Medibank Melbourne Marathon

Be a part of Australia’s largest marathon and race alongside marathon legends. Circle around Albert Park Lake, Flinders Street Station, pass the St Kilda beach foreshore and cross the finish line at the MCG to cheers from supporters, family and friends. The Medibank Melbourne Marathon is a competitive, adrenaline-filled race for those experienced in marathon running who want to set a PB on our fast and flat course, and is also perfect for first-timers and less experienced marathon runners.

Medibank are once again proud to be supporting the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival as naming rights partner. At Medibank, our company purpose is better health for better lives,  so we know staying active offers major preventative health benefits as well as improving physical and mental wellbeing. Whether this is your first time or your 40th time competing in the Marathon, we applaud your preparation and wish you all the best for your participation in the Marathon. Visit medibank.com.au to find out more about a range of health care products to suit your needs.

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

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

Adult
$155.00

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 4:59pm Monday July 3rd, your race pack will be sent to you, at the address provided.
  • If you register from 5:00pm Monday  July 3rd, you will be required to collect your Race Pack from the Race Week Office.
  • If you were an Early Bird entrant, please read the below information on your separate race pack distribution information.

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 5pm July 3rd you will be required to collect your personalised race pack from the ‘International Collection’ window. Any international registrations after 5pm on July 3rd you will be asked to collect their race pack from the corresponding event window.

Early Bird Entrants

Race packs are currently in the process of being packed and distributed. Please note with the large number of packs to distribute, packs are sent out in batches which means some participants will get their race pack before others. All participants should expect to receive their race pack by Wednesday 11th October. If for any reason your race pack does not arrive in the mail you will be required to pick up a replacement pack from the Race Week Office at the MCG. Please see opening hours below. If you cannot make it to Race Week office a friend or family member can collect a replacement pack on your behalf, they will simply need to present your confirmation email with your QR code.

RACE WEEK OFFICE OPENING HOURS

 

Please note that after 5pm July 3rd, there will be no opportunity to have your Race Pack posted. If you register after this time 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 Description

  1. Start at Batman Avenue.
  2. Head north along Batman Avenue; left into Flinders Street, left into Swanston Street, cross to northbound (west side) service lane at Princes Bridge and then head along St Kilda Road.
  3. At St Kilda Junction, runners turn right into Fitzroy Street then right into Lakeside Drive and do a lap anti-clockwise circuit of the Lake.
  4. This Lake loop requires runners to turn left into Albert Road Drive from Lakeside Drive and left into Aughtie Drive continuing around the Albert Park Lake roadway.
  5. At the Carousel car park runners proceed behind and around Pits Building using Aughtie Walk before U-turning in Aughtie Drive approx 300m past the Pits Building.
  6. Proceed to a right hand turn into Village Green Rd and right onto Lakeside Drive and right on to Fitzroy St.
  7. Make a right hand turn at Acland St extension into Beaconsfield Parade, proceed north to a U-turn just before Bay St heading south back toward St Kilda along Beaconsfield Parade.
  8. At the Beaconsfield Parade intersection with Jacka Boulevard, runners will veer right and head towards Elwood using Jacka Boulevard,Marine Parade and Ormond Esplanade U-Turn near Kingsley St. Runners then proceed north along Ormond Esplanade, Marine Parade, Jacka Blvd in north bound lanes to right hand turn into extension of Acland St, followed by a left hand turn into Fitzroy St.
  9. Turn left into the St Kilda Road northbound service lanes and continue to left hand turn into Southbank Blvd, right hand turn into Sturt St and proceed (under the St Kilda Rd) along Alexandra Ave to a right hand turn into Linlithgow Ave.
  10. Proceed along Linlithgow Ave to Birdwood Ave to right hand turn into Domain Rd.
  11. Take a right hand turn up Dallas Brooks drive, left onto Birdwood, veer left onto Government House drive and then right onto St Kilda Road.
  12. Proceed along St Kilda Rd to a right hand turn into Flinders St.
  13. Veer right into Wellington Parade South, turn right into Brunton Ave then left into Gate C and do one lap of the MCG to the finish line.

Course Map

Click here to view a PDF version.


*Please note the Course is subject to change


Elevation Map


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.


Pacers

Marathon
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

Pacer Applications have now closed as all Pace Group Leaders have all been filled.

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:

MARATHON OPEN OVER 40 OVER 50
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. Any participants who are not registered will not be considered.  All applications are checked to guarantee times submitted are valid. Applications for preferred starts will close 5pm Monday 25th September, 2017.

Preferred Start applications are now closed. 

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

On Course Nutrition

Endura – Official Electrolyte of the Melbourne Marathon
Endura’s proud to help fuel your Melbourne Marathon with Endura Rehydration Performance Fuel (Lemon/Lime) at key drink stations to help you race faster and recover quicker. Endura’s scientifically advanced formula features essential electrolytes (including exclusive Meta Mag® magnesium) to help keep your muscles performing at their best and 20 g of high-quality carbs per serve to give you that much needed energy boost to race faster and finish stronger.

Endura – Official Energy Gel of the Melbourne Marathon
At the 30 km mark of the Marathon, you’ll find an oasis of energy with Endura Energy Gels (all 8 flavours!) available to give you a nice kick of energy (26 g of carbs per serve) to bring you home strong. Endura’s Energy Gels feature dual-source carbs for fast/slow release energy and maximum absorption, giving you that instant hit, but also a sustained energy boost.

Drink Station Locations

LOCATION DISTANCE (KM) SUPPLIED MEDICAL TOILETS
Batman Ave – Start 0 Water
Albert Rd 3 Water
Lakeside Drive 6 Water
Albert Rd Drive 8.5 Water
PERSONAL DRINKS 1 11.2 PERSONAL DRINKS
Pits Building 11.2 Water + Endura
Village Green Drive 13.7 Water + Endura
Mills St 17 Water + Endura
Mills St 20.3 Water + Endura
PERSONAL DRINKS 2 24.5 PERSONAL DRINKS
Point Ormond 24.5 Water + Endura
Point Ormond 28 Water + Endura
Fitzroy St 31.1 Water + Endura Gels
Albert Rd/St Kilda Rd 34.1 Water
PERSONAL DRINKS 3 37 PERSONAL DRINKS
Birdwood Ave 37 Water + Endura
St Kilda Rd/Govt House Drive 39.8 Water + Endura
Wellington Pde Sth 41.6 Water + Endura
MCG Finish 42.196 Water + Endura

*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 Saturday, 14 October
Drop Off Times 8am-2pm
Personal Drink Station Locations 10.5km, 23.5km, 36.1km

RESTRICTIONS

  • Drink containers are not to be any taller than 21cm in total including all attachments
  • Special Drinks Drop off will close at 2.00pm
  • 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)

BONUS PRIZE POOL #1 TIME PRIZE
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

BONUS PRIZE POOL #2 TIME PRIZE
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

BONUS PRIZE POOL #3 TIME PRIZE
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)


Spartans

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. Seven 39 Year Spartans remain: Roger Weinstein, 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: www.melbournemarathonspartans.com


Wheelchair Entrants

Participants in Racing Wheelchairs

Those wishing to participate in a racing wheelchair are required to register in the Medibank Melbourne Wheelchair Marathon 7:55am start. This will be 5 minutes before the start of the Half Marathon, and will allow you to safely navigate the course free from crowds.

Participants in non-racing Wheelchairs

Those wishing to participate in a non-racing wheelchair are required to register in the Medibank Melbourne Marathon 7:00am start. For the safety of yourself and to assist with navigating through the field of runners, we highly recommend starting towards the back of the starting pack.

Non-racing wheelchair participants are also permitted to register the ASICS 3km Walk. Please note that the Half Marathon, 10km Run and ASICS 5km Run are not wheelchair-friendly.


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