Set your 2021 Challenge!

Take control this year and set yourself a challenge at the Great Ocean Road Running Festival, returning for REAL this May 15-16,2021.

It doesn’t matter if you are an endurance athlete or a running rookie! With 7 distances to choose from, there is an event for everyone. Check-out our range of events below and choose your challenge today.

The ultimate challenge for the endurance athlete. Make your way from Lorne along the renowned Great Ocean Road, then head inland through flourishing forest before returning back to glorious ocean views. Completing such a unique and breathtaking 60km course all on your own strength is simply one of the most empowering feelings there is. You’ll be feeling unstoppable as you run through the finishing arch in Apollo Bay.


Always wanted to run a marathon, but you’re not ready juuust yet? The Great Ocean Road 23km Half Marathon is the perfect stepping-stone. Start your journey in the gorgeous, little seaside town that is Kennett River and make your way along the iconic Great Ocean Road. Whether you ‘re signed up to the 23km run or the 23km walk, experience the same beauty of Australia’s lush forests and picturesque coastlines on your own two feet before crossing that finish line in Apollo Bay.  Share the experience and achievement by convincing your friends to join you. It’s a weekend get-away you can’t forget and won’t stop talking about!

The 14km Paradise Run is the perfect challenge for those occasional runners. You know.. the ones that like to run on a still, sunny (but not too sunny) day. This is your calling! Starting in the main street of Apollo Bay and heading inland across quiet farmland before dipping into tropic rainforest and finishing at Apollo Bay Pub in the afternoon – where you can stay for the rest of the day! 

The 6km Run is the ideal challenge for running rookies of all ages!  Starting and finishing in Apollo Bay, experience complete serenity as you run inland through peaceful countryside. This is the opportunity for the marathoners and half-marathoners to cheer their family, friends, and spouses as they take on a shorter distance, making sure everyone gets to take on a challenge at the Great Ocean Road Running Festival (and more importantly earn some bling)!

Maybe your 2021 goal is to make memories with your family and friends this year! Get the kids involved and sign them up for the 1.5km Kids Gallop, parents are welcome to accompany at no extra cost. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your children out and active and away from the TV! Plus they’ll be the coolest kid in school when they show off the serious bling they’ve earned!

The Great Ocean Road Running Festival really does have an event for everyone. If running just isn’t your thing, the 5km/10km Walk is perfect for those who want to join in on the fun without breaking too much of a sweat. This exclusive opportunity allows you to safely walk along the vehicle-free Great Ocean Road. Soak in the breathtaking Southern Ocean views and fresh air. A calming and rejuvenating walk for all ages!

Sign up now for Early Bird to secure your personalised race bib, exclusive training content & best price on your registration.

There’s really no excuse to not take on one of our challenges in 2021, we’ll see you on The Road!

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