a parent or guardian accompanying them – we want as many kids as possible to join in and #runasone. No need to register as your timing will not be tracked. Please allow for the registered older kids to start ahead of you, their timing will count!

Open to boys, girls and parents may accompany their child for free. Children running with parents will start behind single child entrants.

Registration $29.50

3.05 pm                    Event Briefing

3.10 pm                    Event Start

3.25 pm                    Event Finish

3.30 pm                    Event Presentations 1st, 2nd, and 3rd M & F                         

Gold / Silver and Bronze Medallions M & F

6.25 pm                    Presentation of the run4reef Major Prize, please enter your run4reef timing tag in the barrel to be eligible to WIN

Day commences from 1.00pm and begins with the opening ceremony. The 5km event start time will be 2.00 pm Sunday 16th October 2022.

All ages and abilities. Male, Female & Non-Binary are all encouraged to participate. 

Running with a jogging pram is permitted – you will be asked to start at the back of the field to ensure everyone’s safety.

Registration $67.50

1.55 pm                    Event Briefing

2.00 pm                    Event Start

2.50 pm                    Event Finish

2.55 pm                    Event Presentations 1st, 2nd, and 3rd M & F

Gold / Silver and Bronze Medallions M & F

6.25 pm                    Presentation of the run4reef Major Prize, please enter your run4reef timing tag in the barrel to be eligible to WIN

Day commences from 1.00pm and begins with the opening ceremony. The 10km event will begin at 4:55 pm on Sunday 16th October 2022. All ages and abilities. Male, Female & Non-Binary are all encouraged to participate. 

Registration $87.50

4.50pm                     Event Briefing

4.55pm                     Event Start

6.05pm                     Take your time, but don’t finish after 6.10pm, as you must get your timing tag in the barrel asap to WIN the run4reef Major Prize

6.15 pm                    Event Presentations 1st, 2nd, and 3rd M & F

Male & Female Champions win the Great Barrier Reef Prize – 3 nights’ accommodation for 2 people at the run4reef Finale in May 2023 staying at the Marriott Sheraton Grand Resort and Port Douglas and touring the Great Barrier Reef with including flights and transfers

                                   Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medallions

6.25 pm                    Presentation of the run4reef Major Prize, please enter your run4reef timing tag in the barrel to be eligible to WIN

Day commences from 1.00pm and begins with the opening ceremony. The Race2Zero 10km event will begin at 3.45 pm on Sunday 16th October 2022. 

Time Eligibility Rules Apply – there is a 45 minute time limit on this event.

Male, Female & Non-Binary are all encouraged to participate. 

Registration $87.50

3.40 pm                    Race Briefing

3.45 pm                    Race Start

4.35 pm                    Event finish

4.40 pm                    Event Presentations 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

$1000 Prize Male & Female Champions

Gold / Silver and Bronze Medallions

6.25 pm                    Presentation of the run4reef Major Prize – enter your run4reef timing tag in the barrel to be eligible to WIN

23 EVENTS. ONE START TIME. ACROSS AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND.

Welcome to run4reef, a synchronised race event taking part across 21 cities in Australia & New Zealand.
Races will start simultaneously with a global leaderboard where you will not only compete against your local runners, but runners from across two continents. Register for your preferred distance with races at 1km, 5km, 10km, or the elite 10km race2zero.

run4reef isn’t all about the competition – it’s about raising awareness and funds for various projects working to maintain and restore our very own natural wonder of the world, the Great Barrier Reef.
Join run4reef in Bendigo on Sunday 16th October 2022.

Event Summary

There’s plenty of reasons to enter your run4reef event NOW. It’s a world’s first, the Great Barrier Reef needs your support, you could win a BYD electric car, there are limited registrations available, you can run against family and friends across Australia and NZ and it’s going to be FUN.
And don’t forget we are announcing some fantastic musicians playing for your entertainment!

10% of your registration fee goes to our reef charity partners – the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, WWF Australia & WWF New Zealand.
5% of your registration fee goes to local charities.

There are limited number of registrations available in each separate host city.

The run4reef formula means that events are contained in a restricted area to minimize disruption and depending on the course width only a certain number of runners can participate. But the beauty is you can watch it all happening right in front of you.

Get in early.
run4reef is unique. Runners will start each event simultaneously across every event. Runners will not only be running with participants in their own city, but against all runners across Australia and New Zealand in real time.

As runners cross the timing mats on each lap they will be able to see their ranking across the 22 events.

One of the first 40,000 entries in all events across Australia and New Zealand will win a magnificent BYD Atto 3 electric vehicle valued at $50,000. What an amazing prize!

We will all be running as ONE. Sure it’s a race, but please remember your time only starts when you cross the starting mat and finally once you’ve finished all laps – across the finish ONETIME mat.

Apart from the race2zero all events are for all ages and abilities.

The run4reef 1km is for all boys and girls over 5 years of age and under 14 on the day of the event.

Parents may also enter the 1km to accompany their children in this event and start at the rear of the field. Parents will receive a timing tag and be eligible for entry into the prize draw for the BYD electric vehicle.

One of the best features of run4reef is that we are all running together. Cheers on your city’s best as they strive to become the first ever run4reef Champions. Cheer on your city’s best as they strive to become the first ever run4reef Champions.

race2zero Champions

race2zero entrants are competing to be host City Champions.

Urge them on – they are representing your City.

The male and female Champions at each event will each win a cash prize of $1,000 and the fastest Champions across all events will also win the Great Barrier Reef prize of 3 nights accommodation for 2 people at the run4reef Finale in May 2023 staying at the Sheraton Grand Resort, Port Douglas and touring the Great Barrier Reef including flights and transfers.

Yes – there’s more.

Our huge thanks to the run4reef musicians and bands.

What acts we have for you.

Musicians will be playing in a centralised location and broadcast across the various events via the big screens.

You can’t be late. We are all running as ONE.

However, your time only starts when you cross the start mat so please respect all participants and keep to the outside – let your City Champions through. They are racing.

Yes, we want as many of you as possible to be involved in this amazing simultaneous movement.

BUT please be advised if you have not finished your distance within the times provided below you will be asked to step off the course in readiness of the next event. As you can imagine all events across the 23 host cities must start on time.

Walkers will also be asked to start at the back of the field.

Event time allocations

  • 1KM Warriors (6-14 y/o) – 15 minutes
  • 5KM (All Abilities) – 40 minutes
  • 10KM (All Abilities) – 70 minutes
  • 10KM Race2Zero (Elite) – No walkers, sorry

Please use public transport, bring your water bottle, pack some snacks or support the local coffee shop and cafes, deposit any rubbish and of course return your timing tag to win the BYD. We really want to be a zero footprint event.

Bendigo, Victoria - The City of Gold

Bendigo's Net Zero Commitment

Greater Bendigo is an attractive and welcoming regional city surrounded by rural settlements. We have beautiful award-winning parks, access to national parks, a diverse economic base, a growing population and a nationally acclaimed arts and culture scene.

Greater Bendigo is inextricably tied to the health of our environment and the sustainability of our systems. Without these, we cannot have a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous community.

The city is leading the drive toward net zero carbon for Greater Bendigo by 2036. We see climate change as a significant threat to the future of Greater Bendigo.

We are doing this by tackling our sources of emissions–gas, electricity, fuel and the materials we use, as well as planting more and more trees every year to help draw emissions out of the atmosphere.

The City’s Climate Change and Environment Strategy 2021-2026 has actions which collectively contribute to regenerate biodiversity in natural environment and green spaces, reach zero carbon emissions, create a circular economy, have an active and sustainable transport network, support sustainable food systems and have water sensitive places and communities.

Greening Greater Bendigo

We’ve started planting more than 3,000 advanced trees in local streets and parklands aspart of our Greening Greater Bendigo strategy.

All trees have been carefully selected by our staff to ensure the most appropriate species for each location are planted based on local conditions, climate, neighbourhood character and any relevant master plans.

The new planting is taking place in streets and parks that need shade and in neighbourhoods where residents are vulnerable. The strategy is to increase tree cover from 20 per cent to 25 per cent by 2030.

This year we’ll be planting a mix of indigenous, native evergreens and exotic deciduous trees ranging in size from 1.5 metres to more than 4 metres tall.With the impact of climate change, Greening Greater Bendigo creates an environmental conservation legacy for future generations.

Rehabilitating Bendigo Creek

Reimagining Bendigo Creek is our vision to restore the health of Bendigo Creek, its catchment and tributaries with three themes–catchment, connections and culture. The City is working closely with the Traditional Owners Dja Dja Wurrung and our project partners to limit the impact of climate change with water sensitive urban design and traditional ecological knowledge.
Initiatives involve restoring aquatic habitats and ecosystems and improve the urban waterway health. Through the project, Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners can practice their cultural traditions and promote cultural and spiritual connections to the creek and share their learnings.

Circular Economy Solutions

We endeavour to harness and repurpose the region’s wasted materials to create local industries and jobs through a circular economy. As our Eaglehawk landfill is set to close in 2022/2023, the City has commenced identifying, purchasing and installing products that support a circular economy to recirculate end-of-life material resources. Using products made from recycled resources is also in-line with our Zero Waste and Circular Economy Policy.

The circular economy in practice

We’ve just installed new park seating made from recycled soft plastics through the REDcyle program that’s operating at supermarkets rather than ending up at landfill. So be sure to drop your soft plastics off at your local supermarket to be recycled!

Tyres used for asphalt

Another example is the use of crumb rubber asphalt made from recycled tyres for some local streets. Each year more than 56 million tyres in Australia will end up in landfill if they are not recycled. This is a great sustainable project to create a longer lasting road network using old tyres.

Organic Services Success

Did you know organics waste disposed in landfill is the biggest cause of dangerous methane gas and other greenhouse gases?
Since 2016, the City has been running a successful fortnightly organics collection diverting all food and garden waste from landfill and recycling it into compost for reuse.
Residents have embraced the service with over 70,000 tonnes of organics diverted from landfill since the service started. Keeping organic waste out of landfill and recycling it for compost is not only good for the environment but is the right and smart thing to do.

Solar Panels to Power City-Owned Buildings

Greater Bendigo is investing in renewable energy, with a goal of having more than 70 of its buildings powered by the sun to help tackle climate change.

Bendigo City has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Mondo Power Pty Ltd for the provision of renewable energy via solar panels. This will result in power cost savings to the City and the City’s tenants of approximately $2.4 million over the full 20 years and is possibly one of the largest solar deployment programs for a Victorian Council.

Bendigo City is also one of 46 leading councils around Victoria to purchase 100 per cent renewable energy through a collective Power Purchase Agreement which will help to significantly reduce Council’s greenhouse gas emissions and is a major step towards achieving zero emissions by 2036.

Greater Bendigo Climate Change Collaboration

The City is leading the Greater Bendigo Climate Collaboration which is a unique opportunity to collectively reduce our carbon footprint as a community. The collaboration brings together households, the wider community, businesses, and regional government agencies to make a public commitment to reduce their carbon emissions. The collective approach will foster local innovation and climate solutions to quickly and safely avoid climate impacts on our community.

Our Top 5 Bendigo Activities

The World Class Art Scene

 

View Australia’s leading regional gallery – Bendigo Art Gallery, walk the city to discover the street art, see a live performance or try your hands-on clay at Australia’s oldest working pottery.

 

Bendigo's Gold Mining History

Bendigo is proudly built upon on a gold rush legacy stretching back to the 1850s. Experience the mining history at Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo Tramways and Golden Dragon Museum.

UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

Experience Australia’s first UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. From paddock to plate and vineyard to glass, sample some of the best produce Victoria has to offer, right here in Bendigo.

A Cycling and Walking Friendly City

Go cycling or walking at one of the many trails around the beautiful heritage city. From a historic 49km rail trail, to a walk around our beautiful parks and waterways, there is something for everyone.

The Diverse Cultural Offering

Discover the diverse culture. See the Djarra lights installation, hop on board the Dja Dja Wurrang tram, see the Western World’s largest Buddhist temple and visit the Dai Gum San Chinese Precinct.