Melbourne hosts an extraordinary number of fun runs, charity walks, and hardcore, out-and-out marathons. Targeting fitness junkies and strolling enthusiasts, there’s no doubt that they get us out and about. But there are just so many options that it can be hard to keep track of when entries close, actual event dates and their distances.
So if you see and fun-run as more than just an annoying road closure, read on my fit friend.
1. Melbourne Marathon
I’m going to take a punt here and say that if you’re wanting to complete the full shebang and haven’t started training, you’ve probably missed the boat. Good news is there are shorter distances available. Melbourne’s take on Sydney’s famous event.
Event Date: Sunday, 16 October
Distances: 3km, 5.7km, 10km, 21.1km, 42.2km
Entry Closes: 12:00pm, Saturday 15 October
Location: All Distances start on Batman Ave finish in the MCG
The Melbourne version of City To Surf has a shorter option and is significantly less hilly. The 15km course starts in in East Melbourne, before ducking through the CBD, looping around the art’s precinct, making it’s way down St Kilda Road, around Albert Park Lake and finishing on Beaconsfield Parade. One of the most popular races on the Melbourne calendar, you can expect a well-run event.
Event Date: Sunday, 20 November
Distances: 5km, 15km
Entry Closes: Early bird rates are available until 27 September. Entries close 19 November
Location: Both distances finish on St Kilda beach
3. Colour Run
Melbourne’s most fun, fun-run, The Colour Run doesn’t take itself too seriously. Participants are encouraged to skip, dance, walk or run their way to the finish, all while enjoying blasts of coloured powder. The best bit? The party kicks on afterwards.
Event Date: 27 November
Entry Closes: Early bird rates available until 20 October. Entries close 26 November
Location: Flemington Racecourse
4. Run For The Kids
Herald Sun | City Link Run For The Kids will offer you the best and clearest view from the Bolte bridge, should you choose the longer course. Held the weekend before Easter, the event’s primary aim is to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal
Event Date: 9 April 2017
Distances: 5km, 16km
Entry Closes: Have not yet opened
Location: Botanical Gardens for the 5km, South Warf and Docklands for the 16km
For a complete and extensive list of all the runs, fun and otherwise, in Melbourne, head here.
Image Credit: The Color Run