READ TO GO: Runners at the start of the 5km race last year.
READ TO GO: Runners at the start of the 5km race last year. Che Chapman

Snapshot of the Sunshine Coast marathon and run festival

The 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Running Festival is in its fifth year.

It consists of six events, with a fun run on Friday and five races on Sunday.

The feature 42.2km marathon will be held at 6am.

It's all based at Alexandra Headland Surf Club.

Up to 8000 people are expected to take part.

Road closures will be in place at Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland.

The races are popular because of scenic routes, a mild climate and a relatively flat course, which enables fast times.

The marathon course record of 2hr18min30sec was set by Ethiopian, Samuel Woldemanuel, in 2015.

Other races are the half marathon, 10km, 5km and the 2km. Each one follows the coastline of Alexandra Headland.

The half marathon is a one loop course with marathon entrants completing a multi-loop course.

There is also an expo, which has a range of products which can be sampled or bought.

The marathon and run festival is a member of the Association of International Marathons & Road Races.

It aims to help raise more than $250,000 this year, taking the total contribution to $1 million since it started.

Money raised from the not-for-profit event has been distributed to more than 70 charities including the event's two major beneficiaries Ronald McDonald House Charities and Westpac Foundation.

This year's marathon boasts international runners, including strong athletes from Japan, Ethiopia and Eritrea.


Emerald misses out on the classic democracy sausage

Premium Content Emerald misses out on the classic democracy sausage

It’s a quiet day at polling booth’s across the Central Highlands, with many...

Democracy sausage: Here's where to get yours

Democracy sausage: Here's where to get yours

Map shows where you can get your election democracy sausage

Who are Clive Palmer’s CQ candidates?

Premium Content Who are Clive Palmer’s CQ candidates?

A young political novice, a golf director, and a sometime flight attendant are on...