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August 7, 2023

2023 Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival Set to Break Records as Participants and Organisers Finalise Their Preparations

Excitement is building as the 2023 Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival approaches, and this year promises to be an unforgettable event with a perfect blend of athletic excellence and historic milestones. With just a week left until the event kicks off, participants and spectators alike are gearing up for an action-packed and record-breaking extravaganza. The 2023 event coincides with the 9 years to go mark till the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

The 2023 Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival is set to shatter previous records in terms of participant numbers. With registrations still pouring in, organisers are gearing up to welcome runners from all corners of the globe. The event has cemented its reputation as one of the most popular and sought-after marathon festivals in Australia, making it a truly international affair.

In 2023 the event once again plays host to the Australian Half Marathon Championships. This recognition is a testament to the event's impeccable organisation, world-class facilities, stunning coastal route, and most importantly, lightning-fast course. Elite athletes from across Australia are converging on the Sunshine Coast to compete for the Australian title and showcase their incredible talents.

With previous years witnessing exceptional times in the men's and women's 21.1km events, anticipation is high for even faster records this year. The combination of the breathtaking course and the exceptional skill of the athletes is expected to produce electrifying and super-fast times, thrilling spectators and inspiring runners to push their limits.

The 2023 Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival has also earned the prestigious World Label status from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). This accolade places the event on the global map, attracting elite runners from around the world. The World Label recognition highlights the Sunshine Coast as a top-notch destination for marathon enthusiasts and reinforces the region's commitment to promoting athletics and healthy living.

Sunshine Coast Council Economy Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said the region was recognised as a leading outdoor events destination and a proud home to this long-running sports festival.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said, ‘As one of the highlights of the Sunshine Coast’s major events calendar, it is really inspiring to see more than 8,000 competitors racing along our coastline with thousands of spectators cheering them on along the course. Attracting new and returning athletes to this quality mass participation sporting event brings an expected $4m economic benefit for our region and showcases our stunning destination.’

‘We are thrilled to witness the tremendous growth and recognition of the Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival,’ said Jason Crowther, Event Director of Atlas Events. ‘This event has become a hallmark of our region, attracting participants and visitors from all corners of Australia and the globe, showcasing the beauty of the Sunshine Coast and our commitment to supporting a healthy and active community. The recognition of the Sunshine Coast as the host for the 2032 Olympic Marathon further solidifies our reputation as a premier sporting destination. We extend our gratitude to the volunteers, and participants for making this event a true celebration of athleticism and unity.’

We extend a warm welcome to all participants and spectators and look forward to celebrating your athletic achievements, community spirit, and international runners’ camaraderie.’

The 2023 Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival is scheduled to take place on August 11-13. For further information, including event schedules, course maps, and registration details, please visit the official website at

The Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

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