Phillip Island Running Festival

Sunday 15th September 2019

Kids – 2k – 5k – 10k – 21k – 42k – 50k


Welcome to the inaugural Phillip Island Running Festival!

Trailsplus has the privilege of staging this new event in one of Australia’s favourite locations.  Internationally renowned for its natural beauty and unspoilt habitat for native wildlife, and of course its iconic, world famous Little penguins, Phillip Island provides the perfect backdrop to a weekend of family fun and festivity.

Like all Trailsplus events, there is a race to suit all members of the family and for all running and walking abilities.  The event is being run in partnership with Phillip Island Nature Parks.  We have worked together to develop our courses that take in all the best coastal trails in the area, from beaches to farmland, from cliff top roads to single trail and boardwalks.  And race entry includes discounts to some of the region’s favourite local attractions.

The festival schedule includes a Welcome to Country ceremony, fun and local exhibitors showcasing their wares with a focus on education and information about conservation and sustainability.

Trailsplus events always support CanTeen, the Australian organisation for Young people Living with cancer.  This event will also support local charities in their work in caring for community and environment.

So, come as a participant, a volunteer or a supporter.  Or simply come to enjoy a great weekend in a beautiful location.


By being involved in the Phillip Island Running Festival, you are helping us support the following charities.  Click on each logo to find out more about them and the difference they are making.  Trailsplus will donate $1 to each charity for each registered runner.  You can choose to add to this at the time of registration.  And anyone can choose to donate right now by clicking the DONATE NOW button and following the prompts. 

Local Attractions

Make sure you include some of the following places to visit in your stay at Phillip Island:

Visit Phillip Island Nature Parks free of charge when you register to run!

Phillip Island Nature Parks is excited to announce that all runners who register online will receive:

  • A free 4 Parks Pass to visit the Penguin Parade, Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre, Koala Reserve and Churchill Island (valued up to $148.70).
  • 10% discount at Penguin Parade main and specialty stores over the event weekend.
Terms and Conditions:
4 Packs Pass valid for use for one adult, concession or child pass until 16 December 2019. Offer valid for online entries only. Runners will receive offer on collection of registration pack.
10% discount can be redeemed at Penguin Parade retail outlets valid Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September. Offer excludes already discounted or sales items; items already included in promotions; perishable products; books, media, stamps and eco bags. Redeem 10% discount offer by showing running bib at sales counter.


Phillip Island Clip ‘n Climb 2 for 1 offer when you register to run!

Terms and Conditions:
Offer valid for online entries only. Runners can claim this offer by showing running bib at sales counter.




Come and browse and buy from the following exhibits:

This list will expand as the event approaches.  If you would like to be part of the festival and you believe you have something to contribute for the event, please contact us for chat.  We’d love to hear from you.



Events like this rely on the generous and passionate support of volunteers.  Trailsplus has a fantastic volunteer base, some very loyal regulars, and many runners who just want to be involved while recovering from injury or having a rest from running. 

At Phillip Island, Trailsplus encourages locals to get involved and experience the thrill of helping others achieve their goals.  There are all sorts of jobs to do, from setting up marquees and equipment, to marshalling and manning aid stations, to checking in runners and registering new runners.

If you get a group together to represent a local club or organisation, Trailsplus will donate to your club, up to $100 per adult.  It’s a great opportunity to get kids involved in a fun new community event.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Whether you are representing a club or not, register your interest by clicking on the VOLUNTEER button above and complete the form.  We will contact you with more details.  (Registering your interest does not oblige you to be a volunteer.)

Or email:


Sustainability and Environmental Awareness

Phillip Island Nature Parks and Westernport Water are protecting the Bass Coast area through sustainability programs and environment awareness through education.  Trailsplus is committed to supporting their work and asks all participants, including sponsors and exhibitors, to align with this commitment.Phillip Island Cups

Trailsplus no longer uses single use drink cups but requires all competitors to carry their own multi-use cup.  These are available for purchase at the event for $5 each, in your choice of green, blue, yellow and pink.

Please consider your impact on the environment by using personal drink bottles instead of single use water bottle, and by bringing multi-use bags for purchases, instead of plastic bags.  Boomerang Bags, as part of their efforts to reduce plastic landfill and single use plastic, will be selling their beautifully made bags with designs for everyone.

Thank you for your consideration of the environment.  And future generations will thank you, too.



We choose sponsors and partners because we believe in their products.  We are confident you will be satisfied as you check them out and support them. 

If you would like to be involved in supporting this community event, please contact us for a chat.  We'd love to hear from you.