Race Times
Race times are subject to change

6:00 am – registration and bib collection opens
7:00 am – 21 km starts
8:30 am – 8 km starts
9:00 am – Kids’ 500m Dash
9:30 am- 4 km starts
11:00 am- Award presentations
11:30 am – community festival commences
12:30 pm- event concludes


Onsite Activities

On the day there will be plenty of activities for the whole to enjoy including:

  • Lifestyle for Kids live performance
  • Evolve massage centre
  • CFCC ambassadors including Dan & Dani (The Block) and Julie Corletto (retired Australian netballer)
  • The Nightingales Raffle
  • Kids Corner
  • Live Music
  • Roving Entertainment
  • Food Trucks

And much more …

Kings Domain Gardens and Tan Track is easily accessible by public transport or car. The hub of all activities will be Lawn 7 which is located off Linlithgow Ave, at the Stapley Pavilion.


Getting there

By Public Transport

Tram: Tram numbers: 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 & 72 operate along St Kilda Road, which run adjacent to the Tan. Disembark at either Grant Street or the Shrine of Remembrance and cross the road to the Botanical Gardens.

Train: Take the train to Flinders Street Station and take the Swanston St exit from the station and turn right. The Tan is only a couple of minutes’ walk from Melbourne Flinders Street Station.

For further information about tram and train times, please visit the Public Transport Victoria website


There is limited FREE parking available along the Tan and St Kilda Road, so please arrive early to guarantee a park.

Recommended Paid Parking areas:
Southgate (access from City Road or South Gate Avenue) – open for 24hrs for a flat rate of $12
Arts Centre – open for 24hrs for a flat rate of $21
Federation Square (access via Russell Street or Batman Avenue) -open for 24hrs for a flat rate of $16

Prices subject to change. Some car parks may offer discounts if you pre-book a bay online. Visit each website for further details.

Start/Finish Line

The start line for all events is located at the King George V Monument alongside the track.

Those participating in the 4km event, walking or running, will complete just 1 lap of the Great Strides track. Those participating in the 8km event will complete 2 laps. Those participating in the 21km event will complete 5 and a half laps.

The finish line for all events will be located at the festival site at the Stapley pavilion.

Each participant will receive a Great Strides medal at the finish line. Helpful race marshals in high visibility vests will be on hand to guide you if you need assistance. A water station is located at the 2km point.




What to bring

  • Comfortable running shoes
  • Appropriate clothes
  • Hat & sunscreen – Don’t forget to slip, slop & slap even if it’s overcast!
  • Water bottle – Water stations will be available on the day to refill bottles
  • Your race pack including race bib (if received in the mail prior to the event) – Ensure that your bib is securely pinned to the front of your shirt before starting the race

St John’s Ambulance will be in attendance on the day.

We have a ‘safekeeping’ marquee for you to put your personal belongings in during the race – please note the onus is on the owner for all belongings left in the care of the ‘safekeeping’ marquee.

On Arrival

If you are participating in either the walk or run, please arrive at least 30 minutes before your race begins. This way you will have time to warm up and soak in the atmosphere. When you arrive, make sure you grab yourself a drink from the Hydration Station which is located at near the finish line. Our MC will announce when everyone should make their way to the starting line, however, please be there at least 10 minutes before your race begins.

For those coming along to cheer on their friends/family or simply wishing to spectate, the best vantage point is by the finish line. There are some great sitting places on the grass in front of the stage where you can enjoy the entertainment or have a picnic.

Check out our frequently asked questions for further information