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Early Bird registrations now open!

The 2020 Melbourne Marathon Festival is back, returning to the MCG Sunday 4 October and Early Bird registrations are now open. After a sell-out event in 2019, 37,185 people took part in the 42nd Melbourne Marathon Festival – making it Australia’s […]

Posted on December 5, 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

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

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

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #7

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne Marathons continues with our panel of experts selecting 2003 at No.7. 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

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

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #4

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 1978 at No.4. No.4 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

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

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

EARLY BIRD ENDING SOON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #2

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 1982 at No.2 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

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

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

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #3

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 2007 at No.3 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

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

2019 MELBOURNE MARATHON OFFICIALLY AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST EVER MARATHON

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

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

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

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

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #5

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 1983 at No.5. No.5 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

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

AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST EVER MARATHON RECYCLES PAPER CUPS

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

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #8

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting last year’s event at No.8. No.8 The Year: 2018 The Winners: Liam Adams (Vic) 2:15.03, Sinead Diver (Vic) 2:25.19 The Race IRISH-BORN mum […]

Posted on August 21, 2019

10 Most Memorable Melbourne Marathons #6

The countdown of the top 10 most memorable Melbourne races continues with our panel of experts selecting 2015 at No.6. No.6 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

SAVE THE DATE

Following record-breaking numbers in 2019 and four sold out events, the Melbourne Marathon Festival returns to the revered Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Sunday, 4 October 2020. Featuring five cleverly curated courses for people of all ages, abilities and athletic stature, […]

Posted on November 25, 2019

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