The start of the 5km race at the Murgon marathon running festival.
The start of the 5km race at the Murgon marathon running festival. Claudia Williams

Murgon running festival set to be a fun-filled day out

THIS year's Murgon Rail Trail Festival and Marathon is all about coming together as a community and having fun.

The Murgon Rail Trail Festival and Marathon will be held in conjunction with the Murgon Business Development Association on Sunday, July 21, this year.

The highlight of this year's festival is the mega inflatable obstacle course that has been named accordingly: Fun Run Fever.

The Fun Run Fever is a one-of-a-kind inflatable obstacle challenge based on one thing: having fun.

The mega obstacle course will cost $20 per person and run from 9am, 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm on the Sunday.

Entrants must be 90cm or taller to take part in the fun run.

Stacey Perrett from the Murgon Rail Trail Festival and Marathon said she expected it would draw quite the crowd.

"Be prepared to wind your way through an imaginative and creative course across 40 minutes that is sure to challenge and surprise you,” she said.

"The mega inflatable race course includes eight obstacles which range from 30m in length to 8m high, which makes it one of the biggest obstacle courses ever to come to the bush.”

The entire festival is based around the infamous South Burnett Rail Trail, starting from the Murgon Showgrounds.

This part of the Rail Trail is bitumen and Ms Perrett said it was a superb surface for running, walking and riding.

"It's flat by no means and will be very fast for some while others can simply take their time and soak up the atmosphere,” Ms Perrett said.

"The 5km, 10km, half-marathon and 13/13km rail trail team relay will head out to their relative halfway points with a single turn before heading back to the finish.

"The new addition to this year's events list includes the duathlon, which consist of a 13km run and 13km ride. This event can also be completed as a team.”

The Murgon festival will have something for everyone.

There will be live entertainment from locals Amber Goldsmith and Rowan Edwards, market stalls, food, wine and heaps of activities for the little ones.

Festival-goers will also be treated to comedy pig races, an animal nursery, a mini obstacle course, billy cart racing and a Show and Shine.

"The run/ride events will commence at 7am and we will close off the roads at 6am to avoid people from parking in these zones,” Ms Perrett said.

Here's a breakdown of the festivals running events:

7am - 13/13 Team Relay

7.15am - Half Marathon

7.30am - 10km Run

9am - 5km Warrior Run

9.30am - 13/13 Duathlon

9.30am - 13/13 Team Relay Duathlon

If you're interested you can register online here.

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