What’s On

For 2018, the Festival is a weekend long celebration of running, music, film and wellness hosted in the towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Whether you want to entertain the family at our kite festival and a trip to the movies, or relax and enjoy a yoga session by the beach followed by an afternoon of live music – we have it all. Just make sure you have your Festival Wristband on to gain access to all FREE activities.

FESTIVAL WRISTBAND

Your Festival Wristband is your key to access all of the the FREE activities on offer exclusively to Great Ocean Road Running Festival participants, including the wellness program, free kites for kids & free films at the Lorne Theatre. Ensure that you are registered in one of the seven distances on offer. The wristband can be accessed via your race pack however if not in the pack, wristbands can be accessed upon registration, just head to a Race Week Office with your race bib to collect your Festival Wristband.

Apollo Bay Festival Hub

Apollo Bay is home to the Start & Finish lines of all Saturday events, and the Finish line of the Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon – but that’s not all!

Visit the Race Week Office in Apollo Bay to pick up your bib, your Festival Wristband, or a copy of the Great Ocean Road Running Festival Passport – your guide to everything to see and do during your weekend down the Great Ocean Road.

Check out the Festival Hub for deals on running products from Mizuno, Garmin & more. You will also find the Merchandise stand, where you can pick up some Official Event Merchandise.

DON’T MISS:

The inaugural Pub to Pub Waiter’s Race – 1.05pm Saturday. Watch the action as local wait-staff battle it out, racing to carry a tray of beer from the Apollo Bay Hotel to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse and back, trying not to spill a drop! Make sure you’re there to witness history in the making, and find out who will take home the trophy.

Event Precinct Map


Lorne Festival Hub

This year we’re bringing more action to Lorne than ever before. Hosting not only the start line of the Geelong Advertiser 60km Ultra, 44km Marathon & the Great Ocean Road Walk on Sunday 20 May, you’ll be able to take advantage of a range of activities in Lorne across Festival Weekend.

Participate in a free yoga class, head to the Lorne Hotel for some live music, or play a round of mini golf at the Lorne Sea Baths. We’re even putting on free movies at the Lorne Theatre.

Event Precinct Map


Wellness Program

We’ve partnered with Girls Make Your Move to bring you a Wellness Program at Great Ocean Road Running Festival, with a focus on yoga for runners.

All sessions are free to participants who register for one of the seven distances on offer at the festival – just present your Festival Wristband to participate in the class.

 

Yoga Warm Up for Marathon/Ultra Marathon

Take part in the pre-run yoga warm up where we’ll be targeting the core muscles you’ll be pumping throughout the race. A gentle stretch session, we’ll warm up the muscles to get you supple and prepped for the race ahead. Plus get balanced and ease out any race-day nerves with some gentle breathing exercises.

 

Wellness Program – Saturday 19 May

Time Location Activity
10:00am Lorne Festival Area Awaken Yoga Session (60 minutes)
2:00pm Lorne Festival Area Awaken Yoga Session (60 minutes)
12:00pm Apollo Bay Festival Area Awaken Yoga Session (60 minutes)
2:30pm Apollo Bay Festival Area Awaken Yoga Session (60 minutes)

Wellness Program – Sunday 20 May

Time Location Activity
7:15am Lorne Festival Area Pre-Marathon Warm Up (15 minutes)
7:45am Lorne Festival Area Walk Warm Up (15 minutes)
10:30am Lorne Festival Area Awaken Yoga Session (4 X 15 min)
10:30am Apollo Bay Festival Area Awaken Yoga Session (4 X 15 min)
11:30am Apollo Bay Festival Area Awaken Yoga Session (6 X 15 min)

Live Music

Join INXSIVE on Saturday night at the Lorne Hotel for their anticipated performance at the Great Ocean Road Running Festival. INXSIVE reproduce not only the sound of INXS, but also the live show that made them as memorable as they are today. Join them in the Beer Garden to experience the inspiring, and proudly Australian music that INXS created throughout their career. The show is free for all participants and $15 for non-participants.

Date, Time and Location

8pm Saturday, 19th May 2018 – Lorne Hotel


Film Festival

There will be exclusive new release & family-friendly films on screen for Festival Wristband holders at the Lorne Theatre throughout the weekend. Make sure you’re a registered participant, and collect your Festival Wristband from the Race Week Office with your bib to gain access to these great movies. Plan your weekend now by checking out the session times below:

Lorne Theatre – Friday 18 May

Time Location Activity
6.00pm Lorne Theatre Isle of Dogs
8.15pm Lorne Theatre Breath

Lorne Theatre – Saturday 19 May

Time Location Activity
1.30pm Lorne Theatre Isle of Dogs
3.30pm Lorne Theatre Breath
6.00pm Lorne Theatre Isle of Dogs
8.15pm Lorne Theatre Breath

*Lorne Theatre has a capacity of approximately 450 guests – get down early to secure the best seats.


Kite Festival

A kaleidoscope of kites in all shapes and sizes will take to the skies in Lorne and Apollo Bay during the Festival. Offering fun for the whole family, dual Kite Festivals will lift off on the spectacular foreshores of both towns all weekend long!

Free Kites for Children

All children who are registered in either the Great Ocean Road Walk, Kid’s Gallop, Mizuno 6km Run or Garmin 14km Run will receive their own kite to decorate & fly. Make sure you’re wearing your Festival Wristband to claim your free kite, 10am – 4pm Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May.

Nominal fee for non-participants.


Lorne Sea Baths

 

Located in magnificent seaside Lorne, Lorne Sea Baths is a fully equipped health, fitness and leisure facility, and strives to provide optimal comfort and convenience to all customers.

Opening hours during festival weekend:
Saturday 19 May 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 20 May 9.00am – 5.00pm

FACILITY ACCESS

All Festival Wristband holders can gain free access to the Lorne Sea Baths facilities during Festival Weekend, including:

  • Trampolines
  • Mini Golf
  • Hydrobaths
  • Gym
  • Pool

Non participants have access at usual business costs.


Otway Fly

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures takes your rainforest experience to new heights in the lush surrounds of the magnificent Otway Ranges. Whether you’re soaking up the breath-taking birds-eye view of the rainforest on the Treetop Walk or soaring through the leafy treetops on the awe-inspiring Zipline Tour, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

Treetop Walk – 2 for 1 offer

Participants registered in a Great Ocean Road Running Festival event can take advantage of this 2 for 1 offer on entry to the Treetop Walk bywearing their Festival Wristband race bib upon arrival at the Ticket Office. Bookings not necessary.

Zipline Tours – 20% off

Participants registered in a Great Ocean Road Running Festival event can take advantage of a 20% discount on Zipline Tours.

Present your Festival Wristband at the time of booking to receive a 20% discount on entry. Offer valid Friday 18 May – Monday 21 May to coincide with the Great Ocean Road Running Festival weekend. For more information on the Otway Fly and to plan your trip, head to the Otway Fly website.


Cape Otway Lightstation

Experience the heart pounding thrill of awesome views from the balcony of the Cape Otway Lightstation, 90m above the Southern Ocean. Located just a 35 minute drive from Apollo Bay, the Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia.

Cape Otway Lightstation Tours – 50% OFF

Present your Festival Wristband at the time of booking to receive a 50% discount on entry for Adult and Family passes. Offer valid Friday 18 May – Monday 21 May to coincide with the Great Ocean Road Running Festival weekend.

To learn more about Australia’s most important lighthouse and plan your trip, visit the Cape Otway Lightstation website.


Australian National Surfing Museum

The Australian National Surfing Museum is the world’s largest surfing museum. Situated in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital, it celebrates 100 years of surfing and beach culture in Australia. With themed exhibition spaces, films, photographs, kids activities and of course iconic surfboards, it traces the growth and developments around the amazing activity that is riding waves.

Australian National Surfing Museum Admission – 2 for 1 Admission

Present your Festival Wristband upon entry to receive a 2 for 1 discount on your admission. Offer valid Friday 18 May – Monday 21 May to coincide with the Great Ocean Road Running Festival weekend.

To learn more about the world’s largest surfing and beach culture museum and plan your trip, visit the Australian National Surfing Museum website.


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