Nike Wheelchair Marathon

Be a part of Australia’s largest marathon and race alongside marathon legends. Circle around Albert Park Lake, Flinders Street Station, pass the St Kilda beach foreshore and cross the finish line at the MCG to cheers from supporters, family and friends. The Nike Melbourne Marathon is a competitive, adrenaline-filled race for those experienced in marathon running who want to set a PB on our fast and flat course, and is also perfect for first-timers and less experienced marathon runners.

Please note, the Nike Wheelchair Marathon is for those participating in Racing Wheelchairs. If you are competing in a non-racing Wheelchair, please sign up to the Nike Melbourne Marathon

Event Information

DateSunday 13 October 2024
Distance42.195km
Start Time7:55am
Cut Off Time2:00pm
Field Limit100
Start LineBatman Avenue (150m North of Rod Laver Arena)
Finish LineMelbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Age Limit18 years or older on race day
  

 

Participants in Racing Wheelchairs

Those wishing to participate in a racing wheelchair are required to register in the Nike Melbourne Wheelchair Marathon 7:55am start. This will be 5 minutes before the start of the Half Marathon, and will allow you to safely navigate the course free from crowds.

Participants in non-racing Wheelchairs

Those wishing to participate in a non-racing wheelchair are required to register in the Nike Melbourne Marathon 7:00am start. For the safety of yourself and to assist with navigating through the field of runners, we highly recommend starting towards the back of the starting pack. Non-racing wheelchair participants are also permitted to register the 3km Walk, the 180 Nutrition Good Sport 5km Run, the SriLankan Airlines 10km Run, and the Nike Half Marathon as all distances are wheelchair accessible. 


Entry Fees & Inclusions

Adult: $185

Inclusions:

  • Entry
  • Race Bib + Safety Pins
  • Finishers Medal
  • Finisher T-shirt
  • E-Certificate

Course Map

Please note 2024 course is subject to change


Elevation Map


Slow Course

Information for 5+hr Marathon runners

The Nike Melbourne Marathon has a course redirection for entrants who are running at slower than 5hr marathon pace. At the 22km mark of the Marathon  (approx. 9:40am), slower runners will be redirected into Fitzroy St from Beaconsfield Parade. Redirected runners will be given a wristband and will not be permitted to complete the southern section of the course (8km). Instead these redirected runners will be required to make up this lost distance by completing a series of loops in Brunton Avenue (near the finish) before heading to the MCG finish line. Redirected, slower runners have up to 7hrs to make it inside the MCG  to have their results officially recorded. A designated team of officials will be on hand to record and advise all redirected runners. Please note: The redirection is a race requirement and is done so to ensure the safety of slower runners and also to meet traffic management requirements. The redirected course has been measured to AIMS standards.


Drink Stations

Aid Station Locations

LOCATIONDistance KMSuppliedMedicalToiletsMelway ref
#1 – St Kilda Rd / Arthur St3Water ONLYYesYesMap 57 – K1
#2 – Lakeside Dve6Water + GatoradeYesYesMap 59 – B8
#3 – Pits Building (Albert Park)11.2Water + Gatorade + Maurten GelsYesYesMap 57 – J6
11.2PERSONAL ONLYYesYesMap 57 – J6
#4 – Mills St/ B’Field Pde17Water + GatoradeYesYesMap 57 – A6
#4 – Mills St/ B’Field Pde20.3Water + GatoradeYesYesMap 57 – A6
#5 – Point Ormond/Marine Pde & Glenhuntly Rd24.2Water + GatoradeYesYesMap 67 – A2
24.2PERSONAL ONLYYesYesMap 67 – A2
#5 – Point Ormond/Marine Pde & Glenhuntly Rd27.8Water + GatoradeYesYesMap 67 – A2
#2a – Fitzroy St31.1Water + Gatorade + Maurten GelsYesNoMap 58 -B8
#1 – St Kilda Rd /Arthur St34.1Water ONLYYesYesMap 57 – K1
#6 – Birdwood Ave/Govt House Dve36.5Water + GatoradeYesYesMap 43 K12
36.5PERSONAL ONLYYesYesMap 43 K12
#7 – St Kilda Rd / Linlithgow39.5Water + GatoradeYesYesMap 2F – H8
#8 – Wellington St Sth41Water + GatoradeYesYesMap 43 – K8
Finish42.195Water + GatoradeYesYesMCG

Drink station locations subject to change*

 

Personal Drink Stations

Marathon competitors who wish to have their own refreshments available to collect from designated Drink Stations on course during Race Day.

Drop Off Information
Drop Off LocationOutside Gate 2 – Near Cricket Nets
Drop Off DateSaturday 14th October
Drop Off Times8am-2pm
Personal Drink Station Locations11.2km, 24.2km, 36.5km

*Please note Drink Station Locations are subject to Change

 

RESTRICTIONS

  • Drink containers are not to be any taller than 21cm in total including all attachments
  • Special Drinks Drop off will close at 2.00pm
  • No Balloons/Sticks are to be attached
  • Your race number must be clearly shown on the bottle container
  • It is your responsibility to find your own bottle at the Personal Drinks Station
  • You must not drop your bottle on course it must be dropped in the Event Waste Zone
  • The Personal Drinks service is available to competitors in the full marathon only

Spartans

In 1987 the efforts of the 86 men and two women who had completed all ten Melbourne Marathons was recognised by calling them “Spartans” and presenting each with a gold singlet. The Melbourne Marathon Spartans Club was formed in 1989 following initial discussions between Race Director Ted Paulin and Brian Dixon (former M.L.A. and Melbourne Football Club footballer).

The title of “Melbourne Marathon Spartan” has now become one of the Australian running community’s most sought after. Spartans are recognized by their various coloured running singlets and each runner has a personalised lifetime race number. The singlet is worn with the utmost pride by all Spartans as a sign of their achievement and dedication to marathon running. Any runner who completes ten Melbourne Marathons automatically qualifies to become a Spartan. After the 2022 event there are 1484 male, 159 female and two wheelchair Spartans. Although mainly Victorians, they come from all over Australia with a few overseas members. Three 44 Year Spartans remain: John Dobson, David Foskey and Wayne Thompson. Chas Harcoan, Bruce Hargreaves and Roger Weinstein have run 43. For further information on the Spartans club please visit the official Melbourne Marathon Spartans website: www.melbournemarathonspartans.com


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