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Melbourne Marathon(Sun-13th-October-2013))

The Official Webpage:

The official webpage can be found by clicking here, and their FB page by clicking here.

How to get there(Melbourne that is)?

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is a major international gateway from North America, Asia and Europe.

All three(3) domestic carriers also fly into Tullamarine, as do the smaller budget Airlines like ‘Tiger’ and the regional carriers of southern Australia, and some Jetstar Flight land at 'Avalon Airport"

Please Click here to find out more about the two(2) Melbourne Jetports

The airlines webpages are:

QANTAS

Virgin Blue

Jetstar

Tiger

There is NOT an airport train in Melbourne, so you will need to take a cab, shuttle bus or Hotel bus from the Airport(s) to the City.

Where to Stay?

The race start/finish, is at the 'MCG', which is about 1km(0.6miles) east of the CBD.

As a guide, the following suburbs are with in walking distance of both the start/finish and the CBD;

-Richmond, East Melbourne, CBD, South Bank.

A little bit further away, but serviced by the light rail(trams), and not a very expensive Taxi trip are the suburbs of;

-Carlton, North Melbourne, Dockside, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Albert Park, Toorak, Prahan.

If you stay any further afield, then it will be a Taxi trip to the Start/Finish, as in some areas, the Public Transport may not start earlier enough on a Sunday morning to get you there on time.

The following webpage covers a wide range of accommodation:

Click here for 'Victorian accommodation'.

I normally stay here

The Race

I’m biase, and no matter what I have said in other parts of this web site, this is my favourite marathon, and it is Australia’s best Marathon as well as being the longest continuously run major city Marathon in Australia. It pre-dates, Chicago, London, Berlin and many other international Marathons.

It start outside the Melbourne Tennis centre(Home of the Australian Open) finishes outside(I think) the ‘Melbourne Cricket Ground’, which besides being the home of ‘Australian Rules Football” and the ’Boxing Day Test(Cricket), was also the 1956 Olympic Stadium, and the 2006 Commonwealth Games Stadium.

The course itself tours the Highlights of Melbourne, including Flinder St Station, the St Kilda Rd boulevard (Not as well know as the Champ Elysees, but more picturesque), Albert Park Lake(home of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix) and the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay, before returning via St Kilda road and Flinder St Station.

Of the 10 largest fields ever to finish a Marathon in Australia, Melbourne has 8 of them, including the top 3, and nowadays the Marathon will have over 3,500 starters, with over 20,000 people in all four(4) events.

The other events are a Half Marathon, 10km and 5.5km run/walk.

The Melbourne Marathon has over 1000 runners who have run at least 10 Melbourne Marathons. These runners are known as ‘Spartans’, and of the Spartans, 11 have completed all 31 Melbourne Marathons(Yes, I’m one of the 11 runners).

The Melbourne weather details can be found by clicking here

Come and run Melbourne, and see why Melbourne is known as the ‘Sporting Capital of Australia’.

Bruce's Melbourne Marathon Week-end.

My marathon week-end is ‘full on’!

A breakfast with friends.

After the Breakfast, I normally find time for another little nap, before lunch with a few more friends, then I am due at the MCG for a “Pacer Briefing”, most years I pace one of the buses.

Then by 5PM its off to the “Mount View Hotel”, for an early dinner(please make your own reservation and come and join us.)

After the race, by 2PM, I will find my way to the “Transport Hotel”(opposite Flinders St Station, at about the 40km mark of the race), where I rehydrate with fellow runners.

Then just after 5PM, if there is anybody interested, we share Taxi’s to Lygon St(The Italian precinct), for a meal.(and you are welcome there as well.)

Other things to do!

Melbourne has lots of things to do, whether you just have a short stay, and keep to the inner city, or whether you take a few days and venture a little bit further.

As a child I spent every Christmas Holiday in Melbourne, and nowadays I have 2 or 3 breaks a year in Melbourne and never tire of things to do.

The following video gives an overview of things to see, but a word of caution if you book a ‘day trip’ with a commercial operator, although you will have a great time and see lots of things, some of these tours arrive back late at night(very late-Particularly the Phillip Island Penguin Parade and the Great Ocean Road tours), so please check the approximate arrival time back in Melbourne before you book a tour, particularly if it is on race eve.

If you have time, there are lots of attractions with in 1 to 2 hours drive of Melbourne, and these can be done on a commercial tour, or just hire a car, and drive yourself. So of these area’s are best seen by staying one or two nights.

The most popular area’s to visit area:

-Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade. Phillip Island is also the home of the “Australian Moto GP”

-Geelong and the great Ocean Road.

-Ballarat and/or Bendigo Goldfields area’s. I an old Bendigo boy, so I’m biase, but if you make it to Bendigo, don’t miss the ‘Talking Trams”, the “Central Deborah” gold mine, and the “Chinese Museum”(all of which I haven’t seen-being an old local).