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Brooks Wadjemup Rottnest Running Festival

42.2km*#, 21.1km*#, 10km*#, 5km# & 0.3km


June 16, 2024

42.2km*# Start Time

7:00 am

21.1km*# Start Time

8:30 am

10km*# Start Time

10:20 am

5km# Start Time

10:30 am

0.3km Start Time

12:00 pm

Brooks Wadjemup Rottnest Running Festival

📣 The RunFun Travel Marathon, Hotel Rottnest Half Marathon, Rottnest Island Authority 10km and Rottnest Bakery 5k have sold out, but friends and family can still join in the celebrations and take advantage of the discounted ferry tickets offered by Rottnest Express, SeaLink or Rottnest Fast Ferries.

Get ready to experience an electrifying extravaganza at the 30th Rottnest Running Festival! Presented by the West Australian Marathon Club Inc., this sensational community affair is geared towards igniting your passion for distance running while contributing to a great cause - the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Mark your calendars for the 30th Rottnest Marathon, an epic journey accompanied by the riveting 21.1km, 10km, and 5km fun runs. Organized by the West Australian Marathon Club, this event isn't just about the thrill of the run, but also about making a meaningful impact with the event proceeds supporting the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The inaugural Rottnest Marathon was run in October 1994. In that year 72 runners completed the marathon with Ray Brown winning the men’s race in a time of 2:35:50 and visiting New Zealand runner Nyla Carroll took the women’s title in 2:52:20. In 2023 the women's record was broken by the incredible Kate Baker who was the overall winner of the marathon and set the new women's record at 2:47:53! The current course record for men is 02:28:57 set by Gerard Hill in 2019. The previous mens course record was 2:29:24, set in 1998 by Todd Ingraham.

The heart-pounding RunFun Travel Rottnest Marathon commences with the soul-stirring sound of bagpipes at 6:55 am on Sunday morning, setting the stage for an adrenaline-packed experience. The distinctive bagpipe music echoes through the course, especially at Armstrong Hill, infusing tradition into the event. Expect over 300 avid runners to conquer the challenging four-lap marathon course, starting and finishing right at the entrance to Rottnest Island, adjacent to the Main Jetty.

As the sun rises higher, the excitement continues with the SeaLink Half Marathon at 8:30 am. By this time, the marathon runners will be making strides into their first lap, while around 700 participants will join the half marathon, following the same route but covering it twice, adding to the energy and enthusiasm.

At 10:20 am and 10:30 am, the action escalates with the Rottnest Island Authority 10K Run and the Rottnest Bakery 5K Run. With the marathon runners on their final laps, expect around 1000 runners and walkers to embark on these events, tracing the same route as the marathon course, and creating a thrilling crescendo to the day.

At 12noon is the KIDS ONLY QUOKKA DASH. 8yo and under 300m dash! 

The 30th Rottnest Running Festival promises an extraordinary blend of history, camaraderie, and the exhilaration of running against the stunning backdrop of Rottnest Island. Don't miss out on this incredible celebration of sport, community, and giving back!

5km & 10km - 11:45am @ Start/Finish Stage Area
21.1km & Marathon - 1pm @ Hotle Rottnest (incl prrize draw).

This community event is conducted by the West Australian Marathon Club Inc. with the proceeds being donated to Royal Flying Doctor Service. Our aim is to promote the sport of distance running.  The Fun Run options have been designed for those who want to be part of the great community event but feel 42.2km or 21.1km is too far. The 5km is ideally suited for walkers or the very young with their parents and prams.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to people over an area of 7.69 million square kilometres.

* Please note that marathon finisher shirts are for the first 340 marathon finishers. Shirt size cannot be guaranteed. *

Online registrations close on Thursday, 13 June 2024 @ 12:01 PM, unless sold out prior. A late registration penalty is applied from the Saturday before the event (applies to non-members only).

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Charity Partner

Royal Flying Doctor logo


Brooks logo
Rottnest Island Authority  logo
Hotel Rottnest logo
RunFun Travel  logo
Rottnest Express logo
Sealink logo
Rottnest Fast Ferries logo
Rottnest General Store logo
Rottnest Bakery logo

Entrance Fees

Member U18$20.00
Non-member U18$35.00
Member U18$45.00
Non-member U18$70.00
Member U18$15.00
Non-member U18$30.00

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