It is our 40th Anniversary!!!

Be a part of our new milestone and take home one of our special commemorative medals celebrating this achievement! More information will be posted as it becomes available. There will be limited spots for all events.

The 40th 3 Waters Running Festival is required to comply with WA Department of Health COVID Event Guidelines, current at the time of the event.  (With WA’s Safe Transition Plan from 5th February the guidelines may be adjusted further). Please refer to guidelines.

And specific event guidelines for 1000+patrons including the requirements to show proof of vaccination here. Runners, supporters and volunteers are kindly stay up to date with requirements.

Entries are now open.

Get in early before we sell out!

Event Pricing:

Early bird Price (Nov/Dec)Full Price
Ultra (18+) $85$95
Marathon (18+$85$95
Half Marathon (16+) $60$65
10km Run (12+) $30$35
5km Run (9+) $25$30

Don’t forget we have included a discount of 15% for family members. A family may consist of 2 adults (parents) and 1 or 2 children (under 16).

3 Waters Running Festival 40th Anniversary Dinner

Please join the Bunbury Runners Club to celebrate 40 Years of Marathons in Bunbury.
The dinner will showcase and highlight 40 years of our great event and will be an opportunity to share memories and marvel at the achievements
of past and present runners, winners and the event characters.

Guest Speakers will include Past Winners, our regular runners and a Special Guest.

Celebrating 40 years of Running will be our primary theme and we welcome all those who would like to share in the success of our Club to deliver what is now called the 3 Waters Running Festival.

Sign up early for the dinner, partners are welcome, numbers are limited.

When: Saturday 9 April 2022
Where: Parade Hotel Bunbury
Time: 5:30-pm-9pm
Cost: $50pp
Dress: Smart Casual
3 course buffet dinner, vegetarian and dietary requirements considered (please advise)
Drinks at the bar


On sale now till 1st February 2022

Technical Running Top – Round neck only
Race Cap


The Bunbury 3 Waters Running Festival on 10th April 2022 is our 40th Bunbury Marathon. The course is designed to showcase Bunbury’s natural assets. It is called the Bunbury 3 Waters Running Festival because it takes in the Leschenault Inlet, Koombana Bay and the Indian Ocean. For good measure we’re including the Bunbury Big Swamp a well. Due to maintenance work along the estuary there will be some changes to the course.  You will be notified as soon as possible.

Bib pick up, race start and all the weekend activities take place at the Bunbury Recreation ground. (Cnr Ocean Drive and Symmonds St)

E-Briefing. Please note the following e-briefing does not replace the verbal briefing to take place before each event on the day. This information is given as an advance information service to prepare competitors for the rules and regulations and general conduct of the event. Read through these briefing notes carefully as they will provide you with a guide.

Race Registration. Registration can be done online until 7th April. No registrations will be accepted on race day.

Race Pack Collection. Race packs can be collected on Saturday 9th April between 10am and 3pm, or on the morning of the event at the Bunbury Runners Club rooms. Please make sure you arrive in good time to collect your race pack and prepare yourself for the event. Your race kit will contain a race bib which has the timing chip attached. In the event that demand for the gifted items exceeds supply, priority will be given to the earlier entrants.

Race Bibs and Timing. The event bib must be displayed at all times. Do not cover your event bib with a jumper or shirt. Do not damage the chip that is located on the reverse of you bib.

Race Day Briefing. At approximately 20 minutes before each event participants will be called to assemble at their start line for the pre-race briefing. This briefing is compulsory and will cover any changes to the general conduct of the race, safety concerns and conditions on the day.

Aid Stations. Aid stations will be around 5km apart. See map above for locations.

Start Times:

50km Ultra-Marathon: 6:10am

Marathon: 6.30am

Half Marathon: 7.30am

10 km: 8:00am

5km: 8:10am

Presentations: 11:30am


50 km Ultra 1st male and female: $500 ea.
50 km Ultra 2nd male and female: $300 ea.


Marathon 1st male and female: $500 ea.

Marathon 2nd male and female: $300 ea.

Marathon 3rd male and female: $200 ea.


Half Marathon 1st male and female: $300 ea.

Half Marathon 2nd male and female: $200 ea.

Half Marathon 3rd male and female: $100 ea.


10km 1st male and female: $150 ea.

5km 1st male and female: $100 ea.


Runners in the marathon, ultra-marathon and half marathon, will receive a commemorative medal.

Cut Off Time. The cut-off time for the Bunbury 3 Waters Running Festival is 12.30PM. Road closures, aid stations and official timing ceases operation at this time.  Any participants who have not completed the course by 12.30pm must revert to using the public footpaths and observe normal pedestrian rules. Any continuance after 12.30pm will be unaided and entirely at the participants own risk.

Participants in the full marathon and 50km ultra marathon events must reach the 3/4 mark before 11:00 am after which a cut off will be imposed and participants will be required to withdraw.  The 3/4 point is deemed to be on Ocean Drive at the water station immediately adjacent to the start / finish oval.

Drink Stations. There will are numerous drink stations along the course all providing water and electrolytes -Tailwind. (Check the course map for the drink station locations). If you are using personal drinks and nutrition products, these will be taken to the drink stations located at the start/finish oval and at the drink station on Ocean Drive immediately outside the Start finish oval if placed in the specially marked boxes during race pack collection on Saturday 10th April or before 6:00 am on race day. Please mark these items clearly. Drink station personnel are not responsible for locating and handing out these products.

Toilets: There are lots of public toilets at the event start/finish and along the course.

Outside Assistance. No vehicles are permitted on the run course.

 The use of iPods or similar headset devices by participants is not permitted. They are not be used as they increase the risk to participants on the course and instructions from officials cannot easily be heard.

Medical: It is every competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they are fit and capable of running the full distance of their race. Runners should ensure that they drink enough water and consume enough food to complete the race. First aid is provided at the start / finish area. First aiders will travel on course to attend an emergency if required. Transportation to hospital is not part of the service provided. It is strongly recommended that all competitors have their own personal health insurance, accident or ambulance cover. Competitors will bear all financial responsibility for any medical treatment arising from participation in this event including ambulance, doctor, hospital fees etc. Race organizers strongly encourage any competitor who is feeling unwell prior or during the event to act with caution and seek medical advice on their participation or continuing participation. Race organizers reserve the right to withdraw a runner based on medical grounds.

Competitors must follow the directions of the officials or marshals. Road closures apply but participants must still look out for hazards and place their own safety and that of others as their first priority. Be respectful of people sharing the footpaths. Enjoy your time at the finish line but remember to clear the area to ensure the track is not impeded for other runners who may be carrying on for longer distances.

Parking. There is parking along Ocean Drive if you arrive before the road closures and are willing to stay until the event is over and the road closures are removed. There is parking in marked bays in the surrounding streets. Please do not park in the nearby Officeworks carpark. There is no parking in the Bunbury Runners Club car park on race day.

Facilities. There are hot showers and toilet facilities at the Bunbury Runners Club rooms and additional public toilets immediately across the Ocean Drive.

Changing Event Distances.Event distances can not be changed as this causes significant problems for race organisers reconciling results.

Withdrawals. If you are forced to withdraw from the event there will be no refunds provided.

Covid -19 Policy

If State regulations prevent this event from proceeding we offer 2 options.

A. Donate your entry fee to the Bunbury Runners Club

B. A refund less $10 for administration costs.

Failure to Complete your Event. You must notify the organisers if you are unable to complete the event you started. This is important for organisers to help reconcile results.

It is our mission to give you the best running event experience possible so that it will create a happy memory that will last and keep you coming back to Bunbury and Bunbury Runners Club events in future years. Our running festival is not a profit generating event for Bunbury Runners Club. The fees and sponsorship moneys are all invested in creating value for participants.

Once registered for the Bunbury 3 Waters Running Festival, you are welcome to join us at the Bunbury Runners Club for our Thursday night running events until the festival weekend. Our Thursday evening runs start at 6pm during summer months.

If you have any queries you can contact us directly by email:

Fiona Collins
Race Director