Event Details

Goodlife Rottnest Running Festival
42.2km, 21.1km, 10km & 5km

Date: October 21st, 2018
Start: Heritage Common, Rottnest Island
Finish: Heritage Common, Rottnest Island
42.2km Start Time: 6.30am
21.1km Start Time: 7:15am
5km Start Time: 10:25am
10km Start Time: 10:30am


The 2018 Festival Guide can be downloaded here! The guide outlines what will happen on race day and any special discounts that will be available whilst visiting the island.

The 25th Goodlife Rottnest Marathon (42.195km) and accompanying 21.1km, 10km and 5km fun run is organised by the West Australian Marathon Club with the event proceeds being donated to 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 – this remains the course record for women. The current course record for men is 2:29:24, set in 1998 by Todd Ingraham.

The start of the Goodlife Rottnest Marathon is heralded by the wail of bagpipes at 6.20am on the Sunday morning. The bagpipes have become a traditional part of the marathon and can be heard throughout the marathon at Armstrong Hill. It is anticipated that over 200 runners will tackle the four-lap course that starts and finishes adjacent to the Heritage Common and circumnavigates the salt lakes in the centre of the Island via the sealed roads.

The Goodlife Half Marathon starts at 7.15am by which time most of the marathon runners will be well and truly on the way though their first lap. It is anticipated around 400 runners will cover the same route as the marathon course but only twice!

The Goodlife Rottnest Fun Run starts at 10.25am by which time most of the marathon runners will be finished. It is anticipated around 600 runners and walkers will participate in either the 5km out-and-back course or the 10km fun run that covers the same route as the marathon course.

Presentations are then held at 1:30 pm at Hotel Rottnest. 

All Marathon finishers will receive a medal! The Marathon has a cut off time of 6.5 hours.

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.  Participants have the option of the Marathon, Half marathon or the Fun Run that has two distances, a 10km run or a 5km walk or run. The Fun Run option has 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. Results will be available on the day from the BlueChip Timing’s website and from the WAMC website.

Raymond Lampard

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.

Marathon – Members $95.00, Non-Members $110.00
Half Marathon – Members $45.00, Non-Members $50.00
10km Over 18 – Members $30.00, Non-Members $40.00
10km 12-17 years – Members $15.00, Non-Members $20.00
10km Up to 11 years – Members $10.00, Non-Members $15.00
5km Over 18 – Members $20.00, Non-Members $30.00
5km 12-17 years – Members $10.00, Non-Members $15.00
5km Up to 11 years – Members $5.00, Non-Members $10.00

For all events, online registrations will be closing Thursday, 19 October, at 12:00pm.

All registered participants in the event will be recorded by an electronic timing system on crossing the finish line. Disposable timing chips are attached to the back of the race bib. Do not remove or peel the plastic timing devices from the race bib. Attach the race bib to the front of the body only, by pinning the bib in the holes at the four corners. Please make sure that the race bib is kept flat and not folded or crumpled. The race bib is allocated to the person nominated on the entry form and is non-transferable to another person. The race bib must remain in its issued form. IF YOU TURN UP WITHOUT YOUR RACE BIB (LOST OR LEFT HOME) THERE WILL BE A $10.00 SURCHARGE TO HAVE ANOTHER RACE BIB ISSUED.

WAMC events are conducted under IAAF rules. Participants must only take drinks from the nominated drink station locations. Participants must not be paced (or accompanied) by non-participants either on foot or on bicycles. Breaches of any of these rules may lead to disqualification.

DO NOT LITTER…. wildlife on Rottnest Island, particularly quokkas, are very vulnerable to health problems from discarded energy gel sachets. These must be deposited in the bins provided near the water stations or at the very least dropped on the road for collection rather than thrown into the vegetation.

The Marathon event has a cut off time of 6.5 hours. The Half Marathon has a cut off time of 3 hours. 

For marathoners, who have registered BEFORE 25 September, you will be able to collect your bib from Running Warehouse Australia, 52 McCoy Street, Myaree, on Saturday 6 October between 10:00am – 12:00pm. If you are unable to attend this bib collection you will be able to collect your bib on the Island.

Anyone who registers after this date will need to collect their bib from Heritage Common on either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning before the race starts. Bib collection for the Half Marathon, 10km & 5km will occur on Saturday afternoon or from 6:00am, Sunday on Heritage Common. There will be plenty of signage pointing you in the right direction.


This year the presentations will take place at Hotel Rottnest from 1:30pm to 1:50pm. What better way to enjoy the presentations than to have a beverage in hand! After presentations, live music will be played, so stick around and enjoy the view that Hotel Rottnest has to offer.
Major draw prizes will be drawn at the presentations at Hotel Rottnest.
Other minor prizes will be drawn from random race numbers throughout the event  so ensure you hang around the finish line and listen out for your number!
For the Marathon and Half Marathon only, the age group winners presentations will take place at 11:35am at Heritage Common.

All entrants are able to travel to the Island with our event partner Rottnest Express. Other ferry companies such as Rottnest Fast Ferries and Sealink are also available.
Early morning ferry services for the Marathon have been arranged through Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries. Another Half Marathon ferry has also been arranged through Sealink to ensure competitors can arrive before the Half Marathon start.

Rottnest Express Marathon Ferry– The official Goodlife Rottnest Running Festival Ferry Partner.
25% OFF – Use code ROTTMARA2018 

Rottnest Express are offering a special early morning service direct to Rottnest Island from our Northport terminal – departing at 5.15 am.
Their additional morning services to the Island also include a 7:30am and 9:30am from B Shed, to get to the Island in time for the Fun Runs starting at 10:25am.
25% discount is valid for same day and extended stay return for people participating in Rottnest Marathon. Applicable to new bookings only.

Rottnest Fast Ferries – Hillarys Boat Harbour
20% OFF – Use Goodlife to receive your discount.
A 5:00am ferry has been scheduled to get all marathon runners to the island on time.

20% OFF – Use RUNNING18 to receive your discount.
Sealink will have an early morning ferry designated for the half marathon runners leaving at 6:20am getting you there in time for the half marathon start at 7:15am.

Keep an eye out for special Running Warehouse days coming in 2018. Simply head into Running Warehouse Myaree during July, August and September 2018 and purchase something in store over $100.00 and receive a voucher for 25% off any entry in the Goodlife Rottnest Running Festival.


In support of the Goodlife Health Clubs Rottnest Running FestivalHotel Rottnest are offering a buffet dining experience on the Saturday night before the Running Festival for competitors and guests.
Last years pre-race buffet was a sell out! So click HERE to secure your ticket now!

A buffet dinner will be on offer with the following menu.

– homemade beef lasagna, tomato sugo, mozzarella & creamy white bechemel sauce
– organic barley risotto, roasted pumpkin & feta (vegetarian)

– sweet potato, fresh spinach & organic quinoa salad
– house made green leaf salad, mixed seeds, lemon oil

– artisan dinner bread rolls


Are you a university student? Make sure you enter your university and student number when registering to make sure your results are counted towards the 2018 UniSport Nationals Distance Running championship!

This year, as a special bonus to all competitors, we will hold a Quokka Dash. Available for children up to the age of the 4, the course is a lap around Heritage Common in which the kids will finish in the same chute as the main race. Best part about this is, it’s free if you have already

Date: Sunday, 21 October 
Time: 12:00pm
Course: Lap or Heritage Common, Rottnest Island.
Cost: $5.00 or FREE*
*To register for FREE entry, email wamc@wamc.org.au with child’s full name, date of birth and proof of parent / guardian registration into any other Rottnest Running Festival Event. 

• The race organisers recommend that the marathon be attempted only after a period of regular running, culminated by about three months of training directed towards the marathon. This should include some long distances and perhaps some shorter races.

• Prior to the day ensure you are adequately hydrated (your urine should by clear). On the day of the race, continue to take on fluids before, during and after the race. Weigh yourself before a long training run and then again after, the difference in weight is the amount of fluid you have lost (1kg = 1 litre). This helps to determine how much you need to drink during the event.

• Do not wear new shoes or clothes, as they will tend to cause blisters and chaffing.

• If you have been unwell in the 48 hours prior to the event or if you are recovering from a viral infection, do not attempt to run. You must retire if you feel distressed, disorientated, or are asked to do so by an official.

• The race organisers recommend you seek medical advice to ensure that you are fit to compete in any such event and that this advice is obtained regularly and with the specific demands of the event in mind. If you answer YES to any of the following questions we strongly suggest that you seek medical approval prior to running the marathon:

1. Do you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma?
2. Do you smoke?
3. Are you 15% over your ideal weight for height?
4. Have you been running for less than 1 year and are aged 35 years or over? The race organisers can provide a list of doctors who are able to confirm the participant’s fitness to compete in the event.


Entrants must not take pets on the run. Skateboards, roller-skates/rollerblades or similar devices, are strictly forbidden due to the risk of injury to participants. Be aware we may not have exclusive use of some of the shared paths. All runners will assemble in the advised start area by foot and obey Police and Officials’ directions whilst awaiting the official start.

To ensure your safety and that of everyone else in the race, the use of headphones or any musical device is strongly discouraged. Any use of headphones is a safety hazard since such use may compromise a participant’s ability to hear critical safety and/or directional instructions, especially instructions that may arise in an emergency situation.

There are no prizes for running prams and we request all those pushing running prams not to be competitive, start from the rear and enjoy the experience. Pushing through runners could lead to injuries.

Dehydration can be potentially lethal, particularly if you overextend yourself in hot and/or humid conditions. However, your body can still overheat even if climatic conditions are only moderate. Ensure you drink plenty of water throughout the day prior to the event and drink early in the event before you become thirsty. Stop to walk or at least slow down at drink stations to allow adequate rehydration. DO NOT compete if you have had diarrhoea within 48 hours prior to the event or are suffering from a viral infection or even feeling unwell.

REMEMBER to also drink plenty of water after the event. If you feel distressed, disorientated, dizzy, or excessively tired, SLOW down or rest for a while. If you do not improve WITHDRAW.

The Rottnest Marathon consists of four (4) laps. The first lap is 12.2km and includes a loop out towards Kingstown Barracks with the following three (3) laps, excluding the Kingstown loop, being approx. 10km each, with the finish on Heritage Common. The Half Marathon has an initial lap of 11.1km lap towards Kingstown Barrack and then rejoins the course proper. The 5km event is an out and back course with a turnaround point at 2.60km to return to the finish on the Heritage Common.

There are five drink stations on the course located at approx 2km intervals, they will be manned by volunteer army cadets, who will issue you with water. For the marathon, electrolyte drink will be available at approx 5k intervals.

Special drinks must be handed into Unit 349 (adjacent to Heritage Common) by 6.00pm on SATURDAY or 6.30am on SUNDAY if arriving on the early morning ferry. Drinks must clearly identify your Bib No. and the drink station it is to be placed at. These drinks will be placed on a separate table and it will be up to the participants to retrieve their own drink. Alternatively, participants may have their supporters hand them special drinks at the drink station locations so long as there is no interference with the operation of the drink station or with other participants trying to get their own special drinks. Thirst is a poor indicator of fluid replacement needs, drink regularly and before you become thirsty. Even if the day is cool, the wind can dehydrate you by as much as 25%. Continue to drink after the run to replace the fluid loss.


With thanks to Perth Running Club, four programs are available for each of the Goodlife Running Festival distances. Perth Running Club are a boutique running club established in 2012 by three time Olympian Sarah Jamieson.

Whether you can run the length of your driveway or run all day, Perth Running Club caters for you.

They pride themselves on providing a personalised service where group sizes are kept to a minimum to ensure that they improve every runner that joins the club. Their coaches are all running junkies and will ensure that if you aren’t already, you soon will be too!

All programs commence 27 August 2018 and will take you all the way to the start line.


We are excited to announce that all courses have been updated and new comes maps are available below. Courses have been designed so that supporters and spectators can be closer to the action especially around the Heritage Common area…! Take a look below:

Course Map

Goodlife Rottnest Running Festival 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km & 5km