Australia’s largest marathon returns to Melbourne this Spring

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Australia’s largest marathon returns to Melbourne this Spring

Lace up your running shoes for the nation’s premier running event, the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival.

It’s once again time to dust off your running shoes and make your way to the start line for the nation’s premier running event, the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival, which is back with a bang returning to its signature spring timeslot on Sunday, October 2 2022.

Marking the 44th instalment of the historic sporting event, all runners will begin their journey at Batman Avenue before making their way to the finish line with a lap of the iconic MCG. In an incredible effort, last year’s participants and supporters raised over $1.2 million for more than 162 deserving charities and causes across the country, and the NMMF hopes to replicate this success in 2022.

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Athletes of all ages, abilities and experience levels will take part in six distances, including the Nike Melbourne Marathon (42.195km), Nike Wheelchair Marathon (42.195km), Nike Half  Marathon (21.1km), 10km Run, 5km Run and 3km Walk. Whether race-goers are embarking on their first marathon, looking to smash a personal best, or are simply seeking a springtime walk with the family, there’s a place for everyone at the start line. 

“After delivering the largest running event since the start of the pandemic in December 2021, we are delighted for the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival to return to our city this spring. Our world-class network of expert trainers and loyal sponsors are ready and raring to help participants through every step of their training journey. From veteran Spartans to budding athletes, nothing unites the running community like  this iconic event!” says Event Director, Marcus Gale. 

A staple in the Australian sporting calendar, the Festival is made possible by major partner and champion  of sport and athletes, Nike, who provide premium resources, training journey support and world-class gear for runners to have their best race yet.  

“Nike is excited to get Melbourne moving again and is proud to be the major partner of the Nike Melbourne  Marathon Festival for a second year,” said Nike Pacific Vice President and General Manager, Ashley Reade. 

“This is Australia’s largest Running Festival and is open to everybody – as we like to say, from 5kays to all the  kays. From beginners to elite runners looking to achieve a personal best, Nike is there to welcome you and to support you. So grab your running buddy, download the free marathon training journeys, lace up and  hit the pavement! We can’t wait to see you out there,” continued Reade. 

Ahead of race day, participants will have access to an exciting array of fitness products, stores and offers from Nike and other sponsors including Gatorade and BMW at the Runners Expo on the MCG concourse.  

Another key feature returning in 2022 is the Very Important Runner package, giving die-hard entrants access to personalised bibs, tailored training programs, pre-race snacks and a private room to prepare for  the big race. On event day, spectators and supporters will receive free access to the MCG to cheer on family  and friends from the stands and the Nike Cheer Zone. 

In 2021, participants and supporters raised over $1.2 million for more than 162 deserving charities and causes  across the country including this year’s premier charity partner, the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre  (CPEC). For more than 20 years, the non-profit organisation has helped thousands of children and adults  living with cerebral palsy live full and active lives through direct therapy services. Participants are encouraged to raise funds for CPEC and other associate charities by setting up a fundraising page via the  website. 

Registrations are now open here