Medibank Melbourne Marathon

Event Information

Date Sunday 15th October 2017
Distance 42.195km
Start Time 7:00am
Cut Off Time 2:00pm
Field Limit N/A
Start Line Batman Avenue (150m North of Rod Laver Arena)
Finish Line Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Age Limit 18 years or older on race day
Registration Cut Off 12pm Saturday 14th October 2017

Entry Fees & Inclusions

Registrations for the 2017 Medibank Melbourne Marathon are now open.

Please note entry fees are subject to change at any time, so sign up early to secure the best pricing.

Adult – Early Bird Early Bird Cutoff Date
$134.00 Friday 30th June

Race Pack Inclusions:

  • Entry
  • Race Bib
  • Safety Pins
  • Race Information Booklet
  • Competitor Gift*
  • Optional Post Run Massage
  • Finishers Medal
  • E-Certificate

*Please note Competitor Gifts can only be collect from the Gift Collection Tent located at the MCG during Race Week Office opening hours. You must bring your bib with you in order to collect your gift.

Race Pack Distribution

Your Race Pack includes your Race Bib, Safety Pins and Race Information Booklet.

Australian Competitors

  • If you register before 11:59pm Friday June 30th, your race pack will be sent to you, at the address provided.
  • If you register from 12:00am Saturday July 1st, you will be required to collect your Race Pack from the Race Week Office.

International Competitors

  • No race packs will be sent to international addresses. If you do not provide an Australian postal address on your registration form, you will be required to collect your Race Pack from the Race Week Office. If you register prior to June 30th you will be required to collect your personalised race pack from the ‘International Collection’ window. Any international registrations after June 30th will be asked to collect their race pack from the corresponding event window.

Please note that after June 30th, there will be no opportunity to have your Race Pack posted. If you register after June 30th you will need to attend the Race Week Office prior to event day in order to pick up your race pack including your bib.

Course Map

*Please note the Course is subject to change

Slow Course

Information for 5+hr Marathon runners

The Melbourne Marathon has a course redirection for entrants who are running at slower than 5hr marathon pace. At the 22km mark of the Marathon  (approx. 9:40am), slower runners will be redirected into Fitzroy St from Beaconsfield Parade. Redirected runners will be given a wristband and will not be permitted to complete the southern section of the course (8km). Instead these redirected runners will be required to make up this lost distance by completing a series of loops in Brunton Avenue (near the finish) before heading to the MCG finish line.

Redirected, slower runners have up to 7hrs to make it inside the MCG  to have their results officially recorded.

A designated team of officials will be on hand to record and advise all redirected runners.

Please note: The redirection is a race requirement and is done so to ensure the safety of slower runners and also to meet the City of Melbourne’s traffic management requirements. The redirected course has been measured to AIMS standards.


2:50 3:00 3:10 3:20 3:30 3:40
3:50 4:00 4:10 4:20 4:30

Becoming a Pacer

Pace Group Leaders will be expected to run at an even pace for the entire distance of their event and to offer encouragement and information along the way. Keeping to your allocated pace and communication between yourself and the athletes within your Pace Group is extremely important if everyone is to continue as a group.

Pacer Applications are not yet open – please check back once applications are open.

Running with a Pacer

  • If you are a participating athlete and wish to join a Pace Group, please look out for the Pace Group signs at the Start Area on race day
  • You do not need to register your interest
  • All Pace Group Leaders will be easily identifiable in event gear with their particular pace time clearly visible

Preferred Starts

Once you have successfully registered for the event, you can apply for a Preferred Start, which is a starting position immediately behind the Elite field. To be granted a preferred start you must have achieved the following qualifying times in a previous Marathon since 1st July 2016:

MALE Sub 2:50 Sub 3:00 Sub 3:10
FEMALE Sub 3:10 Sub 3:25 Sub 3:35

Applications for Preferred Starts must be made online and should include details of the races (i.e. race name, date and distance) at which qualifying performances have been achieved. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applications are checked to guarantee times submitted are valid.

Preferred Start applications are not yet open – please check back once applications are open.

Successful applicants will receive an approval email just prior to the event with further details.

Please note: applying for a Preferred Start is a separate process to the online race entry system. Applying for a Preferred Start does not guarantee race entry, so please be aware of the race entry cut off times and field limits.

Successful applicants will be sent a colour coded Preferred Start sticker and start instructions in the mail closer to the event. The sticker must be attached to your race bib to gain access to the Preferred Start zone. The Preferred Start zone for each race will be located immediately behind the Elite Start, with Preferred Starters only able to access the zone via the entry area provided.

Drink Stations

USN Winner’s Ener-G

The sports drink provided on course in 2017 will be USN Winner’s Ener-G Orange Flavour. Part of the Performance Series, USN Winner’s Ener-G is a great tasting, carbohydrate based drink which aims to rehydrate you whilst providing you with the nutrients to fuel your run. The added electrolytes and phosphates can fuel your body and provide you with high levels of energy, ready for your prolonged, high intensity run. USN supports performance levels, reduces muscle cramping, hydrates and tastes great.

To purchase USN Sports Ener-G with free same day delivery, please click here.

Drink Station Locations

Batman Ave – Start 0 Water
Albert Rd/St Kilda Rd Park 3 Water + USN
Lakeside Dve 6 Water + USN
Albert Rd Drive 8.5 Water
Pits Building 11.2 Water + USN
Village green Dve 13.7 Water + USN
Mills St/B’Field Pde 17 Water + USN
Mills St/B’Field Pde 20.3 Water + USN
Point Ormond 24.5 Water + USN
Point Ormond 28 Water + USN
Fitzroy St 31.1 Water
Albert St/St Kilda Park 34.1 Water + USN
Birdwood Ave/Govt House Dve 37 Water + USN
St Kilda Rd/Govt House Dve 39.8 Water + USN
Wellington St Sth 41.6 Water + USN
Finish 42.195 Water + USN

*Please note Drink Station Locations are subject to Change

Personal Drink Stations

Marathon competitors who wish to have their own refreshments available to collect from designated Drink Stations on course during Race Day.

Drop Off Information
Drop Off Location Outside Gate 2 – Near Cricket Nets
Drop Off Date TBC
Drop Off Times 9am-3pm
Personal Drink Station Locations 10.5km, 23.5km, 36.1km


  • Drink containers are not to be any taller than 21cm in total including all attachments
  • Special Drinks Drop off will close at 3.00pm
  • No Balloons/Sticks are to be attached
  • Your race number must be clearly shown on the bottle container
  • It is your responsibility to find your own bottle at the Personal Drinks Station
  • You must not drop your bottle on course it must be dropped in the Event Waste Zone
  • The Personal Drinks service is available to competitors in the full marathon only

Prize Money

Place Male Female
FIRST PLACE $20,000 $20,000
SECOND PLACE $7,000 $7,000
THIRD PLACE $4,000 $4,000
FOURTH PLACE $2,000 $2,000
FIFTH PLACE $1,000 $1,000

*Amounts in AUD
An athlete’s assistant package is available on application for runners who have a performance since the 1st January 2016 that is better than our course record.
Please note: International athletes will be subject to Withholding Tax, however may be able to claim back if agreements exist between Australia and their country of residence.

Prize Money (Bonus Pools)

FIRST PLACE MALE Sub 2:10:47 $20,000
FIRST PLACE FEMALE Sub 2:26:05 $20,000

$20,000 will be awarded to both the 1st Male and 1st Female if they break the Melbourne Marathon Records of Sub 2:10:47 (Male) and Sub 2:26:05 (Female).
*If Prize Pool #1 is collected, the competitor will NOT collect Prize Pool #3

FIRST PLACE MALE Sub 2:11:00 $3,000
FIRST PLACE FEMALE Sub 2:30:00 $3,000

$3,000 will be awarded to any Male or Female runner who places from 2nd to 5th place who runs Sub 2:11:00 (Male) and Sub 2:30:00 (Female).
*If Prize Pool #2 is collected, the competitor will NOT collect Prize Pool #3

FIRST PLACE MALE Sub 2:12:00 $1,500
FIRST PLACE FEMALE Sub 2:32:00 $1,500

$1,500 will be awarded to any Male or Female runner who places from 1st to 5th place and runs Sub 2:12:00 (Male) and Sub 2:32:00 (Female)


The Melbourne Marathon Spartans Club was formed in 1987 following initial discussions between Race Director Ted Paulin and Brian Dixon (former M.L.A. and Melbourne Football Club footballer). It was decided in 1987 to officially recognize the efforts of those 88 hardy souls who had completed all ten Melbourne Marathons hence the concept of the Spartan evolved.

Not in the wildest dreams of either Ted or Brian did they think the Spartan concept would be as strong as it currently is in 2016. The title of Spartan has now become one of the Australian running community’s most sought after.

Spartans are recognized today by their distinctive green, blue, red, gold, black and maroon running singlets and each runner having their own personalized race number. The singlet is worn with the utmost pride by all Spartans as a sign of their achievement and dedication to marathon running.

There are currently 1228 male, 97 female and 2 wheelchair Spartans. Although mainly Victorians, they come from all over Australia with a few overseas members. Eight 38 Year Spartans remain: Roger Weinstein, Neville Gardner, David Foskey, Frank Biviano, Manny Karageorgiou, Wayne Thompson, Bruce Hargreaves and John Dobson.

For further information on the Spartans club, please click here or visit the official Melbourne Marathon Spartan’s website:

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