Registrations are closed

Registrations for the HBF 3 Waters marathon, ultra marathon, half marathon run and Half marthon walk are now closed. Registrations for the 5km run or walk and 10km run or walk events can also be made at the Bunbury Runners Club clubhouse, cnr, Symmons St and Ocean Dve on Saturday 8 April between 11am and 5pm. Race pack pick-up can occur on Saturday 8 April between 11am and 5pm, or on race day. If you are picking up on race day morning please be early to avoid stressing yourself and our volunteers. Please note: There are no entries for any event on race day. You must be wearing a valid race bib to be on-course. No bib swapping is permitted.


Bunbury Runners Club


Sunday, 9 April 2017



Registration closes on:

Friday, 7 April 2017 at 4:00 PM - (GMT+08:00) Perth

Please read these notes, then click "Continue" at the bottom of the page.

The HBF Bunbury 3 Waters Running Festival on 9 April is our 36th consecutive Bunbury Marathon. The course is designed to showcase Bunbury’s natural assets. It is called the 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 conservation wetland and wildlife sanctuary, located one kilometre south of the Bunbury city centre. 

Runners in the marathon, ultra-marathon, half marathon run and walk, will receive a commemorative medal. Significant cash prizes for event winners and cash spot prizes might be of interest to you too.


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: $500 ea.

Half Marathon 2nd male and female: $300 ea.

Half Marathon 3rd male and female: $200 ea.


50 km Ultra 1st male and female: $250 ea.


10 km Run 1st male and female: $250 ea.


5 km Run 1st male and female: $150 ea.


Draw Prizes: $2000 Cash and Vouchers

(Eligible for any competitor who has completed the event.

You must be present at the draw to be eligible to win the draw prizes)

Event Pricing:

Early Bird pricing until 31 Jan 2017: Marathon and 50 KM Ultra $90, Half Marathon Run and Walk $65.

Standard Pricing after 31 Jan 2017: Marathon and 50 KM Ultra $100, Half Marathon Run and Walk $75.

10 km and 5 km pricing: 10km $28, under 16 $22. 5km $28, under 16 $17

A 20% discount is available to all current HBF members.

All on-line entries close at 23:59 on Thursday 6 April 2017. No entries will be taken on race day.

E-Briefing. Please note the following e-briefing does not replace the verbal briefing to take place on Sunday 9 April 2017 adjacent to the start / finish line. 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.

Introduction. The Bunbury 3 Waters Running Festival are well known for its relaxed friendly atmosphere which is perfect for the first timer who's looking for a no-pressure race, yet is still a course that is challenging to the experienced distance runner. The course weaves itself along the shores of Bunbury’s natural aquatic scenery!

Race Registration. Race registration is compulsory for all competitors and will take place on-line only for all events. The 5km and 10km event entries can also be taken on Saturday 8 April (between 11am and 5pm). No registrations will be accepted on race day . No substitutions or transfer of entries will be allowed. All participants must display their race number prominently and anyone not displaying a valid race bib will not be permitted on the event course.

Race Pack Collection. Race packs can be collected on Saturday 8 April between 11am and 5pm, 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. Bear in mind that if you don’t arrive in sufficient time you will stress yourself and our volunteer staff. Your race kit will contains a race bib which has the timing chip attached. Race pack gifted items are issued according to availability. In the event that demand for the gifted items exceeds supply, priority will be given to the earlier entrants. Race pack pick-up location:

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 as this will result in the timing system not recording your time.

Start Times (to be confirmed). The Ultra Marathon commences at 6:30 with an 8km loop then the 42 marathon follows. The Marathon commences at 7am. The Half Marathon and Half marathon walk start at 8am, the 10 km event starts at 8:10am and the 5km event at 8:20am. Briefings will be given 20 minutes before each event.

Cut Off Time. The cut-off time for the HBF 3 Waters Running Festival is 1PM. Road closures, aid stations and official timing ceases operation at this time.  Any participants who have not completed the course by 1pm must revert to using the public footpaths and observe normal pedestrian rules. Any continuance after 1pm 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 11:30 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. This constraint is due to course management and road closure requirements.

Start / Finish Line and Recovery Area. The start and finish line will be at the Bunbury Runners Club rooms, cnr Ocean Drive and Symmons Street Bunbury. Once a competitor has passed through the finish arch, please clear the finish area. Hot food, hot and cold beverages and a massage service will be available.

Race Day Briefing. At approximately 20 minutes before each event start participants will called to assemble near the start / finish 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. You need to be race-ready at the time of the pre-race briefing. 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.

Marathon Course Description. Please see the attached map.  The map shows one lap of the course which is a half marathon. Two laps represent a full marathon. The 50km ultra marathon runners run 8km before re-joining the two lap marathon course.

Drink Stations. There will are 5 drink stations along the course all providing water and Powerade. (Check the course map for the drink station locations). Shotz gels will be available at stations 4 and 5. Each participant will receive a Shotz Gel voucher that can be redeemed from the Shotz pavilion at the athletes village area. 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 8 April or before 6:30 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.

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 are no parking fees or time restrictions on Sundays. There is no parking in the Bunbury Runners Club car park on race day: This car park is part of the course.

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

Presentation and Awards Ceremony. 5km and 10km event presentations commence at 10:30am. You must be present to win any spot prizes. We hope you'll stay on to watch the longer events unfold. The marathon, ultra and half marathon events presentation commences at 12:30pm. You must be present to win any spot prizes. 

Changing Event Distances. You may change event distances up to one week before the event. Organisers will withdraw you and provide a refund (minus a small charge from RegisterNow). You can then register in the new distance event. No event changes can be accommodated in the week before the event. We feel this refund policy is very fair and not common in other events. You are only permitted to participate in the event you are registered for. Participating in any other distance causes significant problems for the organisers and makes reconciling the results very difficult.

Withdrawals. If you are forced to withdraw refunds are available up to one week before the event (minus a small charge from RegisterNow). In the week before the event no refund will be paid.

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 understand what occurred on the day and to help reconcile the results.

General. 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 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. The majority of people involved are volunteers committed to making this event a success for you and to enhance the reputation of the Bunbury Runners Club and the City of Bunbury and surrounds.

Once your running festival entry is paid you are welcome to join us at the Bunbury Runners Club for our Thursday night running events until the festival weekend (if you are in the vicinity). Our Thursday evening runs start at 6pm during summer

If you have any queries that are not answered here or on the Bunbury Runners Club website you can contact us direct on the following email address


Allan Whitfield

Race Director