The Melbourne Runner


The 36th Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival is on Sunday October 13 and early indications are that it will be our biggest one yet. Already more than 2,500 runners have committed to the 42.2km race and we expect The Flight Centre Half Marathon to reach its 11,000 entry limit before the close of Early Birds on June 24. For those of you who don't have time to train for such long races, there's also The Coffee Club 10km and the ASICS 5.7km Run and 3km walk events. All events finish inside the MCG.

  You could be jetting off to LA!  

Thanks to our friends at ASICS and Thai Airways, the team at the Melbourne Marathon is offering one very lucky attendee at our Melbourne Runners Lunch the chance to live it up in LA for a week! 

Purchase a ticket to the Melbourne Runners Lunch on August 2 and you could be jetting off to compete in the ASICS LA Marathon on Sunday March 9, 2014. Sun, city and a little bit of sweat, it doesn't get much better than that!

Your luncheon ticket will include:

International Speakers - Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson
2 Course Luncheon including Beer, Wine and Soft Drink
Gift Bag
Door Prizes
Business Card Draw to win the following MAJOR PRIZE!

1 x Return Economy Flight with Thai Airways to LA
5 Nights Accommodation in LA
1 x Entry into the ASICS LA Marathon

Purchase Tickets

  Happy Running  
Running provides many benefits which allow you to live a longer, healthier and, let's not forget, a happier lifestyle. There is no-need for expensive work out equipment or any special skills, as running only requires a suitable pair of runners and sheer determination. Though running may seem intimidating to some, the fact that it provides and effective workout for your body whilst burning more calories per hour as compared to other forms of exercise, may encourage women to take up the challenge.
Marathons are long distance running events in which anyone can participate in. But it wasn't so long ago that women weren't allowed to participate in marathons or other long distance running events. In the year 1972, the rules of running changed to suit the rights of women, therefore launching the official acceptance of women partaking in marathons. Statistics prove that the number of women completing a marathon since 1972 has significantly increased and in 2012 women made up 30% of the field. This is due to the fact that running is appealing to more and more females, as they are being encouraged to have a go!
The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival in 2013 is an event women should take into consideration. There is a distance for everyone including the iconic Marathon (42.4km). Completion of the marathon becomes evidence to yourself and others that determination can prove that Anything is Possible.
I believe that Anything is Possible
  Nine News - See it First  
Nine News is proud to again be presenting sponsor of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival in 2013. The iconic event encourages runners and walkers from across the globe to get active while taking in all that Melbourne has to offer.
Nine News' Tony Jones has said 'the Melbourne Marathon is a great event to be a part of. Running through the streets of Melbourne and into the 'G - Does it get any better?'
Keep an eye out for the Channel Nine Pep Squad cheering on the runners as well as Nine News' Tony Jones and Alicia Loxley who could be running right next to you.

Visit the Channel Nine Website

  Shooting for a three-hour pointer  
Former Ballarat Lady Miners basketball star Tracie Kaye pulled off a huge upset when she beat NSW's Madga Karimali-Poulis to win the Great Ocean Road Marathon two weeks ago. Kaye, who retired from basketball because of back issues, clocked 3:08:44 for the 45km course and now plans to break three hours for the first time in this year's Medibank Melbourne Marathon.
  Can Too Training Sessions  

Can Too is a non-profit program that matches incentives with a good cause. Since 2005 Can Too has trained over 7,500 participants; who have supported and raised funds for vital cancer research in Australia. Join the Can Too team to help you achieve a goal you never thought possible and compete in the next program!

Can Too provides participants with twice-weekly group training sessions with professional coaches at locations across Melbourne. Our programs attract people of all fitness and experience levels who are able to train for their goals in a fun, safe and supportive team environment.

Registrations for the Marathon program will remain open until June 19th! Half Marathon training program will commence from July 10th and the 10km and 5.7km walk/run programs from August 7th, 2013.

Click here to register
  Kathrine's Top Ten Tips - #2  
"Enter an upcoming race and train for it; a goal keeps you focused."
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  


Progressively increase your training distances. It's advisable to do one long run at least once each fortnight, to the point that you have completed a single session totalling 25-35 km in the month before the marathon.

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