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
The Melbourne Marathon Festival is Australia’s largest Marathon. Due to stage 4 Covid-19 restrictions currently in place in Melbourne, the 2020 event has been cancelled.
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 100km Surf Coast Century offers spectacular running along Victoria's Surf Coastline. The event has been postponed from the 19th of September 2020 to the 5th of December. The event includes both a 50km and 100km ultra distance course as well as a relay option and 2.
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 Geelong Half Marathon will take place on the 11th of April 2021. The event takes place along the beautiful Barwon River, from Belmont, to Breakwater and then up to Fyansford and back to Belmont. The 7km event covers the first 7km of the Half Marathon course.
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.
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.