Great Whitehaven Beach Run Race Details


Sunday 26 June 2016


Half Marathon 21.1km, 10km, 5km, 1.5km, 500m

Charter Transfer Service    

Depart Port of Airlie Marina at 7.30am, arrive at Hamilton Island Marina at 8.30am.
Depart Hamilton Island Marina, Cruise Whitsundays Jetty at 8:45am, boarding will commence at 8.30am.


  • 10am - 21.1km
  • 10.10am – 10km
  • 10.20am- 5km
  • 12.30pm – Junior Races

Return time back to Hamilton Island will be determined on the last competitor, we anticipate approximately 3.00pm, then onto Port of Airlie by approximately 4.30pm, please note that this is not guaranteed.


Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

How to Enter    

Click here to register.

Entries Close    

Online Registrations close 24th June 2016 at 12am.

Subject to availability; registrations will be accepted at: 
Reef Lounge - Hamilton Island.  Friday 4.00 - 6.00pm*
Cruise Whitsundays - Port of Airlie. 7.00 - 7.20am*

Please note that due to current registrations and seating restrictions on our vessel, there are limited vacancies. 


  • 21.1km - $95.00
  • 10km - $95.00
  • 5km - $95.00
  • 1.5km (Junior) $65.00
  • 500m (Junior) $65.00
  • Spectator - $60.00


Beach run on Whitehaven Beach. Click here to download the course map.

Minimum Ages    

  • 21.1km - Competitors must be a minimum of 16 years old as at 31 December 2016
  • 10km - Competitors must be a minimum of 12 years old as at 31 December 2016
  • 5km - Competitors must be a minimum of 8 years old as at 31 December 2016
  • 1.5km - Competitors must be 15 years or younger as at 31 December 2016
  • 500m - Competitors must be 15 years or younger as at 31 December 2016


Individual Open

No qualification required. First 3 across the line.
Open place getters are not eligible for age group prize.
Open prizes awarded across all 3 distances.

Individual Age Group

Age as at 26th June 2016
Age categories subject to min. competitor entries
Pro rata system to be utilised upon final registrations

Pre Event Participation    

You must ensure that you have trained sufficiently and are physically capable of completing the event within your current level of health and fitness. You must also ensure at all times during the event that you are performing well within your level of skill and ability for each of the three disciplines. To not abide by these conditions can create potentially dangerous situation for yourself and other competitors.

Competitor Registration    

Registration for all competitors will take place on Friday 24th June, 4.00pm–6.00pm in the Reef Lounge and Saturday 25th June, 7.00am–8.30am at the Cruise Whitsundays Jetty located on Front Street. Please bring a printed copy of your receipt. It is compulsory for all athletes to register during this time. You must show identification (Drivers License, Passport etc). You will receive your race pack during this time which includes your Great Whitehaven Beach race singlet and other sponsor products.

Race Briefing / Race Start    

There will be a pre-race briefing at Whitehaven Beach on Sunday 26 June for all competitors directly before the start of their race. 


Any athlete seen to be taking a shortcut during the event will be disqualified. iPod use is allowed but only one earphone is permitted to be worn to allow ease of communication with officials. This is a beach run and use of shoes are optional. 


Withdrawals prior to the event must be in writing – email If you withdraw on race day before race start, please advise an Official. The cancellation fee is 100% should you pull out the day of the race. If you withdraw during the race, please report to and advise the Officials that you have withdrawn, returning your timing chip at this point. The cancellation fee is 100% should you pull out during the race. 

Changes to Entry

Changes can be made until close of entries on Thursday 23rd of June at 5pm. Any changes after that time can be made at registration on Friday or on race morning.

Cancellation Fee    

100% non-refundable.

Cruise Whitsundays Ferry Transfers    

Competitors, family members and spectators utilising Cruise Whitsunday’s ferry services to/from Hamilton Island Marina will receive a 50% discount on return transfers, when booking directly with Cruise Whitsundays, proof of entry will be required at time of booking.
Competitors, family members and spectators can utilise the Great Whitehaven Beach Run ferry service Sunday 26 June 2016, departing from Port of Airlie, the cost of this is included in your registration or spectator ticket.  To secure your seat on this service, please select Port of Airlie ferry service on the first page of your registration.  This service will depart Port of Airlie marina at 7:30am, arriving at Hamilton Island Marina at 8:25am, departing Hamilton Island Marina at 8:45, arriving at Whitehaven Beach at 9.30am.  
For all other ferry times please visit the Cruise Whitsundays website.

Medical Insurance    

It is strongly advised that you take out personal medical insurance for the duration of your stay, especially for international competitors. Under the Australian Health Act, all non-Australians are not covered financially for personal injury. If you do have an accident you must pay for your own medical expenses. Therefore it is essential for you to obtain adequate personal medical insurance.


Click here to view the Whitehaven Beach Run 2014 results.
Click here to view the Whitehaven Beach Run 2015 results.


Need Accommodation on Hamilton Island? Discounted rates are available to
you as a participant of this event. Please contact Hamilton Island Reservations on 137 333 and mention you are competing in this event.

Medal Presentations    

Presentations for The Great Whitehaven Beach Run will be held on Whitehaven Beach at the conclusion of the event.