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How to pick the distance right for you!

With the Melbourne Marathon only 4 months away you might be starting to ask yourself what distance should (or can) I do this year? Whether this is the first year you’re thinking of tackling the event or you’re a seasoned […]

Posted on June 21, 2019

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #9

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 2010 at No.9. No.9 The Year: 2010 The Winners: Japhet Kipkorir (Ken) 2:11.04, Mulu Seboka (Eth) 2:32.20 The Race When race day came […]

Posted on August 14, 2019

WIN a trip for 2 to Sri Lanka

Experience the warmth of paradise… To celebrate the 2019 Melbourne Marathon Festival our official airline partner SriLankan Airlines is giving you the chance to WIN the trip of a lifetime! Win two Economy class tickets from Melbourne to Colombo and return […]

Posted on August 12, 2019

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #5

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 1978 at No.5. No.5 The Year: 1978 The Winners: Bill Scott (Vic) 2:21.04, Liz Hassall (NSW) 2:53.58 The Race Advertising guru Peter Clemenger […]

Posted on September 6, 2019

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #10

This year’s race will be the 42nd Melbourne Marathon. Since the first one in 1978, there have been many highs and lows with two fun run booms, plenty of race records and quite a few lean years in the 90s. […]

Posted on August 9, 2019

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #8

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne Marathons continues with our panel of experts selecting 2003 at No.8. The Year:2003 The Winners: Magnus Michelsson (Vic) 2:14.00, Loretta McGrath (Vic) 2:49.01. The Race Magnus Michelsson was born in Stockholm […]

Posted on August 26, 2019

2019 results guide

The Melbourne Marathon Festival for the second year in a row achieved another record 37,185 participants and a new highlight as the largest ever Marathon event in Australian history. Melbourne turned on an almost perfect day for the event with […]

Posted on October 28, 2019

For the first time, there are more female than male runners

Research released to the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) first Global Running Conference in Lanzhou in China shows that, for the first time in history, there were more female runners than male runners in 2018, with 50.23 per cent […]

Posted on June 3, 2019

2019 fitness trends

In its latest global trends report, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) identified 20 trends it believes will shape the global fitness industry in 2019. For its 13th annual forecast, ACSM asked more than 2,000 fitness professionals employed by commercial […]

Posted on January 31, 2019

So you’re running in the Melbourne Marathon Festival – Now what?

You’ve done it! You’ve committed to running in the Melbourne Marathon Festival on Sunday 13 October. Now it’s time to get down to business and prepare your body for the exciting challenge ahead. Before you start training it’s important to […]

Posted on July 22, 2019

Nutrition and Running – What you need to know

Navigating the dos and don’ts of nutrition can be difficult. Now add in considerations like exercise and fuelling for endurance events and you have yourself a puzzle. When in doubt? Ask the experts! Emily Commerford is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited […]

Posted on September 24, 2019


Winter is certainly here, and the countdown to this year’s Melbourne Marathon festival is well and truly underway. We are excited to offer an Early Bird discount to all of our prospective runners. Make sure you sign up before Early […]

Posted on June 3, 2019


Australia’s largest ever marathon saw over 37,000 people take to the streets of Melbourne on Sunday 13 October – and for the first time, a new initiative meant cups from the event could be recycled. As the official sustainability partner […]

Posted on November 14, 2019


Today 37,185 people took part in the 42nd Melbourne Marathon Festival – making it Australia’s largest ever Marathon. Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2-hour marathon in Vienna last night inspired Kenyans Isaac Birir and Naomi Maiyo to victory in the Melbourne Marathon, each […]

Posted on October 13, 2019

Carbohydrate loading tips

For most, running a marathon can take anywhere between 3 and a half hours to 5 hours. So, it’s extremely important you look after your body in the week leading up to the race. Carbohydrate loading is an important strategy […]

Posted on September 30, 2019

Developing Technique

“Running is a series of falls, aided by gravity.” Sven Otto Kanstad. Physicist and former competitive runner. Running is such a repetitive activity that places significant stress through your entire body. During most long runs and certainly any ultra I […]

Posted on July 23, 2019

Why running is great for your family

While it’s tempting to spend down time with your loved ones vegging out in front of Netflix after frantic week in the office (guilty!), getting the family up and active over the weekend provides a range of short and long-term […]

Posted on July 15, 2019

Why strength training?

A great question. Life is busy. Training for an event can be an all-consuming enterprise that cuts in on your social life, family time, hobbies (what are they again???), oh, and that other time filler called work. so how are […]

Posted on July 11, 2019


Following record-breaking numbers in 2018, the Melbourne Marathon Festival returns to the revered Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Sunday, 13 October 2019. Australia’s largest marathon is set to be bigger and better than ever, with organisers encouraging participants to choose their […]

Posted on June 21, 2019

5 reasons to run the Melbourne Marathon

The Melbourne Marathon Festival is Australia’s premier Marathon event. There are five event distances to choose from all ending with a lap of the colossal MCG, so there is a distance for everyone.  October 13th will see the streets of Melbourne fill […]

Posted on March 5, 2019

NEW! The Village

BEER GARDEN • FOOD TRUCKS • LIVE MUSIC • BIG SCREEN + MORE We’re excited to introduce our new entertainment precinct at the Melbourne Marathon Festival. The Village is your destination for food, drinks, live music & more. The Village […]

Posted on October 7, 2019

2019 merchandise range

The 2019 Official Merchandise Range by ASICS has landed, and you’re going to want to check it out. Designed specifically for our runners, you’re going to look great in our range of shorts, singlets, tights, hoodies and more for both men and women. Whether […]

Posted on April 15, 2019

Race information booklet

The #melbmara race informational booklet is your essential guide for this weekend. Event information, maps, parking & public transport information, sustainability initiatives & much more. Click on the below graphic to view/download the 2019 race information booklet.

Posted on October 7, 2019

Tell us your running story

Over 30,000 of you amazing people take part in the Melbourne Marathon Festival each year. Every runner has a story behind them and we want you to help us tell these stories. Are you running for a particular charity? Are […]

Posted on May 22, 2019

Top tips for the travelling athlete

I still remember the first time I travelled for a run. Butterflies were constantly fluttering around with excitement and nerves. Sure, I was used to driving an hour to the coast to run, but anything further can feel like you’re […]

Posted on August 29, 2019

Beat the price rise – 17 Sep

Winter is officially over, and the countdown to this year’s festival is well and truly underway. It’s time to rise to the challenge & beat the #melbmara price rise! Make sure you sign up before 17 Septemberto join the majority of […]

Posted on September 4, 2019

Cheer on your city at the MCG!

On Sunday 13 October, over 35,000 runners will take to the streets for the 2019 Melbourne Marathon Festival. Runners will be tackling an array of distances from our 3km walk, to the ASICS 10km Run and the Full Marathon. Come […]

Posted on October 2, 2019

Make yourself a VIP!

You deserve the all-in, exclusive treatment at the 2019 Melbourne Marathon Festival as a Very Important Runner. Exclusive room in the MCG Private shower access Exclusive post run massage Preferred start place VIR Packages are now available for the Full […]

Posted on June 14, 2019

The 2019 App has landed

The #melbmara app has arrived. Make sure to tell your friends and family to download the app so they know the exact moment you’ll cross the finish line at the MCG. Why not share a competitors progress as well throughout […]

Posted on October 3, 2019

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