The Melbourne Runner

Anything is Possible!

Now that the hot weather is over, now’s the time to start churning out the kilometres in preparation for the 36th Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival on Sunday October 13. Already more than 1400 marathoners have signed up to take part in this year’s event so we are on track to break last year’s entry record of 7127. ENTER NOW by selecting your chosen event from the Events Panel to the right.

The Marathon 42.195kms
Half Marathon
10km Run
5km Run
3km Walk
  Lucky 13  


This month, we are turning the ever so superstitious ‘Unlucky 13’ on its head. For your chance to win an awesome Marathon themed prize pack, we want to hear about your running Superstitions! Do you have a lucky singlet? Do you have a pre run song that gets you through? Or do you have a pair of ‘holey’ Underwear? Share your superstition with us on Facebook by tagging us in your post, on Twitter by mentioning us or on instagram by hash tagging #melbmara. 


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  Cathy Freeman Foundation  

The Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) is excited to be one of the official partners of the 2013 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival.

CFF supports  the education of over 600 school-aged Indigenous children living on Palm Island – one of the largest remote Indigenous communities in Australia. Unfortunately today there is a significant gap that still exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous education outcomes.  Less than 10% of Year 7 students on Palm Island can read and write at a national minimum standard and less than 10% will complete Year 12.

Join us on our journey to help close this gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children by signing up for our Deadly Runners team here. ‘Deadly’ is an Indigenous slang word for ‘cool’ or ‘awesome’ and we think our team is exactly that!  There are exciting prizes to be won for top fundraisers and just for joining our team and making an upfront donation of $25, you’ll receive an exclusive Deadly Runners Running pack including top, hat and water bottle.

Every child deserves their gold medal moment and with you on our team, we know we can make this a reality through education.

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  Training Tip  

If you ran the marathon last year and are still training in the same running shoes, then it may be time for an upgrade. Most elite distance runners usually bin their shoes after approximately 1000km of running. For Steve Moneghetti, who used to cover 200km most weeks, that meant a new pair every five weeks. If you cover about 40km on average each week, then your shoes will last about 25 weeks (six months).

  Running through The Wall  

All avid Melbourne Marathon runners should consider purchasing a comprehensive book on the first 35 years of the Melbourne Marathon. The Wall: History of the Melbourne Marathon 1978-2012 is available via our online shop section of the website. 

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  Legends Update  


Frank Biviano sent a message to the other nine remaining Legends who have run all 35 Melbourne Marathons when he clocked 89.32 for 15km in the Run for The Kids. 

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  R4K Run  
The first major fun run on the Australian calendar took place late last month with the Run for The Kids 15km event. The event raised $2million for the Royal Children’s Hospital and this year boasted some big-name entrants. Olympic marathoner Lisa Weightman won the women’s event for the fourth time in 50.48, while the men’s race pitted Jeff Hunt, Craig Mottram and Sudan’s Duer Yoa, who won the Melbourne Marathon 10km event last year.

Yoa, who now lives in Ballarat, proved the strongest winning in 45.11 from Hunt (45.14).

Box Hill’s Stephen Dineen (46.46) and Ballarat’s Nathan Hartigan (46.54) and Knox ‘s Sam Crowther (46.56) had a great battle for third place, once Mottram eased back. Hartigan clocked 2:20.00 in the 2012 Melbourne Marathon. 
  New Website!  

With a new and improved mobile friendly website, there is no better time than now to jump on and have a look at what the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival has to offer. While the marathon is the ultimate challenge, there’s still plenty of options for all those runners who feel they aren’t quite ready to commit to 42.2km. Once again there are events over shorter distances including The Flight Centre Half Marathon, The Coffee Club 10km and the Asics 5.7km run and 3km walk events. All events except the marathon have field limits.

Check out our New Website!