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Mackay Marina Run Registrations Now Open

Early Bird registrations are now open for the 2023 BMA Mackay Marina Run to be held in June.

Now in its 15th year, the annual run is widely regarded as Queensland’s most scenic running event with a flat, fast course set against stunning sub-tropical scenery.

Event Director Tim Magoffin advised the run was fast becoming a signature event on the national running event calendar.

“The BMA Mackay Marina Run offers a unique event with runners able to enjoy our flat, fast course set within a scenic sub-tropical location,” he said.

“Runners will wind their way through Mackay with the stunning blue water Pioneer River as a backdrop – it’s a pretty special experience that is unrivalled by other events.”

With the event taking place four weeks out from the Gold Coast Marathon, Mr Magoffin advised they were expecting competitors from all over Australia.

“The national appeal of our event has definitely grown,” he said.

“People are recognising what a great precursor we are for the Gold Coast Marathon and that’s presented a wonderful opportunity for tourism in our region.”

Over 3,500 competitors are expected for this year’s event which will raise funds for The Leukaemia Foundation.

The BMA Mackay Marina Run will take place on June 4, 2023, and includes a 21.1km half marathon, 8 and 5km, a 3km junior dash and the popular 5km Corporate Challenge.

Early Bird Registrations will close March 13.

A part of the suite of events involved in the Mackay Marina Run, Mr Magoffin launched the Twilight City Run last week with the announcement of its major sponsor, Mackay Airport, extending its naming rights sponsorship through to and including 2025.

The Mackay Airport Twilight City Run is scheduled to be held on Friday March 3 and is a popular and inclusive event that sees hundreds of runners, walkers and families take to the street for an evening of fun and fitness.

“It’s a way of launching the Marina Run and also a separate event to raise money for the local branch of the Leukemia foundation,” Mr Magoffin said.

“It’s a real community event and the sponsorship of the Mackay Airport allows us to absorb and pay for the expenses of putting the event on so that people’s registrations can go straight into the Leukemia Foundation.”

With over 700 participants in last year’s run, Mr Magoffin is expecting a record turnout of over 800 runners to hit the streets for a good cause in March.

“We’re hoping this year that we’ll get over $500,000 raised from Mackay Marina Run and City Run for the Leukemia Foundation, so there’s half a million dollars that, without the community getting behind it, wouldn’t exist.”

Mackay Airport Head of Operations Adrian Miles said Mackay Airport’s shows event organisers and the community the Twilight City Run has a prosperous future.

“Events like this are so important to my community and also visitors to the region,” he said.

“It provides an opportunity to promote physical health and social engagement and then also is a draw card for visitors coming to the region to stay and attend such great events.

“A big part of Mackay Airport sponsorship is for the community and is also for charity organisations where we can so all funds going to the Leukemia Foundation is one of the best outcomes from this event.”

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Event Director Tim Magoffin and Mackay Airport Head of Operations Adrian Miles

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