Mackay Road Runners club was formed in April 1976 by a group of keen runners. The original president was Dave Sedgmen and the secretary was Brian Feigert.
The Club’s calendar featured races with a variety of distances from 3 kilometres to a Marathon which catered for all runners over marked courses. The program ran from February to October. As the group grew many of them would meet up for their training runs. Townsville and Rockhampton would often have runners compete and many of the runs became competitive between the towns. One of these competitions was a 24 hour run which was held at the Mackay Race track. The mile course was run by 10 runners from each town in relay for 24 hours. Each town had their day of victory but it was very always closely competed.
Another original race was the Utah run which was a 28 kilometre put on by the Sarina Athletic Club and ran from Hay Point to Sarina township. This was a very hilly course with many road surfaces. It was very popular with runners throughout Queensland as many runners used it to gauge how they would go in the Gold Coast Marathon which was six to eight weeks later.