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Marathon

City and Surrounds  View the Marathon accessibility information, or for more details view the Games Accessibility information. 

“To be able to run the Commonwealth Games Marathon around some of the best sights and precincts our city has to offer will be fantastic, highlighted even more by the fact that I get to run in front of my family, friends and home crowd.” - Lee Troop, 2004 Olympian.

The Marathon course will take in some of the most famous Melbourne locations and landmarks including the MCG, the city, its cosmopolitan precincts, the foreshore, parks and the Yarra River. The Marathon is a classic sporting event – a 42.195km test of endurance and determination.


  • The Men's and Women's Marathon will start at the MCG. The runners will complete a 12km lap of the city, heading north to Carlton and west through Docklands, before heading out to St Kilda. They will complete a lap of the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit, before making their way back to the city, along Beaconsfield Parade, Bay Street and City Road. They will then travel along Crown and Southbank Promenades, Alexandra Avenue, over Princes Bridge and through Birrarung Marr before finishing at the MCG. For more details visit the Road Events course descriptions page.

Event details

Sunday, 19 March 2006
Race day

Women’s event:
Starts at 9.30am

Men’s event:
Starts at 10.15am

Male and female runners will be on the same course and cover the same distance - 42.195km. The Marathon will start and finish at the MCG.

Medal presentation ceremonies will take place at the MCG.

For course details and route maps follow these links:

The Road Events at a glance and Road Events frequently asked questions sections will help you plan for your Games time activities.


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Accessibility Information

Nearest Live / Cultural site: Birrurung Marr, Alexander Gardens, Federation Square. 

Preferred transport: Train to Flinders Street Station walk to Federation Square or Birrurung Marr where the Marathon passes by (use of private cars on Marathon day will be significantly limited).


Accessibility LogoAccessible Transport

Transport details

  • Trains to Flinders Street Station and Southern Cross Station will provide access to sections of the course.

Pathways

  • There are no dedicated pathways or viewing areas.


Accessibility LogoAccessible Pick up/Drop off

Transport details

  • Not applicable due to the extensive course.

Pathways

  • Most pathways that they Marathon passes are accessible. Most suburban pathways are accessible. Check with local councils.

Melways Ref/Landmark

  • Refer to local councils.


Accessibility LogoAccessible Taxi Pick up / Drop off

Transport details

  • Not applicable due to the extensive course.

Pathways

  • Taxi ranks operate all over the city and most link with accessible pathways.

Melways Ref/Landmark

  • Refer to local councils or taxi companies. 


Accessible Parking

Transport details

  • Not applicable due to the extensive course.

Pathways

  • Most on street parking links with accessible pathways.

Melways Ref/Landmark

  • Refer to specific parking providers or local councils.


Accessibility LogoAccessible Seating

Transport details

  • Recommended Accessible viewing areas include Federation Square and Alexandra Gardens.

Pathways

  • Pathway from Flinders Street to Federation Square – 100 metres. Pathway from Flinders Street to Alexandra Gardens – 300 metres.


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Accessible Toilets

Transport details

  • Available at Live Site locations including Alexandra Gardens, Federation Square and Sth Beach Reserve.

Pathways

  • All toilets are located on accessible pathways.
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