Bridge to Brisbane

Brisbane’s biggest running event, the Bridge to Brisbane, has been going for around 23 years now and raised over a quarter of a million dollars for Queensland charities.

Runners start on the southern side of the Eastern Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge (also known as the Gateway Bridge).

The route goes over the bridge, along Kingsford Smith Drive and Inner City Bypass, finishing at the Showgrounds at Bowen Hills.

As well as being a big fundraiser for several Queensland charities the Bridge to Brisbane is a major community event that has been attracting over 40,000 runners in recent years.

On the day of the run you will see people all over Brisbane wearing their ‘Bridge to Brisbane Finisher’ t-shirts.

Bridge to Brisbane - 25 August 2019

As usual the 10km course will start at the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge and finish at the RNA Showgrounds. There will also be a 5km course starting at Remora Road in Hamilton and following the last 5km of the full run.

The course is generally rather flat, however those partaking in the full run will have to power up the 1km long, 5.1 degree incline of the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge at the start of the race. There will also be a slight incline between the 8 and 9km mark.

There will be pace setters running the race with coloured balloons displaying their pace. If you’re aiming for a particular time find your setter and match their pace

All runners receive a finisher’s shirt and have the chance to win some fantastic prizes, as well as the opportunity to be a part of Queensland’s largest community fun run.

Date of next event: 25 August, 2019
Location: Eastern Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge to RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
: 10km - $45
           5km - $35
           Children in stroller - free

Getting there

Getting to the race start will take a little bit of planning. Check the event website as there are usually buses running from RNA Showgrounds the starting point in Murarrie both before and after the race. You have the option of parking at the finish line and catching a bus to the start, or parking at the start and catching a bus back when you finish.

If you need accommodation close to the event you can either stay somewhere in Brisbane’s Inner North near the finishing area, or search for South Brisbane accommodation closer to Murrarrie.

Entries won’t open until 1st of June, at which point you’ll be able to register and pay your entry fee through the Bridge to Brisbane website.


While the first Bridge to Brisbane in 1997 saw only 5,000 entrants compete, the event has been consistently growing in size every year. Last year saw over 34,000 runners cross the finish line.

Since its conception the fun run has been raising money for charities, with a huge volunteer base to help organise the event and the proceeds going to a variety of charities. In more recent years fundraisers could even choose which charity they’d like to fundraise for.

Previous Winners

YearMen's winnerTimeWomen's winnerTime
2014 Harry Summers 29:32 Emma Jackson 34:11
2013 Stephen Dinneen 30:40 Clare Geraghty 35:56
2012 Benjamin Ashkettle 30:10 Clare Geraghty 34:57
2011 Reuben Kosgei 29:37 Cassandra Fien 34:12
2010 Michael Shelley 29:35 Cassandra Fien 33:54
2009 Michael Shelley 29:32 Lisa Flint 35:18
2008 Scott Westcott 30:45 Rowan Baird 34:16
2007 Dickson Marwa 34:46 Rina Hill 40:55
2006 Dickson Marwa 35:31 Felicity Abram 41:19
2005 Patrick Nyangelo -
2004 Patrick Nyangelo -
2003 Patrick Nyangelo -
2002 Andrew Wilson -
2001 Darren Wilson 33.44