A member of the Association of International Marathons & Road Races (AIMS), the Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival is one of the most-loved running festivals in Australia. Since its inception, the Sunshine Coast Marathon has raised over $1.8 million for charity and community groups. Located on the stunning Sunshine Coast, Queensland an hours drive north of Brisbane this not-for-profit event has been timed to make the most of the ideal Queensland winter running conditions. Blue skies, low humidity and mild temperatures combined with a flat course always enable fast times. Event distances include the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 kilometre, 5 kilometre and the 2 kilometre. Each road race follows the stunning coastline of Alexandra Headlands with white sandy beaches and spectacular vantage points alongside the ocean. The Half Marathon is a one loop course with Marathon entrants completing a multi-loop course (1 x 21 kilometres and 2 x 10.5 kilometres) making the most of the on-course entertainment and crowds of spectators before a red carpet hero finish.