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6 Family Running Festivals

In Australia

Swimmers, a beach towel and a pair of thongs - all standard baggage on family holiday packing lists. But there's a new kid on the block - luggage space is now being reserved for athletic apparel.

The Color Run
Location: Major cities throughout Australia
Month: August - October (depending on city)

Otherwise known as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, the Color Run kicked off its Australian tour in November 2012 and has been painting our continent ever since. The event was inspired by the Hindu Holi festival, during which coloured powders are thrown to welcome Spring. All powders used in the Color Run are 100% natural, so sensitive young skin should be safe. The event is suitable for all ages and strollers are welcome.

Winery Running Festival
Location: Hunter Valley Gardens, NSW
Month: July

Arguably one of the most interesting venues for a running festival in Australia. Starting and finishing within the numerous beautifully themed gardens, kids can enjoy the 2km Storybook course. 5km and 10km options may also suit active teens. Nestling among world-class wineries and recreational facilities many will be tempted to build this into a longer break and take advantage of all the area has to offer.

Great Ocean Road Marathon Weekend
Location: Apollo Bay, VIC
Month: May

Proudly spruiked by the organisers as ‘Australia’s most stunning marathon’ with the notion avidly supported by past participants, the Great Ocean Road marathon is a festival not to be missed. Aside from the standard adult-oriented distances, the children also get the chance to run the Kids’ Gallop, a 1.5km course that snakes through the picturesque Apollo Bay.

Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Running Weekend
Location: Newnes, NSW
Month: June

This weekend is all about family and friends. Offering camping facilities at the events hub, this festival provides incredible trail-running in a pristine environment that is fun for the whole family. Kids are well and truly catered for with a treasure hunt and other activities and the event is hosted in the beautiful Wolgan Valley, where you'll find everything from live music to full-catering options.

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
Location: Sydney, NSW
Month: September

Sydney’s iconic Running Festival makes for a fantastic day out with the kids... and approximately 35,000 others. The Sunday Telegraph Family Fun Run is an easy 3.5km which makes it perfect for little legs. The festival also includes Marathon, Half-Marathon and 9km Bridge Run events, with all races starting at Bradfield Park in Milsons Point before making their way across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Local or out-of-towner — it’s a great way to get active while seeing the sights of the city.

Husky Running Festival
Location: Huskisson, NSW
Month: August

Jervis Bay has long been magnetic in its attraction of those seeking jade-coloured ocean vistas and the whitest sand in the world, a fact officially recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records. Given the stunning location this superb running festival has all the obvious trappings required for a beach holiday. Kids are well catered for with a fun 2km race as well as a Half-Marathon course for the oldies. The main race hub is at the Huskisson White Sands Holiday Park so accommodation options are numerous.

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