Tens of thousands of runners are expected to descend on Melbourne to join the party as Australia’s largest marathon, the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival, celebrates its 40th birthday on Sunday, 15 October 2017.
In 40 years the event has grown from 2,500 participants in its first year when there was one distance starting in Frankston and finishing at the Melbourne Town Hall, to a festival of running which sees more than 30,000 participants across five distances today.
Australian marathon legend Steve Moneghetti spoke about the event and encouraged people to get involved.
“One of the best things about the Melbourne Marathon is that every runner has a story about its early days, whether it be the train trip down to the start line in Frankston or the headwind on the way back.
“It’s wonderful to see how the event has evolved in 40 years, and this year is a very exciting one to get involved. The atmosphere at the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival is phenomenal and I encourage everyone to register and join the birthday celebrations,” Mr Moneghetti said.
Early bird entries close this Friday, June 30 and event director, Marcus Gale says now is the best time to sign up.
“One of the biggest reasons people run in the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival is the sense of personal achievement that comes with setting a goal and following it through to the end.
“By signing up now it sets the challenge to start your training over the winter months so you’re ready to go by October, and that’s not to mention receiving the best possible price on your registration,” Mr Gale said.
Catering to people of all ages and abilities, the five distances on offer include the Medibank Melbourne Marathon (42.195km), Half Marathon (21.1km), 10km Run, ASICS 5.7km Run and the ASICS 3km Walk.
Entrants are able to run past some of Melbourne’s famous landmarks including Flinders Street Station, Albert Park Lake, St Kilda Beach, the Shrine of Remembrance and the Botanic Gardens, with all distances finishing with a lap of the MCG’s hallowed turf.
Adding to the celebrations, finishers across all distances will receive a special commemorative 40 year medal allowing people to take home a memento of what is an historic year for the event.
Participants are encouraged to raise money for official charity partner, Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC) and associate charities, JMB Foundation, Australian Red Cross, Heart Foundation and the Cathy Freeman Foundation.
Early bird entry closes at 11:59pm on Friday, June 30. Register now for the best possible price and get training!
For more information and to register visit melbournemarathon.com.au.