Travelling Fit is proud to announce that we are the Official Travel Agent Sponsor of the 2017 Melbourne Marathon Festival
Marathoners this year will be pleased to know that the road width has been increased. Therefore the use of the centre of St Kilda Road from Toorak Road to Southbank Boulevard will be used exclusively for marathon runners. There will also be added runner lanes in St Kilda Road where the Half Marathon and Marathon merge. There are separate running lanes with exclusive lanes for marathon only. They have also changed the Half Marathon course so that the last 3 km of the course is a Marathon only course. Runners will still merge as they enter the MCG.
All events this year will finish inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). This means the marathon course will revert to the 2010 version with a three quarter lap of the MCG a great way to finish.
Runners 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 carpark, runners proceed behind and around Pits Building using Aughtie Walk before U-turning in Aughtie Drive approx 300m past the Pits Building. Proceed to a right hand turn into Village Green Rd and right onto Lakeside Drive and right on to Fitzroy St.
Runners then make a right hand turn at Acland St extension into Beaconsfield Parade, proceed north to a U-turn just before Bay St heading south back toward St Kilda along Beaconsfield Parade. At the Beaconsfield Parade intersection with Jacka Boulevard, runners will veer right and head towards Elwood using Jacka Boulevard and Marine Parade to Ormond Esplanade and turning right into the Elwood Park Recreation area, follow the roadways through to right hand turn exit at Ormond Esplanade to a U-Turn in Ormond Esplanade near Kingsley St. Runners then proceed north along Ormond Esplanade, Marine Parade, Jacka Blvd in southbound lanes to right hand turn into extension of Acland St, followed by a left hand turn into Fitzroy St.
Runners then turn left into the St Kilda Road northbound 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. Followed by a right hand turn into St Kilda Rd. Proceed along St Kilda Rd to a right hand turn into Flinders St.
Runners then veer right into Wellington Parade South, turn right into Jolimont Rd, which becomes Brunton Avenue. Marathoners then turn left into MCG and do loop to finish.
Flights and Additional Travel
Travelling Fit is a fully accredited travel agency which offers a full range of services to our clients. This enables us to book your flights and additional touring to help us assist you in creating your perfect holiday experience.
Melbourne Marathon 2017 – Apply for Race Entries online
- Early bird entry before Friday 30th June, 2017 – $134
- First Price Rise – 01st July, 2017 – $160
- VIR Gold Package – $240 for the full Marathon
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 in a previous Marathon since 01 July 2016.
The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival – Full Marathon will commence at 7:00am
The finish line will remain open until 2:00pm for all events.
- 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.
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.
If you registered before 5pm on Thursday June 29 2017, your Race Pack will be sent to the address provided on your registration. If you registered after June 29, you must collect your Race Pack from the Race Week Office during opening hours.
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.
The 2017 Melbourne Marathon will once again be providing Pace Group Leaders for the Marathon.
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
Aid stations will be located at the start and approximately 3km, 6km, 8.5km, 10.5km, 11.2km, 13.7km, 17km, 20.3km, 23.5km, 24.5km, 28km, 31.1km, 34.1km, 36.1km, 37km, 39.8km, 41.6km and at the finish.
The sports drink provided on course in 2017 will be the USN Sports Ener-G in ORANGE flavour.
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 14 October
- Drop Off Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm ONLY
- Personal Drink Station Locations: 10.5km 23.5km 36.1km
Guidelines for personal refreshments are as follows:
- Drink containers are not to be any taller than 21cm in total including all attachments
- No Balloon’s/Sticks etc 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 Special Drinks Station
- You must not drop your bottle on course it must be dropped in the Event Waste Zone
As the MCG is located within easy walking distance to the city centre, no transport is included.
The 2017 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival will once again run the Active Feet Runners Expo on the External concourse of the MCG and Travelling Fit will be there!
The Expo will be located on the external concourse of the MCG between Gates 1 and 2.
With an exciting array of fitness specific stores, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do before and after your race!
Thursday 12 October 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday 13 October 9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 14 October 8:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday 15 October 7:30am – 2:00pm
Finishers T-shirts, Medals and Certificates
All entrants receive a Finishers Medal, Finishers certificate and Running Shirt
The following are the normal daily temperature ranges for Melbourne:
20C / 68F
9C / 48F
- Half Marathon
- 10km Run
- 5.7km Run
- 3km Walk
As the Official Travel Agent sponsor for the Medibank Melbourne Marathon we have been able to secure rooms in two of the most conveniently located hotels in Melbourne.
Prices are inclusive of 2 nights accommodation (check-in Saturday 14th October / Check-out Monday 16th October 2017).
Additional nights are available on request.
Deposit Structure for the Medibank 2017 Melbourne Marathon
Deposit: $110 per person
Balance: Friday 11 August 2017