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Finding your flow: How to pick the best running music

We all love working out to the sound of our favourite playlists, but are your tunes actually the right ones for your training purposes? Listening to the right kind of music can make a huge difference to your training regime – pick […]

Posted on August 3, 2017

Super you? Busting the ‘superfood’ myths

Are all foods created equal? What exactly are ‘superfoods’ anyway? Is the very concept purely a myth? If you’re struggling to know how much of this and how little of that to add to your diet, you’re in the right […]

Posted on August 22, 2017

Discover Melbourne

Melbourne is a vibrant city that pulses year-round. Quickly emerging as one of the great culinary cities of the world, here you will discover cutting edge restaurants, hip bars, trendy cafés and vibrant inner city neighbourhoods. It is also a […]

Posted on August 31, 2017

Reasons to run…

A word from some of our charities participating in this year’s Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival… RUN FOR THOSE THAT CAN’T Fundraise for JMB and help us to help young people living with Acquired Brain Injury. Even a small amount can […]

Posted on September 7, 2017

10 Ways To Reach Your Running Goals

This article is brought to you by Medibank’s Be.Magazine. Click here for more running and health and wellbeing tips. Go the distance and seamlessly achieve your running goals – while protecting your body from injury. With plenty of running events coming […]

Posted on September 11, 2017

5 Things A Champion Marathon Runner Wants You To Know

Running is tough. Whether you’re a newbie trying to crack their first 5K or a veteran sprinter gunning for the medal, you’re bound to encounter a few bumps (and blisters) along the way. It can be tricky to know which […]

Posted on September 11, 2017

Celia Sullohern and Isaac Birir Come Out On Top

More than 32,000 participants who took part in the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival woke to perfect running conditions on Sunday, October 15 with Australian, Celia Sullohern and Kenyan, Isaac Birir taking out first place in the Medibank Melbourne Marathon. Grafton […]

Posted on October 15, 2017

Remembering Spartan Legend ‘Manny Karageorgiou’ 1956-2018

Many of you will be aware that the title off Spartan Legend is bestowed upon a select few who have completed every Melbourne Marathon since its beginnings in 1978. The youngest of this group, Manny Karageorgiou, has been battling multiple myeloma […]

Posted on February 1, 2018

5 ways your body changes by running

One of the hidden benefits of running is how your muscles adapt to improve your performance, burn energy more efficiently and have improved recovery. 1. Slow is the way to go Many thousands of muscle fibre cells are bundled together […]

Posted on June 1, 2018

Stretches for runners

These are the best stretches for your back, hips and legs after a tiring run. Butterfly Half Pancake Kneeling Hamstring Stretch Piriformis Stretch 90/90 Hip Stretch Side Lunge Wide-Legged Forward Bend Forward Fold With a Twist 1. Butterfly   Sit […]

Posted on June 12, 2018

Strength training for runners

Weight training. For some people, these two words conjure up images of ginormous, muscly blokes working on their biceps with oversized dumbbells in a stinky, chalk-dusted gym. There’s nothing wrong with this of course, but more and more, the broader […]

Posted on June 19, 2018

6 ways to sneak exercise into your work day

We all know that regular exercise has a range of benefits, from reducing the risk of heart disease, to improving your mood and mental health. But between work, family and social commitments it’s not always easy to fit it in. […]

Posted on June 25, 2018

Meet some of our 2018 participants

I’m taking part because……..  We celebrate the journey together, but the drive to reach the finish line on 14 October is personal.  Meet some of our amazing 2018 participants: Robyn Sutcliffe, 33, Full Marathon “At 30 I was diagnosed with breast […]

Posted on June 25, 2018

How to become a runner (even if you’ve never run before)

Yes, you can do it! Here’s how to get started on your new running plan. A common fear for most people planning to start a running routine is that they’re not fit enough. That they’ll be left red-faced, coughing and […]

Posted on June 27, 2018

Five reasons to run the Melbourne Marathon

The Medibank 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 14th will see the streets […]

Posted on June 27, 2018

The best foods to eat before and after your workout

Making sure your body receives the proper nourishment pre- and post-exercise can be an important step in getting the most out of your workout. It can help to sustain your energy, reduce physical and mental fatigue, and can aid optimal […]

Posted on June 29, 2018

The importance of warming up and cooling down

It’s a well-known fact that a warm up is an essential part of any vigorous training activity or prior to a race to avoid injury. However, perhaps not as many people understand what happens during a warm up to help […]

Posted on June 29, 2018

Run Around Iconic Melbourne

Sunday October 14 sees the return of the Melbourne Marathon, and we are celebrating everything we love about this iconic event. With five distances to choose from, each course gives our runners an unique opportunity to see a side of […]

Posted on June 29, 2018


Hydration is a key to being healthy, but what’s the right amount of water to drink, and can drinking too much of it be harmful? Water is a great fat-loss tool, with the fatty acids in your fat cells more […]

Posted on June 29, 2018

The importance of SMART goal setting

Once you’ve worked out what your personal fitness mission is, it’s time to think about the steps you need to take to get there. Having a plan is the key to success; without it, our goals are merely dreams that […]

Posted on July 2, 2018

The power of mind over matter

Finishing a marathon may be one of the most challenging yet rewarding accomplishments you will ever do in your life. Physical strength will get you to the start line, but mental strength will get you to the finish line. Here […]

Posted on July 3, 2018

Getting the right fuel

Whether your goal is to run a personal best or simply complete your first run, getting your nutrition strategy right when preparing for an endurance running event can be critical to your success. Nutrition is key for a number of […]

Posted on July 6, 2018

Find your WHY!

What’s the difference between the people who achieve their goals and create lasting change in their lives, and those who start out strong then gradually fade away? Some answers that may spring to mind are motivation, discipline and willpower. Motivation […]

Posted on July 6, 2018

10 tips for better running

10 TIPS FOR BETTER RUNNING 1. Don’t ignore pain Red flag symptoms that could indicate significant injury include night pain, swelling (particularly pitting oedema – when you press down on the area with a finger and the indentation remains after […]

Posted on July 8, 2018

5 Benefits of Prepping Your Food

You get to the gym. You kill your workouts. You reap the benefits of the physical activity and love every minute. But do you ever get frustrated because you find the nutrition portion of fat loss to be exhausting? Part […]

Posted on July 10, 2018

Celebrities who have ran marathons

        Marathons have become a popular way to test your strength and endurance, even for some of Hollywood’s rich & famous.    Several famous actors, musicians, chefs & politicians have completed the 42km of a marathon.    […]

Posted on July 11, 2018

2018 Merchandise Range

The 2018 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 […]

Posted on July 11, 2018

Iconic MCG moments

The ground was built way back in 1853 when the then 15-year-old Melbourne Cricket Club was forced by the government to move from its former site because the route of Australia’s first steam train was to pass through the oval. […]

Posted on July 24, 2018

How to improve your running posture

While your legs power you forward and handle the ground impact, it’s important to remember your upper body. When you start to tire, upper body posture is often the first thing to go. You start to slouch, which restricts your […]

Posted on July 28, 2018

Beat the price rise

Winter is almost 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 21 August to join the […]

Posted on August 10, 2018

Cerebral Palsy Education Centre

Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC) is once again excited to be the official charity of the 2018 Medibank Melbourne Marathon. Focusing on early intervention, CPEC is a world leading centre providing essential therapy and equipment for children with cerebral palsy […]

Posted on August 15, 2018

How to prepare for a running event?

Even the most experienced runners in the world can be nervous leading up to an event. These handy hints can reduce your race day nerves so you can enjoy the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival. The following tips will help you, […]

Posted on August 17, 2018

Recipe: Protein Squares

The best bit about homemade protein bars? You have complete control over what’s in them. Which means? You can up their nutritional ante with the addition of super-charged ingredients such as antioxidant-rich berries, power-packed spices and natural sweeteners. Ultimately, they […]

Posted on September 4, 2018

Facebook Live

Tune into our special Facebook Live session with our panel of experts on Tuesday, 18 September at 7:30PM. Ask your questions live, win prizes & get ready for the #melbmara countdown! Hear from Olympic Winner Steve Moneghetti on his top training […]

Posted on September 14, 2018

Win a trip to Sri Lanka

To celebrate the 2018 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival our official airline partner SriLankan Airlines is giving you the chance to WIN the trip of a lifetime! Return flights for 2 from Melbourne to Colombo, Sri Lanka including transfers & 3 […]

Posted on September 20, 2018

Biggest Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival in history

SINEAD DIVER SETS NEW RECORD AT THE BIGGEST MEDIBANK MELBOURNE MARATHON IN FESTIVAL HISTORY Irish Australian Sinead Diver has set a new course record at the Medibank Melbourne Marathon, with a time of 2:25:19 – making her the fastest woman […]

Posted on October 14, 2018

2018 key performances

THE NUMBERS Medibank Marathon numbers jumped back up with more than 7000 entrants and 6373 finishers – our largest tally since 2014 and we were again the largest marathon in Australia this year. The Sri Lankan Airlines half marathon sold […]

Posted on October 18, 2018

Beat the heat this summer

Summer is a great time to run, but the heat and humidity can wreak havoc on your running pace. The warmer the weather, the more challenging it becomes to adequately cool your body. Heart rates are higher and breathing is […]

Posted on November 7, 2018

Top 6 Melbourne events this November

Looking for your next ‘must see/do’ event in Melbourne this November? The Melbourne Marathon team have put together a list of the top 6 events that you can’t miss this month!  We’ve looked at all industries; music, arts, running, culinary […]

Posted on November 7, 2018

2018 Best Marathon Moments

2018 was massive for the running industry and since it’s coming to the end of the year we thought we would take a look back at some of the most amazing moments from Marathons all over the world. 1 – […]

Posted on December 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Global running day

Tomorrow (June 5) we celebrate Global Running Day. Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take […]

Posted on June 4, 2019

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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 #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

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #2

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting last year’s event at No.2 when Sinead Diver broke the women’s course record in the marathon. No.2 The Year: 2018 The Winners: Liam […]

Posted on August 21, 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

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #7

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 2015 at No.7. No.7 The Year: 2015 The Winners: Brad Milosevic (NSW) 2:16.00, Jess Trengove (SA) 2:27.45 The Race Jess Trengove qualified for […]

Posted on August 29, 2019

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #6

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 1983 at No.6. No.6 The Year : 1983 The Winners: Juma Ikangaa (Tanzania) 2:13.50 Rhonda Mallinder (Vic) 2:37.56 The Race Some argue it […]

Posted on September 3, 2019

Lightweight & Race Shoes – The How, When & Why!

Your top lightweight show questions answered! Whether you are a pro or an enthusiast – knowing which shoes to wear when and why can be very confusing! As we welcome the warmer weather, we also usher in the running event […]

Posted on September 6, 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 #4

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 2007 at No.4 The Year: 2007 The Winners: Rowan Walker (ACT) 2:19.16, Hanny Allston (Tas) 2:40.34 The Race After taking ownership of the […]

Posted on September 13, 2019

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #3

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 1982 at No.3 The Year: 1982 The Winners: Bill Rodgers (US) 2:11.08 Sue King (US) 2:37.57 The Race Race director Ted Paulin struck […]

Posted on September 23, 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

SriLankan Airlines Half Marathon sells out!

The 2019 SriLankan Airlines Half Marathon has now sold out! Participants can still get involved in this years festival by competing in the other 4 events on offer, but don’t delay as there is limited capacity in the 42.195km Melbourne […]

Posted on September 28, 2019

Marathon Tips from Osteo Laura Pearce

It is no secret that running a marathon places a huge amount of strain on our bodies. Training, preparing and listening to your body is key in ensuring you get to the end of your 42km in one piece – […]

Posted on September 30, 2019

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #1

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 2013 at No.1 LISTEN: PODCAST EPISODE WITH LISA WEIGHTMAN, TIM CROSBIE & CHRIS MUIRDEN: The Year: 2013 The Winners: Dominic Ondoro (Ken) 2:10.47, […]

Posted on October 2, 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

Event day nutrition tips

My number one rule when it comes to running event days – don’t try anything new! That goes for what you do before and during. Eating 1-2 hours before your run is best as this gives time for your body […]

Posted on October 3, 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

Great Ocean Road Running Festival

Looking for your next big challenge post #melbmara? You’ll want to check out “Australia’s most stunning running event”; the Great Ocean Road Running Festival May 16-17 2020. Each year that this event has been conducted, it has attracted many athletes […]

Posted on October 8, 2019

Eliud Kipchoge makes history by running sub-two hour marathon!

Eliud Kipchoge has made history in Vienna by running the first-ever sub two-hour marathon in a time of 1hr 59min 40sec. Cheered on by thousands of fans, the Kenyan world record holder and Olympic champion completed four laps of a […]

Posted on October 12, 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

WIN a 2020 race entry, Garmin watch & more!

How would you like an entry into the 2020 Melbourne Marathon Festival, a Garmin Vivosport watch & merchandise pack? All you have to do is: Follow @melbmara on Instagram Like & comment on the competition post and you’ll be in […]

Posted on October 24, 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

Vale Ted Paulin 1938-2019

Melbourne Marathon’s first race director Ted Paulin has passed away, aged 81. IMG would like to pay our respects to one of the race’s iconic figures and pass on our best wishes to his family. As race director from 1978 […]

Posted on December 11, 2019

5 Reasons To Run

Almost every part of our daily routine has been impacted by the current COVID-19 situation. As the government tightens it’s lockdown measures, we all seem to share the same understanding that running, and other forms of moderate intensity exercise are crucial […]

Posted on May 1, 2020

Developing Your Technique

Getting used to running, if you haven’t done it in a while or ever, can be brutal. But once your body and mind start to acclimate, running can be blissful, meditative, and provide a sense of freedom.  The team from Science […]

Posted on May 11, 2020

5 Reasons Why Caffeine is a Pro Athlete’s Secret Weapon

The Science in Sport nutritionist Ben Samuels outlines the performance benefits of using caffeine during race day and why pro athletes performing at the top level trust the product so much. 1. Caffeine acts on your brain, lowering your perception […]

Posted on July 1, 2020

How to Stay Motivated

RUNNING MOTIVATION SEEMING TO SLIP AWAY? There’s undoubtedly a shadow cast over everything we do (and can’t do) right now, amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Running is supposed to be a cure-all, but these unprecedented, trying times are making it […]

Posted on July 16, 2020

Fuel: Strawberry & Coconut Protein Muffins

Science in Sport Ambassador Christie Johnson, also known as “The FitNut Kitchen” has come up with some great tasting recipes fulled by science. RECIPE: MAKES 12 | 7.9g protein per muffin Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour 1/3 cup […]

Posted on July 28, 2020

Australia’s Largest Marathon Goes Virtual

The Melbourne Marathon Festival holds a special place in the hearts of generations of runners, and although we can’t physically bring everyone together this year, we will be staging a Virtual Melbourne Marathon on December 5 – 13 to help our […]

Posted on September 16, 2020

Fuelling a Virtual Marathon

Whether you are training for your first ever marathon or you have lost count of how many times you have covered 42kms, Marathon events this year are a new experience for everyone. The lack of crowd encouragement and the absence […]

Posted on October 8, 2020

Choose the Music that moves you

Help create the OFFICIAL Virtual Melbourne Marathon Soundtrack Have your say! Submit your favourite running tracks to add to the Official Virtual Melbourne Marathon Spotify Playlist. We will be creating a playlist of all your favourite tunes. Select upbeat songs […]

Posted on October 20, 2020

We’ve Teamed up with CorePlus Connected

Where there’s running, there’s recovery. And to assist you in both those things, there’s a warm up! We’ve teamed up with CorePlus Connected to deliver you 5 classes, each intentionally created to support your training in the lead up to […]

Posted on October 22, 2020

Run and Raise at the 2020 Virtual Melbourne Marathon

Join the 2020 Virtual Melbourne Marathon and run for a cause. Set the challenge and connect with our incredible running community, all whilst supporting your chosen charity. 2020 participant Erica and her team Run of Courage for Megan are using […]

Posted on November 4, 2020


There’s less than one month to go before the 2020 Virtual Melbourne Marathon takes over the streets, and we plan to make up for lost time. We’ve created three training missions which will take you along the Yarra River, through […]

Posted on November 10, 2020

WIN a Garmin

There’s just over a week to go until the 2020 Virtual Melbourne Marathon enters Race Mode 🏅 Until then, keep up your training and log your distance within the official Virtual Melbourne Marathon app to WIN a Garmin Forerunner45! Its simple, log your run on the […]

Posted on November 26, 2020

Rediscover the city: more Training Missions unlocked

We’ve added 2 NEW Training Missions to give you some inspiration to get logging those kms in preparation for Race Mode. We’ve thrown in a brand new 5km mission as well as a 10km option, both taking in iconic scenes […]

Posted on November 26, 2020

A Message from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne

2020 Virtual Melbourne MarathonA message from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne The Melbourne Marathon Festival is one of our city’s great running events. While the start and finish lines look a little different this year, it’s great to see Melburnians […]

Posted on December 1, 2020

Safely participate in the Virtual Melbourne Marathon

Although we have gone virtual due to the safety precautions caused by COVID-19, there are still safety practices that you should follow when participating in the Virtual Melbourne Marathon. Follow social distancing practices.  If you find yourself on a crowded […]

Posted on December 2, 2020

Important Information for Virtual Melbourne Marathon Race Day

ARE YOU READY FOR RACE DAY? The Virtual Melbourne Marathon enters Race Mode this Saturday 5 December and ends Sunday 13 December. This means participants will be able to log their event distance at any point over the 9 days. IMPORTANT INFORMATION […]

Posted on December 4, 2020

Virtual Melbourne Marathon Top Tips

A few things to keep in mind when running the Virtual Melbourne Marathon this week. It’s virtual so we need GPS to see where you’re going. Make sure your phone is fully charged and that you set your location services […]

Posted on December 8, 2020

Introducing the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival 2021

We are excited to announce Nike as the Melbourne Marathon Festival’s official major partner ahead of our highly anticipated return this October. The partnership will celebrate the power of sport to bring communities together and encourage both elite and everyday […]

Posted on March 10, 2021

Four of Steve Moneghetti’s Favourite Runs in Victoria

The idea of a fun run might seem like an oxymoron to some people. But anyone who’s ever run, walked or crawled their way over the finish line of a fitness challenge can tell you the atmosphere is electric.  Check out the […]

Posted on March 24, 2021

Dropped: NEW Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival Merchandise

HOW TO ACCESS OUR EXCLUSIVE 2021 NIKE MELBOURNE MARATHON FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE: 1. Register now for the 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival and simply add your merchandise to your cart as you follow the registration process. 2. Head to our Nike Melbourne Marathon […]

Posted on May 24, 2021

Sometimes you just have to stop… to appreciate the restart.

In the late seventies and early 80s, most major cities decided to follow in the successful footsteps of Boston and host a marathon. Melbourne staged its first marathon in 1978 to 2,500 runners on a course that began in Frankston, headed up […]

Posted on July 8, 2021

Who are the Melbourne Marathon Spartans?

Runners who have successfully completed 10 or more Melbourne Marathons are known as ‘Melbourne Marathon Spartans’. Over 1,500 runners have achieved this, including 5 Spartans, who have run all 42 Melbourne Marathons since the event was established in 1978. These […]

Posted on July 28, 2021

David Foskey

David Foskey / 74 / Malvern Melbourne Marathons: x42 (Spartan Legend) MM PB: 2:58.51 – 19861978 Time: 4:14:102019 Time: 5:42:30 “I’ve always liked running, never very good at it” admits David. When the first Melbourne Marathon was announced, he and […]

Posted on August 2, 2021

Melissa Yu

Melissa Yu / 31 / South Melbourne Melbourne Marathon Festivals: x1 (21km) “I love this city, so I love running this city’s marathon. The atmosphere, the energy. It’s that many passionate and like-minded people coming together and running for a […]

Posted on August 2, 2021

Wayne Thompson

68 / Seaford Melbourne Marathons: x42 (Spartan Legend) MM PB: 2:40.36 – 19821978 Time: 3:32:102019 Time: 4:06:42 Wayne started running because he was “hopeless at football and cricket”.  He had always loved running as a kid, he “just felt like […]

Posted on August 9, 2021

Jessica Hay

38 / Mernda Melbourne Marathons Festivals: x2 (10km) Jessica kept waiting to sign up to a running event, “when I’m fitter, when I’m feeling better, there was always an excuse.” One day something changed within her, she had a moment […]

Posted on August 9, 2021

Get Your Hands on the Latest Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival Merchandise

HOW TO ACCESS OUR EXCLUSIVE 2021 NIKE MELBOURNE MARATHON FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE: 1. Register now for the 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival and simply add your merchandise to your cart as you follow the registration process. 2. Head to our Nike Melbourne Marathon […]

Posted on August 13, 2021

Annabelle Quinn

8 Years OldMelbourne Marathon Festivals: x4 (3km) Annabelle, with assistance from her family, has participated in the Melbourne Marathon Festival as part of Team CPEC since she was three years old. In 2019 she was one of the first children […]

Posted on August 24, 2021

Cathy Williams

44 / Greensborough Melbourne Marathons: x3 Cathy started running after a friend prompted her to come down to their local athletics club. She met for the first time some amazing long-distance running girls and guys who she now calls her […]

Posted on September 6, 2021

Roger Weinstein

71 / Caulfield South Melbourne Marathons: x42 (Spartan Legend) MM PB: 2:54.11 – 19821978 time: 3:36.042019 time: 6:51.01 Roger did the first marathon in 1978 when he was 28. “I just wanted to see if I could actually do the […]

Posted on September 6, 2021


After much anticipation, the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival is thrilled to announce that it will officially be going ahead this year, much to the delight of runners across the country. Following recent lockdown restrictions, the beloved event will now be […]

Posted on September 14, 2021

Family Fun – 3km Walk Now Free

The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival is delighted to announce that the 3km Walk will be a free event in 2021 thanks to the City of Melbourne. For the first time in Melbourne Marathon history the Festival will be split over […]

Posted on September 16, 2021

Personalise your medal with MiTIME

MiTIME captures the final piece of your #MelbMara journey with a personalised memento for your well-earned medal. The custom engraved insert of your name and race time is mailed to you post-event and fits perfectly on the back. Register for your distance now […]

Posted on September 21, 2021

Shivam Sidana

33 / Greenvale Melbourne Marathons: x2 Shivam did his first Melbourne Marathon in 2017, backed it up in 2018 and now is coming for his third in 2021. He was inspired by his professor, who started running and completed his […]

Posted on September 22, 2021

John ‘Dobbo’ Dobson

70 / Eltham Melbourne Marathons: x42 (Spartan Legend) MM PB: 3:02.49 – 19871978 time: 3:41.402019 time: 4:29.32 Dobbo started running after he broke his arm in a game of football. In 1975 he saw advertised in the paper a 14km […]

Posted on September 22, 2021


THE NIKE MELBOURNE MARATHON FESTIVAL CHALLENGES YOU TO RUN OR WALK 10KM THIS OCTOBER 10. We invite you to celebrate the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival’s original 10.10.2021 date by taking part in the #10TEN10 Challenge and clocking up 10k this […]

Posted on October 6, 2021

City of Melbourne’s 10k Track of Choice

You are invited to take part in the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival’s #10TEN10 Challenge and clock up 10k this October 10! It can be your fastest 10k, a race pace 10k, a mindful 10k, your first ever 10k, or even […]

Posted on October 8, 2021

#10TEN10 Highlights

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE THAT TOOK ON THE #10TEN10 CHALLENGE SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER! Seeing our #MelbMara community take to their local streets to celebrate what would have been the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival has been incredible. Thank you for sharing […]

Posted on October 15, 2021

COVIDSafe Event Update

COVIDSAFE EVENT UPDATE The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival has received a direction from the Victorian Government Department of Health that all registered runners, spectators, staff, and volunteers aged 16 years and over will be required to be fully vaccinated against […]

Posted on October 27, 2021

Re-discover Melbourne

Melbourne! Now is the time to re-discover our city. In true Melbourne Marathon style, we have put together five of our favourite Melbourne running tracks for you to explore this long-weekend. Why not make a day of it? Invite along […]

Posted on October 29, 2021

What does “running safely” mean to you?

BY DANIELLE BRYANRUN LIKE A GIRL AUSTRALIA Top 10 Tips to running safely: Run in a group or with a mate. Try to run where it’s well lit and populated. Tell someone before you leave where you’re going and how long you’ll […]

Posted on November 3, 2021

SiS Beta Fuel for Running

Science in Sports new Beta Fuel uses an optimised ratio of maltodextrin to fructose to provide a science-based complete fuelling solution for runners. Beta Fuels formula has been developed to enhance carbohydrate delivery whilst minimising stomach fullness and gastrointestinal issues. […]

Posted on November 4, 2021

Secure Your Spot Before it’s too Late!

Registrations for the 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival will close on November 21, unless sold out prior. Register before November 14 and have your race bib posted to you for free. Limited spots remain for all Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival events, […]

Posted on November 5, 2021

Which Energy Gel should I be using?

With multiple energy gels available selecting the right one for you can seem tricky. Science in Sport offers several different gels each developed to combat challenges a runner might face during training or competition. Below details the gels available and […]

Posted on November 10, 2021

The Importance of Hydration

During moderate to intense exercise, we can produce up to 2 litres of sweat per hour depending on individual sweat rates and the environmental conditions that surround us. Sweat contains vital electrolytes such as sodium, calcium and magnesium which are […]

Posted on November 10, 2021

Your FAQs Answered

With just under three weeks to go until the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival we know you have lots of questions and wanted to share important updates as we head towards race weekend. Keep an eye out for more important COVIDSafe […]

Posted on November 24, 2021

Vitamins & Supplements – Stay At Your Personal Best

In endurance sports, it can all come down to the fine margins. As much as a balanced diet, quality sleep and hydration help when it comes to sporting performance, from time to time you may still need a little bit […]

Posted on November 25, 2021

Vaccination Checks and Wristbands

You have all played such an important part in the return of live events, and we just want to say thank-you for your support and participation. We cannot wait to see you at the 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival. You […]

Posted on December 3, 2021

The 2021 Event App is Here!

The NEW 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival app has arrived. Download from Google Play and the App Store for the full #MelbMara experience. Make sure to tell your friends and family to download the app so they know the exact […]

Posted on December 6, 2021

A Message from Ashley Reade – Nike VP

The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival is finally here! Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS to all Athletes* taking part in races over the weekend. From 3kms to 42kms, whether you’re an experienced runner or have entered one of the distances for the first time, we are […]

Posted on December 8, 2021

2021 Event Guide

The 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival Event Guide is here! Download the Event Guide for all your essential Race Day info including key times and locations, maps, parking & public transport information and more!

Posted on December 8, 2021

What a Weekend! 2021 NMMF a Winner

2021 NIKE MELBOURNE MARATHON FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST MARATHON EVENT IN TWO YEARS This weekend, the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival returned for its 43rd edition with over 28,000 registered participants – marking a monumental milestone for the city and the running […]

Posted on December 12, 2021

Relive Some of the Highlights!

Check it out and reminisce on the incredible weekend that was the 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival. Take us back!

Posted on December 22, 2021

Marathon Age Category Winners and Records

All up 373 runners broke the magical 3-hr barrier at the 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon – the most since 1987 and the Deek-inspired marathon boom. Of those to finish the marathon by 9am, 21 were female, including Bendigo’s Jill Wilkie […]

Posted on January 21, 2022

Robinson and Clark’s Winning Splits

See how you stack up against Brett Robinson and Milly Clark, our 2021 Nike Marathon Winners! The 20-21km sweet spot had them both running their fastest, with Robinson at a pace of 2 minutes, 48 seconds per kilometre and Clark […]

Posted on January 25, 2022

2021 Age Category Winners

Take a look and see how you did in comparison to our 42k, 21k, 10k and 5k Age Category Winners at the 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival! For full 2021 results, click here. Nike Marathon AGE CATEGORY GENDER WINNER NET […]

Posted on February 1, 2022

Save the Date | 2.10.22

Save the date, the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival is returning Sunday, 2 October 2022. Registrations opening Monday, March 7.

Posted on March 1, 2022

2022 Registrations Now Open

Registrations for the 2022 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival are now open. What start line are you showing up to this 2.10.22? Nike Marathon Nike Half Marathon 10km Run 5km Run 3km Walk (opening soon)

Posted on March 7, 2022

In-Person Training Sessions Start This Sunday!

In-person training sessions are back! These sessions are designed to keep you accountable and prepare runners in a group environment for either the Nike Marathon or the Nike Half Marathon, under the guidance of our experienced Coaches and Run Leaders. […]

Posted on July 6, 2022


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