As Melbourne emerges as a vibrant hub for fitness enthusiasts, 2024 promises an exhilarating lineup of running and fitness events that cater to every level of participant.

Whether you're a seasoned marathoner, a casual jogger, or simply looking to stretch your legs amidst Melbourne's stunning landscapes, there's something for everyone.

Join us as we explore the top running and fitness events happening in Melbourne this year and discover how Dorsett Melbourne is your perfect base for an unforgettable fitness journey.

Amateur Fun Runs

Million Paws Walk Melbourne

Sunday 26th May 10am–3pm

Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake

Three dogs being walked at Albert Park

Credit: Million Paws Walk

Calling all pet lovers! The Million Paws Walk is returning to Melbourne on the 26th of May this year, and we're woofing excited.

The Million Paws Walk is an annual charity event organised by the RSPCA, inviting participants and their furry friends to stroll through Melbourne's scenic routes while raising funds for animals in need.

With various walking distances available, from leisurely strolls to more challenging treks, this event is perfect for families and pet owners alike.

Plus, with our new pet-friendly hotel rooms, you can turn the walk into a full staycation in the heart of Melbourne! Treat you and your furry friend to premium plush bedding, a bespoke doggy menu, and your pooch’s own private balcony for ultimate people-watching chill time.

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Related: The Pawfect Pet-friendly Melbourne Vacay Awaits

Run Melbourne

21st July 2024

Grand Slam Oval, Melbourne & Olympic Parks

Get ready to pound the pavement in one of Melbourne's most iconic running events. Run Melbourne offers a range of distances, including a 5km run, 10km run, and half marathon, making it accessible to runners of all levels.

With scenic routes that showcase Melbourne's most renowned landmarks, this event is a must for fitness enthusiasts and sightseers alike.

Feel like a professional as you start your route at the Grand Slam Oval, which also serves as the event village and finish line.

Throughout the day, the village also has an incredible lineup of live music, DJ sets, pop-up shops selling retail and race merchandise, and even a post-run massage hub.

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Melbourne ParkRun

Weekly – every Saturday at 8am

Albert Park

People waiting to start a running event

Credit: ParkRun via Steven Taylor

Join the global phenomenon of ParkRun and kickstart your weekend with a free, timed 5km run or walk in one of Melbourne's most scenic stretches of green, Albert Park.

Just a 15-minute drive or 30-minute tram from Dorsett Melbourne, Albert Park is a lush haven with a gorgeous run circuit that winds around the lake.

After the run, grab a quintessentially Melbourne coffee with the other runners at one of the many surrounding cafés:

Whether you're aiming for a personal best or simply enjoying a leisurely jog with friends, ParkRun offers a supportive and inclusive atmosphere for participants of all ages and fitness levels.

ParkRun is a free event, but all participants need to register online prior to attending.

Competitive Races

Melbourne Marathon Events

Sunday 13th October 2024

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

While the full 42.2km Nike Melbourne Marathon is now sold out, there are still some great shorter events on the day with tickets up for grabs.

  • The SriLankan Airlines 10km run kicks off at 7:30am and takes competitors on a stunning route through Melbourne city and back to the MCG to finish.

  • The 5km run starts at 11:15am, which is perfect for those keen to get involved without pushing the limits too far!

  • Finally, the casual 3km walk at 11:45am is ideal for a relaxed yet beautiful mid-morning walk through Melbourne.

All three races are open to both adults and children – just be sure to select the correct ticket according to your or your child's age group.

Whichever race you enter, it's well worth getting involved in the iconic Melbourne Marathon. Feel the intoxicating spirit as you get active with the crowds at the MCG!

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Dorsett Melbourne: Your Wellness Retreat

Dorsett guest in a white robe drinking coffee in bed

After a day of exhilarating races and scenic runs, retreat to Dorsett Melbourne for a well-deserved rest and relaxation session.

Located in the heart of Melbourne's vibrant city centre, our hotel offers a range of wellness facilities to help you unwind and recharge.

From a heated indoor pool and state-of-the-art gym to the soothing sauna and steam room, we have everything you need to rejuvenate tired muscles and prepare for your next fitness adventure.

With Dorsett Melbourne as your base, you can rest assured that your fitness journey will be complemented by unparalleled comfort and convenience.

So, lace up your shoes and get ready to experience Melbourne's premier running and fitness events like never before!

Book your stay with Dorsett Melbourne today.

Further reading: Looking for more fun this year? Check out our guide to the Best Things To Do in St Kilda in 2024