How To: Do the Bridge to Brisbane with Kids

woman and two boys running across story bridge

Your Ultimate Guide to Doing The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane With The Whole Family

Balancing the demands of family life with work commitments, health, fitness and your social life can be tricky, and in today’s busy world, it’s easy to get bogged down and let the things that matter the most fall to the wayside.

But, before you cancel those breakfast plans or hand in that spur-of-the-moment resignation letter, we might have a solution to finding balance, while kicking some major goals along the way! Why not try signing your family up for this year’s Bridge to Brisbane?!

As well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle, it’s a great opportunity for family bonding, socialising with friends, and relieving stress.

FULL DISCLOSURE: We know that family days out like this can feel like a mission to organise, so we’re making it simple for you, with our ultimate guide to doing the Bridge to Brisbane with the kids… You’re welcome!


First things first: registering for the race! Children in prams and strollers can participate in both our 5km and 10km events for free with supervising adults. Older kids can be registered either as individuals or part of a team – there is no age restriction. You can register your whole family right here!


Incorporating exercise into your family routine will teach your kids about the benefits of exercise and instill healthy habits from a young age. It’s also a great way to spend time together as a family! Why not embark on a scenic walk or a family bike ride this weekend, to kick start your training!?


If your kids love playing dress-ups, encourage them to sport their best ballerina tutu or hero cape at Bridge to Brisbane!

Even if you’re not first across the Finish Line, it doesn’t mean you can’t win in other ways – Bridge to Brisbane has cash prizes on offer for the Best Dressed Team and Best Dressed Individual!

Whether you decide to go as celeb look-alikes, storybook characters or pink pirates, it’s all about having a fun family day out and making lasting memories. Find out more about the prizes here.


Our course routes are very clearly signed, and we have plenty of event staff and volunteers around to help racegoers with any queries on the day.  With that said, to put your mind at ease, it is worth checking out our course maps prior to the race day.

Our detailed course maps for both the 5km and 10km race show the course route, and the location of key amenities, such as toilets and water stations, along the way. Familiarise yourself with them right here.

B2B Tip: Write your mobile number on your child’s race bib in case you do become separated. Any lost children or adults will be directed to the Information Tent at the Finish Village.


Small backpacks are allowed on course with participants, so we recommend bringing some supplies to ensure your family day out runs as smoothly as possible!

Recommended items include:

  • Spare socks
  • Band-Aids
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottles
  • Muesli bar/ Banana

Having these essentials on you will help to ensure your day is memorable for all the right reasons!

If you can’t bring these, or forget them on the day, that’s no problem – we have information tents, First-Aid operators and water stations at various points throughout our course.


There will be a number of changed traffic conditions in and around Brisbane on race day, so it’s important that you plan your trip in in advance! Road closures will be shared closer to the time, as will a public transport timetable.

We recommend arriving in plenty of time to find your start zone. Families with prams are required to start at the back of their chosen zone, to allow runners and individual participants to forge ahead.


When participating in Bridge to Brisbane, happy snaps are a must! With some of Brisbane’s most beautiful scenery on display, don’t forget to take it all in and capture a few family selfies. We want to see your race day pics, so make sure you hashtag #BridgetoBrisbane when you upload them to your social media channels – you might even be featured on our social pages!


Congratulations – you did it!

Once you and your family have conquered Bridge to Brisbane, it’s time to make the most of our gorgeous August weather and enjoy being out and about in our beautiful river city. Your race bib gives you access to some fantastic offers and discounts from a range of retailers – or as we like to call them, ‘Bib-ileges’! Refuel post-race and celebrate your family’s achievement at some of Brisbane’s best cafes and restaurants.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get you and your family moving for Bridge to Brisbane 2018. Enter now via, but hurry – Early Bird entries close June 30!