Bridge to Brisbane 2023 Takes Centre Stage Among Brisbane’s Running Routes

The Bridge to Brisbane 2023 fun run is set to take over the city in October, with a beginner’s 4.5-km course that starts right in Hamilton, plus a more advanced 10-km course.

Bridge to Brisbane 2023

Bridge to Brisbane 4.5km
The 4.5km course starts at Hercules Park, Hamilton. Photo Credit: The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane

The 4.5km course follows the Brisbane River to the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills. This beginner-friendly distance is perfect for newer runners.

Bridge to Brisbane 10 km
The 10km course starts at the foot of the Gateway Bridge. Photo Credit: The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane

For more experienced runners, the 10km course takes participants across the bridge before finishing at the Showgrounds. The Bridge to Brisbane allows runners to raise money for charity while enjoying Brisbane’s landmark runs.

Shuttles will conveniently transport runners to the start of both courses on race day. In addition to free transport, entry to this year’s Bridge to Brisbane includes an official t-shirt and a finisher’s medal and certificate.

Entries close online on October 13 and in-person on October 14. Don’t miss your chance to be part of Queensland’s biggest community running event!

To enter Bridge to Brisbane 2023, visit their registration portal here.

Brisbane’s other running routes

For those training for the Bridge to Brisbane or simply exploring Brisbane’s running options, the city offers a number of scenic riverside trails. 

City Botanic Gardens
Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens. Photo Credit: John Robert McPherson/Wikimedia Commons

The 5km route between QUT and New Farm offers stunning views of the Brisbane River and City Botanic Gardens. Extend the run to 10km by returning via Newstead.

The 4km waterfront course along Kangaroo Point Cliffs offers skyline views to motivate runners. Conquer the cliff stairs for an extra challenge.

Runners looking for greenery can hit the trails of Mt Coot-tha Reserve, just a 30-minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD. The 1.9km Summit Track takes runners to the viewpoint at the top of Mt Coot-tha’s iconic peak.

For a longer trail run, wind through the parklands along the Enoggera Creek Bikeway. Starting in The Gap, this 13km trail winds through the northside suburbs of Windsor, Wilston, and Newmarket.

With a range of scenic options for all levels, Brisbane runners are spoilt for choice. Lace up, get inspired and see the city from a fresh perspective.

Published 15 September 2023

Mark Your Calendars! Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run to Return in August

Did you know that the Bridge to Brisbane fun run event, spanning several suburbs including Eagle Farm, is finally returning to Queensland? 

Scheduled for the 29th of August 2021, the Bridge to Brisbane fun run is returning to Queensland for its 25th anniversary — and what better way to celebrate than to take its runners back to the course that started it all: the Gateway Bridge? 

For 18 years, between the event’s launch in 1997 to 2015, Bridge to Brisbane’s route consisted of a run across the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges, or as it’s more commonly known, the Gateway Bridge. It had only changed locations in the past decade due to construction in Kingsford Smith Drive, however runners will finally be able to experience the original route once again.

As always, participants of the fun run are encouraged to wear colourful and zany costumes at the event, such as these runners from a previous year. 

As part of the events, two routes will be available, with the primary route being 10 kilometres long, and the secondary route 4.5 kilometres long. Each one offers their own distinct sights and paths, with both culminating at the Brisbane Showgrounds. 

Those who take the primary route will be given the opportunity to run 1.6 kilometres over the length of the Gateway Bridge — one that hasn’t arisen in roughly six years. The 10-km course will start runners off at the iconic bridge before bringing them across Kingsford Smith Drive, and finally ending at the Brisbane Showgrounds. 

The 10km route.
Photo credit: Google Maps

The 4.5km route, on the other hand, will start from Hercules Park in Hamilton and make their way towards the Brisbane Showgrounds. Note that with this route, runners will be unable to make their way across the Gateway Bridge. 

The 4.5km route.
Photo credit: Google Maps

To learn more about the fun run, visit the Bridge to Brisbane website here. Follow their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates concerning the event, as well as any other special announcements.