Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival

There will be various changes to this event. Here is the most recent update: Dynamic in a Dress update 27 May 2020.

Competitors, please read over the 2020 Dynamic Running in a Dress Competitor information pack.

The event is being changed to a series of three races. Competitors can select to do one, two or all three of the races. They can select the distance for each race, it does not have to be the same. The race days, times and venues will only be confirmed once we receive confirmation from Cairns Regional Council and other stake holders.

Race briefing and rules – We are still working on this and will update it as soon as possible. 

Course description for the 21.1km and 10km – We are still finalising this and will update it as soon as possible. Course map for the 21.1km.

Race days and times

Saturday afternoons: 10km, 5km and 3km only. 4.30-6.00pm

Sunday morning: 21.1km only. 5.45-9.00am

Dates & format

Race #1, Sat-Sun, 13-14 June 2020

Most runners will have to do this as a virtual race in their own neighbourhood. Assuming the continued lift of restrictions, we can only accept 16 competitors and 4 volunteers (total 20) each day. This will be an opportunity for us to test our COVID safe plan. A fee applies to register for Race #1 – everyone that registers will pay the ‘Virtual race fee’, 16 lucky people will get to join us on the day for the race pending permission from Cairns Regional Council.

Registrations are open:

Register here: Race #1 Saturday 13 June 2020 – 10km/5km/3km

Register here: Race #1 Sunday, 14 June 2020 – Half marathon only

Race #2, Sat-Sun, 18-19 July 2020

Maximum 90 competitors and 10 volunteers. The event will be split and the half marathon will be race from 6-9am on 19 July while the 10km, 5km and 3km races will be held from 5-6pm on Saturday 18 July. All competitors who registered prior to 28 May 2020 for the Dynamic in a Dress race have been placed in Race #2.

Register here: Race #2 Saturday 18 July 2020 – 10km/5km/3km

Register here: Race #2 Sunday 19 July 2020 – Half marathon only

Race #3, Sat-Sun, 15-16 August 2020

Maximum 90 competitors and 10 volunteers. The event will be split and the half marathon will be race from 6-9am on 16 Auguste while the 10km, 5km and 3km races will be held from 5-6pm on Saturday 15 August. Anyone keen to do the third race must register for it. Competitors that cannot make it to Race #2 can defer their entry to Race #3. Please email us so we can switch you over.

Registrations for this race is not open yet. 

Note – there is only ONE medal per competitor for the series, regardless of how many races your opt to do. This is subject to change.


The event is open to males and females. Participants of all levels of fitness (walkers, recreational and competitive runners) are welcome to compete. There is a female-focus to celebrate female runners; their strength and their ability to use running as a means to connect with one another. Join us and run in fashionable, feminine running gear.

Founded by managing director and running coach of Dynamic Running, Lorraine Lawson, the ‘Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival’ and free 8-week training program is designed to promote health, wellness and fitness among women, girls and their families.

2020 Race fees 

Race fees

Category Race Fee Late fee for Race #2 starts at 11:59pm 12 July 2020

Late fee for Race #2 starts at 11:59pm 9 August 2020

21.1km $70.00 $80.00
10km $45.00 $55.00
5km $25.00 $25.00
3km $12.00 $12.00


Virtual race fees for Race #1, #2 and #3.

Category Race Fee
VIRTUAL 21.1km $36.00
VIRTUAL 10km $25.00
VIRTUAL 5km $25.00
VIRTUAL 3km $12.00


  • Dynamic Running club members receive a 35% discount. 
  • Same fees for families, but they get a 10% discount per participant.
  • Junior get a 20% discount if they put in the promotional code Junior.
  • Teams must email Dynamic Running to request a discount code.

WARNING: This event celebrates women – you are encouraged to come ‘dressed up’ for the Dynamic in a Dress. Most people (including the boys!) don a tutu and many mates dress up as ‘teams’. If you don’t want to be part of the fun you need to opt out and that will attract a $15.00 fee. This money will be donated to a local organisation in Cairns aimed at supporting women.

Your entry fees include

  • Entry into your nominated race
  • Personalised race bib (if you register within a specified time) 
  • Finisher’s medal for competitors in the 21.1km, 10km and 5km
  • Novelty trophies for the winners 
  • A training program
  • Basic first aid service at the event
  • A fun, safe and professional activity
  • Public liability insurance

Race bibs, medals and merchandise

Bibs and medals have arrived for our 2020 races.

Merchandise order has been placed. We expect to have it ready to distribute on or before 19 July 2020. Those selecting Race #3 will be able to order some merchandise.

Register Now for Race #2 on 18-19 July 2020

2019 Prizes

Great to have some gift vouchers from Studio Pilates Cairns. They frequently support our events, so it’s wonderful to have something from them again to hand out on race day.