Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and the capital of the state of Victoria. Also considered the sporting capital of the region, Melbourne makes a great place for runners. With an abundance of running paths along the water, in the hills, and through many beautiful parks, the scenic opportunities are endless. Melbourne offers first-time runners or long-time running enthusiasts a variety of fun runs throughout the year with varying course lengths. Knowing what is available allows runners to find the event that is right for them.
The twilight Sunset Series comprises three mid-week running events of similar distances, beginning the first week in February. Race one takes place at the lively Melbourne Zoo. Runners start and finish at Brens Oval in Royal Park adjacent to the Zoo's main entrance. For easy-breezy fun, participants run or walk the 3.6 km route, while more serious runners aim for the 7.2 km course. Held just weeks apart, the second race launces from Princes Park in Carlton, and the third commences at the Tan, a scenic path encircling the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Run for the Kids
People looking to get fit and give to a good cause in March can turn to the Run for the Kids, sponsored by the Herald Sun and CityLink. With a good portion of the entry fee going to the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday appeal, participants can try the 5.4 km course or the 15.5 km course. With room for 40,000 entrants, this race attracts many runners. The long course offers unique features that keep running enthusiasts returning, like the Domain Tunnel, which short course runners can enjoy in 2015. The spectator area, start, and finish line can all be found within the Kings Domain.
Although not technically a run, the Oxfam Trailwalker in April offers a rewarding challenge and gives teams the opportunity to raise money to help fight poverty around the world. Working alongside others contributing to the cause, this event changes the lives of participants and recipients. Teams walk for two days through Warburton, the Dandenong Ranges, and Melbourne's outer suburbs. Participants form their own team or join a team to meet new friends, have fun, and make a difference.
Known as a spectacular light and sound event, Electric Run participants become a part of the show while walking or running the 5 km night time course. Event hosts encourage participants to dress the part with glow-in-the-dark shirts, an LED bracelet, and glow sunglasses. Many participants stay and dance after the race while DJs mix the latest tunes from the main stage. As dates vary, people should check a Melbourne fun run calendar for entry into this event.
The Mother's Day Classic
This fun run in the merry month of May celebrates mothers while raising funds for breast cancer research. The event takes place along the Tan track at Alexandra Gardens with a 4 km and an 8 km course. Participants can race for a loved one with breast cancer or a lost loved one. The event features free entertainment from the main stage, a kids' zone with face painting, a giant slide, and more. Spectators and runners enjoy the food court, which hosts the Mother's Day Classic barbecue.
The City2Sea Run
The sister event to Sidney's City2Surf run, City2Sea attracts elite runners, joggers, and walkers from around Australia in November. Running along the 15 km course, people take in many of Melbourne's iconic sites like the Arts Centre, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the Catani Gardens. Some participants opt for the shorter 5 km course, and a DJ at the start line gets all entrants pumped up and ready to race. People run as individuals or as teams, with much of the proceeds going to charity.
How to buy running apparel and accessories eBay
Whether a 5 km or 15 km course, running events offer people an opportunity to enjoy fitness, fun, fresh air, and new friends. Visitors to beautiful Melbourne or residents participate in a variety of fun runs each year, with an event occurring nearly every month. People looking for gear like running shirts, shorts, shoes, and fitness monitors can find a wide array of items on eBay. Start by using the search engine, and narrow results for size, colour, price, and other preferences. Always look for listings from Top-rated sellers and check seller feedback to ensure the best possible transaction.