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Athletes race into renamed Maitland Running Festival


It might be newly-renamed but Maitland’s annual running event, the River Run, is as popular as it’s ever been.

More than 700 participants, up 40% on last year, will converge on the Lower Hunter this weekend to test their endurance and speed over four courses: the half marathon (21.1km), 12km, 8km and 4km.

The Quarry Mining Maitland Running Festival heralds a new era from Sunday 2 June, according to organiser Paul Humphreys from H Events.

“After 15 years and with a long-term plan to grow it into a major regional running event, we’ve opted for a last-minute rebrand after a generous offer by local mining support company Quarry Mining,” he said.

“We are both proud Maitland locals… and we are runners.

“This move feels right for us, the event and for the Lower Hunter running community.

“Hosting a festival as such will allow us to add more races and more stakeholders in coming years.”

Previously staged from the Riverlink precinct in the Levee, the 2024 edition will again start and finish at the Maitland Regional Athletics Centre.

The main 4km looped course meanders through streets and the River Foreshore, ending on the track to a rousing spectator crowd.

“The major route will utilise the River Foreshore, with the 4km loop to include the track, Odd Street, one side of Hunter Street and then the traditional lower paths along the river,” Humphreys said.

“Runners in the multi-lap courses receive huge encouragement as they re-enter the start line on the track for each lap and then finally to the finish area.”

For more information on the course or entry information visit

Event start times:

  • 7.30am – Half Marathon (5 laps of 4km plus 1.1km on the track)
  • 8.45am – 12km (3 laps of 4km)
  • 9.45am – 8km (2 laps of 4km)
  • 10.45am – 4km (1 lap of 4km)

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