21.1km Half Marathon

Race sponsored by

Port of Mackay

The flat, fast and scenic course is perfect to set a PB, to experience your first Half Marathon or as a lead in run to the Gold Coast Marathon in July.

Your journey starts at the Mackay Marina, looping through leafy Gooseponds and over the picturesque blue Pioneer River.

Supporters and live music create an awesome atmosphere as you run the Bluewater trail to River Wharves.

It’s now time to cross Forgan Bridge taking in the spectacular river view and return to the Marina. Those last 2km are brimming with run motivators, live entertainment and Mackay comes out in droves to get you over the finish line.

All half marathon finishers receive a unique Mackay Region inspired medal.

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Event Information

Date 4 June 2023
Distance 21.1km
Start Time 6.30am
Start line Entrance to the Marina Wall
Finish line Marina Village Car Park
Age limit 16 Years old on the day

Entry Fees

Early bird entry fee 1st January to 13th March $100
Regular entry 14th March to 12pm 2nd June $120
Last minute registration 12.01pm 2nd June to 4pm 3rd June $150

An event singlet is included with all 21.1km event registrations if registered by 17th April 2023.

Training Plan

Prepare for your distance in this year’s BMA Mackay Marina Run with a free training plan.

Download training plan

Course Map

MMR 21.1km Race Map

Cut Off Policy

The Mackay Marina Run has an official cut off time for the 21.1km in which entrants must complete their race. This time is 3hrs 20mins, pace guideline is 8.30 min per km. Cut off times are enforced so roads can be reopened to the public in accordance with event permits. These are all based off the gun time (i.e. the time when the starting gun is fired). Please view course map for cut off locations.

Course officials will issue warnings throughout the course and have the authority to remove participants from the race at any of the listed cut off locations where a participant is behind the cut off time and their safety or event progress is compromised. It is important to note it remains the participant’s responsibility to ensure they finish within the official cut-off time. The pace guideline is 8.30 per km pace which will assist participants with their training and race day pacing. Should a participants’ gun finish time fall outside the official cut-off time an official result will not be published or provided. Event organisers are committed to all participants having a great experience.

Waypoint Location Time
Drink Station 1 Harbour Rd, 100m East of Vines Creek Bridge 00:28:00
Drink Station 2 Willetts Rd, 100m before shops (Vets, Pathology) 01:06:00
Drink Station 3 On riverside pathway above entrance to Caneland covered carpark 01:44:00
Drink Station 4 Harbour Rd Turnaround between Forgan Bridge and Kooyong corner 02:13:00
Drink Station 5 Harbour Rd, 100m East of Vines Creek Bridge (also Waterstop 1) 02:32:00
Drink Station 6 Ron Searle Drive 100m before East Point Drive Roundabout 03:00:00

Aid Stations

3km Aid and water
7km Aid, water and sports drink
14km Aid, water and sports drink
16.5km Aid and water
19km Aid, water and sports drink


The 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed runners (both male and female) will receive prize money and an official event trophy.

1st place in each age category receive a trophy.

Under 20
20 – 29
30 – 39
40 – 49
50 – 59
60 – 69
70 and over

1st place $1,500 *plus a bonus $1,000 for breaking a race record
2nd place $750
3rd place $500


21.1km record male Liam Boudin 01:05:08 (2022)
21.1km record female Victoria Beck 01:16:39 (2017)

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