The Melbourne Runner


There's only four months to go until the 36th Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival on Sunday October 13. So now's the time to make the commitment to the 42km race, if you haven't already. For those of you who don't have time to train for such a long race, there's also the Flight Centre Half Marathon, The Coffee Club 10km Run, the ASICS 5.7km Run and 3km Walk with all events finishing inside the MCG.

  Virtual Race Bag  

Here at the Melbourne Marathon headquarters, we are doing our bit for the environment by introducing the Virtual Race Bag as a new initiative for 2013. And we know how much runners love a bargain, so an added incentive to sign up before early birds close, anyone that enters before midnight on June 24 will be sent a link to a special edition Early Bird Virtual Race Bag!

You will be the first event participants in Australia to use this fabulous technology and you will have the opportunity to jump online for one week only and snag some of the hottest event specials ranging from active feet specials to discounts from Urban Hotel Group! 

Shortly after the close of Early Birds on June 24, we will be sending registered participants of all five events a link to the Virtual Race Bag. All you have to do is claim your favourite offers!

Another reason to sign up now!

Register now to receive an Early Bird Virtual Race Bag

  Welcome BMW!  
The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival is proud to announce that Australia's leading prestige vehicle importer, BMW Australia as our Official Vehicle Partner for the event. In an Australian first, it was revealed that company's revolutionary all-electric vehicle, the BMW i, will make its debut as the official pace car for the event.
BMW General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Tom Noble, said the company was proud to support the Medibank Melbourne Marathon, given the event's focus on sustainability and environmental ideologies.
Click Here to learn more about the innovative BMW i.
  Gel Kayano 19  
Made to support your every step.
As it approaches its 20th birthday, the ASICS Gel Kayano shows no sign of slowing down. It has always been the flagship for technical componentry and despite an impressive 20g weight reduction, this season its commitment to gait efficiency reaches further than ever.

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  Switzer lands in Melbourne  
Legendary distance runner Kathrine Switzer will be a special guest of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival on August 2. Switzer changed the sporting landscape in 1967 when she ran the Boston Marathon against the wishes of the race director, who attacked her mid-stride and tried to remove her from the then all-male event. Switzer campaigned for sports equality for women and in 1972 Boston relented, allowing women to run. Switzer went on to win the 1974 New York Marathon and became a TV commentator on marathons.
For details on how to meet her at the inaugural Melbourne Runners Luncheon at the MCG, please click here.
  Win an active feet Runners pack!  

Redeem your Melbourne Marathon Voucher active feet voucher from June 14 to July 14 at any active feet store and go into the draw to win the ultimate running pack worth $800!

With the Melbourne Marathon only 4 months away there is no better time than now to get fitted into shoes that will optimise your training outcomes. The event podiatrists at active feet are experts in conducting gait analysis to ensure that you receive the most appropriate shoe for your training. Having properly fitted shoes will increase the longevity of your footwear, minimise injury risk and maximise comfort and performance!

If you are doing the miles, make sure you invest in a second shoe. By alternating between two different pairs, you are ensuring that the midsoles of your running shoes are being properly rested between runs. This not only maximises their lifespan but also prevents you from becoming 'biomechanically dependent' on one shoe model. This second training shoe, even if it is just used for short runs will allow your body to adapt to different stresses that you are putting on your feet when you run.

If you haven't yet, download and print your in-store voucher and get fitted by our expert staff today!

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  Kathrine's Top Ten Tips - #3  
"Record every run; it keeps you honest and it's motivating."
Books by Kathrine Switzer to motivate and help:
- Marathon Woman
- Running and Walking for Women Over 40
- 26.2 Marathon Stories (co-authored with Roger Robinson)

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  Medibank Healthy Tip  


Rest and Recover. Stretching before and after running, adequate sleep, healthy meals and recovery periods between hard training sessions will help you prepare most effectively.

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