Challenge Yourself With One Of These Aussie Marathons

Marathons Australia

Put yourself to the test this year with a full 42k marathon!

If there was one thing you could do in your life that would surpass all the other physical challenges you’ve faced, the marathon should be it.

All you need to do is look at the expressions of the runners during the marathon.

Agony is etched across their face.

It seems every step adds to more excruciating pain.

But at the end of the race, the feeling of joy and accomplishment is never in doubt. Their faces tell the story.

Australia offers many great marathons and Aussies by nature are very active and love their sports.

Many naturally gravitate toward the marathon.

By June 2016, there have been 10,129 participants in Australia’s marathons; 65% are men and 35% are women.

With 16 marathons remaining for the rest of the year.

Here are the top marathons in Australia…

The Australian Running Festival

The Australian Running Festival is hosted in Canberra, ACT. It features a number of races to suit the experience of every participant:

  • The Ultra Marathon – 50km
  • The Marathon – 42km
  • Half Marathon – 21km
  • 10km Run
  • 5km Run

This is a course that has been measured and certified by the IAAF. More than 6,500 competitors make the annual trek to Canberra to join in this illustrious marathon.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Held annually at one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon was the first marathon to be awarded the IAAF Road Race Gold Label.

This is usually scheduled during the first week of July and attracts an average of 27,000 participants. Among the events are:

  • Gold Coast Airport Marathon – 42km
  • Wheelchair Marathon
  • ASICS Half Marathon – 21km
  • Wheelchair 15km
  • Southern Cross University 10k Run
  • Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge
  • Zespri Junior Dash 2km and 4km Races

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon boasts one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world. If you want to best your record time, this is the marathon for you!

Australian Outback Marathon

Ever thought of running bare feet? The Australian Outback Marathon which is situated in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, will have you running on the iconic red earth.

Of course, you have the option to use running shoes! Among the featured races are as follows:

  • Marathon – 42km
  • Half Marathon – 21km
  • 11km Fun Run
  • 6km Fun Run

When running the Australian Outback Marathon, you will have a great view of the Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Australian Marathons

Marathons are the ultimate test of physical and mental toughness

The Melbourne Marathon

Following in the iconic footsteps of marathons named after a city such as Boston and New York, the Melbourne Marathon was launched in 1978.

It is now one of the biggest marathons in Australia drawing more than 6,000 runners every year.

Overall, the Melbourne Marathon attracts an average of 35,000 annually to compete in the following events:

  • Marathon – 42km
  • Half Marathon – 21km
  • 10km Run
  • ASICS 5.7km Run
  • 3km Walk Events

If you want to explore the city center without any cars to worry about, the Melbourne Marathon is it!

The Cadbury Marathon

This is one of the most anticipated marathons of the year. The Cadbury Marathon starts and finishes at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory at Cadbury Estate, Claremont.

The distance of the race has been measured by the International Association of Athletics Federation or IAAF.

There are 5 races available with this event:

  • Cadbury Marathon – 42km
  • Cadbury Half Marathon – 21km
  • JMC – 10k
  • The Running Edge – 5km
  • Caramello Mini-Marathon – 1km

The Cadbury Marathon is held during the Tasmanian summer where the temperatures are usually in the low 20s.

There many other marathons to consider when you are running in Australia.

Unless you are an elite runner, running a marathon is really more about the journey and less about the placing.

Those who have run a marathon will tell you it is the closest thing to dying and being reborn.