One of the oldest events in Queensland – celebrating 25 years this August
So you have run plenty of half marathons, countless park run’s and wondering what else to set your sights on in 2016? The next step is completing a full marathon. The marathon is the holy grail of running and the pinnacle of human endurance, so is 2016 your year to attempt one?
The running frenzy in Brisbane was ignited when the do or die attitude of one of Australia’s greatest runners, Robert de Castella won the Brisbane Commonwealth Games Marathon in 1982. This epic duel against Tanzanian runners, Shahanga and Ikangaa would go down in history as one of the most intense battles against mind and body the world had ever seen.
Some 10 years on and the Brisbane Marathon was established as Queensland’s capital city marathon inspiring people to dream, believe and achieve more than they thought possible. Running through the streets of Brisbane’s bustling CBD and over the Story Bridge to follow a picturesque course traversing the beautiful Brisbane riverfront.
Fast forward to 2016 and Brisbane marks the special 25th anniversary edition of the Brisbane Marathon Festival on 7 August, welcoming participants from across the globe to the test their mettle over the iconic marathon distance. The event features 42.195km full marathon, 21.0975km half marathon, 10km and 5km Run/Walk events as well as the inspiring 2.2km Kids Mini Marathon.
If you are looking to challenge yourself in 2016 at a location entrenched in Brisbane’s running history, then Brisbane Marathon Festival’s special 25th anniversary will be one to remember. Follow the footsteps of the great runners of yesteryear and make your own history.
For more information and to register online go to www.brisbanemarathon.com.au