Cairns

Join us on Sunday 16th October at McKenzie Street Parkland, Cairns Esplanade, Cairns North

Day commences from 12.00pm and begins with the opening ceremony. The 1km event start time will be 2.00 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.

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

1.55 pm                    Event Briefing

2.00 pm                    Event Start

2.15 pm                    Event Finish

2.20 pm                    Event Presentations 1st, 2nd, and 3rd M & F – Gold / Silver and Bronze Medallions M & F

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

Day commences from 12.00 pm and begins with the opening ceremony. The 5km event start time will be 1.00 pm Sunday 16th October 2022.

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

Registration $67.50

12.55 pm                 Event Briefing

1.00 pm                    Event Start

1.40 pm                    Event Finish

1.45 pm                    Event Presentations 1st, 2nd, and 3rd M & F – Gold / Silver and Bronze Medallions

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

Day commences from 12.00pm and begins with the opening ceremony. The 10km event will begin at 3:35 pm on Sunday 16th October 2022. All ages and abilities. Male, Female & Non-Binary are all encouraged to participate. 

Registration $87.50

3.30pm                     Event Briefing

3.35pm                     Event Start

4.45pm                     Take your time, but don’t finish after 4.45pm, as you must get your timing tag in the barrel asap to WIN the run4reef Major Prize

4.50 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

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

Day commences from 12.00 pm and begins with the opening ceremony. The Race2Zero 10km event will begin at 2.35 pm on Sunday 16th October 2022. 

Time Eligibility Rules Apply – there is a 40 minute time limit for this event.

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

Registration $87.50

2.30 pm                    Race Briefing

2.35 pm                    Race Start

3.15 pm                    Event finish

3.20 pm                    Event Presentations 1st, 2nd, and 3rd – Gold / Silver and Bronze Medallions

                                  $1000 Prize Male & Female Champions

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

ONE EVENT. ONE START TIME. MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.

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 Cairns 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!

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.

…well maybe a little bit. But please remember all events across all 22 host cities must start on time. So please if you’re struggling to finish in the allocated time – please step off the course – the next event is coming.

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.

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Top Cairns Activities

Freshwater Swimming Holes

October is the perfect time to explore waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes located a short drive from the centre of Cairns. Around Cairns, at the edges of the suburbs, you’ll find dozens of places to swim that are refreshing, beautiful (and free of crocodiles.) Well-known watering holes like the Rocks and Crystal Cascades at Redlynch, and the Babinda Boulders are also popular with locals and tourists.
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Wet A Line

Fishing is a popular past time in Cairns and can be done in rivers, creeks, estuaries, the beach or out in the open water. Big game fishing charters leave from Cairns and nearby Port Douglas. About an hour from Cairns, Tinaroo Dam on the Atherton Tablelands is also a favourite fishing spot for locals.

Visit Nemo

The Great Barrier Reef is on Cairns’ doorstep, which makes it easy to discover the colourful world under the water. Dive boats offer a wide array of reef discovery options from certified dives on the outer reef, to snorkelling reefs around Green Island a short boat ride from Cairns.
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Food, Glorious Food

Cairns is a food-lovers’ paradise. Regular markets are held in throughout Cairns in different beach, city and suburban locations including regular markets at Tanks Arts Centre, Palm Cove, Holloways Beach, and Gordonvale. Rusty’s Market is one of the most successful and well-known markets in Australia and abroad. Situated in the heart of the city, Rusty’s boasts over 180 stalls featuring exotic fruit, vegetables, and flowers, sumptuous delicatessens with fresh breads, diary, and seafood, a host of international food and beverage stalls, an abundance of bric-a-brac and specialty products including clothing, jewellery, coffee, and chocolate. The markets are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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