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.


12 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 28th of February 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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Goldrush Trail Run 2021
image descriptionHepburn Springs, Daylesford VIC

The GoldRush Trail Run will be held on Saturday 10th of April 2021 in Hepburn Springs in Victoria. The event features three distances including a 24km, 13km and a 6km trail.

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Run the Rock 2021
image descriptionHanging Rock VIC

Sole Motive's Run the Rock has been postponed to the 17th of April 2021. Taking place at Hanging Rock, the event offers a half marathon, 13. 5km, 5km and 2km of breathtaking scenery, gritty trails and undulating country roads.

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The O'Keefe Challenge 2021
image descriptionHeathcote VIC

The O'Keefe Challenge will take place on the 2nd of May 2021.  The signature event is the O’Keefe Rail Trail Marathon which follows the spectacular old rail trail from Bendigo to Heathcote, as it weaves its way through bushland, open fields, farms and past Lake Eppalock.

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Down Under 135
image descriptionLerderderg Gorge, Bacchus Marsh VIC

The Down Under 135 will take place from the 14 - 16 May 2021.  

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 2021
image descriptionGreat Ocean Road VIC

The Great Ocean Road Running Festival will take place from the 15th to the 16th of May 2021.  

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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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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Brooks Surf Coast Trail Marathon 2021
image descriptionSurf Coast Walk VIC

Taking place on the 26th of June 2021, the Brooks Surf Coast Trail Marathon is your chance to run a marathon or half marathon along Victoria's stunning Surf Coast Walk.

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Princes Park Running Festival
image descriptionMelbourne VIC

The Princes Park Running Festival in Melbourne will take place on the 4th of July 2021. Run for 6hrs, 12hrs or 24hrs or choose one of the distance events from the 2. 5km kids run to the 100km ultra marathon.

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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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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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The Geelong Dawnbuster 5k Fun Run - Virtual Event
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The Geelong Half Marathon will take place from the 28th to the 31st of December 2021 as a virtual event. Run your own 5km Dawnbuster your way and submit your time online to be in the chance to win some prizes.  

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