Race Day

Warm Clothing

If you would like to be able to put on some warm clothes at the end of your run, we recommend using our Warm Clothing service.

Event Opening Time Location
Marathon From 5:30am Car Park Entry A via Brunton Avenue
Half-Marathon From 5:30am Gate 1 on MCG Concourse
10KM From 6:00am Gate 2 on MCG Concourse
5KM From 5:30am Gate 1 on MCG Concourse
3KM From 5:30am Gate 1 on MCG Concourse

Storage areas will be manned by volunteers and marshals on Race Day and it is strongly recommended that you avoid placing valuables in clothing bags. Organisers do not accept any responsibility for lost or stolen goods. Any clothes left in areas other than the designated Warm Clothing areas will be donated to the Red Cross inc. anything left at the start line. Checking-In Warm Clothing On Race Morning

  1. BYO bag to store your warm clothing in
  2. Tear off the perforated identification strip along the bottom of your Race Bib
  3. Attach the identification strip to your warm clothing bag
  4. Drop your bag off at the designated area for your event

Transport & Parking

We highly suggest that all competitors take public transport on the day, due to limited parking space, traffic congestion on race-day and the convenience and close proximity of public transport from the start line and MCG.


There are several non-ticketed parking areas on Sundays, however these will fill quickly from 5.30am: Yarra Park There will be limited public parking at the MCG in Yarra Park for the Melbourne Marathon Festival.  Enter from 5am through Gate 5 & 6 (PUNT ROAD ONLY). Parking is $10 CASH ONLY Alexandra Avenue (between Swan St Bridge and Morrell Bridge) Once you find a park, walk across Swan St Bridge and take the footbridge over the rail lines. This leads directly to the MCG’s.  Allow 10 minutes walk time. Fitzroy Gardens (Wellington Parade /Lansdowne St/Albert St/Clarendon St (city side only) Once you find a park, walk to Wellington Parade Sth/Jolimont Terrace and use the MCG paths to the Ponsford Stand or Gate 3. Anderson St (access off Domain Rd or Alexandra Ave) Once you find a park, walk across Morell Bridge and take the footbridge over the rail lines. This leads directly to the MCG’s Ponsford Stand.  Allow 20 minutes walk time.

Public Transport

For Public Transport options please visit the PTV website. With thanks to PTV, all Marathon competitors will now have the option to catch the Night Network to the start line. Click here for Night Network website. Normal Myki fares & ticketing will apply. Please note the most convenient train stations to arrive at are the Flinders St, Jolimont and Richmond stations.


There are plenty of Bike rack facilities at the MCG. Remember to bring a lock!


If you plan on walking to the event, please remember to review the road closure information closer to the event.  


Come along and support your friends and family – entry into the MCG is free on Race Day! Spectators can enter the MCG from 6:00am via Gate 2. Bikes and Pets are not permitted inside the MCG (Guide Dogs excepted). For spectators with prams, if you intend to watch the Event within the MCG at the finish line and have a baby or a toddler; prams and pushers will be permitted into the MCG’s spectator areas located in the Olympic Stand and Member’s Reserve. Easy to fold pushers are recommended


Competitors will have access to toilets at the MCG via Gate 1 from 5:30am on Race Day right through until the venue closes at 2:00pm. Limited portable toilet units will be available at the Start Line. We encourage competitors to make use of the portable toilet in Yarra Park and the  permanent, toilet facilities offered at the MCG. From there it’s just a short walk over the Tennis Centre footbridge to the Start Line. There will be portable toilets available to competitors at the Drink Station locations on the course. Spectators can access MCG toilets via Gate 2 from 6:00am. Please note that all toilets are located downstairs at the MCG on Level B1.


Massage will be made available to Marathon and Half Marathon competitors only. This area is located within the MCG on LB2 via Car Park Entry A on Brunton Avenue. Please follow directional signage and Volunteer instructions to locate this area.


Trophies will be awarded to the place getters in the Nike Melbourne Marathon, the Nike Half Marathon,  10km Run and 5km run events on the main stage, inside the MCG.


All competitors will receive a finisher’s medallion on their way out of the finish area. Once you have finished your event, please move through the finish area as quickly as possible to avoid congestion for other competitors wanting to cross the finish line.

Gift Collection

All competitors are invited to present their race bib at the Gift Collection tent to collect a free Competitor Gift! Visit the Yarra Park Lawn opposite Gate 2 of the MCG to pick up your gift.

Road Closures

There will be road closures around the MCG that will affect traffic and access to parking on race day. If you have an enquiry about traffic and road closures, please contact our dedicated Traffic Enquiries Line. Traffic Enquiries Line: 9864 1122 Operational Saturday 3rd October (10am – 4pm) and Sunday 4th October (6am – 2pm).

Road Closures – South

Road Closures – North

Road Closures – St Kilda Road

Extreme Weather

In the event of extreme weather or surrounding conditions, and in the interests of competitor safety, IMG reserves the right to cancel or delay an event/s at short notice. Cancelled events will not be rescheduled. IMG will ensure that they provide a duty of care to all participants and staff, with the well-being of individuals being of highest importance. Extreme weather may be defined as weather that threatens the immediate or long-term safety of individuals, as a result of rain, lightening, wind or heat. Contingency plans may be implemented when the following weather occurrences occur:

  • Wet Bulb Globe Temperature W(shade) >28
  • Ambient Temperature >36 degrees Celsius
  • Apparent Temperature (wind chill)
  • Wind Speed >40 km per hour
  • Rainfall >80mm within 24 hours
  • Lightning and rare atmospheric conditions
  • Any adverse impediments that may occur over the event course that are deemed to be a safety hazard. Examples may include flooding, oil spills, vehicle accidents, fallen trees, or possibility of fires on total fire ban days etc.

During the days preceding an event, weather forecasts (http://www.bom.gov.au/) will be monitored by IMG to identify any potential extreme weather conditions. During the event in the case of inclement weather, MEOC will communicate with the Weather Bureau regarding specific details of possible weather conditions including intensity, duration and likelihood. In the instance the event is adversely affected by extreme weather, consultation between IMG and relevant authorities will be held to determine the actions required with the safety of participants, staff and the public at the forefront of any decision made.


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