Australian running events

  

Australian running events

Five Australian running events you can't miss

The breath-taking landscape of Australia lends itself to some of the world's most epic running events. From city runs in Melbourne and Sydney, to wild routes along the dramatic coastline, Australia is one of the best countries in the world to lace up your trainers and take to the road. You'll be sure to be inspired by the landscape around you, and you might even see some local flora and fauna, like kangaroos and wallabies, along the way.
Cradle Mountain Run
One of the wildest runs in Australia, the Cradle Mountain Run takes participants on an incredible 82 km jaunt around scenic Tasmania. This ultra-running event takes place every February, and you'll be traversing across the wild Overland Track through miles of wilderness. You'll finish by the coast, at the Cynthia Bay Boat Jetty, and before that travel through the Waterfall Valley, along the shores of Lake Windemere and over the Frog Flats. It's a challenge that will pay off as you experience some of Australia's most special scenery up close.
Great Ocean Road Marathon (photo)
Famous all over the world, the Great Ocean Road Marathon is arguable the most scenic running event in Australia. Running along the epic west coast of the country, from Lorne to Apollo Bay, you'll have incredible views of the wild and windswept Southern Ocean as you run alongside it. There are also half marathon and 14 km options for this route, but why not enjoy the stunning route for what it is, and complete the full 45 km marathon route? This special event takes place every May.
Gold Coast Marathon
If you're struggling through a chilly July, take the opportunity to travel to the sunny Gold Coast, in north west Australia. There are half and full marathon options available at this event, with both routes running along the stunning Queensland coast. The race attracts more than 28, 000 participants from around the world, who aim to reach their new personal best on the flat and scenic course, aided by the mild weather which boasts little wind and humidity – some of the perfect conditions for running. After you finish, enjoy the surf, sunshine and cafes lining the streets of this beautiful area.
Melbourne Marathon
Every October, the streets of Melbourne are filled with runners seeking a little sunshine. Choose between 5.7 km, 10 km and half marathon routes, or go for the full 42 km race at this event in the cosmopolitan city. The flat and breezy course creates perfect conditions for achieving your new personal best, and the urban location means you can be cheered over the finish line by family and friends. The largest marathon in Australia, you'll circle around the city sights, like Albert Station and past the St Kilda Beach foreshore during a race you'll never forget.
Sydney City 2 Surf
What better way to spend your time in August than at the biggest fun run in the world? This iconic run through Sydney's streets starts at Hyde Park, moves through the pretty Eastern Suburbs, and finishes up at surfer favourite Bondi Beach, where participants can finish off their run with a cooling swim. The race has been held every year since 1971, and attracts more than 80, 000 participants. The lively 14 km event is a great way to see the city and has a friendly, community feel.
The Australian Outback Marathon at Uluru
The beautiful scenery of interior Australia will inspire you as run this marathon. Attracting entrants from over 29 different countries, you'll be traversing along bush trails through beautiful red sand dunes, with the stunning Uluru in the background. This journey across the outback can also be taken in smaller distances – the organisers offer 11km and 6km fun runs.
The Winery Running Festival
Held in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, the Winery Running Festival makes use of the bucolic rolling hills and vineyards of Australia's wine country for their scenic races. There's no better way to celebrate crossing the finish line than with a glass of some of Australia's finest local wine. Held every July, a unique part of the running festival is the Moon Marathon they host – a 42km event held on golf cart tracks during the night.

 

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