Run For A Cause

Did you miss out on securing a place in the 42.2km Nike Melbourne Marathon or the 21.2KM Nike Half Marathon? 

There is another way to get involved AND receive free entry! With general allocation into the Nike Melbourne Marathon and Half Marathon now at capacity this is your ticket in!

Running for a charity is one of the primary ways to secure your spot in the SOLD OUT events. By raising a nominated amount for a designated charity, you can exchange it for a race entry.

Sign up as a Charity Runner for one of our Charity Partners, and raise $2,000 or more in return for a FREE entry into the event of your choice, subject to availability of places for that organisation. 

 Our Platinum charity partners, Running For Premature Babies and Beyond Blue, have the most opportunities available and are your best chance at getting in! Our Gold Charites have limited spots available, so act quickly to secure your spot! Click your chosen charity from the list below and apply to be a Charity Superstar and get into the SOLD OUT Nike Melbourne Marathon and Nike Half Marathon!

Running For Premature BabiesBeyond Blue Asylum Seeker Resource CentreFight MNDOvarian Cancer Research Foundation
Heart FoundationMy Room Children’s CancerMS Plus Pets of the Homeless Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation
Vision AustraliaUniting Vic. TasAustralian Cancer Research FoundationCure Cancer Very Special Kids
Berry StreetDementia AustraliaChildren’s Cancer Institute

Why Run For A Charity?

Not only do you get guaranteed access into the Nike Melbourne Marathon and Nike Half Marathon but you get to run for FREE and for the greater good! Make the most of your journey to the #melbmara and go the extra mile for one of our incredible charities.


Running for Premature Babies

26,000 babies are born prematurely each year, with many relying on cutting edge neonatal equipment to survive.

Running for Premature Babies provides life-saving neonatal equipment giving sick and premature babies a better chance of survival. 

Since the charity was founded in memory of baby triplets Henry, Jasper and Evan Smith, Running for Premature Babies has raised over $7 million, providing over 150 pieces of life-saving equipment to neonatal units around Australia, and funding ground-breaking research into the care of premature babies. It is estimated that over 9,000 babies have directly benefitted from the charity’s work.

Join Running for Premature Babies in the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival to celebrate a survivor of prematurity, to honour a baby who has died, or simply to support a cause that will make a tangible difference to families around Australia.

You’ll get to experience the incredible camaraderie of our team and will feel amazing crossing the line knowing you’ve turned an incredible personal achievement into one that is life-giving too.

To find out more about the charity and how it all began, please view this short video or visit the home page:

Beyond Blue

Over three million people in Australia are living with depression or anxiety and an average of nine people take their own lives each day.  It’s thanks to the generosity of our fundraisers that we can keep our Support Service running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Join #TeamBeyondBlue and help us answer every call.

Together we can make a real difference to the lives of people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.

For more information about anxiety, depression and suicide prevention please visit

For advice and support, contact Beyond Blue Support Service on 1300 22 4636 or online at


Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Your support will help raise vital funds towards cancer research

Cure Cancer

Your support will help kick-start new ideas from bright emerging scientists across every cancer type. Our vision is to cure cancer. Together we can.

Children’s Cancer Institute

Your support will help save the lives of all children with cancer and improve their long-term health, through research

Very Special Kids

Very Special Kids provides holistic palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and tailored support for their families – through life, death and bereavement.

Pets Of The Homeless

Pets of the Homeless works to help keep vulnerable people and their pets together by alleviating the burden of providing essential pet care during times of hardship. Your support will help us to provide food, veterinary care, safe shelter and more to pet owners in need.

Fight MND

Your support for FightMND will help us lead the fight to defeat ‘The Beast’ that is Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Vision Australia

By choosing to run for Vision Australia, you are helping people who are blind or low vision live the life they chose.  

MS Plus

Thousands of Australians live each day with a neurological condition. MS Plus is one of Australia’s leading sources of information, advice and support services for people living with MS (and other neurological conditions), so no one has to face MS alone.

Dementia Australia

With your support Dementia Australia can provide vital services to the over 421,000 Australians living with dementia, their families, and carers

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