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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Brisbane Running Festival 2012

5th August 2012 Brisbane Running Festival photos - Marathon.
Runners from 18 countries took part in the 21st annual Brisbane running festival. It has been 30 years since Robert de Castella won the marathon in the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane. More than 5000 runners joined the marathon, half-marathon, 10km, 5km and 2.2km for kids. About one-fourth of participants came from outside Brisbane.
The sun was not yet up (it must have slept in) when we approached the Story bridge.
Running this bridge was a good enough excuse to join the Brisbane marathon (and half-marathon).
Km 3. Runners pack the narrow pedestrian path on the bridge.
The organisers should consider including a bridge climb... :-)
or at least a lane closure.
Near the 5km mark in MacDonald Street or Hamilton Street in Kangaroo Point.
The camera was still rubbing its eyes or lens.
On the Go-between bridge at 16km+, looking north towards Coronation Drive.
Under the Coronation Drive overpass on the go-between bridge off-ramp.
Faster runners on the bicentennial pathway on the left, get first whiff of the Brisbane river breeze.
Km 16++
The bicentennial pathway runs alongside the Brisbane River next to Coronation Drive.

First lap turn 16.5km. I stopped my watch accidentally somewhere before 13km.
On the Goodwill Bridge on the second lap of the marathon. After the first lap, the course was suddenly deserted. The half-marathoners had finished, and I was bringing up the rear in the marathon.
Kangaroo Point cliffs. Great for climbing, but I was here to run.
I found a 26km marathon. But I had to run 16.2km to find it.
Thanks to all the cheerers and volunteers at the drinks stations and elsewhere.
Approaching the arbour in Southbank parklands near the maritime museum,
at the south end of Goodwill Bridge, Km27+.
 I also found an 8km marathon...
That's after running about 34km.
Isn't the Brisbane beautiful this morning?
It isn't always so.
Flow river flow, flow to the sea...
5km runners run in step.
Young and old, everyone's into running. Thanks to support crews too.
 Under the Captain Cook bridge (freeway).
Running on the Goodwill bridge




Gaps in the marathon route in red, are due to some runner accidentally pressing a button on his watch.
I'm too slow for this marathon stuff. Might have to scale down to the half-marathon next time.