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.
July 27th, 2024
Registration Cut Of Date
May 10th 2024
Required Qualifying Time
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
11 KM Fun Run
6 KM Fun Run
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!
Australian Outback Marathon Map
Check out the map below to see the route for the marathon.
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 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.
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.
- 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
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.