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Australia’s running boom hits the Great Ocean Road

Tide Communications 3 mins read
Great Ocean Road Running Festival

The Great Ocean Road Running Festival returns Saturday 18th until Sunday 19th May with nine distances from 1.5km to 60km, including an ultra marathon and scenic trail runs, across one of Australia’s most iconic regions.


In the midst of a global running boom, Australia’s most stunning marathon event invites runners new and experienced to swap the city tracks for coastal roads with exclusive access to the Great Ocean Road this autumn. In an event first, the full marathon and half marathon events will introduce Brooks Pacers, ready to help punters reach their personal bests.


With eager anticipation for its grandest year to date, Event Director Brad King is thrilled to witness a regional event step into the spotlight, already selling out the three longest distances.


“It is incredible to witness the current running boom and active lifestyle, with regional events like the Great Ocean Road Running Festival feeling the love from the rest of the country and around the world. This year is looking to be our biggest and best yet with record participation across the weekend very much insight. This year, we are excited to introduce the Brooks Pacers to assist and support our runners in the Marathon and Brooks Half Marathon events. For almost two decades, we have seen thousands of people travel from around the world to experience on foot one of world’s most scenic coastal drives. We look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces this May,” says King.


On Saturday, the 1.5km kids gallop will kick off the weekend in Apollo Bay followed by the family friendly SriLankan Airlines 6km Run and 14km Paradise Run. On Sunday, the 60km Ultra Marathon and 44km Great Ocean Road Marathon will commence from Lorne, followed by the High Sierra 12km and 6.5km Trail Runs, and the 10km and 5km Great Ocean Road Walk. Those taking part in the Brooks Half Marathon (23km) will get their start from Kennett River on Sunday.


More than just an inspiring running event, the Great Ocean Road Running Festival is the perfect excuse for a seaside weekend staycation with entertainment and activities for all ages. A perfect weekend to explore the natural wonders of the region pre and post-race. Travel packages and a ‘glamping’ experience are available. To add to the festivities, visitors can hear from local musicians and flow into the weekend with free yoga classes on the beach front. The kids can keep active at the inflatable sports park and kite festival while enjoying the local wait staff battle it out in the hilarious Pub to Pub Waiter’s Race on Saturday.


Racegoers are encouraged to fundraise for a cause close to their hearts, including the Apollo Bay and District Health Foundation returning for its ninth year as charity partner. First partnering with the event in 2015, the foundation has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars to provide vital care and direct benefits back to the communities located along the race route.


Registrations for the 2024 event are now open via


@greatoceanrdrunfest  #greatoceanroadrunfest


High res event imagery from 2023 can be found HERE.

Key Facts:


Name: Great Ocean Road Running Festival

Dates: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2024

Location: Lorne and Apollo Bay, Victoria


SATURDAY 18th MAY 2024


Start time: from 10:30am

Start line: Apollo Bay

Finish line: Apollo Bay

·       1.5km Great Ocean Road Kids Gallop

·       SriLankan Airlines 6km Run

·       14km Paradise Run



SUNDAY 19th MAY 2024


Start time: 8am

Start line: Lorne

Finish line: Apollo Bay

Ultra Marathon (60km)

·       Great Ocean Road Marathon (44km)


Start time: 8am

Start line: Kennett River

Finish line: Apollo Bay

·       Brooks Half Marathon (23km)


Start time: from 8:10am

Start line: Lorne

Finish line: Lorne

·       High Sierra 12km Trail Run

·       6.5km Trail Run

·       10km Great Ocean Road Walk

·       5km Great Ocean Road Walk

Contact details:

For all interview and media opportunities, please contact Tide Communications:

Zoe Morley,, 0413 408 677

Laura Power,, 0467 967 416


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