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Posted on 06/09/2019 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island runs down to Running Festival

Phillip Island is warming up for the inaugural Running Festival to be held at the new Penguin Parade visitor centre and surrounds on Sunday 15 September.

With over 750 runners from around the state and across the country already entered there is still time to register and run the roads less travelled at this family fun event.

Even just challenging yourself to the two kilometre run will give you a place in history as you cross the finish line at the newly opened Penguin Parade visitor centre. Entrants in all distances receive a medal for participation on courses ranging from the 50 kilometre Ultra Marathon, 42 kilometre full marathon, 10 kilometre, five kilometre and 2 kilometre kids’ event. You may even spot the Penguin Parade’s giant penguin mascot waddling across the finish line!

The various courses take runners along the Island’s ‘roads less travelled’ and a variety of terrains including white sandy beaches, clifftop boardwalks, sealed roads, gravel roads, and even the management tracks through the heart of the penguin colony on Summerland Peninsula, normally well and truly out of bounds to all but Nature Parks’ rangers and researchers.

Phillip Island is partnering with Trailsplus to present the event and the Nature Parks is also offering a 2 for 1 discount to all festival participants and their families on the 4 Parks Pass, which includes entry to the Penguin Parade, Antarctic Journey, Koala Reserve and Churchill Island. The event also follows the Nature Parks’ sustainability philosophy including reducing single-use plastics wherever possible.

If running is not your thing, you can still come along and enjoy the festival atmosphere with information stalls and giveaways, activities with the Nature Parks rangers, DJ, massages and music by Nic Huigs along with great food and coffee. Every runner will be contributing to a range of worthy causes as $1 from each and every registration fee will go to five important charities including; Canteen, Change for Sam, Landcare, the Penguin Foundation and The Thin Green Line Foundation. The festival runs from 9am-3pm and everyone is welcome. Entry to visitor centre is free.

The Festival’s traffic management plan has been designed for the safety of runners and wildlife. Signage and marshalls will direct traffic at key points around the course.

Access to the Summerland Peninsula will be closed until 12pm on Sunday 15 September including Flynns Beach, Cat Bay, Shelley Beach, Cowrie Beach and the Nobbies Centre with all cars being directed to park at the Penguin Parade.

Registrations and all race and course details and times at