WELCOME TO MELBOURNE
As the Official Travel Service Provider and sponsor for the Melbourne Marathon, Travelling Fit has been able to secure rooms at Mantra on Jolimont, conveniently located just a short walk to the Melbourne Cricket Ground – the race precinct for all the events during the Melbourne Marathon Festival.
Packages include guaranteed race entry for runners, with the option to choose accommodation packages only (supporter package) should you have your own, guaranteed race entry.
deposit and payment structure
Travelling Fit is proud to announce that we are the Official Travel Agent Sponsor of the 2023 Melbourne Marathon Festival
Start at Batman Avenue.
Head north along Batman Avenue; left into Flinders Street, left into Swanston Street, cross to northbound (west side) service lane at Princes Bridge and then head south along St Kilda Road.
At St Kilda Junction, turn right into Fitzroy Street then right into Lakeside Drive and do an anticlockwise lap of Albert Park Lake.
The Lake loop requires you to turn left into Albert Road Drive from Lakeside Drive and left into Aughtie Drive continuing around the Albert Park Lake roadway.
At the Carousel carpark, proceed behind and around Pits Building using Aughtie Walk, entering the pit lane in Aughtie Drive before U-turning approx. 300m past the Pits Building.
Proceed along Aughtie Drive to a right hand turn into Village Green Rd and right into Lakeside Drive and LEFT in to Fitzroy St.
Turn left into the St Kilda Road northbound service lanes and continue to LEFT hand turn into Southbank Blvd, right hand turn into Sturt St and proceed (under the St Kilda Rd) along Alexandra Ave to a right hand turn into Linlithgow Ave.
Proceed along Linlithgow Ave (note: HALF Marathon STAY on the RIGHT) until the right hand turn into St Kilda Road.
Proceed along St Kilda Rd to a right hand turn into Flinders St.
Veer right into Wellington Parade South, turn right into Brunton Ave then left into the MCG via Gate C and do one lap of the MCG to the finish line.
2023 Melbourne Marathon Entry Costs – Entries Fees are included
Early Bird Entries
- Nike Marathon (42.195km) – $160.00
- Nike Half Marathon (21.1km) – $130.00
- 10km RUN – $70.00 Adult and $50 child (0-16 years)
- 5km RUN – $55.00 Adult and $35 child (0-16 years)
- 3km Walk – $35.00 Adult and $20 child (0-16 years)6
There are no qualifying times for the Half Marathon.
However, once you have successfully entered, you can apply for a Preferred Start, which is a starting position immediately behind the Elite field. To be granted a preferred start you must have achieved certain qualifying times for your event since 01 January 20213
|Tier 1||Tier 2|
|MALE||Sub 1:15||Sub 1:20|
|FEMALE||Sub 1:25||Sub 1:30|
Applications for Preferred Starts must be made online and should include details of the races (i.e. race name, date and distance) at which qualifying performances have been achieved. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any participants who are not registered will not be considered. All applications are checked to guarantee times submitted are valid. Applications for preferred starts will open in May.
The Melbourne Marathon Festival – Half Marathon will commence at 8:00am
The course will remain open until 2:00pm.
Your Timing Chip can be found on the back of your race bib (excluding 3km competitors) that will be in your Race Pack with your Competitor Information Booklet. The Timing Chip will appear on the top half of the bib and will look like a label and must remain intact.
Do not remove or tamper with the Chip as this will result in NO TIMES being recorded of your effort.
The sports drink provided on course will be Science in Sport.
|0||Water + Gatorade||Yes||Yes|
|6||Water + Gatorade||Yes||Yes|
|11.2||Water + Gatorade||Yes||Yes|
|18.8||Water + Gatorade||Yes||Yes|
|21.1||Water + Science in Sport||Yes|
Details to be confirmed
IIf you register before 11:59pm Thursday 04 July and select and pay for postage ($5.50), your personalised race bib will be sent to you at the address provided.
If you register from 12:00am Friday 05 July or do not pay for postage, you will be required to collect your race bib from the Race Week Office.
- Race Information Booklet
- Race bib with attached timing chip
- Safety pins
Please note show bags (including T-shirt for Marathon competitors) are to be collected from the MCG.
The 2024 Melbourne Half Marathon will once again be providing Pace Group Leaders.
There will be pacers for the following expected finishing times (hours and minutes):
1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20
Personal Refreshments and Clothing
There are no provisions for personal refreshments to be left on the course for the Half Marathon
The Runners Expo is located on the external concourse of the MCG. With an exciting array of fitness specific stores, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do before and after your race, as well as if you are visiting the Race Week Office to collect your race pack!
The Expo will be located on the external concourse of the MCG between Gates 1 and 2.
|Expo Dates||Expo Hours|
|Thursday 10 October||8:00am – 6:00pm|
|Friday 11 October||8:00am – 6:00pm|
|Saturday 12 October||8:00am – 3:00pm|
|Sunday 13 October||7:30am – 2:00pm|
Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates
All entrants receive a Finishers Medal, Finishers certificate and Running Shirt
The average temperature range for Melbourne in December is 14 to 24 degrees Celsius (57 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 10km Run
- 5km Run
- 3km Walk