This renowned event, set in Iceland’s stunning capital, offers more than just a race – it’s a remarkable blend of scenic beauty, cultural immersion, and athletic challenge. 

Held in August, the Reykjavik Marathon offers milder temperatures averaging 14.5 degrees Celsius making the run less physically demanding. 

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first-time participant, this guide will provide you with all the essential information you need.

From the unique course details and elevation gains to the registration process and race day logistics, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the Reykjavik Marathon

Overview of the Reykjavik Marathon

Quick Facts

2024 Date

August 24th, 2024

Total Participants

1,000

Registration Cut Of Date

July 5th 2024

Required Qualifying Time

N/A

Reykjavik Marathon Price

Entrance to the race is around $175. 

Travelling Fit is an official tour operator of the Reykjavik Marathon and offers a 7-Day / 6-Night package which includes a meet and greet dinner, a tour of Reykjavik City, a visit to the stunning South Coast and Glacial Lagoon, group lunches, dinners, gatherings and of course the Reykjavik Marathon or shorter distances.

Packages start from $ 3760 with a guaranteed entry to the Reykjavik Marathon. Check out our Marathon Package and Half Marathon Package to learn more.

Race types and distances

Race Type

Distance

Marathon

42.2 km

Half Marathon

21.1 km

10 K Race

10 km

Fun Run

3 km

Reykjavik Marathon elevation gain

The total elevation gain for the Reykjavik Marathon is 174m. While the course is generally run through relatively flat city streets, there are instances where runners will be required to run on tracks. The most challenging climbs occur during the 14th and 22nd km of the race. 

Reykjavik Marathon Elevation Gain Table
Reykjavik Marathon elevation gain table - Source: https://www.rmi.is/en/race-map

Reykjavik Marathon course / route

The Reykjavik Marathon course offers a scenic route through Iceland’s picturesque capital, combining urban charm with natural beauty.

The race begins in the heart of Reykjavik, immersing runners in the vibrant atmosphere of this lively city. 

From the bustling start line, participants weave through the city streets, absorbing the local culture and architecture.

The route then leads through charming streets, passing landmarks such as the historic Seltjarnarnes church, a symbol of Iceland’s cultural heritage.

As participants advance, they are greeted by the scenic beauty of the coastline along Sæbraut, with breathtaking views of the North Atlantic.

Participants run past iconic landmarks, including the Harpa Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager sculpture, a nod to the city’s artistic soul.

Runners experience varied terrains, from smooth city pavements to softer coastal trails. 

Highlights include running alongside the serene Tjörnin, the city’s central pond, and through the lush greenery of Reykjavik’s parks, offering a refreshing contrast to the urban sections.

Nearing the end, the course circles back to the city centre, where the finish line is set against a backdrop of lively celebrations and enthusiastic crowds. 

The route not only challenges the athletes but also takes them on a tour of Reykjavik’s most iconic spots, making the marathon a memorable journey through the heart of Iceland.

Reykjavik Marathon Map

Check out the map below to see the route for the marathon.

Reykjavik Marathon Map
Reykjavik Marathon map - Source: https://www.rmi.is/en/race-map

Refreshment stations

To support runners throughout the Reykjavik Marathon, a series of refreshment stations are placed along the route. These stations are located approximately every 4 to 5 kilometres, ensuring that participants have regular access to hydration and energy sources.

Hydration Options: Each station offers Gatorade and water, catering to the runners’ hydration needs and preferences.

Nutritional Support: For marathon runners, a selection of bananas and oranges is available at alternate stations in the latter half of the course, providing essential nutrients and a natural energy boost.

Station Locations: Specifically, these refreshment points are situated at the 5K, 10K, 15K, 20K, 25K, 30K, 35K, and 39K markers, as well as at the finish line. This distribution ensures that runners are well-supported throughout the entire marathon.

Reykjavik Marathon Medals / Awards

Every participant who crosses the finish line is awarded a medal. The design is specific to the Reykjavik Marathon. It reflects Icelandic culture making them a cherished keepsake for runners.

The top three male and female runners will receive a trophy and prize money paid out in Icelandic Krona (ISK).

Travelling Fit Clients With Their Medals After The Reykjavik Marathon

Preparing for the marathon

Training Tips

Preparing for the Reykjavik Marathon involves specific training strategies to ensure you’re ready for its unique challenges. Here are some key training tips:

Train for the Weather: Reykjavik can be cool and windy. Train in similar weather conditions to acclimate your body and decide on the best race-day clothing.

Incorporate Hill Workouts: Given the moderate elevation gain of the Reykjavik Marathon, include hill running in your training to build strength and adapt to varied terrains.

Practice Pacing: Learn to pace yourself correctly to conserve energy throughout the race. Use long training runs to practice and perfect your pacing strategy.

Nutrition and Hydration Strategy: Develop a nutrition plan that fuels your long runs and recovery. Practice your hydration strategy during training to avoid dehydration on race day.

Remember, every runner is different, so it’s important to tailor your training plan to your personal needs, strengths, and weaknesses. Listen to your body and adjust your training accordingly.

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Gear recommendations:

Because of the unpredictable weather conditions, we advise that you wear layers that can be adjusted for cool and potentially windy conditions typical in Reykjavik. 

For experienced runners, you might already have everything on the following list. For new runners however, we recommend the following for the Reykjavik Marathon:

  • Comfortable, broken-in running shoes
  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen)
  • Hydration vest or belt
  • Energy gels or snacks
  • Blister-preventing socks and blister plasters
  • Personal first aid kit
  • GPS watch or tracker
  • Arm warmers or gloves (if weather determines)

Remember, it’s important to test and get comfortable with your gear during training, ensuring everything works well for you on race day.

Registration & Logistics:

How to Register

If you’d like to register for the marathon or half marathon, Travelling Fit can help you secure guaranteed race entry. 

You can book race entry and a range of travel packages and tour options via our Reykjavik Marathon and Reykjavik Half Marathon pages.

Our travel package options include:

Our Travel Packages: 

  • 3.5 Star Grandi by Center Hotel – Standard Room – 7 Days/6 Nights
  • 4 Star Apotek – Standard Room – 7 Days/6 Nights

Optional Day Tours & Excursions:

  • Golden Circle with lunch
  • Blue Lagoon Geothermal Pool – Comfort
  • Blue Lagoon Geothermal Pool – Premium

Overview of the Australian Outback Marathon

The Australian Outback Marathon is quickly becoming famous for the route’s unique blend of challenging yet captivating scenery.  

With an awe-inspiring backdrop of Australia’s vast and stunningly beautiful red centre throughout the race, this event provides an unforgettable adventure in one of the world’s most unique landscapes.

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first-time participant, this guide is designed to provide you with all the essential information you need for a successful and enjoyable race experience.

From the unique course details and maps to the registration process and race day logistics, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the Australian Outback Marathon

Quick Facts

2024 Date

July 27th, 2024

Total Participants

400

Registration Cut Of Date

May 10th 2024

Required Qualifying Time

N/A

 

Australian Outback Marathon Prices

There is no ‘entry only’ option for the Australian Outback Marathon.

Starting from $1,395 per runner, check out our Australian Outback Marathon travel packages to learn more about prices. 

Race types and distances

Race Type

Distance

Full Marathon

42.2 km

Half Marathon

21.1 km

11 KM Fun Run

11 km

6 KM Fun Run

6 km

 

Australian Outback Marathon elevation gain

As the event is run on what was once an ancient sea bed, there is effectively no real elevation gain.

Australian Outback Marathon course / route

Set against the iconic backdrop of Uluru, the Australian Outback Marathon offers a running experience like no other. 

The race sets off on a 1.5km graded track towards the Camel Farm. 

Around the 3km mark, runners reach the first of many strategically placed refreshment stations, a welcome sight in the expansive Outback.

As the course unfolds, you pass by the accommodation precinct for the Ayers Rock Resort personnel before majestic views of Kata Tjuta appear in front of you. This early part of the race combines the rustic charm of desert tracks with the unpredictability of unsealed and graded roads, providing a taste of the true Outback terrain.

Upon reaching the 8km mark, runners commence up a track we have named “the Triangle”  due to its rough shape on the map, and it is at the end of the Triangle that the 42.2km and 21.1km runners meet up with the 11km fun run at a strategically placed drink station.

The race then takes a turn back towards Uluru, with a few small dunes sprinkled along the path. These gentle rises offer rewarding glimpses of Uluru, standing majestic against the vast Australian sky.

This part of the marathon is a showcase of the diverse Outback track conditions, offering an authentic Australian wilderness experience.

The course continues to Busy Bee corner, one of the few places on the course where all 4 distances run on the same track in the same direction. You will then follow a track that meanders around the back of the world-famous Longitude 131 resort before a 5km turnaround loop sees you running the remainder of the course in reverse.

The final kilometres of the course are straightforward, marked by a flat profile with occasional small inclines and sand dunes. 

Each rise, though modest, presents a challenge but is rewarded with breathtaking views at the top, making the effort worthwhile.

Once you cross the finish line, congratulations — You’ve just completed a marathon through one of the most unique landscapes on Earth.

The combination of serene yet rugged Outback terrain and the inspiring views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta will create memories that will last you a lifetime!

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Australian Outback Marathon Map

Check out the map below to see the route for the marathon.

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Refreshment stations

Refreshment stations are strategically placed about every 3 kilometres along the Marathon route for convenient access.

Runners also have the option to place their own drinks at specific stations on the course. 

All personal beverages should be clearly marked and dropped off at the designated location during the race briefing on the Friday before the event.

Preparing for the marathon

Training Tips

Training for the Australian Outback Marathon requires specific training to properly prepare yourself for the unique terrain and conditions of the race. 

Here are some training tips to help you prepare:

Adapt to the Climate: The Outback can be warm and dry but equally quite cold at night. Train in similar weather conditions to acclimate your body, especially if you’re not used to arid environments.

Terrain Training: Since the course includes a mix of graded tracks and unsealed roads, incorporate varied terrain in your training. Practice on trails and uneven surfaces to adapt to the course conditions.

Hydration Strategy: Develop a hydration plan suitable for dry conditions. Practice drinking on the run and consider training with the hydration gear you plan to use during the race.

Heat Adaptation Workouts: If you’re training in cooler climates, include some heat adaptation workouts, like running in the warmer part of the day or using a sauna.

Practice with Nutrition: Experiment with different types of energy gels and snacks during your long runs to find out what works best for your body.

Every runner is different, so it’s important to listen to your body and adjust your training plan as needed. 

Being well-prepared will help you enjoy and successfully complete the Australian Outback Marathon.

Australian Outback Marathon Op

Gear recommendations:

For the Australian Outback Marathon, selecting the right gear is crucial for both comfort and performance. Here are some specific gear recommendations:

  • Your normal running shoes (trail running shoes are great but in no way are they a requirement).
  • Quality socks designed for running
  • Blister prevention tape or plasters
  • Breathable lightweight, moisture-wicking running apparel (you will get a quality running shirt with your entry)
  • Sun protection (hat and sunglasses – sunscreen is available at every aid station)
  • Optional GPS watch or tracker

Remember, it’s important to train with the gear you plan to use on race day to ensure everything works well and is comfortable for you.

Registration & Logistics:

How to Register

The registration process for this race is straight forward and can be done via our Australian Outback Marathon or and Australian Outback Half Marathon pages depending on what race you want to participate in. Travelling Fit can help you with the registration for the race as well as finding a travel package that suits your budget and needs.

We offer 5 travel package options for the Australian Outback Marathon and Australian Outback Half Marathon including:

  • Platinum Package – 6 Days/5 Nights
  • Diamond Package – 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Gold Package – 4 Days/3 Nights
  • Silver Package – 4 Days/3 Nights
  • Red Earth – 3 Days/2 Nights

Important Notes:

Remember to bring something warm to wear on race morning that you can leave at the start/finish. If you are attending an evening function, a warm jacket is also a must.

The Great Wall Marathon and its 5,164 steps might just be the most historically significant race location in the world. 

Taking place on the third Saturday in May, this marathon isn’t just a test of physical strength, it’s an adventure along one of the world’s most astonishing ancient wonders. 

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a passionate traveller seeking a unique challenge, this event promises an unforgettable experience. 

If you’re thinking about tackling this famous race, keep reading to learn everything you need to know.

Overview of the Great Wall Marathon

Quick Facts

2024 Date

May 18 2024

Total Participants

750

Registration Cut Of Date

18 April 2024

Required Qualifying Time

none

 

Great Wall Marathon Cost

The entry fee for the Great Wall Marathon is incorporated into the price of the travel package you choose and cannot be purchased independently.

Starting from $2,595 per runner, check out our Great Wall Marathon travel packages to learn more about prices.

Race types and distances

Race Type

Distance

Full Marathon

42.195 km

Half Marathon

21.1 km

Fun Run

8.5 km

Great Wall Marathon elevation gain

The two most substantial elevation gains during the Great Wall Marathon are both around 243  metres and occur during the first 7 km of the race and around for around 700 metres at the 36 km mark. Marathon runners also experience an elevation gain of around 200 metres from the 16 km – 23 km mark and around a 50-metre elevation gain during between the 27 km – 28 km portion of the race.

Check out the graph below for more information about the elevation gain and loss throughout the race for marathon, half-marathon and fun run.

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Great Wall Marathon Course Map - Source: Great Wall Marathon

Great Wall Marathon route

Great Wall Marathon Map

Check out the map below to see the route for the marathon, half marathon and fun run.

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Great Wall Marathon Course Map - Source: Great Wall Marathon

Stage 1: Great Wall ascent and the infamous “Goat Track”

No matter what race type you choose, all runners complete the same 8.5km to start the race. 

Commencing at Yin and Yang Square within the ancient Huangyaguan fortress. 

Participants commence the race along Jinwei Highway, travelling south for the first kilometre.

The route then takes a turn onto Changcheng Highway, leading runners into a challenging 4 km ascent towards the entrance of the Great Wall. This uphill path tests endurance early in the race.

Upon reaching the 5 km mark, the course transforms as runners meet the iconic steps of the Great Wall. A captivating 3 km stretch on the wall itself includes a loop around the fortress walls, offering breathtaking views and a glimpse into China’s rich history. 

The course then introduces a dramatic change at the 7 km point with the ‘Goat Track’, a 700 m steep descent back towards Yin and Yang Square. 

After rounding the fortress walls at the 8 km point, fun runners end their race in Yin and Yang Square while the half marathon and full marathon runners continue south towards Duanzhuang village.

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Stage 2: Enjoy the scenes towards Duanzhuang village 

The next 4.5 km follows a picturesque route along the river towards Duanzhuang village. This stretch offers a scenic run, with views of the river and surrounding landscapes. It’s a chance for participants to appreciate the rural tranquillity of the region.

As they approach the 13km mark, the course takes the runners across the river. This is where the half-marathon runners and full-marathon runners route splits into 2. 

Half-marathon runners turn left to complete a 4 km loop through Duanzhuang village while full marathon runners continue south towards Xiaying.

Stage 3: Test yourself through the Chinese countryside

After the split at 13 km, marathon runners head south to Xiaying, transitioning from village energy to the tranquillity of the countryside. 

At 16 km, the route exits Xiaying, leading east on Maying Highway towards Dongjiafen village. The landscape is dotted with traditional homes and local farms, providing a rich cultural experience.

As runners arrive at the 20 km mark, they commence a 6 km loop passing through the village of Qingshanling. This steep section is challenging, however, it offers a deeper insight into the local community and their way of life.

Exiting the loop at 26 km, runners face a challenging climb up to Chedaoyu village, testing endurance and strength. Once at the village, a steep descent begins back towards Duanzhuang village. Both the full-marathon and half-marathon participants reunite just before the village at the 29 km and 16 km marks respectively.

A Great Wall Marathon Participant

Stage 4: Great Wall – Round 2

Once the half marathon and full marathon routes reunite, the runners cross a bridge back to Jinwei Highway. From there, they begin to run back towards Yin and Yang Square. 

This is where half-marathon runners finish their race and head straight for the square. For marathon runners however, they turn right and begin to mentally prepare navigating the great wall portion of the run once more. 

This time in reverse, runners start by ascending the ultra-steep ‘Goat Track’, before descending 5km down the Great Wall towards Yin and Yang Square where their finish line finally awaits.

Supply stations

Water stations are positioned approximately every 4 kilometres throughout the race. Along with water, select stations will also offer energy drinks and bananas. Each station supplies bottled water for runners.

For marathon runners, energy gels will be available at the 26km and 35km marks.

Preparing for the marathon

Training Tips

There are a variety of training and nutrition preparation strategies you can use to best prepare for the Great Wall Marathon. Some of these include:

Hill Training: Incorporate hill runs into your training regime. The Great Wall Marathon includes significant elevation changes.

Step Training: Regularly train on stairs or steep inclines. This will prepare you for the thousands of steps on the course.

Cross-Training: Engage in activities like cycling or swimming to improve overall fitness without over-stressing your running muscles.

Strength Training: Focus on leg strength and core stability. Exercises like squats, lunges, and planks are beneficial.

Practice with Gear: Train in the gear you plan to race in, especially your running shoes, to ensure comfort and prevent blisters.

Hydration Strategy: Learn to hydrate effectively during long runs. This is crucial for race day, considering the marathon’s length and climate.

Nutrition Plan: Experiment with different energy gels and foods during training to find what works best for you.

By following these training tips, you’ll be better prepared to tackle the unique challenges of the Great Wall Marathon.

Gear recommendations:

For experienced runners, you might already have everything on the following list. For new runners however, we recommend the following for the Great Wall Marathon:

  • Running shoes suitable for uneven terrain 
  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen)
  • Hydration pack or belt
  • Energy gels or snacks
  • Blister-preventing socks and blister plasters
  • Personal first aid kit
  • GPS watch or tracker

Registration & Logistics:

How to Register

The registration process for the Great Wall Marathon is straightforward however you need to register through an approved travel partner. A reputable travel partner like Traveling Fit can help you find a travel package that suits your budget and needs.

We offer 2 exclusive and 2 budget travel packages for the Great Wall Marathon.

Exclusive Packages:

  • Exclusive Package 1 – Great Wall Marathon – 6 Days/5 Nights – Beijing
  • Exclusive Package 2 – Great Wall Marathon – 7 Days/6 Nights – Beijing

Budget Packages:

  • Budget Package 1 – Great Wall Marathon – 6 Days/5 Nights – Jixian & Beijing
  • Budget Package 2 – Great Wall Marathon – 7 Days/6 Nights – Beijing

Important Notes:

Budget Packages 1 and 2 are NOT hosted by Travelling Fit but by local representatives with no dedicated Australian representation.

The Travelling Fit Exclusive Packages on the other hand, are organised by Travelling Fit, meaning we have more control of what goes on whilst in Beijing. It also gives you, the client, the opportunity to travel with other like-minded Australians travelling with us as part of a unique group.

For personalised Travelling Fit fully hosted tours (recommended) please refer to the Exclusive Travelling Fit Packages. 

Check out our Marathon packages and Half Marathon packages to learn more!

And having a marathon mindset.
Written by: bianca drieberg, about that trip

Hey, good news! The new year is the perfect time to restart. We get to shake off the last year, even previous habits, and start fresh

For experienced runners, albeit potentially void of races in more recent times, it’s important to remember the long-term mindset that you have as a runner. Distance runners have this in spades.

42.2kms doesn’t come easily – neither does 10km, for that matter! And both types of runners know that their goal isn’t going to happen all at once. They need to break down their large goals into bite sized chunks. And it starts with training – for the burn in the legs. The increase in heart rate. It’s a practice! And one you can start today, even if you don’t have a race picked out for the year yet.

And here’s your reminder – you already have the mental endurance required for starting early and navigating whatever pops up. Arguably more so after the year that was. Here’s to tapping back into running for a reason that renews your motivation this year.
Think about what is most important to you right now and why.

Be honest with yourself because a good goal is one that will motivate you. Set a goal that you know you’ll pursue relentlessly because you want to. Also, make sure that your goal is personal, with an emotional connection that will help sustain you when the going gets tough. Because inevitably it will, but there’s always the glory of what’s on the other side of it.

Travelling Fit are delighted to announce that we are the official travel company for the great ocean road running festival.

Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road, a beautiful and unique area of Victoria, Australia on the Southern Ocean, is home to one of the world’s most visually spectacular running events, the Great Ocean Road Running Festival

Travelling Fit, as the Official Travel Partner for this amazing event, has been able to secure some of the very best accommodation for the event, right at the start line in beautiful Lorne. Our packages include your race entry so everything you need is taken care of.

You can check out the various options by clicking on the appropriate link at the bottom of this article

Each year that this event has been conducted, it has attracted many athletes from around the world, all eager to participate in this challenging and pristine environment.

The Great Ocean Road is an icon in Australia and is renowned throughout the world for its beauty and panoramic views of the Southern Ocean. It has a colourful history surrounding its construction and ultimate destinations along the coastline.

Anyone travelling along this road by car would not be able to experience the absolute serenity and at times the wilderness experience that you as a runner can. As you run along this course, with no traffic at all, you can almost hear the waves calling your name.

The only sound you will hear is the soft thud of footsteps from your fellow competitors.

Starting in Lorne, a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, the Marathon course winds its way along the Great Ocean Road to the finishing line in Apollo Bay.

With 7 different events to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone

60km Ultra Marathon
44km Marathon
23km Half Marathon
14km Paradise Run
6km Fun Run
1.5km Kids Gallop
Great Ocean Road Walk

Last weekend’s Marathon Des Sables training camp, set up by Travelling Fit, was certainly an eye opener and a valuable experience for those running in this year’s event which is just over 12 weeks away.

On Saturday we hit the beach sand for 32kms from Stockton Beach to Anna Bay, NSW. The highest tide was at 2pm which for some was smack bang in the middle of the run in the heat of the day, where they were forced to move up the beach and run on soft sand for several kms. We then backed it up the following day with 8kms of huge sand dunes and a gentle jog back along the beach before a well-earned splash in the ocean.

Those who attended were educated on how to manage food, water and mental state out in the Moroccan Sahara Desert. Freeze dried food was cooked and trialled over a miniature stove… an interesting experience in itself!

There is no doubt that those about to challenge themselves to the Marathon des Sables will return with many incredible stories and inspire so many around them. Enjoy the Journey!

LIFE-CHANGING DESERT EXPERIENCE

The unique Australian Outback Marathon has carved itself into marathon history after only six years of running.

Created by Travelling Fit owners and managers, Mari-Mar Walton and Michael Walton, when they saw an unfilled need in Australian experiences while visiting Uluru in 2004, the marathon took another six years to get off the ground.

Mari-Mar had been operating the running/travel company Travelling Fit since 2000, taking clients all over the world to run in incredible terrain and countries but had not found a similar experience in Australia.

The heart of Australia, with its wide open horizons spilling into the sky, against the raw backdrop of Uluru, offered a wow marathon factor that has become a life-changing experience for those who run it.

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Running in the center of Australia is a unique challenge

“We had been to a couple of ‘fully hosted’ marathon holidays overseas and we thought that we could do better in terms of the overall experience for the runners,” Michael said.

They quickly discovered when seeking permission from Elders of the area that sporting events were not allowed in the Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park. They then turned to the Ayers Rock Resort and were able to use land owned by the resort that traverses the boundaries of the park, Australian Outback Marathon runners today have specially selected first class Hotels to choose from.

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The red sand is part of the whole experience

“After the third year, we discovered (inadvertently) that we were using a track that coursed in and out of land owned by the Central Land Council, and they have been most accommodating in providing a permit to use the track,” Michael said.

The first race in 2010 took off with 197 runners. It is now up to about 500 and logistically is able to grow to about 650.

Landmarks around the track that mark the course have now become part of the local language in navigating.

  • One Tree Crossing – a road crossing the Lassiter Hwy where there is one tree
  • Truck Stop – the area that all the road trains use to park when delivering provisions to the resort
  • Dead Tree Corner – unsurprisingly this is because there is a huge dead tree there that was killed by a lightning strike
  • Pearce Point – named after Shaun Pearce who volunteered at the intersection each of the first five years of the event (often in fancy dress)
  • Busy Bee Corner – named because it’s the only place on the course that can potentially have all four distances arriving from different directions at the same time
  • Longitude Loop – this is a track used to navigate around the exclusive Longitude 131 resort, normally only accessible by the local fire and emergency personnel
  • Jem’s Dune – named after the event’s first liaison person at the resort; an enormous Russian called Jem Tuna. It was named after him when he failed magnificently to drive over the dune seven times in a row (very funny at the time)
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Life-changing and fun

The percentage of Australians to overseas runners for the AOM is about 70 to 30. The majority of Australians who sign up for the first time have never been the central outback of Australia.

“We didn’t want to ‘just put on a race’. We wanted to promote the area and local tourism as part of the overall event,” Michael said.

Much of the feedback includes statements such as ‘life-changing’ and the ‘best marathon ever’ in Australia

For Michael and Mari-Mar, this is what it’s all about. While they don’t run on the day because they’re too busy organising, they are part of the journey in every way for all the runners.

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Getting everyone across the line is hugely rewarding

In the second year they had a 70-plus English runner who really struggled towards the end. “We had around 30 runners wait eight hours for him to finish and when he appeared around the last corner, they all ran down the track and walked him over the finish line with a guard of honour,” Michael said.

Last year one of the flights bringing runners to the event was cancelled and among that group was a young woman who had been seriously ill. Many of her friends had arrived (unbeknown to her) and were devastated that she wouldn’t make the race.

The woman caught the early flight the next morning so Michael and Mari-Mar decided NOT to close the course or enforce the normal cut-off times. They held the event for them seven hours lat and they all finished just before sunset.

“It was very special to us to be able to assist this young woman to realise her dream of running at Uluru.”

This year the AOM is on July 29. There are four courses: Marathon, Half Marathon, 11km run and 6km run. Run Australia.

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Encouragement is a key factor in the event
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