Bridge to Brisbane
|Bridge to Brisbane|
|Distance||Mini Marathon (10 km, 5 km, Wheelchair 10 km)|
|Course records||29:32 (M; 2009, Michael Shelley); 33:54 (F; 2010, Cassandra Fien)|
The race distance is currently 10 km, although this has not been consistent over the life of the race. The first race occurred in 1997 with less than 5000 entrants and each year the event raises funds for charity. 2007 saw 24,350 runners participate. In 2007 the Bridge to Brisbane attracted a field of up to 30,000 runners, while 2008 saw more than 36,000 people join the race and in 2009 more than 45,000 people took part.
The race takes place between the southern side of the Eastern Sir Leo Hielscher Bridge in Lytton and the Ekka showgrounds in Bowen Hills. The route travels along Kingsford Smith Drive and the Inner City Bypass, towards the city via the suburbs of Hamilton and Bowen Hills.
A recent addition has been the incorporation of a 5 km race (from Breakfast Creek) starting later than the full 10 km race, with some runners competing in both.
Originally the race was called the 'Bridge to Bay' and instead of heading from the Gateway Bridge towards Brisbane, it headed towards the coast line finishing at Manly. The end of the race was then moved to New Farm Park. In 2007 the roads in the suburbs of Fortitude Valley and New Farm became gridlocked. This traffic congestion prompted another change of moving the finish to the RNA Showgrounds.
|Year||Distances||Race registrants||Race finishers|
|2013||10 km, 5 km, Wheelie 10 km||41,498||34,207|
|2012||10 km, 5 km, Wheelie 10 km, Wheelie 5 km||39,881||33,263|
|2011||10 km, 5 km, Wheelie 10 km||42,546||34,147|
|2010||10 km, 5 km, Wheelie 10 km||37,743||31,983|
|2009||10 km, 5 km, Wheelie 10 km||45,247||37,282|
|2008||10 km, 5 km, Wheelie 10 km||35,842||30,314|
|2007||12 km, 4.5 km, Wheelie 12 km||28,272||23,791|
|2006||12 km, 4.5 km, Wheelie 12 km||23,514||21,072|
|Year||Men's winner||Time (m:s)||Women's winner||Time (m:s)||Major beneficiaries|
|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||Legacy Australia|
|2010||Michael Shelley||29:35||Cassandra Fien||33:54||Autism Queensland|
|2009||Michael Shelley||29:32||Lisa Flint||35:18||Heart Foundation|
|2008||Scott Westcott||30:45||Rowan Baird||34:16||Youngcare|
|2007||Dickson Marwa||34:46||Rina Hill||40:55||Surf Life Saving Australia|
|2006||Dickson Marwa||35:31||Felicity Abram||41:19||Hear and Say Centre, Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland,
Lions Club of Macgregor, Rotary Club of the Port of Brisbane and the SES 
- Kate Patterson (29 October 2006-10-29). "Fun run cheque". The Courier Mail. Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- David Earley (30 August 2009). "Record Bridge to Brisbane field". Courier Mail. Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- "Fun run aftermath: Fortitude Valley gridlock". Brisbane Times. 5 August 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
- Torny Jensen (8 September 2009). "Not a bridge too far for Bridge to Brisbane fun run". The Courier Mail. Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 2009-08-02.