Australia’s most stunning running event Great Ocean Road Running Festival returns this May

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Australia’s most stunning running event Great Ocean Road Running Festival returns this May

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Runners will once again descend on the panoramic seaside views between Lorne and Apollo Bay for the Great Ocean Road Running Festival.

Lace up your runners, the 2023 RACV Solar Great Ocean Road Running Festival returns to Victoria’s idyllic southwest coast, taking place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May and attracting runners and walkers of all ages and experience levels. 

From 1.5km to 60km, punters from across the globe will tackle nine distances, including two trail runs for adventure-seekers, and soak up panoramic seaside views on one of the world’s most scenic stretches of road. 

2023 RACV Solar Great Ocean Road Running Festival

  • The two-day Great Ocean Road Running Festival returns May 20 & 21 2023
  • There are nine different distances to choose from, ranging from 60km to 1.5km, and panoramic sea-side views
  • There’s also glamping, yoga, live music, kite flying, and much more to experience.
  • Registrations are now open

For more things to do along the Great Ocean Road, visit our travel section.

Kicking off in Apollo Bay on Saturday, eager athletes can take part in the Cocobella 14km Paradise Run, Sri Lankan Airlines 6km Run and 1.5km Great Ocean Road Real Estate Holiday Kids Gallop. Distances on Sunday include the Ultra Marathon (60km), RACV Solar Marathon (44km), 12km & 6.5km Trail Runs and the 5-10km Great Ocean Road Walk, commencing in Lorne. Those taking part in the Brooks Half Marathon (23km) will get their start from Kennett River on Sunday.

Alongside an inspirational two-days of running, festival goers will be able to lap up dulcet tones from local musicians, immerse themselves in a ticketed ‘glamping’ experience, and witness local wait staff battle it out in the hilarious Pub to Pub Waiter’s Race on Saturday. Whether participants are running their first marathon, warming up with a CorePlus beach yoga session, or get creative at the Kite Festival post-race – the RACV  Solar Great Ocean Road Running Festival has it all.

This year, the festival has joined forces with RACV Solar – one of Australia’s leading solar installers. Making this year’s event one of the most sustainable in the event’s 18-year history, elements of the festival will be powered by  RACV Solar, elevating the festival’s existing environmental road map produced in collaboration with local waste management groups. 

The RACV Solar Great Ocean Road Running Festival is one of the most unique and special running events in  the country. For almost two decades, hundreds of thousands of people have travelled from around the world  to take part in the festival and experience some of Victoria’s greatest natural wonders,” says event director Brad King.

“This year, we are  incredibly proud to partner with RACV Solar and amplify our commitment to protect cherished local  landscapes and communities by implementing cleaner energy solutions. We’re looking forward to welcoming  thousands of new and familiar faces to the running event of the season this May and leading the way for more  sustainable sporting experiences in future.”  

Providing vital care for communities located along the race route, the event encourages participants to raise  funds for the Apollo Bay and District Health Foundation. Since becoming the festival’s official charity partner in 2015, more than a quarter of a million dollars has been raised by entrants to support important local health services. 

For registrations and more info, head to their website here