The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival Will Return For Two Days In December

Nicole de Souza Nicole de Souza - Staff Writer

The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival Will Return For Two Days In December

Time to start training!

Has lockdown made you feel like you’ve got all this energy that’s ready to burst out? Tired of moving from the couch to the kitchen? Well, it’s time to stretch out those legs and let out your untapped potential, because the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival is coming this December. For the first time in its 42 year history, this event will be split over two days. The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival will take place on Saturday December 11 and Sunday December 12.

Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival

The Melbourne Marathon Festival is Australia’s largest Marathon event. The course will take you through some beloved landmarks around Melbourne, and finish inside the MCG.

This marathon was originally meant to take place in October, but was rescheduled due to lockdown restrictions. Times have been adjusted to accommodate the hotter summer temperatures. There will also be rolling start times, hygiene stations, robust contract tracing and social distancing in order to keep the event COVIDSafe.

“The past eighteen months proved two things: that Aussies are made of tough stuff, and that running is an intrinsic part of our national identity,” said Festival Event Director Marcus Gale. “We are thrilled to welcome back the Nike Melbourne Marathon this December and look forward to uniting veteran runners like our Spartans, with a whole new generation of budding athletes.”

Image: Supplied by Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival

Here are the events:

Saturday December 11

  • 3pm – SriLankan Airlines 10km Run
  • 5pm – 5km Run
  • 6pm – 3 km Walk

Sunday December 12


  • 6am – Nike Melbourne Marathon
  • 6:55am – Nike Wheelchair Marathon
  • 7am – Nike Half Marathon

Thanks to the City of Melbourne, the 3km walk will be free of charge for the first time ever. So if you’ve been thinking about dipping a toe into marathon events, this is a great way to start. The 3km walk is also perfect for families with young kids. Every participant in this walk will also be given a medal at the finish line, as an acknowledgement of their achievement.

With December a few months away, now is the perfect time to set new goals and start training again.

“We know that so many amazing runners have been committed to their training to date, and we want to let you know we have you covered,” said Nike Run Coach Lydia O’Donnell. “Updated training plans are available across all distances on the Nike Run Club app, to factor in the new race dates. For those that haven’t committed to training yet, you can still sign up for a training plan of your choice and start the journey to race day.”

To register and begin your training journey, visit the Melbourne Marathon website.

Learn about how they will keep the event COVIDSafe here.

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