Covid Update

Updated 9th September 2021

NEW DATE ANNOUNCED

The 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival will now be held on the weekend of 11 and 12 December.

New Event Details:

Saturday 11 December

  • SriLankan Airlines 10km Run Start Time 3.00pm
  • 5km Run Start Time 5.00pm
  • 3 km Walk Start Time 6.00pm

Sunday 12 December

  • Nike Melbourne Marathon Start Time 6.00am
  • Nike Wheelchair Marathon Start Time 6.55am
  • Nike Half Marathon Start Time 7.00am

Thanks to the generous support of the City of Melbourne, the 3km Walk will be a free event in 2021. Registrations for all race distances are now open.

The health and safety of our participants, spectators and team remains our priority, and we will continue to closely monitor and follow the expert advice of local and state authorities. We want to reassure you that we are taking the necessary steps and requirements to deliver a safe and rewarding event for all involved.

With just over 12 weeks to go, there is plenty of time to get your training on track, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

I can’t make the new 11-12 December event dates, what are my options?

Any registered participants unable to make our new event dates will have the option to rollover their registration to the 2022 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival or request a refund of their event entry fee. Please note you have until 11.59pm on Thursday 30 September to request a refund of your event entry fee. After this time your current registration will be automatically transferred to the new event dates of 11 -12 December 2021.

Click here for the 42km, 21km, 10km & 5km refund/deferral form
Click here for the 3km Walk refund/deferral form

I have been training for a 10 October event – what should I do now?

With 12 weeks to go until the new event dates there is plenty of time to refocus your current training schedule or even use this opportunity to set some new goals. Nike continues to support athletes to perform at their best and has updated the free training journeys on the Nike Run Club (NRC) app with the festival’s new dates in mind; Whether you’re running your first race or looking to beat your PB. For expert advice from Nike Running Coaches Lydia O’Donnell and David Ridley and free plans visit The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival training hub or download the Nike Run Club app.

Why is the event in December? Won’t it be too hot?

We all know Melbourne weather is notoriously unpredictable! The temperature may be hotter in December than October and we encourage all participants to plan accordingly with hydration and appropriate sun protection. The health and safety of our participants is a top priority with First Aid support available on course and at the MCG finish line. The new event date has been selected in conjunction with numerous stakeholders including the City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip, the MCC, Victorian Police, Public Transport Victoria, Vic Roads and takes into account other events and activity planned for later in 2021. The start times of the events have been adjusted to accommodate many factors to enable the event to proceed.

What COVIDSafe measures will there be?

There will be a number of measures in place to provide a COVIDSafe environment for participants, staff, volunteers and the community which will abide by the health and safety regulations laid out by the government at the time of the event. The event has been split over two days with the SriLankan Airlines10km Run, 5km Run and 3km Walk taking place on the Saturday afternoon and the Nike Melbourne Marathon and Nike Half Marathon on the Sunday morning to allow for more social distancing. Additional measures may include pre-event health screening of participants, additional contact tracing capabilities for participants and spectators, rolling start waves and overflow areas for the start and finish lines to allow participants to socially distance, additional cleaning and sanitising of high-touch areas and hand sanitisation stations throughout the event sites.

Dedicated COVID19 Safety resources are 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?

There are some changes to this year’s Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival which is now scheduled to be held 11 -12 December, 2021. On Saturday 11 December, the SriLankan Airlines 10km Run, 5km Run and 3km Walk will start in the afternoon from a new start line location as well as updates to the courses. On Sunday 12 December, the Nike Melbourne Marathon and Nike Half Marathon will start an hour earlier to accommodate potentially hotter temperatures. All race participants across all distances will finish inside the MCG.

There will be some impacts to the overall festival experience, including the race week expo and bib collection procedures and access to the MCG for spectators. Any changes will be communicated via email and social media in the lead up to the event, so please be sure to monitor these channels regularly.

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.

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: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks-when-wear-face-mask#when-do-i-need-to-wear-a-face-mask

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, SriLankan Airlines 10km Run, Nike Half Marathon and Nike 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.

Will the Finish Line still be at the MCG?

Yes, all event distances will finish inside the MCG.

Will the courses be the same?

On Saturday 11 December, the SriLankan Airlines 10km Run, 5km Run and 3km Walk will start in the afternoon from a new start line location and there are updates to the courses. At this stage, there are no changes to the course for the Nike Melbourne Marathon and Nike Half Marathon distances on the Sunday. Course Maps can be found HERE.

What days and times will each event commence?

Saturday 11 December

  • SriLankan Airlines 10km Run Start Time 3.00pm
  • 5km Run Start Time 5.00pm
  • 3 km Walk Start Time 6.00pm

Sunday 12 December

  • Nike Melbourne Marathon Start Time 6.00am
  • Nike Wheelchair Marathon Start Time 6.55am
  • Nike Half Marathon Start Time 7.00am

What will happen at the start line?

he 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 (except the 3km walk which is a non-timed event) 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.

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 at the time of this occurring, including transferring to the 2022 event or receiving a refund of your event entry fee.

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 refund of your event entry fee.


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

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