Understanding the value of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.

It is Australia’s most remarkable natural asset. World heritage listed, the reef is home for to the worlds largest abundance of marine life, picturesque tropical islands and beautiful sun-soaked golden beaches. The Great Barrier Reef supports Australia and our local economies to the tune of over 6 billion in revenue each year through tourism and fishing.

“Put simply, the Great Barrier Reef is a living National
and World Treasure. We must save it now.”

Sir David Attenborough


The Run for the Great Barrier Reef Fund has been established as a partnership between the Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival and James Cook University.


The Fund is maintained under the auspice of JCU and is governed by a board. The Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival held in Port Douglas each year is the main event for fundraising for the cause - hence participants will be running for the reef.

The 2015 Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival will be on November 6, 2016. REGISTER NOW


What do we donate?

$20 from every registration in the 21km, 42.2km and 74km Ultra Marathon are donated to the fund.  To view the current projects being supported by the Run for the Reef initiative click here.The beauty of such an amazing natural wonder is the wonderful support by local business including the Bendigo Bank. A partner who has now come on board to hold the Bendigo Bank Run for the Reef Community Challenge in the lead up to the Great Barrier Reef Marathon.


The Run for the Reef Series ...

In 2017 there will be SIMULTANEOUS "Run for the Reef" events in Townsville AND Cairns. These events will offer a range of participation events with and ALL FUNDS RAISED from both registrations and peer to peer fundraising going towards the Run for the Reef initiative.

A holiday to Port Douglas and free entry into the Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival in November is the prize for the fastest Male and Female in each event, as well as the highest fundraiser for each location.

Registrations for each location will open later this year.