City Run 2020



City Run is unique running event with a timing application that enables communities to run as one. All City Run participant times from each individual events are aggregated simultaneously. Participants not only compete against runners in their own cities, but against every runner across the nation at the one time.


Raising the consciousness of the Federal Government’s existing Great Barrier Reef programs, it is projected that the City Run events will raise over $650,000 over the next 3 years for Run for the Reef programs and funding for local charities.


From 20 events across Australia in 2020 it is planned to expand internationally to 50 in 2021 and up to 100 in 2022.


The City Run events are simultaneous and interactive 1km, 5km and 10km “looped” courses in the most iconic locations in each City. All ages and abilities are catered for from Olympians to families and community, social and school groups.


Courses feature large format video screens to broadcast the reef awareness messages to 50,000 runners and their families across the 20 cities. 


Cities in 2020 will include Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Canberra, Wollongong, Albury- Wodonga, Bendigo, Ballarat, Launceston, Hobart and other major regional Australian cities.


PDEM is planning to host the finale of the City Run events in Port Douglas at the Great Barrier Reef Running Festival in May each year. At all the City Run March events throughout Australia and internationally, the Port Douglas Run for the Reef Finale will be promoted providing a boost for the regional economy.


Full details on the final plans for Run for the Reef 2020 will be available to all stakeholders and participants on this site & websites later in 2019.