Super hip Melbourne is one of the most liveable cities in the world and an amazing place to run a marathon.

Melbourne has a number of awesome running events which pass the cities famous landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, the MCG, the Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Beach and the Yarra River. Also within close reach is the stunning Great Ocean Road with its dramatic coastal scenery.

Below is a list of marathons, half marathons and ultra-marathons in Melbourne and the surrounding area including the Great Ocean Road.

9 Melbourne Marathons events
Sandy Point Half Marathon 2021
image descriptionBrighton VIC

Held along the streets of Melbourne’s iconic bayside, The Sandy Point Half Marathon returns on the 5th of September 2021.  

Offering a fast and flat course close to the water, this event gives participants the advantage to maximise their performance.

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100km Surf Coast Century 2021
image descriptionGreat Ocean Road VIC

The 100km Surf Coast Century offers spectacular running along Victoria's Surf Coastline. The event will take place on the 11th of September 2021. The event includes both a 50km and 100km ultra distance course as well as a relay option and 2. 5km kids fun run.

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Sri Chinmoy Yarra Boulevard Half Marathon, 10km & 5km
image descriptionYarra Boulevard, Richmond, Melbourne VIC

The Sri Chinmoy Yarra Boulevard Half Marathon, 10km & 5km run will take place on the 19th of September. The event is conducted on a scenic 5km closed road circuit along Yarra Boulevard in Richmond.

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Macedon Trail Runs
image descriptionMacedon Ranges VIC

Just one hour from Melbourne, the Macedon Trail Run offers a wide range of distances from 10km through to the marathon and 50km ultra in a beautiful mountain setting.

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Marysville Marathon Festival
image descriptionMarysville VIC

The Marysville Marathon Festival has been supporting the Marysville community recovery since 2009 when the devastating Black Sunday bush fires destroyed the town and many other districts.

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Afterglow Twilight Night Trail Run 2021
image descriptionSurf Coast Walk VIC

The Afterglow Twilight Night Trail Run along Victoria's Surf Coast Walk offers fluro fun and plenty of glow fashion while running on trails. The event returns on the 20th of November 2021. On offer is 64km, 43km, 21km, 13km or 5km.  

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Goldfields Trail Run Festival
image descriptionBendigo VIC

The Goldfields Trail Run Festival will take place in the heart of Victoria's Gold Rush country on the 21st of November 2021.

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Down Under 135
image descriptionLerderderg Gorge, Bacchus Marsh VIC

The Down Under 135 will take place from the 13 - 15 May 2022.  

The event covers 135 miles (217 km) in a single stage non-stop start to finish run across the single trails of the Lerderderg and Wombat State Forests in Victoria.

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Great Ocean Road Running Festival 2022
image descriptionGreat Ocean Road VIC

The Great Ocean Road Running Festival will take place from the 14th to the 15th of May 2022.  

The Great Ocean Road Running Festival attracts thousands of participants every year seeking to conquer one of the most stunning marathons in the world.

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