FETIVAL: There are changes to the Maidenwell running festival this year.
FETIVAL: There are changes to the Maidenwell running festival this year. Claudia Williams

Changes to running festival key to its success

THERE is a new program at the Maidenwell Running Festival for its fifth edition across the Easter weekend.

Event co-ordinator Bruce Hargreaves said adapting the event each year has been key to its success.

This year will see the introduction of relay events on Easter Sunday with the option of the six person 7km marathon, three person 14km event or two person 21 km event.

"I did a relay event on Australia Day on Tamborine mountain and thought we would give it a go in Maidenwell and see how it works,” he said.

When the event first started the Maidenwell community called for sprint events to be included in the program but Hargreaves said they couldn't figure out how to include them until this year.

The 400m sprint heats and 120m Maienwell Gift Heats will be run on Saturday before the finals on Sunday.

The festival will continue to offer ultra-endurance events with marathon events running at noon on Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday from 6am alongside the half-marathon events and 14km events.

Runners can enter the 56km race on Saturday morning which when completed with a marathon will see a runner complete the 100km Maidenwell challenge.

Hargreaves said the event has built a reputation in the running community for its country charm which will see up to 200 runners come as far afield as Melbourne, Port Moresby and Brisbane many of whom have competed in all editions.

This year, for the first time the competitor or volunteer that showcases what the event is all about will be awarded the inaugural Spirit of Maidenwell trophy.

The event program will also include a 10km and 2.2km race on Saturday morning followed by the Australian Beer Mile Championship.

The event has gone from strength to strength from suffering a loss of $2000 in 2015 to the community reaping $15,000 from the event.

The running festival will be capped off with the bull ride on Sunday at the Maidenwell Hotel run by the Tanduringie State School parents and citizens association.