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There’s a course for all abilities in the Great Ocean Road Marathon, 14-15 May
Participants in the seventh Great Ocean Road Marathon, will enjoy closed-road, traffic-free conditions, as well as the beautiful scenery of the magnificent Great Ocean Road.
To be held on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, the five-event marathon festival is a wonderful opportunity for serious athletes and recreational runners and walkers to participate on the greatest marathon course in the world.
Although the road's elevation is a challenge, the magnificent scenery will help distract you from your pain as the running festival is about experiencing the coastline.
The course winds its way around the rugged coastline as mighty waves pound against the cliffs. Runners on the road above will be refreshed by the light showering of the ocean spray carried by the wind.
There's a course and distance for runners and walkers of all levels of ability, starting with the 6.5km Mizuno Apollo Bay – Marriner’s Lookout and return.
Four-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Steve Moneghetti believes that the Great Ocean Road 45km trek from Lorne to Apollo Bay is the world's most spectacular marathon course, with marvellous camaraderie to match the stunning scenery.
Online entries are open until 5pm on 2 May, with team discounts of $10 per head for the 23km and 45km races, and $5 discount per head for teams in the 6.5km and 14km races.
Waiting for marathon participants to cross the finish line won’t be a trial for the support crew, who can enjoy the lively township of Apollo Bay with its wonderful restaurants, shops and a beach long enough to walk on for hours.
To fuel up for the 45km marathon on the Sunday, participants can enjoy a pasta night for family and friends on the Saturday night at the Mantra Erskine Beach resort in Lorne, which is also offering accommodation packages.
Lorne's only beachfront resort, its facilities include tennis, croquet, lawn bowls and putting, and it is close to cafés and shops.
The friendly staff at the nearby Lorne Visitor Information Centre can give you information about accommodation options, travel itineraries and advice about local attractions.
For more information about the Lorne Visitor Information Centre and accommodation options visit http://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/
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About Visit Great Ocean Road: The official website of the Geelong Otway region of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia