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.
11 Melbourne Marathons events
Run Melbourne 2020 due to take place on the 26th of July has been postponed to November however, you can still participate in July with the Run Melbourne virtual event. For people already registered the virtual event is free and $15 for those not registered.
The Great Ocean Road Running Festival due to take place on the 16-17 May 2020 has been postponed to 22-23 August 2020.
The Great Ocean Road Running Festival attracts thousands of participants every year seeking to conquer one of the most stunning marathons in the world.
The Geelong Half Marathon 2020 due to take place on the 5th of April has been postponed to the 13th of September 2020.
The Geelong Half Marathon is run along the beautiful Barwon River, from Belmont, to Breakwater and then up to Fyansford and back to Belmont.
The 100km Surf Coast Century offers spectacular running along Victoria's Surf Coastline. Taking place on the 19th of September 2020, the event includes both a 50km and 100km ultra distance course as well as a relay option and 2. 5km kids fun run.
The Melbourne Marathon Festival is Australia’s largest Marathon. Taking place on the 4th of October, the marathon course passes Melbourne landmarks Albert Park Lake, Flinders Street Station and the St Kilda beach foreshore before finishing with a lap of the MCG.
Sole Motive's Run the Rock returns to Hanging Rock on the 17th of October 2020. Offering a half marathon, 13. 5km, 5km and 2km of breathtaking scenery, gritty trails and undulating country roads.
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 21st of November 2020 and offers a marathon, half marathon, 13km and 5km.
Taking place on the 21st of November 2020, the Brooks Surf Coast Trail Marathon is your chance to run a marathon or half marathon along Victoria's stunning Surf Coast Walk.
The GoldRush Trail Run will be held on Saturday 12th of December 2020 in Hepburn Springs in Victoria. The event features three distances including a 24km, 13km and a 6km trail.
The Kilcunda Half Marathon, George Bass 17km and 8 km Coastal Run will take place on the 7th of February 2021. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne the trail run offers fantastic views of the Southern Ocean, sandy beaches and rolling fields.
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.