Support the reef with Australia’s world-first simultaneous running event

Raise vital funds to help preserve Australia’s treasured Great Barrier Reef with this upcoming world-first running event, taking place simultaneously across 23 different locations this October

Australia’s kids, families, competitive runners and environment lovers are gearing up take part in the world’s first simultaneous running event raising awareness for the Great Barrier Reef. Taking place on Sunday 16th 2022, the 23 events will be held in cities across Australia and New Zealand in order to help raise funds to preserve Australia’s treasured Great Barrier Reef.

run4reef will see thousands simultaneously run as one for climate change across the streets of Adelaide, Ballarat, Bendigo, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Central Coast, Darwin, Geelong, Gold Coast, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Moreton Bay, Newcastle, Sydney, Perth, Thursday Island, Townsville across Australia, and Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand.

Events will include a kids fun run, 5 and 10km all abilities events, and a special race2zero 10km event with a $1K male and female cash prize for competitive runners – all participating simultaneously against their fellow runners across Australia and New Zealand, tracking time through connected technology displayed on big screens.

run4reef Race Director and Olympian Steve Moneghetti is leading the charge by calling on climate conscious Aussies to come together with their friends and loved ones for the betterment of their health and the health of the planet.

“It’s time for Aussies of all abilities to pull on their running shoes and come together to help raise funds to preserve Australia’s treasured Great Barrier Reef,” Moneghetti told The Wordrobe.

“Whether you’re in Sydney, Perth, Cairns or Auckland, and running, walking or jogging, we’ll all be running as one to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Reef and other world-leading climate initiatives.

“The inaugural run4reef event is truly something people of all ages and abilities can proudly take part in to give back to our planet and I’m calling on all of us to get involved. Get your friends, family or colleagues together to be part of an exciting global mission!”

run4reef will raise much-needed funds to help protect the Reef, with 15% of registration income supporting the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s innovative ‘plant a coral initiative’, WWF-Australia, WWF-NZ and local government organisations based on event location. Non-runners can also get involved and support the cause by donating online and signing up to become a Reef Fan.

Internationally acclaimed marine scientist and leading authority on coral reef science and conservation, Great Barrier Reef Foundation Chief Scientist Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the time is now for Australians to support one of the world’s most pressing environmental threats.

“With the health of the world’s largest living ecosystem at stake, the need for climate action has never been more pressing and I can’t wait to see thousands of Australians and New Zealanders showing their support for the climate at this year’s run4reef.”

By registering, participants and Reef Fans who enter early will automatically have the chance to win a range of prizes including a complimentary trip to the Great Barrier Reef, a premium new car courtesy of race sponsor BYD (first 40,000 registrants)

To register for one of the 23 local run4reef events or show your support part by becoming a Reef Fan, visit

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