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Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road is home to one of the world’s most visually spectacular running events.
Starting at the Kennett River Holiday Park, the Half Marathon course winds its way along the Great Ocean Road to the finishing line in Apollo Bay.
The course itself is 23km in total distance and is flat to undulating, with an elevation gain of around 167m and there are several long, upwards sections on the course, most notably from the Kennett River to Cape Patton.
The last 6km of the course is relatively flat.
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The entry Fee to the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon is included in the cost of your package
There are no qualifying times for the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon
The Great Ocean Road Half Marathon starts at 8:00am
There is a 6h:30m cut off for this event
The Great Ocean Road Half Marathon will be timed using chip technology
All Australian competitors who register before Monday 9th April at 11:59pm will have their Race Pack sent to the address provided when registering.
If registering after this date or if you are an international competitor you will be required to collect your Race Pack from the Race Week Office either in Lorne or Apollo Bay.
Lorne Race Week Office is located at the below address and is within walking distance (4 minutes) from the Cumberland Lorne Apartments.
78 Mountjoy Parade
Lorne, Victoria, 3232
The Opening hours are:
Friday 18th May – 8:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 19th May – 9:00am – 8:00pm
All times are to be confirmed
Apollo Race Week Office is located at the following address:
Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club
Great Ocean Rd
Apollo Bay, Victoria, 3233
The Opening hours are:
Friday 18th May – 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 19th May – 8:00am – 6:00pm
All times are to be confirmed
You will not be able to collect your Race Pack on race morning as there will be no office at the start lines so please ensure that you have collected your pack before race morning!
All International Competitors are required to collect their packs from the Race Week Office.
There are no official Pace Setters in this event
There will be 5 drink stations throughout the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon Course.
Water will be provided on course as well as a sports drink.
You may also choose to carry your own sports drinks/gels with you.
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Personal Refreshments and Clothing
Half Marathon competitors will be required to collect a warm clothing bag in order to check in their warm clothing on race day.
On Race Day you can drop off your labelled warm clothing bag at designated points at the start lines in Kennett River.
After the race, you must collect your bag from Moore Street next to the Apollo Bay Hotel, near the event finish line.
Make sure you have your bib on you to ensure that volunteers will be able to hand back the warm clothing bag corresponding to your bib number.
Storage areas for warm clothing bags will be manned by volunteers and marshals on race day and it is strongly recommended that you avoid placing valuables in clothing bags.
Note that the race organisers do not accept any responsibility for lost or stolen goods.
A shuttle bus service will run to get Half Marathon runners to the start line in Kennett river on Sunday 20th May.
Return buses will travel from Apollo Bay back to Lorne after the event.
The required bus pass to enable you to travel on these buses is included in your package
Buses will also be available to take you back to Lorne after the event should you wish to do so
There is no Expo associated with the Great Ocean Road Running Festival
Finishers T-shirts, Medals and Certificates
All Half Marathon finishers will receive a medal and all competitors will receive a gift that can be collected from the Event Office
The average high temperature in May for Apollo Bay is 16 degrees Celsius and an average low temperature of 10 degrees Celsius.
There is an average if 16 days rain in May so please ensure to pack appropriate wet weather running gear, just in case
60km Ultra Marathon
14km Paradise Run
6km Fun Run
1.5km Kids Gallop
Great Ocean Road Walk
The Great Ocean Road Running Festival is held in a beautiful and unique area of Victoria, Australia on the Southern Ocean.
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.
Travelling Fit 2XU Running Shirts are not included as part of your Great Ocean Road Event Package
- Guaranteed Race Entry (runners only)
- 2 Nights' Accommodation
Check in: Sat 19 May 2018 - Check out: Mon 21 May 2018
- Race Day Transfers (runners only)
- 10% discount voucher on all event merchandise (runners only)
exclusive to Travelling Fit Clients
Deposit: $150 per runner and $50 per supporter
Balance: Friday 6th April 2018