Melbourne Marathon has been held
every year from 1978. It consists of
the traditional marathon distance.
(42.195 km). The Race celebrated its
30th birthday in 2007 with a new
course which featured the Melbourne
Cricket Ground (MCG) as both the
starting point and finishing point.
3328 competitors completed the 2008
race. Another 17,000 people
participated in Half Marathon (21.1
km), 10 km and 5.5 km events.
variety of different courses have
been used for the Melbourne Marathon
although the most common course has
begun at Frankston and concluded at
either Albert Park or at The Arts
Centre on St. Kilda Rd. It is
normally run on the second Sunday in
2007 and 2008 events started near
the MCG and finished with a lap of
the ground. The predominately flat
marathon course goes through some of
the most scenic areas of Melbourne.
It skirts the Botanic Gardens and
Albert park Lake with several
kilometres on the road parallel to
the beaches of Port Phillip Bay. The
other events share parts of the
course but staggered starts ease
Spartans are runners who have
completed 10 or more Melbourne
Marathons. Spartans are recognized
today by their distinctive green,
gold, red, black, maroon or navy
running singlets. Every Spartan has
their own personalized race number.
The singlet is worn with pride by
all Spartans as a sign of their
dedication to marathon running and
the Melbourne Marathon in
particular. Club records reflect
more than 1100 who have qualified as
Spartans. Most come from Victoria
but there are many from other states
and one from Japan.