What’s On

For the first time ever, 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 with kite decorating 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 activities.

FESTIVAL WRISTBAND

Your Festival Wristband is your key to access all of the the activities on offer exclusively to Great Ocean Road Running Festival participants, including the wellness program, free kites for kids & films at the Lorne Theatre. Ensure that you are registered in one of the seven distances on offer, and head to a Race Week Office with your race bib to collect your Festival Wristband.

We’re excited to offer the jam-packed live music lineup at Lorne Hotel as a bonus to the general public – no wristbands necessary!

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, TomTom & 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 60km Ultra & 44km Marathon on Sunday 21 May, you’ll be able to take advantage of a range of activities in Lorne across Festival Weekend.

New in 2017 is the Great Ocean Road Walk, a 5km, 10km or 15km loop along the Great Ocean Road. The Walk starts & finishes in Lorne on Sunday 21 May.

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 Power Living and the Lorne Sea Baths to bring you a brand new Wellness Program to the Great Ocean Road Running Festival, with a focus on yoga for runners. The program features a mix of warm up, cool down, Vinyasa and Yin yoga sessions hosted in Lorne & Apollo Bay across the weekend. All yoga 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, and register for your chosen class online in advance to secure your space.

Lorne Salt Therapy

The ancient technique of salt therapy offers natural benefits for those with respiratory and skin conditions, and promotes health and wellbeing in a relaxing environment. Present your Festival Wristband upon arrival at the Lorne Sea Baths to receive a 50% discount on salt therapy sessions.

Vinyasa Yoga Class (Level 1)

We’ll embrace a state of flow in this dynamic yoga class and establish the foundations for a safe, strong practice. Suitable for all levels and abilities, we will teach modifications (or advancements for the seasoned yogi) so you can warm up the body, get centred and calm the mind ahead of the Sunday’s big event! Come and join the crew and enjoy the festival vibes.

Yoga Warm Up for Marathon/Ultra Marathon

Join Ruby Dwyer for a 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.

Yin Yoga Cool Down

Join Maud Leger and special musical guests for a closing, celebration & Acoustic Yin practice post-run. We’ll get juicy and stretch out some of the key areas which have worked so hard and carried you through the race. Indulge in some raw, acoustic music and find your bliss as you celebrate your achievements.

REGISTER FOR A FREE YOGA CLASS

Wellness Program – Saturday 20 May

Time Location Activity
8.00am Lorne Sea Baths Vinyasa Yoga Class (Level 1) (60 minutes)
2.30pm Lorne Sea Baths Vinyasa Yoga Class (Level 1) (60 minutes)
4.30pm Lorne Sea Baths Vinyasa Yoga Class (Level 1) (60 minutes)

Wellness Program – Sunday 21 May

Time Location Activity
7.15am Lorne Sea Baths Marathon/Ultra Warm Up (30 minutes)
8.05am Lorne Sea Baths Walk Warm Up (20 minutes)
11.10am Apollo Bay Festival Area Yin Yoga Class (Level 1) (30 minutes)
12.00pm Apollo Bay Festival Area Yin Yoga Class (Level 1) (60 minutes)

Live Music

Melbourne duo, the Pierce Brothers will headline a FREE jam packed entertainment line-up at the Great Ocean Road Running Festival, along with favourite local acts Cal Young, Abe Anderson and DJ Ram Daddy plus Sydney’s Seaforth and Dazzling Dan the Magic Man for the kids. This year sees the addition of a Music Hub in Lorne at the Lorne Hotel, with free live entertainment all weekend long.

Official Music Hub Program – Lorne Hotel

Date & Time Act
Friday, 19 May 2017
7:00pm Cal Young
Saturday, 20 May 2017
2:00pm Abe Anderson
4:00pm Pierce Brothers
5:30pm DJ Ram Daddy
Sunday, 21 May 2017
1:00pm Dazzling Dan the Magic Man
3:00pm Seaforth

Film Festival

A range of free running & new release family-friendly films will screen exclusively 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 19 May

Time Location Activity
6.00pm Lorne Theatre Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
8.30pm Lorne Theatre Spirit of the Marathon

Lorne Theatre – Saturday 20 May

Time Location Activity
10.00am Lorne Theatre A Dog’s Purpose
12.45pm Lorne Theatre I Am Bolt
3.00pm Lorne Theatre Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
5.45pm Lorne Theatre I Am Bolt
8.00pm Lorne Theatre The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

Lorne Theatre – Sunday 21 May

Time Location Activity
3.30pm Lorne Theatre Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

*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 Geelong Advertiser 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 20 and Sunday 21 May.


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 20 May 8.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 21 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

Lorne Salt Therapy – 50% OFF

The ancient technique of salt therapy offers natural benefits for those with respiratory and skin conditions, and promotes health and wellbeing in a relaxing environment. Present your Festival Wristband upon arrival at the Lorne Sea Baths to receive a 50% discount on salt therapy sessions.


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. Bookings are essential for Zipline Tours – use the promo code RUN17 while booking online to receive the discount, and wear your Festival Wristband when you arrive on the day.

Offer valid Friday 19 May – Monday 22 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 19 May – Monday 22 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 – 50% OFF

Present your Festival Wristband upon entry to receive a 50% discount on your admission. Offer valid Friday 19 May – Monday 22 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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