The cityrun Run for the Reef is an on-going initiative supported by the Federal Government where runners compete simultaneously in unique timed running events around Australia and ultimately the world raising awareness and funds for the Great Barrier Reef and local city charities.
Launched in 2017 in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay, participants at each of the events not only competed against all other runners in every cityrun event at the same time, but they also raised funds through the registration process and through the Everyday Hero fundraising platform.
The Run for the Reef Initiative was created to provide a number of community, social and environmental benefits. Participants in all events run as one for the benefit of their own health, the health of their communities and the health of Australia’s national treasure, the Great Barrier Reef.
From inception and in conjunction with the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival, the Run for the Reef Initiative has now raised over $100,000 to support unique reef research projects.
The Run for the Reef Initiative is set to expand. The cityrun team is now planning a further expansion of cityrun events into 20 Australian regional cities in March 2020.
Our reef awareness message will be shared to 50,000 runners across these 20 cities.
Cities will include Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Canberra, Wollongong, Albury- Wodonga, Bendigo, Ballarat, Launceston, Hobart and other major regional Australian cities.
In 2021 events will expand to include Australian capital cities and in 2022 the Run for the Reef will be held in major international locations as the Run for the Reef becomes a global day of action.