Covid Update

Updated 9th June 2021

The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival returns on the 10th of October 2021, and we are eager to bring you ‘Australia’s Largest Marathon’.

With planning well underway, the health and safety of our participants, spectators, volunteers, partners and team members remains our top priority, and as such we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in partnership with local, state, federal authorities and health officials.

We want to reassure you that we are taking the necessary steps and requirements in order to deliver a safe and rewarding event for all involved.

It is our intention to keep our loyal community in the loop as much as possible. If we receive any updates we will be sure to let you know via email, our website and social channels, but for now we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back for the 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.


What COVIDSafe measures will there be?

The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival is proposing a number of measures to provide a COVIDSafe environment for participants, staff, volunteers and the community for the 2021 event. These measures could include pre-event health screening of participants, additional contact tracing capabilities for participants and spectators, overflow areas for the start and finish lines to allow participants to socially distance, additional cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch areas and hand sanitization stations throughout the event sites.

We propose to organise a dedicated COVID19 Safety Officer to be in place to plan, implement and monitor these measures and address any new COVID Safety challenges that may occur during the event. In addition, there will be regular communication across all digital channels in the lead up to the event, and clear signage, PA system announcements and additional support from event staff and volunteers at the event.

How will my event experience change?

Most participants in the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival won’t notice a great difference to their race day experience. The COVIDSafe measures we are proposing such as hygiene stations, social distancing, contact tracing and health declarations are commonplace for Victorians. The festival is held outdoors and already designed to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience with ample space for all participants and spectators. We ask all participants to follow the health and safety advice in the lead up to and during the event and seek the support of our event staff if they have concerns.

We will be communicating further information via email and socials in the lead up to the event, so please be sure to monitor these channels regularly.

Will drink stations be available?

Drink stations will still be available at designated locations on the course. They have been designed to encourage continual flow of participants to enable a smooth drink collection system, while minimising potential crowding.  Staff and volunteers manning the drink stations will be given additional COVID safety training. Participants are also encouraged and welcome to use their own hydration packs throughout the event.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

The requirements for masks will be in line with the Victorian health advice at the time of the event. We will be monitoring this closely and will provide updates where necessary. For more information and guidelines on mask wearing please visit:

Will there be capacity limits on the race distances?

The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival offers 5 different event distances including a 3km Walk, 5km Run, 10km Run, Nike Half Marathon and Nike Full Marathon. Each of these distances have their own capacity limit based on delivering an enjoyable and safe race day experience for all participants. These events are highly popular and do sell out so we encourage interested participants to register early to secure their race entry.

What will happen at the start line?

The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival start, and finish lines have been designed to allow adequate space for all participants to socially distance. Each participant has a timing chip in their race bib that is not triggered until they cross the timing mats at the start line and finishing times are submitted when they cross the final timing mat at the finish line. Whilst the extra space may mean some participants start further back or take a little longer to start the event, their official race times (net time) will not be affected.

Are there cancellation fees if I withdraw?

If you withdraw from the Event prior to the Withdrawal Cut-Off Date, a cancellation fee will apply. You will be returned your original entry fee less:
Marathon – $40.00
Half Marathon – $30.00
10km – $20.00
5km – $15.00
3km Walk – $15.00

Should you withdraw after 11:59pm August 9th for any reason (including, but not limited to, medical reasons), there is no refund of any portion of the entry fee, subject to applicable laws.

Exceptions may apply if there are active Covid concerns within the community at the time of the event.

Can my friend take my entry if I can no longer compete?

As stated in the registration terms and conditions, under no circumstance are you permitted to give your bib to another person. Name changes are strictly not permitted. If you cannot compete in the event, you must complete a Withdraw Application Form to withdraw from the event.

Why should I register now?

If you’re planning to run in the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival in 2021 we recommend you register early. Not only will you get the best price, it will secure your entry into your chosen field. Interest in running is growing and with the 2019 Melbourne Marathon already selling out we are expecting high demand.

If the event is cancelled, what happens to my registration?

In the event of a cancellation, and you hold a live and current registration you will be provided with a number of options including transferring to the following year or a full refund of your 2021 registration.

What happens if travel restrictions prevent me from getting to Melbourne?

In the event of travel restrictions affecting registered participants outside of Melbourne at the time of the event we will provide options including transferring to the following year and or a full refund of your registration.

Please contact our Customer Service Team with any additional questions or review our full FAQ’s here.


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