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Cleve Runs Wild as New Running Festival Hits the Eyre Peninsula

Cleve Running Festival Committee Members Brett Bray, Emma Nield and Anna Green
Melissa Smith

Cleve Makes its Running Debut

Cleve is set to explode onto the running scene with its inaugural Running Festival on Sunday, September 22. Get ready for a weekend packed with fun, fitness, and the chance to explore the beauty of the Eyre Peninsula.

The festival is the brainchild of a dedicated group of Cleve locals who dreamt of bringing high-quality running experiences closer to home. Months of planning have made this a first-class event, with state-of-the-art amenities, electronic timing, and officially measured courses. And to top it all off, every finisher will receive a commemorative medal as a badge of honour for conquering this new race.


Challenge Yourself and Choose Your Distance

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a casual walker, the festival offers a variety of distances to choose from, including a challenging Half Marathon and shorter courses, perfect for runners and walkers of all levels. Plus the little ones won’t miss out with a “Kids Dash” included in the program.

The race winds through the picturesque Mangalo Hills with a shuttle bus service on hand to transport you to the starting lines. Ending at the Cleve Sporting Bodies, the finish line is where the party gets started, filled with local markets, delicious food and drinks, and fun activities served up with a good dose of country hospitality.

And what’s a race without a cheer squad? As part of the event, spectators are encouraged to join the poster competition. Find your inner creative and design a race day poster. Funny, quirky, motivational messages or works of art are welcome with everyone having a chance to support the runners and add to the atmosphere. The winning poster, chosen by an online vote, will be revealed on race day.

Explore the Eyre Peninsula

Cleve Running Festival is the perfect opportunity to explore what the Eyre Peninsula offers. From rolling hills, friendly locals, and rich history, there’s more to Cleve than meets the eye. You can hike or bike the scenic trails around the heritage-listed Yeldulknie Weir, or take part in the Yeldulknie Weir Trail parkrun – a free, weekly, timed 5km walk, jog or run happening at 8am every Saturday – a fun warm-up for Sunday’s big event!

Yeldulknie Weir Trail Park Run

The kids will be kept busy at the biggest playground on the Eyre Peninsula plus, pack their bikes and scooters and check out the pump track and skate park right next door. 

Cleve Playground

For a taste of Aussie hospitality and stunning views, you can’t go past the nearby Darke Peak Hotel, and for a seaside escape, head to Arno Bay, just 20 minutes away where sandy beaches, award-winning boardwalks, and world-class fishing will be the perfect mix for unwinding after the race.

Register Now!

Whether you’re aiming for a personal best or just want to enjoy the run, there’s plenty of time to cross the finish line with four hours to conquer the course.

Registrations close on September 8th, with late entries accepted until September 18th. Plus, you can register your little ones for the Kids Dash on race day itself.

Feeling more like cheering on the sidelines? The Cleve Running Festival is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help make the event a success!

Head over to the festival website and register your interest to be part of the race day crew.

Cleve Running Festival
When: Sunday September 22
Where: Cleve, Eyre Peninsula
For more information and to register, visit


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