|Course records||Men's: 2:10:47 (2013)|
Women's: 2:25:19 (2018)
|Official site||Melbourne Marathon|
The Melbourne Marathon has been held annually since 1978. The 42.195 km run over the traditional marathon distance is the main race within the annual Melbourne Marathon Festival. 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. A total of 3328 competitors completed the 2008 race. Another 17,000 people participated in Half Marathon (21.1 km), 10 km and 5.5 km events.
The 2019 running of the marathon saw an Australian record of 7037 finishers, 1880 of whom were female (27%). In 1978 approximately 4% of the 1947 finishers were female.
The 2020 event was cancelled on 9 September due to the COVID-19 crisis. A virtual marathon was run for the period 5 December to 13 December.
In September 2021 it was decided to postpone the 2021 event until the 11th and 12th of December. The marathon and half marathon will be run on Sunday the 12th, starting an hour earlier to escape the heat. The shorter events will be held on the afternoon of Saturday the 11th.
A 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 October.
Since 2007 the event has started near the MCG and finished with a lap of the ground. The predominantly 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 congestion.
Key: Course record Country's championship race
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|1st||1978||Bill Scott (AUS)||2:21:04||Elizabeth Richards-Hassall (AUS)||2:53:38|
|2nd||1979||Andrew Lloyd (AUS)||2:26:44||Jane Kuchins (AUS)||3:12:35|
|3rd||1980||Andrew Lloyd (AUS)||2:17:37||Rosemary Longstaff (AUS)||2:46:16|
|4th||1981||Andrew Lloyd (AUS)||2:19:03||Jackie Turney-Cook (AUS)||2:42:12|
|5th||1982||Bill Rodgers (USA)||2:11:08||Sue King (USA)||2:37:57|
|6th||1983||Juma Ikangaa (TAN)||2:13:15||Rhonda Mallinder (AUS)||2:37:56|
|7th||1984||Juma Ikangaa (TAN)||2:15:31||Margaret Reddan (AUS)||2:43:40|
|8th||1985||Fred van der Vennet (BEL)||2:12:35||Margaret Reddan (AUS)||2:44:56|
|9th||1986||Richard Umberg (SUI)||2:17:21||Tani Ruckle (AUS)||2:36:06|
|10th||1987||Ric Sayre (USA)||2:14:16||Jackie Turney-Cook (AUS)||2:44:18|
|11th||1988||Thomas Hughes (IRL)||2:18:14||Coral Farr (AUS)||2:47:38|
|12th||1989||Takeshi So (JPN)||2:18:13||Colleen Stephens (AUS)||2:49:18|
|13th||1990||Russell Foley (AUS)||2:20:35||Alevtina Chasova (URS)||2:39:00|
|14th||1991||Victor Muzgovoi (URS)||2:17:02||Irina Petrova (URS)||2:39:57|
|15th||1992||Sławomir Gurny (POL)||2:16:04†||Alena Peterková (TCH)||2:33:02†|
|16th||1993||Jerry Modiga (RSA)||2:15:07||Dominique Rembert (FRA)||2:44:22|
|17th||1994||Manabu Kawagoe (JPN)||2:19:02||Winnie Ng (HKG)||2:47:37|
|18th||1995||Osamu Monoe (JPN)||2:17:19||Lynn Clayton (AUS)||2:38:50|
|19th||1996||Zerhun Gizaw (ETH)||2:22:40||Sylvia Rose (AUS)||2:41:53|
|20th||1997||Greg Lyons (AUS)||2:15:49||Tracey Newton (AUS)||2:48:32|
|21st||1998||Daniel Radebe (RSA)||2:12:48||Sherryn Rhodes (AUS)||2:37:56|
|22nd||1999||Michael McIntyre (AUS)||2:25:04||Susan Hobson (AUS)||2:33:27|
|23rd||2000||Jamie Harrison (AUS)||2:25:53||Nelly Marmy-Conus (AUS)||2:49:22|
|24th||2001||Todd Ingraham (AUS)||2:23:58||Samantha Hughes (AUS)||2:39:44|
|25th||2002||Phillip Sly (AUS)||2:22:28||Sherryn Rhodes (AUS)||2:47:08|
|26th||2003||Magnus Michelsson (AUS)||2:14:00||Loretta McGrath (AUS)||2:49:01|
|27th||2004||Magnus Michelsson (AUS)||2:26:51||Belinda Schipp (AUS)||2:54:01|
|28th||2005||Nick Harrison (AUS)||2:23:30||Sherryn Rhodes (AUS)||2:50:35|
|29th||2006||Kazunari Suzuki (JPN)||2:23:43||Karen Natoli-Barlow (AUS)||2:53:06|
|30th||2007||Rohan Walker (AUS)||2:19:16||Hanny Allston (AUS)||2:40:34|
|31st||2008||Asnake Fikadu (ETH)||2:17:43||Mai Tagami (JPN)||2:38:16|
|32nd||2009||Asnake Fikadu (ETH)||2:17:32||Lisa Flint (AUS)||2:34:08|
|33rd||2010||Japhet Kipkorir (KEN)||2:11:04||Mulu Seboka (ETH)||2:32:20|
|34th||2011||Japhet Kipkorir (KEN)||2:11:12||Irene Mogaka (KEN)||2:35:12|
|35th||2012||Jonathan Chesoo (KEN)||2:12:35||Lauren Shelley (AUS)||2:36:29|
|36th||2013||Dominic Ondoro (KEN)||2:10:47||Lisa Weightman (AUS)||2:26:05|
|37th||2014||Dominic Ondoro (KEN)||2:11:30||Nikki Chapple (AUS)||2:31:05|
|38th||2015||Brad Milosevic (AUS)||2:16:00||Jessica Trengove (AUS)||2:27:45|
|39th||2016||Thomas Do Canto (AUS)||2:20:53||Virginia Moloney (AUS)||2:34:27|
|40th||2017||Isaac Birir (KEN)||2:14:08||Celia Sullohern (AUS)||2:29:27|
|41st||2018||Liam Adams (AUS)||2:15:13||Sinead Diver (AUS)||2:25:19|
|42nd||2019||Isaac Birir (KEN)||2:16:31||Naomi Maiyo (KEN)||2:35:34|
- † = short course
Spartans are runners who have completed 10 or more Melbourne Marathons and are recognised today by their distinctive green, gold, red, maroon or navy running singlets. Every Spartan has their own personalised 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 almost 1400 males and 150 females who have qualified as Spartans. Most come from Victoria but there are many from other states with at least two from Japan.
Legends and Hall of Fame members
Spartan Legends are a select group of runners who have completed every Melbourne Marathon since the beginning. After the 42nd running there were five remaining Spartan Legends. Runners who have completed at least 30 marathons are eligible for the Melbourne Marathon Hall of Fame. The runners marked with an asterisk in the following list completed the first 30 marathons.
|Peter Battrick *||37|
|Frank Biviano *||40|
|Neville Gardner *||41|
|Manual Karageorgiou * (deceased)||39|
|Peter Ryan *||37|
|Laurie Glover (deceased)||34|
|John Dean *||33|
|Carlo Iovenitti (deceased)||37|
|Jack Gubbins (deceased) *||30|
|Shirley Young (deceased) *||30|
|Peter Moore (deceased)||31|
The Melbourne Marathon has always included wheelchair entrants. Two have attained Spartan status: Ian Gainey who has completed 29 races and Dean Callow who has completed 12.
- "The Wall: The history of the Melbourne Marathon 1978–2012" by Chris Muirden
- List of winners