Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival

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Melbourne Marathon Festival Package


As the Official Travel Partner and sponsor for the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival, Travelling Fit is offering guaranteed race entry into the Marathon and secured 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.

If you have already secured a guaranteed race entry, you are more than welcome to book one of our supporter packages which excludes the race entry but offers you accommodation.

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deposit and payment structure

Initial Deposit
$300per Booking
Second Instalment
$280 per runner
due Friday 03 May 2024
Final Balance
Friday 02 August 2024
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The Course

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 along St Kilda Road.

At St Kilda Junction, runners turn right into Fitzroy Street then right into Lakeside Drive and do a lap anti-clockwise circuit of the Lake.

This Lake loop requires runners 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 car park runners proceed behind and around Pits Building using Aughtie Walk before U-turning in Aughtie Drive past Turn 1

Proceed along Aughtie Dve to a right hand turn into Village Green Rd and right onto Lakeside Drive and right on to Fitzroy St.

Make a right hand turn at Acland St extension into the city bound lanes of Beaconsfield Parade, proceed north to a U-turn just before Bay St heading south back along Beaconsfield Pde toward St Kilda.

At the Beaconsfield Parade intersection with Jacka Boulevard, runners will veer right and head towards Elwood using Jacka Boulevard, Marine Parade and Ormond Esplanade to a U-Turn near St Kilda St. Runners then return north along Ormond Esplanade, Marine Parade, Jacka Blvd in to a right hand turn into extension of Acland St, followed by a left hand turn into 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 to Birdwood Ave to right hand turn into Domain Rd.

Take a right hand turn up Dallas Brooks drive, left onto Birdwood Ave, veer left onto Government House drive and then right onto 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.

Note: : Course is subject to change.


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Race Information

Entry Fees

2024 Melbourne Marathon Entry Costs – Entries Fees are included

Qualifying Times

There are no qualifying times for the 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 2023.

 Tier 1Tier 2
MALESub 2:15Sub 2:19
FEMALESub 2:34Sub 2:40

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.

Start Time

The Melbourne Marathon Festival – Full Marathon will commence at 7:00am


The finish line will remain open until 2:00pm for all events (7:00 hour cut-off).

  • St Kilda Rd Junction Rd- 11.00am
  • Left Hand Turn into Southbank Blvd 11.00am
  • Fed Square (40km) – 11.45am
  • The northbound service lanes on St Kilda Rd will remain open to competitors until 11.00am.
  • The southbound service lanes on St Kilda Rd will remain open to competitors until 11.45am.

All competitors that cannot run at a sub-5hr marathon pace should make themselves familiar with the alternate route for slow marathoners and obey instructions from marshals on the day.

Race Timing

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.

Race Packets

Details to be confirmed

If 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.

Your race pack will include:

  • 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.

Pace Setters

The 2024 Melbourne Marathon will once again be providing Pace Group Leaders.

There will be pacers for the following expected finishing times (hours and minutes):

2:50, 3:00, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00

Aid Stations

The sports drink provided on course will be Gatorade.

Marathon competitors who wish to have their own refreshments available to collect from designated Drink Stations on course during Race Day.

0Water + GatoradeYesYes
6Water + GatoradeYesYes
11.2Water + Gatorade + Maurten Hydrogel + PERSONAL DRINKSYesYes
17Water + GatoradeYesYes
20.3Water + GatoradeYesYes
24.2Water + Gatorade + PERSONAL DRINKSYesYes
27.8Water + GatoradeYesYes
31.1Water + Gatorade + Maurten HydrogelYesYes
36.5Water + Gatorade + PERSONAL DRINKSYesYes
39.5Water + GatoradeYesYes
41Water + GatoradeYesYes
42.195Water + GatoradeYesYes
Personal Refreshments and Clothing

The Drop off location for personal refreshments is at the MCG outside Gate 2 near Cricket Nets

  • Drop Off Date: Saturday 12 October
  • Drop Off Location: Outside Gate 2 – Near Cricket Nets
  • Drop Off Times: 8:00am – 2:00pm ONLY
  • Personal Drink Station Locations: 11.2km 24.5km 37km

Guidelines for personal refreshments are as follows:

  • Drink containers are not to be any taller than 21cm in total including all attachments
  • Special Drinks Drop off will close at 2.00pm
  • No Balloons/Sticks are to be attached
  • Your race number must be clearly shown on the bottle container
  • It is your responsibility to find your own bottle at the Personal Drinks Station
  • You must not drop your bottle on course it must be dropped in the Event Waste Zone
  • The Personal Drinks service is available to competitors in the full marathon only
The hotel that Travelling Fit offers is located within a 5 minute walking distance to the MCG (race precinct).
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
Weather Conditions

The average temperature range for Melbourne in December is 14 to 24 degrees Celsius (57 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit)

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  • 10km Run
  • 5km Run
  • 3km Walk

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