About 3 Marathons In 3 Days

Race Founder, Larry Lawson, claims that this ultra-marathon came about ‘by accident’, as there was a “Run A Marathon in Three Days” event on the race calendar in Cairns in 2012, but Larry said “I’ll do Three Marathons in Three Days”, and soon he had enlisted other runners to join him. It is a popular event for those clocking up their marathons, and ultra-runners who want to give a stage race a go.


Kuranda to Cedar Park (Koah area) to Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Australia.


7-9 July 2017. The inaugural race was held in 2012*.


3 Marathons in 3 Days (3M3D) – 7-9 July 2017. In its sixth year. 42.2km run over three consecutive days. Total distance: 126.6km.
Cairns Marathon on 9 July 2017 (from Cedar Park Rainforest Resort). Day 3 of the 3M3D.
Kauri Half Marathon on 7 July 2017. The first half of Day 1 of the 3M3D event.

Pre-Race Get Togethers

Pasta Party – Thursday, 6 July 2017, 6-9pm – view maps and chat to the race directors. But best of all, you can win a three-night’s accommodation package from Cairns Colonial Club Resort. There is a short talk about Quolls.

Post-Race Get Together

After party at Cairns Colonial Club Resort. Sunday, 9 July 2017, 4pm to late.


TBC: Cairns Colonial Club Resort is offering a special package for competitors and their families.


A bus trip to and from each race is included in the entry fee. The bus departs from the Cairns Colonial Club Resort.

Race Records

Male:  Om Beacom-Halliday (2016) 10:50:10

Female: Maggie Jones (2015) 12:37:38.

The slower runners take up to 23 hours (8 hours for Marathons 1 and 2 and 7 hours for Marathon 3).

* Race organiser of the 3M3D in 2012 and 2013 was Cairns Road Runners and Triathlon Club Inc. The race organiser since 2014 is Dynamic Running Ltd.