2016 – 2017 Australia Marathon Calendar

The capital city of Australia, Canberra, located in the eastern state of New South Wales plays host to the country’s oldest city marathon, the Canberra Times Canberra Marathon which is held in April. It has been an annual event and local marathon staple since 1976.

The oldest of all Australian marathons is the Traralgon Marathon in the state of Victoria. It first took place in 1968.

Is there a certain irony in having a chocolate manufacturer as the main sponsor of a marathon? Runners in Hobart, Tasmania taking part in the Cadbury Marathon in January may wonder, but that doesn’t keep them from coming out in numbers for what can be only qualified as a very sweet race indeed!

No discussions of marathons and endurance racing would be complete without raising a few “most questions”, as in: what is the most challenging, most beautiful or most extreme marathon in Australia.

We here at ahotu know just how subjective such questions are, so we are not about to venture a top-ten list or anything of the sort, but here are a few races that are not to be missed:

It only makes sense that a country as large and with such a variety of terrains and landscapes as the Australian Commonwealth would be a great place for endurance runners. So, suffice it to say that there are plenty of great races to be run in the land down under!

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Brisbane Running Festival

Intraining Brisbane Marathon
August 07, 2016 Race day in 7 days
Australia / Queensland / Brisbane
Marathon
Road Running

McDonald's® Townsville Running Festival

Tony Ireland Holden Townsville Marathon
August 07, 2016 Race day in 7 days
Australia / Queensland / Townsville
Marathon
Road Running

Lamington Eco Challenge

Lamington Eco Challenge Saturday Marathon
August 13, 2016 Race day in 13 days
Australia / Queensland / Lamington National Park
Marathon
Trail

Adelaide Marathon

Adelaide Marathon
August 14, 2016 Race day in 14 days
Australia / South Australia / Adelaide
Marathon

Lamington Eco Challenge

Lamington Eco Challenge Sunday Marathon
August 14, 2016 Race day in 14 days
Australia / Queensland / Lamington National Park
Marathon
Trail

Alice Springs Running Festival

Alice Springs Marathon
August 21, 2016 Race day in 21 days
Australia / Northern Territory / Alice Springs
Marathon
Hilly Road Running

Mudgee Running Festival

Marathon
August 21, 2016 Race day in 21 days
Australia / New South Wales / Mudgee
Marathon

Cape Pallarenda Trail Run

Mt Marlow Marathon
August 21, 2016 Race day in 21 days
Australia / Queensland / Cape Pallarenda
Marathon
Trail Outer Limits Adventure Fitness

Sunshine Coast Marathon & Community Run Festival

Sunshine Coast Marathon
August 21, 2016 Race day in 21 days
Australia / Queensland / Mooloolaba
Marathon
Charity Road Running

Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon

Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon
August 21, 2016 Race day in 21 days
Australia / New South Wales / Wagga Wagga
Marathon
Trail Relay

Kangaroo Island Marathon

Marathon
August 27, 2016 Race day in 27 days
Australia / South Australia / Kangaroo Island
Marathon
Road Running

Perth City to Surf Marathon

Perth City to Surf Marathon
August 28, 2016 Race day in 28 days
Australia / Western Australia / Perth
Marathon

Shepparton Runners Club marathon

Shepparton Runners Club marathon
August 28, 2016 Race day in 28 days
Australia / Victoria / Shepparton
Marathon
Road Running

Ross Marathon

Ross Marathon
September 04, 2016 Race day in about 1 month
Australia / Tasmania / Ross
Marathon
Charity

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Blackmores Sydney Marathon
September 18, 2016 Race day in about 2 months
Australia / New South Wales / Sydney
Marathon
Road Running Wheelchair