2019 is the 10th Anniversary year of Black Saturday Bush Fires, The Marysville Marathon festival has played an important role in the rebuilding process and we are proud to continue to host one of Australia’s best Marathon Festivals.

Welcome to the

11th Annual

Marysville Marathon

Sunday 10th Nov 2019





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 11th 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 ??th Nov, 6pm
Buffet Dinner served at 6:30pm
(Catering for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free)


$?? Adults
$?? Children (U14)
Pay at the door (CASH ONLY)

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.


2019 will see some new exciting entertainment, full details to come

what tunes will you be busting your moves too .

Kids Activities

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

the great work of
Education Foundation

Please support our
event partners
as they support Marysville

Marysville triangle community fund logo square

The Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation

was formed to continue the recovery process after

Australia’s worst natural disaster, the 2009 bushfires.

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murrundindi shire trans log



To the 11th 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 2019 all participants receive a fantastic  Custom Medallion

Thanks to all for contributing to a great local event.


On November 10 2019 we are celebrating the eleventh running of the Marysville Marathon Festival, having started ten 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


11 Years

We are proud to be

helping our environment

with our 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, from 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 it’s going to be hard to eliminate cups from every aid station, our reusable collapsible silicone cups will be available for $5.00 we encourage you to purchase one at race bib collection. ( previously we have subsidised the purchase of these cups, they are now at cost price )

Silicone Cups-Marysville

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

2019 Podium

Female Ultra
1 Nicole Paton 5:07:34
2 Sarah Schroeder 5:29:08
3 Katherine Macmillan 5:32:34

Male Ultra
1 Ross Hopkins 4:05:16
2 John Dutton 4:23:17
3 Matthew Urbanski 4:34:24

Female Marathon
1 Rebecca Dale 4:13:20
2 Martine Nield 4:18:16
3 Christy Lambert 4 :21:47

Male Marathon
1 Matthew Crehan 3:35:44
2 Mitchell Power 3:58:19
3 Jason Rawlings 4:04:44

Female Half Marathon
1 Nisha Brown 1:48:29
2 Alison Knuckey 1:50:12
3 Carrie Bruer 1:53:00

Male Half Marathon
1 Luke Gardner 1:30:11
2 Paul Todd 1:32:48
3 Raymond Chan 1:33:17

Female 10km
1 Stacey Barrot 46:25
2 Karensa Menzies 50:53
3 Tori Watson 52:59

Male 10km
1 Isaac Plummer 48:23
2 Steve Zinke 48:37
3 Michael Hastie 49:25

Female 4km
1 Sophie Menting 27:20 (age 10)
2 Kaiya Bunyon 27:56
3 Halle Norton 28:04 (age 10)

Male 4km
1 Nicholas Brooke-Anderson 18:20
2 Jo Holland 18:24
3 Toby Prothero 19:05

Female 4km U12
1 Kaiah Norton 28:27 (Age 9)
2 Stella Spink 29:58 (Age 9)
3 Sienna Clarkson 31:49 (Age 9)

Male 4km U12
1 Finn Wood 24:47 (Age 8)
2 Harry Bright 26:14 (Age 8)
3 Harry Carley 27:12 (Age 8)


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

2018 – glorious day, magical running conditions

2019 – cloudy, very wet trails, drizzle, slippery fun