Half Marathon

Event Information

Date Sunday 20th May
Distance 23km
Start Time 8:00am
Cut Off Time 6 hours and 30 minutes
Start Line Kennett River Holiday Park, Great Ocean Road
Finish Line Apollo Bay Hotel, Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
Age Limit 16 years on race day
Registration Cut Off Saturday 19th May 5pm

Entry Fees & Inclusions

Entry Fee (Early Bird) $109.00


  • Race Bib with attached timing chip
  • Finishers Medal
  • Competitor Gift*

*Gifts can only be collected at the finish line at the end of your run! Please remember to show your race bib to claim your gift!

Race Pack Distributions

Australian Competitors

  • If you register before Monday 9th April at 11.59pm, your Race Pack will be sent to you at the address provided
  • If you register after 11.59pm on the 9th April, you will be required to collect your Race Pack from the Race Week Office

International Competitors

All international competitors are required to collect their packs from the Race Week Office.

Course Map

Click on the above elevation map to explore an interactive elevation map. Please note that the distance on this course elevation map is approximate, as the official course is measured to exactly 23km. 

Drink Stations

There will be 6 drink stations throughout the Half Marathon Course.

Water will be provided on course as well as a sports drink. The on course sports drink for 2018 is yet to be confirmed. You may also choose to carry your own sports drinks/gels with you.


3.3 km 9.4km
14.4km 18.3km
21.6km Finish Line

Prize Money

FIRST $1,000 $1,000
SECOND $500 $500
THIRD $250 $250


  • All amounts are in AUD.
  • Foreign Athletes will be subject to Withholding Tax but can claim back if agreements exist between Australia and their country of residence.

Race Day Transport

Half Marathon Shuttle Bus

A shuttle bus service will run to get Half Marathon runners to the start line in Kennett river on Sunday 20th May.

Return buses will travel from Apollo Bay back to Lorne after the event.

You will be required to purchase a bus pass ($10 charge) to enable you on these buses if you wish to use this service. This must be purchased during the online event registration process, or from the Race Week Office.

Half Marathon bus routes are listed below:

Getting to the start line in Kennett River (depart from 5:45am):
Please note there are two departure points in Apollo Bay along Main St. Please make sure you are at the departure point for the Half Marathon start line. Exact locations will be published closer to the event. 

Lorne to Kennett River
Wye River (Vline bus stop) to Kennett River
Apollo Bay (Main St) to Kennett River
Pisces Drive to Kennett River
Skenes Creek (Vline bus stop) to Kennett River

After the event from Apollo Bay (depart from approximately 12pm onwards)

Apollo Bay (Thompson St) to Skene’s Creek
Apollo Bay (Thompson St) to Kennett River
Apollo Bay (Thompson St) to Wye River
Apollo Bay (Thompson St) to Lorne


Drive and Drop Information

If you wish to drive and drop a participant at the Half Marathon start line in Kennett River, you MUST be off the Great Ocean Road by 7:00am sharp. In order to be off the roads by 7:00am, you must have started your drop off journey by no later than 6:00am.

There will be drive and drop stops (2 minutes max) at Kennett River for cars to drop off Half Marathon participants and continue on to their destination. Whether you are returning to Lorne or Apollo Bay after the drop off, you MUST be off the Great Ocean Road by 7:00am sharp.

From midday, the road will start to reopen for North-bound traffic toward Lorne as the race progresses. The Great Ocean Road between Lorne and Apollo Bay will be completely reopened by 2:30pm. Click here for more information on Road Closures.

Kennett River Parking

Limited parking will be available at Kennett River Caravan Park for a $10 fee. Payment will be taken upon arrival. Please note, due to Road Closures if you are driving to the Kennett River Start Line you MUST arrive and be off the Great Ocean Road by 7:00am sharp.


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