Darkness to Daylight 2024

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Make every step count towards a violence-free future

Darkness to Daylight returns for its 11th year - back at Parliament House Brisbane on the 29th and 30th of May. Set to be the biggest one yet, join us as we enter a new decade of this very special community event and raise crucial funds to put an end to domestic and family violence. 

In Australia on average 110 people die from domestic and family violence every year. Darkness to Daylight is a 110km run, where each kilometre represents one of those lives lost. We don’t mind if you run or walk, if you complete 3km or 110km. We just ask that you run with a purpose and that you join us in standing up to domestic and family violence.

When you take part in Challenge DV's Darkness to Daylight event, you are making a stand, helping to drive community awareness and intervention, and raising crucial funds to help prevent domestic and family violence.

If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic and family violence, support is available.

The Event

In an exciting return, Darkness to Daylight 2024 will take place at Queensland Parliament House, continuing as the only event of its kind held on the Parliament House grounds. Participants and spectators will meet at the front of Parliament House on George Street and will finish back at Parliament House at the end of their chosen distance.

Following an opening ceremony commencing at 6pm on 29 May, featuring a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by Tribal Experience and speaker remarks, overnight participants will set off. Participants for the 3 kilometre walk and 10 kilometre run will join them just before dawn on Thursday 30 May so that everyone returns at sunrise for the closing ceremony's final address and musical performances at 6.30am.


Participants will start on Main Street, QUT (the end of George St near Palm Avenue) running through the QUT grounds, over the Goodwill Bridge before turning around at Southbank. Participants will then again cross the Goodwill Bridge, run around the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and return to Parliament House. Upon crossing the finish line on the Alice St side of Parliament House, participants will enter the Speaker’s Green.
Duration: 28-45 mins

Participants will start on Main Street, QUT (the end of George St near Palm Avenue) running through the QUT grounds, over the Goodwill Bridge and run along Southbank to the turnaround point. Participants will run back along Southbank, over the Goodwill Bridge and around the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens before finishing at Parliament House. Upon crossing the finish line on the Alice St side of Parliament House, participants will enter the Speaker’s Green. 
Duration: 40-80 mins


Participants will complete 5 kilometre loops throughout the evening individually or in teams. They will start on Main Street, QUT (the end of George St near Palm Avenue) running through the QUT grounds, over the Goodwill Bridge and run along Southbank to the turnaround point. Heading back along Southbank and over the Goodwill Bridge, they will then run along the paths around the outside of the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and back to the start/finish line. After 4.30am, all participants crossing the start/finish line will be directed onto the 10 kilometre course to finish with the other event participants completing the 3 kilometre and 10 kilometre distances.
Duration: Approx. 13 hours

The Virtual Event

The virtual event starts from 1st of May and runs until 30th of May. This option is suitable for those who want to participate but can’t come to the live event. Participants can take part individually or as part of a team and run or walk from their location.  

Registration is $65 per person.
Special arrangements apply for children registered as part of a school team (please contact us at eventcrew@challengedv.org to discuss your school being part of this special event). Volunteers and children participating as part of a family registration enter for free. Registration opens at 7.30pm on 7 February 2024 and closes 9am Monday 27 May 2024 (if not sold out prior).

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The Race Kit

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be sent a pack with a complimentary shirt with reflective strip so you can shine bright while making every step count.

The Fundraising

Our crucial work is only possible through the generous donations of our community. Help us put an end to domestic and family violence by making a donation today. 

The first 1000 donors to give $100 or more will receive an exclusive Darkness to Daylight cap that you can sport to show your support.

The top three individual fundraisers will receive a special prize donated by the Queensland Parliament.
First prize: Cellar Dining Experience, valued at $1,400
Second and third prize: Strangers’ High Tea Gift Voucher, valued at $120
One lucky participant who receives a donation of $20 or more will also be randomly selected to win a third Strangers’ High Tea Gift Voucher.

Make a difference.

The Schedule

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

  • 6.00pm: opening ceremony
  • 6.30pm: overnight run commences

Thursday, 30 May 2024

  • 5.00am: 10km run to commence
  • 5.30am: 3km walk to commence
  • 5:34am: first 10km runner to arrive back at finish line

Closing ceremony

  • 6.00am: Entertainment to begin
  • 6.20am: closing ceremony begins
  • 6.55am: closing ceremony close
  • 6.55am: Queensland Police Band commence playing
  • 7:00am: last 10km participant to arrive back
  • 7.00am: event closes

The Venue

The event will start and finish at Queensland’s historic Parliament House, Cnr of Alice and George Streets, Brisbane City

Marquee booking details 

To ensure overnight participants' comfort and convenience, overnight participating teams can book marquee accommodation for their participants. You can either bring your own marquee or hire one from us.

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Parking details

There is limited parking available in the city due to the timing of the event overnight and in the early morning. We encourage participants to carpool or use a taxi/Uber etc to get to the event. There are some 24 hour car parks in the city which are best booked in advance.

Safety and security

Participant safety is our top priority. Professional security personnel will be stationed along the course and members of the Queensland Police Service will also be participating in the event. The courses are well-lit and suitable for wheelchairs.

Food and drinks

Food and coffee trucks will be operating in the area in the evening for overnight event participants. Breakfast may be pre-ordered through the Darkness to Daylight registration page under an exclusive arrangement with Parliamentary Catering. Coffee and drinks stations will be available at Parliament House from 6am.

The Why

Established by MinterEllison’s Robert Reed OAM in 2014, Darkness to Daylight gives the community the opportunity to do something physical and meaningful to contribute to domestic and family violence prevention and gain a deeper understanding of the public health issue. Each kilometre of the circuit symbolises a life lost through domestic violence in Australia in the year the event launched and honours all lives lost, at any time, to domestic violence.

Funds raised go towards Challenge DV’s critical activities, including workplace programs, respectful relationships programs, strategic partnerships, and advocacy, all designed to prevent domestic and family violence.

Lace up your shoes and see you at the start line!

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