General Information

To read more about the event, please select from the items below:


Changing Events


  • Race changes are still allowed but can only be made in person at the Melbourne Marathon Race Week Office at the MCG if the events have not sold out.
  • We will not be processing further event changes over the phone, so please do not call to request a change as you will be disappointed
  • If you decide to upgrade your event, you are required to pay the difference in Entry Fees.
  • If you choose to downgrade your event, there will be no refund of the difference between entry fees.
  • Please remember to bring your old race pack to exchange for a new race number.
  • There are no exceptions to the above rules under any circumstance

Event changes can only be made at the Race Week Office during the following times:

Date Hours
Thursday October 09 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday October 10 8:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday October 11 8:00am - 3:00pm

The Race Week Office is located at the MCG on the external concourse between Gates 1 and 2.

Preferred Starts


Once you have successfully entered, you can apply for a Preferred Start, which is a starting position immediately behind the Elite field. 

To be granted a preferred start you must have achieved the following qualifying times for your event since 1st June 2013:

MARATHON Open Over 40 Over 50
Male Sub 2:55 Sub 3:05 Sub 3:15
Female Sub 3:10 Sub 3:30 Sub 3:40

HALF MARATHON Open Over 40 Over 50
Male Sub 1:20 Sub 1:25 Sub 1:30
Female Sub 1:30 Sub 1:35 Sub 1:40

10KM RUN Open Over 40 Over 50
Male Sub 37:00 Sub 39:00 Sub 41:00
Female Sub 41:00 Sub 43:00 Sub 45:00

Applications for Preferred Starts must be made via the website and should include details of the races (i.e. race name, date and distance) at which qualifying performances have been achieved. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Preferred Start applications close at 5pm on Monday September 15, 2014.

Upon applying for a Preferred Start, you will receive a confirmation email.
Successful applicants will receive an additional email just prior to the event with further details.

Please note: applying for a Preferred Start is a separate process to the online race entry system. Applying for a Preferred Start does not guarantee race entry, so please be aware of the race entry cut off times and field limits.

Successful applicants will be sent a colour coded Preferred Start sticker and start instructions in the mail during the week commencing Monday September 22, 2014. The sticker must be attached to your race bib to gain access to the Preferred Start zone. The Preferred Start zone for each race will be located immediately behind the Elite Start, with Preferred Starters only able to access the zone via the entry area provided.


The 2014 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival will once again run the Active Feet Runners Expo on the External concourse of the MCG.

With an exciting array of fitness specific stores, you'll have plenty of things to see and do before and after your race!

Thursday 09 Oct


Expo Open

Friday 10 Oct


Expo Open

Saturday 11 Oct


Expo Open

Sunday 12 Oct


Expo Open


If you cannot participate in the Event, you must fill in and submit the official Event withdrawal form.


If you withdraw from the Event up to and until 11.59pm on Wednesday September 17, 2014, there is a cancellation fee that applies:

  • Marathon - $40.00
  • Half Marathon - $30.00
  • 10km - $20.00
  • 5km Run and 3km Walk - $15.00

If you withdraw from 12.00am on Thursday September 18, 2014 onwards for any reason (including, but not limited to, medical reasons), there is no refund of any portion of the entry fee.

Please allow up to 7 days for your refund to be processed.  The refund is automatically issued to the card originally used to pay for the registration, if this card has since been cancelled or has expired, please email


Race packs will be sent out from September to those who have registered during the Early Bird Period. If you withdraw from an event after you have received your race pack please write 'Return to Sender' on the front of the pack, and send back to us as soon as possible.


The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival has established a strong tradition of attracting Australia's leading distance athletes and making sure their experience in Melbourne is one to remember.

Our elite liaison team is acknowledged as catering for the needs of the competing athletes before, during and after the race better than any other marathon in Australia.

If you would like any further information on running as an Elite Athlete in the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival, please email 

The ASICS Training Series

The ASICS Training Series is back for another year and you can find these sessions Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday mornings. Pick one, or pick all, just choose your challenge.

Tired of reeling out the long lonely training miles with nothing but your watch, your music and the pavement for company?

Why not join other people with just the same 10km, Half Marathon or Marathon goals in a 11 week series of training runs aimed at having you prepared, peaking and motivated to tackle your target race on 12th October.

Click Here to view the training program.

The first session commences on Sunday July 27.

  • Commencing in late July, the 2014 ASICS Training Run Series will guide your 10km, Half Marathon or Marathon training with varied paces, distances and courses to follow.
  • Each separate group will have at least one Run Leader to take command, so all you need to do is select your group then tag along for the ride. 
  • Sessions will be held on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, giving you the flexibility to select either session or both to supplement your training. 
  • Sessions are FREE to attend with a gold coin donation to CPEC optional

The 2014 ASICS Training Run Series follows a graduated program specifically designed to have you in condition when it counts. With experienced coaches to supervise the training and Run Leaders guiding you each step of the way, group training is an enjoyable way to build up the training kilometers whilst meeting new training partners and learning the craft of running along the way.
Our courses are designed to take in plenty of the elements you'll encounter on race day, so be prepared and join us in July for the 11 weeks that will help you reach your goal at the MCG.

Wednesday Sessions

Start Time: 6:00pm
Start Location: Janet Lady Clarke Pavilion in the Queen Victoria Gardens - Linlithgow Avenue, Melbourne

Saturday Sessions

Start Time: 8:00am
Start Location: Integrated Health 264 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley (Half Marathon training only)

Sunday Sessions

Start Time: 8:30am
Start Location: Genesis Fitness - 441 St Kilda Road Melbourne

Official Melbourne Marathon Physiotherapy group, Integrated Health, will be providing a physiotherapist on Sunday mornings on various weekends for all entrants training that morning to ask about injury prevention and injury management leading up to your big event.

Melbourne Marathon Partners