Runaway Noosa marathon returns this weekend

Runners will take to the streets for the marathon.

Runners from both home and abroad are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for this Saturday’s Runaway Noosa Marathon, with the event returning for the first time since 2019.

The Runaway Noosa Marathon will see runners take on three distances on Saturday 28 May, with 10km, half marathon and marathon events on offer.

The flat, fast and friendly multi-lap course is set in the heart of Noosa, with the start and finish line just steps away from Hastings Street, with runners never far away from fellow participants and supporters.

Geoff Meyer, managing director of Oceania for The IRONMAN Group, organisers of the Runaway Noosa Marathon, said the team was looking forward to welcoming runners back to Noosa for the first time since 2019.

“It’s great that we’re in a position to be able to bring runners back to Noosa for this fun and friendly event after a two-year hiatus,” he said.

“The Runaway Noosa Marathon provides a great opportunity for runners to spend the weekend in this incredible region, take part in the run of their choice on Saturday morning and then relax.

“The return of the Runaway Noosa Marathon has been a long time coming and we’re thrilled to be welcoming thousands of runners both from Australia and overseas to the event.

“The Runaway Noosa Marathon has a fantastic mix of social runners who are out for a fun morning with friends right up to those who take their events a bit more seriously and are out for a marathon PB on a flat and fast course.”

Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the return of the Runaway Noosa Marathon was important to the region’s Covid-19 recovery.

“Marathon organisers are expecting thousands of pairs of running shoes on the flat, fast and friendly multi-lap course through the heart of Noosa,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The Runaway Noosa Marathon is the perfect reason to book a weekend getaway and that’s why we’ve given this event a prominent place on our It’s Live! in Queensland events’ calendar.

“Events like this bring extra visitors to Noosa, which is great news for accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes and the region’s world-class tourism operators,” he said.

“The Runaway Noosa Marathon together with Swim Noosa are predicted to deliver up to $4.5 million for the local visitor economy and demonstrate our Covid-19 recovery is well underway.”

For those who want to mix a swim in with their run, Swim Noosa takes place the following day, Sunday 29 May.

Swim Noosa provides the perfect opportunity to finish off the race weekend with a dip in Laguna Bay off Noosa Main Beach.

The event offers four ocean swims, including 500m, 1km, 2km and 3.8km swims, beginning from 7am.

Entries remain open for the Runaway Noosa Marathon and Swim Noosa. For more information and to enter, visit