Marathon

GREAT OCEAN ROAD MARATHON

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Finally tick it off your bucket-list or make it an annual event and run the most iconic stretch of road in Australia at the Great Ocean Road Marathon (44km). This truly is Australia’s most stunning running event. Experience surreal views and stunning landscapes as you wind your way along the wild and windswept Southern Ocean. Starting in Lorne, try spot Koalas as you make your way down the Great Ocean Road through Wye River, Kennett River and Skenes Creek before finishing in Apollo Bay… You’ll be pinching yourself the whole time.

Event Information

Date Sunday 18 May
Distance 44km
Start Time 8:00am
Cut Off Time 6 hours and 30 minutes
Start Line Lorne SLSC Car Park, Mount Joy Parade, Lorne
Finish Line Apollo Bay Hotel, Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
Age Limit 18 years on race day
Registration Cut Off Saturday 17 May 5pm or unless sold out prior.
Registration Capacity 1500

Entry Fee & Inclusions

Entry Fee: $165

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • Race Bib with attached timing chip + safety pins
  • Finishers Medal

Brooks Pacer Program

Pace Group Leaders will be expected to run at an even pace for the entire distance of their event and offer encouragement and information along the way. Keeping to your allocated pace and communication between yourself and the runners within your Pace Group is extremely important if everyone is to continue as a group. The following Pace Groups will be running in the Full Marathon in 2025:

 

MARATHON
4:30 4:45 5:00 5:15 5:30 5:45 6:00
6:15 6:30 6:45

 

RUNNING WITH A PACER

  • If you are a participating athlete and wish to join a Pace Group, please look out for the Pace Group signs at the Start Area on race day.
  • You do not need to register your interest.
  • All Pace Group Leaders will be easily identifiable in event gear with their particular pace time clearly visible.

BECOMING A PACER

2025 Pacer Applications will open closer to the event date


Race Bib Distribution

Australian Competitors

  • Race bib are only posted to those who register prior to 11.59pm February 21st and provide an Australian address on their registration. If for any reason your Race Bib does not arrive, a replacement bib can be collected from the Race Week Office. Please note, if you enter the Event between 12:00am on Feb 21st, 2024 and 11:59pm on April 17, you will have the option of paying for priority postage or collection from the event race offices (Lorne and Apollo Bay) during race office hours. Registering from 12:00am Wednesday April 18 onwards, means you will be required to pick up/collect your Event race pack from the Event race office prior to the commencement of the Event.

International Competitors
All international competitors are required to collect their bib 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.


Drink Stations

There will be 12 drink stations throughout the Great Ocean Road Marathon Course.

Water will be provided on course and you may also choose to carry your own sports drinks/gels with you. Please discard this rubbish at the bins provided at the drink stations.

44KM MARATHON DRINK STATION LOCATIONS

Distance Description Whats on offer Toilet
0 Lorne Fore Shore Start DRINK STATION # 1 Water Yes
2.5km Turnout Apollo Bay Side of St George River DRINK STATION # 2 Water Yes
5km 50m Apollo Bay side Sheoaks Falls Rd (Turn Out) DRINK STATION # 2A Water Yes
10.7km Large Turn Out Lorne Side of Jamison Rver DRINK STATION # 3 Water /Gatorade Yes
15.4km Turn Out oppisite to Starsfield Rd in Wye River DRINK STATION # 4 Water /Gatorade Yes
21.8km Kennett River DRINK STATION # 5 Water /Gatorade Yes
25km Picnic Turn Out  Apollo Bay Side of Grey River DRINK STATION # 6 Water /Gatorade Yes
31.1km Turn OUT DRINK STATION # 7 Water /Gatorade Yes
36.2km Turn OUT DRINK STATION # 8 Water /Gatorade Yes
39.4km Telstra Phone box Turn Out – Bus Stop DRINK STATION # 9 Water /Gatorade Yes
43.1km Turn Out 100m Past Pices Drive DRINK STATION # 10 Water /Gatorade Yes
44.609km Finish Between the Bollards in front of Apollo Bay Hotel DRINK STATION # FINISH Water /Gatorade Yes

*Subject to change


Start Line Map


Prize Money

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female will receive prize money and an official event trophy.

1st Place $3,000
2nd Place $2,000
3rd Place $1,000

Race Day Bus Information

A shuttle bus service will run from Apollo Bay to Lorne to get  Marathon runners to the start line on Sunday 19  May

Return buses will travel from Apollo Bay back to Lorne after the event. Buses will commence at approximately 11am, last bus is at 3:30pm sharp.

You will be required to purchase a bus pass to enable you on these buses. This must be purchased during the online event registration process.

Marathon bus routes are listed below:

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

Apollo Bay (Main St) to Lorne
Pisces Big 4 Holiday Park to Lorne
Skenes Creek (Vline bus stop) to Lorne
Kennett River (Vline bus stop)to Lorne
Wye River (Vline bus stop) to Lorne


After the event from Apollo Bay (depart from approximately 11am onwards)

Apollo Bay (Thompson St) to Skenes Creek
Apollo Bay (Thompson St) to Kennett River
Apollo Bay (Thompson St) to Wye River
Apollo Bay (Thompson St) to Lorne

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