Welcome to the

10th Annual

Marysville Marathon

Sunday 11th Nov 2018



Wednesday 1st Aug 2018



This year there will be slightly tighter rules about teams. We want to encourage all the smaller medium groups and clubs along with corporates to join in and celebrate the 10th running of the Marysville Marathon Festival.

A sneak peek at the day

(by Barry Thomas)

Pre Race Dinner

Join us for dinner on Saturday night before the marathon. This is a great way to mix with fellow runners before the big day.


The Outdoor Education Group
Marysville-Buxton Road
(Opposite the Marysville Golf Club)


Sat 10th Nov, 6pm
Buffet Dinner served at 6:30pm
(Catering for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free)


$25 Adults
$15 Children (U14)
Pay at the door (Cash or Credit Card)

Please register here to reserve a place.



Check out the food stores on site or walk to the main street for some great food from the bakery.


2018 sees DJ Zander entertaining the crowd and bring runners home across the finish line with upbeat music,

what tunes will you be busting your moves too .


Kids Activities

Lots of fun activities including OUR FAVOURITE animal farm and much more…


Are you a sports fan in general? Do you like motor sports? Are you a V8 Fan? Holdens Red Bull Superstar Jamie Whincup has donated a signed personal team shirt worn during 2018 supercar series You can choose an additional ticket during your entry process for your chance to win this great prizes


the great work of
Education Foundation

Please support our
event partners
as they support Marysville

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To the 10th Edition of  the Marysville Marathon Festival features running events of 4 km, 10 km, Half Marathon (21 km), Marathon (42 km) and Ultramarathon (50 km) on scenic valley trails and forest tracks, passing sparkling rivers and waterfalls.

The participants travel alongside the Steavenson River and Falls, Take on beautiful forest trails and for the longer distances some challenging hills await and great rewards at the top.

Walkers join in the shorter distances. Participants have a great day out, supporting the community recovering from the 2009 bushfires and enjoying the refreshments and family entertainment provided. In 2018 all participants receive a 10th Edition Custom Medallion

Thanks to all for contributing to a great local event.


On November 11 we are celebrating the tenth running of the Marysville Marathon Festival, having started nine years ago in 2009.  I initiated the recovery event a week after the devastating Black Saturday bushfires which killed so many people, and destroyed my hometown of Marysville and many other districts.  Initially the Cool Running forum was also used by a few of us to post a long list of survivors in our area, not knowing initially how to quickly set up a website.  My running comrades started a separate, heartwarming forum about the fires, including many posts checking on my welfare since I had lost my home and clinic and sustained some injuries.

Over the years our running and walking supporters have helped continue the Marysville Marathon and added to the fantastic progress in our area.  We maintain it is one of the most enjoyable days you could have on a trail, encompassing verdant forests, waterways and views, and buoyed by enthusiastic volunteers.  Currently without a major sponsor, we can only keep it going with your participation and goodwill.  So tell your friends, bring your family, and come up to our special part of Australia.

Dr. Lachlan Fraser,

Race Patron


10th Year

Supporting our Environment

we are a Paper Cup Free


Please help us help the environment, previous Marysville Marathon events have used over 5000 paper cups per event all ending in landfill. Under the management of trailsplus 2018 has seen a big step forward to reduce waste and our impact on the environment, we hope you will be right on board and support us as we continue our cup free event policy. We know its going to be hard to eliminate cups from every aid station, however we are making available at less then cost reusable collapsible silicone cups for $2.50 we encourage you to purchase one at race bib collection.

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The Neil McKern Marathon

(1946 – 2014)

Dr. Neil McKern and his wife Carol lost their part-time home in Marysville in the 2009 fires, which they rebuilt in following years.  They joined in the community recovery, and Neil was instrumental in establishing the inaugural Marysville Marathon Festival in 2009.  He claimed to know a bit about running, having excelled at 2000 m events and was part of a 4 x 800 m team that set the Australian Open & National Record in 1971 in 7:31, with Neil running 1:55.  Even more remarkable, in 1978 he came second in the Victorian Amateur Athletic Association Marathon Championships in a scorching 2hr 21min, averaging 3:22 per km!  In 1979 at the Victorian Championships at Point Cook he not only ran the 1500 m in 3:50 but tore up the marathon track in 2hr 22min, just 8 minutes behind Robert De Castella.

Neil was an esteemed CSIRO scientist, accomplished musician and gardener, and most of all a loving family man.  We are proud to remember him this year with the Neil McKern Marathon at Marysville.

Planning 1st Marysville Marathon Festival – 2009

Neil at his best in the 70’s

2017 Podium

Male Ultra 50Km Winners
1st Josh Goding 4:28:10
2nd Dan Beard 4:34:25
3rd Lee Eddison 4:34:31

Female Ultra 50Km Winners
1st Katherine Macmillan 5:08:47
2nd Meagan Tharratt 6:05:22
3rd Sabrina Czesla 6:12:18

Male Marathon Winners

1st Matthew Crehan 3:47:51

2nd Michael McCormack 4:00:48

3rd Jason Rawlings 4:01:25

Female Marathon Winners

1st Veronica Parker 4:47:04

2nd Dawn Parks 5:18:48

3rd Lauren Brennan 5:29:49

Male Half Marathon Winners

1st Mark Corbyn 1:34:06

2nd David Carmeron 1:37:25

3rd Moses Dickens 1:39:55

Female Half Marathon Winners

1st Dervilla Holmes 1:41:25

2nd Anna Kentwell 1:44:23

3rd Sarah Hedger 1:50:52

Male 10k Winners

1st Michael Johnson 40:53

2nd Harry Bowen 46:17

3rd Bryan Ackerly 46:48

Female 10k Winners

1st Stacy Clarkson 45:20

2nd Jemima Geitz 48:54

3rd Robyn Lawson 49:15

Male 4k Winners

1st Tom Saxon 20:03

2nd Drew Dunstone 20:16

3rd Liam Scott 21:11

Female 4k Winners

1st Sarah Wong 24:26

2nd Ruby Nancarrow 28:30

3rd Sophia Sipos 28:34


2009 – very hot

2010 – very hot

2011 – very wet, muddy & cold but fined up later

2012 – almost perfect

2013 – PERFECT


2015 – a magnificent day in between lots of wet days!

2016 – cool sunny day, perfect for running

2017 – warm sunny day, just glorious

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