Participating In The Great Ocean Road Marathon
If you are looking to get your year off to a great start, training for, and then participating in, the Great Ocean Road Marathon could be just what you are looking for.
This iconic event celebrates its 11th anniversary this year and takes place on the 16th and 17th of May 2015. It continues to provide participants, young and old, with a fantastic variety of events of distances ranging from 1.5 km to a full 44 km marathon.
Regardless of you motivation and current level of fitness there is an event to suit you, with everyone guaranteed to have a great time while at the same time improving their health.
The Great Ocean Road marathon takes place along the stunning coastal road between Lorne and Apollo Bay. The course offers incredible views of the Southern Ocean and provides participants with a rare opportunity to challenge themselves physically while enjoying awe-inspiring views.
Attracting participants from Australia and abroad
Each year the event has attracted a sizeable field of local competitors and visitors from abroad, all of whom are drawn to the vibe of the event and the stunning scenery it reveals.
Many runners choose to stay in the nearby towns of Lorne or Apollo Bay, as these are ideal locations to access the event and provide fantastic opportunities to take in the beautiful landscape and fauna of the Great Ocean Road region. However, due to the popularity of the event, it is important to book accommodation early to avoid disappointment.
By visiting the Great Ocean Road Marathon website, you are able to get in contact with the wide range of high quality accommodation providers in the area.
Volunteers make this a fantastic community event
Events such as the Great Ocean Road Marathon require a dedicated team of staff and volunteers to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. This year the event is once again supported by the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation’s volunteers, who will be out in numbers to cheer you along whilst manning hydration stations, providing course marshals, and collecting litter. The events volunteers ensure that all participants enjoy the event and are safe at all times.
Participants are also encouraged to sign up to be official fundraisers for the event, with great incentives on offer for those who are able to raise $500 or more. Your fundraising efforts will go towards supporting the great work Apollo Bay and District Health Foundation is conducting in the local communities of Wye River, Kennett River and Apollo Bay.
These areas have been affected significantly by government funding cuts, and ongoing fundraising ensures that they are able to continue providing emergency services such as ambulances, doctors, firefighters, ocean and surf lifesaving to locals and tourists who visit the area.
Regardless of the distance you plan on running on the day of the event, it is important to begin training well in advance of the for the best results. When training for a long distance running event, experts recommend starting your training months in advance of the big day – so if you haven’t already done so, you should begin your training program now, with less than 3 months to go until the Great Ocean Road marathon.
So put on your running shoes and comfortable sports clothes, get outside or hit the gym with a friend, and begin training for this iconic Australian running event. Note though, if this type of activity is new to you, it is important to consult a medical professional prior to commencing this, and any new fitness regime.