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Changed traffic conditions: marathon festival to be bigger than ever

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Roads will be closed this weekend when a record number of runners contest a growing marathon festival.

There will be changed traffic conditions around Noosa, where more than 7500 people will take part in the sold-out ASICS Runaway Noosa Marathon event.

There will be road closures along sections of Noosa Parade, Weyba Road, Gympie Terrace and Hilton Terrace. Some car parks will also be closed. Scroll down for the full list of road and car park closures.

The festival will feature four distances including a marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km.

The multi-lap course is flat and fast and starts and ends near iconic Hastings Street. There will be a number of road closures on race day.

IRONMAN Group Oceania regional director Leanna Ali was delighted to welcome an influx of competitors to the growing event, which was first held in 2018.

The Runaway Noosa Marathon will be held on a flat and fast course. Picture: Alex Polizzi.

“The Runaway Noosa Marathon provides a great opportunity for runners to spend the weekend in this incredible region, take part in the run of their choice on Saturday morning and then relax,” she said.

“We’re thrilled with the response from runners from home and abroad with this year’s event sold out, for the first time ever.

“The Runaway Noosa Marathon has a fantastic mix of social runners who are out for a fun morning right up to those who are out for a marathon PB on a flat and fast course.

“Last year was the biggest Runaway Noosa with more than 5500 runners taking part and we can’t wait to see many, many more take to the streets of Noosa this Saturday.”

The Runaway Noosa Marathon will return this weekend. Picture: Alex Polizzi.

The Runaway Noosa Marathon is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland.

The associated Swim Noosa will take place at Laguna Bay off Noosa Main Beach the next day, on Sunday, May 26.

The swimming event offers four ocean swims, including 500m, 1km, 2km and 3.8km swims, beginning from 7am. Entries remain open.

Road closures, Saturday, May 25

  • Noosa Parade (between Noosa Drive and Witta Circle): 4am to 1.30pm
  • Noosa Parade westbound (between Witta Circle and Weyba Road): 5am to 12.15pm
  • Noosa Parade eastbound (between Weyba Road and Witta Circle): 5am to 1.30pm
  • Weyba Road (Elizabeth Street to Gympie Terrace): 5am to 12.15pm
  • Gympie Terrace (Weyba Road to Eumundi Road roundabout): 5am to 12.15pm
  • Hilton Terrace (between Eumundi Road and roundabout to Ernest Street): 5am to 12.15pm

Car park closures

  • Noosa Heads Lions Car Park: Tuesday, May 21, 1pm to Tuesday, May 28, midnight
  • Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Club Car Park (50 per cent closure): Friday 10pm to Sunday 4am; (full closure) Sunday 4am to Monday midnight
  • Noosa Drive – behind taxi rank (three parking spots reserved for shuttle bus): Friday 10pm to Saturday 4pm
  • Noosa Drive southbound – across from taxi rank (three parking spots reserved for shuttle bus): Friday 10pm to Saturday 4pm
  • Thomas Street Centre Car Park (five parking spots reserved for shuttle bus turnaround facility): Friday 10pm to Saturday 12.15pm
  • Hastings Street: (Sofitel loading zone x 4, number two car park x 6) Saturday 4am to 1.30pm

For detours, shuttle bus and extra information see pre-race info.

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