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Sunshine Coast running
Whether you are a jogger, serious runner or a long distance runner there is plenty of running courses to suit everyone here. From stunning coastal runs, National Parks, long flat beach runs, to just road running, there is always something different to see when running on the Sunshine Coast. Beautiful early morning sunshine here makes it conducive to running. For six months of the year the birds are singing and it’s daylight at 5.30am and this is often the most delightful time to take to the road.

Queensland is also the home of the running event, with many of the cities and towns holding running festivals that go for the whole weekend and caters to all distances and abilities.

Queensland Running Events
The Gold Coast Marathon held every July is a very well run event and attracts thousands of runners across all fields. There is the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km run as well, as team events and walks.

The Brisbane Marathon Festival held every April has a the Marathon, Half Marathon and the 10km. This event is run around Southbank and through the Botanical gardens, it is an unusual course for a marathon but very scenic and right in the heart to the city.

The Brisbane to Bridge is a 12km event with the challenge being to climb the bridge; this run is a charity event and attracts thousands of competitors over two distances.

The Noosa Half Marathon is held every August and is known Australia wide as the flattest and fastest Half Marathon. There is also a 10km run and a 5km and of course running in Noosa is always a delight.

There are many more running events throughout the coast as well as Triathlon events that often have teams entries so you can just do the run leg and often fun runs are incorporated into the triathlon festivals. Noosa, Mooloolaba and the Gold Coast have Triathlon Festivals.

Scenic Running Courses
The Noosa National Park is a great run; it is cross-country and undulating but also has some magnificent coastal views. There are many tracks to take through here, most going from 3km to about 8km return, You can start at the main entrance which is the Noosa Heads side or at the Sunshine Beach entrance.

Mooloolaba have a great run along their Esplanade, it has one huge hill in the middle at Alexandra Headland, but the view surpasses the struggle. If you run this course out and back for 10km you will pass three Surf Lifesaving Clubs along the way. The great thing about this run, besides the view, is that there are drink taps all the way along this coarse.

Point Cartwright (Kawana Waters), has it all bush, beach, hills and of course the stunning views, this coarse can be as, long or as short as you want to make it.

Coolum Beach , is another amazing scenic run. A good tip here is to run along the boardwalk for a few km’s then find an access to the beach and run back on the sand. Coolum’s beach is long, flat, hard and plenty of sand so you can run for miles along here.

Running Clubs
Starting in 2007 on the Sunshine Coast was the popular running group Lazy Runner. Lazy Runner is a fun, safe effective, social way to run. There are four groups on the Sunshine Coast; Noosa, Coolum, Mooloolaba and Kawana. Each club has two or three sessions a week and all are suitable for all runners of all abilities.

If you don’t know how to run, Lazy Runner can teach you with a great beginners program that builds distances gradually. If you have lost your motivation to run Lazy runner helps with setting different courses, fun running activities and group base running training. If you are training for an event Lay Runner can set you a program and help you stick to it.

Runners all across the Sunshine Coast are enjoying something new and different when it comes to running.
To join Lazy Runner you need to have a Health and Fitness assessment done with a trainer. This session is designed to test all levels of health and fitness as well as to set goals. This session costs a one off fee of $50. Once you have done the fitness assessment you are welcome to join in any session, any time, at any club for only $10 a week.

Lazy Runner is conducted in the great outdoors at various locations across the Sunshine Coast, one week you could be running on the beach, or in the National Park or running drills on an oval or doing a deep water running session. Lazy Runner is designed to add variety to your running and to increase your fitness levels by adding different running training programs.

To find out a lot more about Lazy Runner running groups go to

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