Harrup Park and the Great Barrier Reef Arena are pleased to announce the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Arena Gift, set to grace Mackay on 23rd March 2024. To be held annually, the GBRA Gift will bring together Australia’s best running talent in nine races across genders, ages and distances. Most importantly, in the spirit of Gift races across Australia, we will be carrying on the longstanding tradition of running on a grass track on the newly completed Great Barrier Reef Arena.


Registrations are now open to both junior and senior runners, with substantial prize money up for grabs in all race categories. We encourage both seasoned athletes and those with aspirations to register for this event. Our junior races are tailored to those aged 10 to 18 years. Athletes’ aged 16 years and older can apply for Gift races.


Location: Great Barrier Reef Arena

Date: 23rd March 2024

Races will commence midafternoon with Gift Finals to be run under lights.

Final event schedule to be released closer to the event. 


We invite you to join us, along with your friends and family to witness the inaugural GBRA Gift 2024. This event is FREE ENTRY for all spectators. The GBRA Gift 2024 promises not only thrilling races but also a great atmosphere with face painting, kids activities, a mini eat street, and an exciting chilli-eating contest. Don’t miss your chance to be apart of an unforgettable night of sporting excitement.


Registrations for the GBRA Gift 2024 are now open.

Register here for Under 18 events

Junior events include:

120m 10-12yrs Girls & Boys

120m 13-14yrs Girls & Boys

120m 15-16yrs Girls & Boys

120m 17-18yrs Girls & Boys


Register here for GIFT events

Gift events include:

120m Open Men’s & Women’s Gift

GBRA Mile – Men’s & Women’s

70m Open Men’s & Women’s

70m Masters Men’s (Restricted) & Women’s (Restricted)

1000m Open Combined (Men/Women)

300m Open Combined (Men/Women/Masters)


*ALL registrations close at 10am on Thursday 21st March 2024.


A huge thank you to all our sponsors – Mackay Airport, Mackay Regional Council, Kool Beanz Suns, Porters and Porters Mitre 10, Intersport, Mind Ignition, Sleak Squad, Vegies Unlimited, Tandy Concrete and Cooper Fluid Systems. If there are any queries regarding the GBRA Gift 2024, please contact Harrup Park/Great Barrier Reef Arena on 4940 0000.