Whether you consider yourself a fitness freak, or more of a frail fellow, there are a range of fitness events in Melbourne to cater for many levels. To help you organise your workout plans (or winging-it strategies), here’s our round up of the Melbourne fitness events to plan for in 2015. Strap on those sneakers, glue on the goggles, and stretch those limber limbs, Listers!
TRIATHLON PINK | JANUARY 25
Albert Park is set to host this year’s Ramsay Health Care Triathlon Pink—an all-female triathlon series. Aiming to raise funds for breast cancer with charity partners National Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Network Australia, the McGrath Foundation, and Chicks in Pink, there are a number of challenges for all skill levels. Ranging from a short (100m swim, 3km ride, 1km run) to an ULTRA (600m swim, 18km ride, 6km run) experience, this event caters to varying fitness levels. Boys and girls under 13 can also participate, and the Brooks Fun Run Pink component can be entered by all, with a 1km kids’ run, and for adults (male and female) a 2.5km or 5km run.
Albert Park (MSAC)
SWIMLAND GREAT AUSTRALIA DAY SWIM | JANUARY 26
Presented by the Rotary Club of Brighton along with event partners, the Great Australia Day Swim is a great not-for-profit community swim, with funds raised going to support Swim Vietnam (providing free swimming and water safety lessons to children in Central Vietnam) and BayCISS (supporting disadvantaged children in the Bayside and Kingston areas of Melbourne). There are a range of open water distances to participate in, as well as options for kids.
Great Australia Day Swim
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CYCLE | FEBRUARY 8 - 10
Starting in Geelong and ending in Warnambool, The Great Ocean Road Cycle covers 300-420 kilometres of beautiful oceanic scenery. Spread across three days, there is limited entry, so if you’re a keen rider capable of managing the epic distance, then sign up online. For $150 you’ll receive entry, a professional cycle jersey, accommodation, food, support and more! Funds raised will go towards organisations ADRA, Compassion, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Watoto, and the Botswana Orphan Project.
Great Ocean Road Cycle
Geelong to Warnambool
February 8th - 10th
CUPID’S UNDIE RUN | FEBRUARY 14
Save your cheesy card money this Valentine’s day, and spend it on your entry fee for the Cupid’s Undie Run instead! Supporting the Children’s Tumor Foundation in finding treatments for NF (neurofibromatosis), this heartfelt cause is enough to get a bunch of brave Aussies in their undies! Aussie Bum is among those who have helped put together this cheeky charity run. Worried about running long distance in your best briefs? Don’t be! The run is only 1.5km.
Cupid’s Undie Run
Beachcomber Cafe, St Kilda
ANYTIME FITNESS MELBOURNE BIATHLON | FEBRUARY 22
The Anytime Fitness Melbourne Biathlon is open to all ages and fitness levels, offering a range of distances to complete. Combining an ocean swim and sand run along Port Phillip Bay, join in the fun to support the Shane Warne Foundation, helping seriously ill and underprivileged children in Australia.
Anytime Fitness Melbourne Biathlon
MELBOURNE SWIM CLASSIC | FEBRUARY 28
With an appearance by Olympic legend Dawn Fraser, head down (goggles on) for the Melbourne Swim Classic. Through Everyday Hero, participants have the option to choose from over 600 charities to fundraise for, with the aim of raising a total target of $100,000! There are a variety of circuits, with a free 200-metre swim challenge hoping to encourage each entrant to raise at least $100 for their chosen charity.
Melbourne Swim Classic
St Kilda Beach
MARCH AGAINST MELANOMA | MARCH 1
Australians see more deaths each year from skin cancer and melanoma than the national road toll. The March Against Melanoma is a 2km or 4km walk, or an 8km run around the Tan Track. So slip slop slap on the exercise gear as well as the sunscreen, and join to the cause to raise awareness about the dangers of skin cancer! Funds raised will go towards finding a cure for Melanoma.
March Against Melanoma
Corner of Alexandra Avenue and Lilithgow Avenue, Melbourne
WALK IN HER SHOES | MARCH 16 - 22
One of our favourite Melbourne fitness events is Walk in Her Shoes—a fantastic initiative raising awareness of the issues women and girls have in many developing countries. Having to walk great distances each day in order to access food, water, healthcare, education or work, CARE is hoping to make a difference with the Walk in Her Shoes campaign. Choose to walk 25km, 50km or 100km over the course of a week, with fundraising efforts directed towards supporting women and girls living in poverty. With a handy pedometer adding up your steps, you’d be surprised at how easily the distance adds up!
Walk in Her Shoes
Everywhere and Anywhere
March 16th - 22nd
RUN FOR THE KIDS | MARCH 22
Run for the Kids is a Melbourne charity run supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital. Boasting access to some of Melbourne’s iconic roads with epic views, the Herald Sun/CityLink 15.5km run is a popular one for Melbournians. Categorised into groups from serious runners, to casual shufflers, there’s also a 5.4km run for those interested in a more achievable distance.
Run for the Kids
Alexandra Avenue, Melbourne
MOUNT BULLER SKY RUN | MARCH 29
If you’ve got calves that mean business, then maybe you’re down (or up?) for the Mount Buller Sky Run. With options of a 22km, 36km, or 45km course, you’ll be able to take in some breathtaking alpine scenery. This is serious stuff though, not for the faint of heart, or inexperienced!
Mount Buller Sky Run
Mount Buller Alpine Resort
MS MELBOURNE CYCLE | APRIL 19
Multiple Sclerosis is the most common neurological condition affecting young adults. Help raise funds to support those suffering by taking part in the MS Melbourne Cycle! With a non-competitive slant, offering two options—50km or 30km—enjoy a cruisy ride over the traffic-free West Gate Bridge, starting and finishing in Princes Park, Carlton.
MS Melbourne Cycle
Princes Park, Carlton
GREAT TRAIN RACE | MAY 3
Race against the iconic Puffing Billy with the 13.5km Great Train Race. Traverse through the hills and fern gullies of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park. Proceeds from the race will go towards the restoration of the NGG16 129 Garratt locomotive.
Great Train Race
Belgrave - Emerald Lake Park
MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC | MAY 10
Walk or run for breast cancer research with the Mother’s Day Classic! One in eight women develop breast cancer in their lifetime, so don your pink and help support the cause and research into prevention and a cure for breast cancer. Options include a 4km walk or run, or an 8km walk or run at the Alexandra Gardens and Tan Track.
Mother’s Day Classic
Alexandra Gardens & The Tan Track
GREAT OCEAN ROAD MARATHON | MAY 16 - 17
Departing from the Lorne Hotel, the Great Ocean Road Marathon is a 44km journey that ends at the Apollo Bay Hotel. Take in the beautiful scenery before the winter weather sets in for good! There are other distances to compete in—the half marathon, a 14km, or 6km run also—with varying start points but all ending at the Apollo Bay Hotel. There’s also a 1.5km ‘Kid’s Gallop’ so that everyone can get involved!
Great Ocean Road Marathon
Lorne Hotel - Apollo Bay Hotel
May 16th - 17th
RUN MELBOURNE | JULY 26
Top of the Melbourne fitness event calendar, The Age Run Melbourne event offers a 5km walk or run, or a 10km run, where participants can nominate a charity to fundraise for. There’s also a 3km run for kids. Enter in a team or go it solo, and sweat it up while you give back to the community!
Arts Centre, Melbourne
CONNOR’S RUN | SEPTEMBER 13
Named in memory of the 18-year-old Connor Dawes, who lost his life in April 2013 from paediatric brain cancer, the Robert Connor Dawes (RCD) Fund hosts the now annual Connor’s Run. After 2014’s huge success at raising over $270,000 (from just 2,500 participants), join the cause and help fund research into the RCD Fund’s Brain Matters Projects, supporting paediatric brain cancer research in Australia. Registrations open mid April for this hugely popular event, so don’t miss out on booking your spot and stretching your legs for kids in need. Participate in an 18.8km or 9.6km run, but be reassured you don’t have to run; according to organisers Connor’s style was to go at his own pace—no rush.
Beachfront in Sandringham (18.8km) or Catani Gardens in St Kilda (9.6km)
TOUGH MUDDER | OCTOBER 17 & 18
Tough Mudder is back! With a new and unique course that’s complete with an off-road track featuring thick, neck-deep mud, calf-cramping hills and totally unforgiving terrain, this one’s for the determined only! Located in Broadford (just under an hour from Melbourne), create or join a team, and run for the official cause, Soldier On, supporting wounded soldiers. Get tougher… and be prepared to get down and dirty with Tough Mudder 2015!
State Motorcycle Sports Complex, Broadford
October 17th & 18th
MELBOURNE MARATHON | OCTOBER 18
The iconic Medibank Melbourne Marathon offers course options of full marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5.7km or 3km. You can run to support any charity you wish, or to choose one of the Melbourne Marathon’s preferred charities. Enter as a team or go it solo, with the event date being in October, you have plenty of time to train your body to your target goal!
THE SUNDAY AGE CITY2SEA | NOVEMBER 15
The 15km race route spans from the Melbourne CBD to St Kilda, with a 5km course option to be announced. You can choose your own charity through Everyday Hero, and run for a cause that’s close to your heart! Be part of this huge event that takes over the streets of Melbourne and inspires many to pursue a healthier lifestyle!
Sunday Age City to Sea
Melbourne CBD - St Kilda
THE COLOUR RUN | DATE TBC
The Colour Run is a hugely popular fun run with a course length of approximately 5km. What makes it different? Oh, being bombarded with concoctions of colour of course! Throughout the course you’ll run through four colour zones, where you’ll be covered in food dyed cornstarch! To say you’ll end up looking like a hot mess is an understatement, but fun is well and truly guaranteed. Goggles optional.
The Colour Run
Location & Date Unconfirmed
WANDERLUST YOGA FESTIVAL | DATE TBC
So your legs are totally tight and unmanageable after all that running, cycling and crawling through dirt? Time to stretch things out a bit then. The Wanderlust festival is dedicated to health and wellness, bringing together some of the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts, talented chefs and amazing performers. Heading to Melbourne this year with a currently unconfirmed date, stay in the loop to make sure you don’t miss out on this unique and enlightening experience!
Wanderlust Yoga Festival
Location & Date Unconfirmed
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