Australia’s most stunning running event is back! Welcoming a new naming rights partner, and through continued support from the Victorian Government’s Regional Events Fund, the Kieser Great Ocean Road Running Festival is set to celebrate a running revival this 15 & 16 May 2021.
2021 will also see the event’s continued partnership with the Victorian Governments Regional Events Fund to drive visitation to the surf coast region which leads to economic impact for regional tourism operators and local businesses. More than just a running event, the festival offers a great opportunity for families and groups of friends to experience the natural beauty and attractions of the region alongside the challenge of the race with many extending their stay.
The annual event was impacted by COVID-19 in 2020 but still saw thousands of runners from around the globe participate in virtual race events. Event Director Brad King is pleased to be returning to the real thing.
“Participation in the event has been growing each year, runners especially respond to the challenging course and extraordinary views that only the Great Ocean Road can offer. We are confident we will see strong numbers for 2021 after a year off as Australian’s take advantage of the incredible events and experiences on offer in their own back yard.”
The running festival offers something for everyone with seven different running or walking events across Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 May 2021, from a 60km Ultra Marathon to a 1.5km Kids Gallop and everything in between. Runners are challenged along the elevated coastline courses between Lorne and Apollo Bay, accompanied by the oceanic scenes, scents and sounds that make it all the more spectacular.
Kieser Australia CEO Brett Long said supporting an active community is a core belief of the company which operates a network of integrated physiotherapy, rehabilitation and strength training clinics across the country.
“In 2020 we were all reminded how important our health is, so to be supporting a sport like running is a great opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to keeping our community healthy.”
Whether an experienced runner or a novice exploring the sport, Kieser’s leading scientific expertise will keep participants running; both treating and preventing injuries through their unique combination of Physiotherapy and Strength Training.
“Research tells us every Australian will be healthier through strength training – including runners who will reduce their overuse injuries by 50% through the right program. We see all types of runners every day at our clinics and are looking forward to supporting recreational runners and elite athletes involved in the Kieser Great Ocean Road Running Festival.”
Registrations for the 2021 event are now open, with an early bird discount available until 16 March offering the best price and a personalised race bib.