Race Times
Race times are subject to change

6 am – registration and bib collection opens
7 am – 21 km starts
8.30 am – 8 km starts
10.15 am – Kids’ 500m Dash
10:20 am- 4 km starts (directly after Kids’ 500m Dash)
11:30 am- Award presentations
11:45 am – community festival commences
2 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 Keegs (Fox FM), Dan & Dani (The Block) and Julie Corletto (retired Australian netballer)
  • The Nightingales Raffle
  • Kids Corner

And much more …

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Tan Track is easily accessible by public transport or car. The hub of all activities will be Tom’s Block which is located on St Kilda Road, north of the Shrine of Remembrance.

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 the Arts centre and cross the road to the Botanical Gardens. Remember to walk towards the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

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’s famous 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 and finish line is the same for both events (4km & 8km) and is located on Linlithgow Avenue 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.

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 ‘safe keeping’ 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 care of the ‘safe keeping’ marquee.

On Arrival
If you are participating in either the walk or run, please arrive at least 1 hour 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 the starting 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 large red arch. 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