Don’t just run a race; experience a truly unique Australian running event – the Australian Outback Marathon! Feel the kilometres slip by as you take in the awe-inspiring sight of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). This inspiring backdrop will encourage all runners to work through ‘the burn’ and break personal records.


The Australian Outback Marathon offers distances for every running ability including the full marathon, half marathon, 11km and 6km. It’s perfect for all who love running and adventure.


Most of the course is on unsealed roads not normally accessible to the public, with central Australia’s famed ‘red earth’ underfoot. In addition to its beauty, it is a relatively fast course, with only a couple of inclines and sand dunes.


With a variety of itineraries available, there are marathon packages to suit all budgets. This is an adventure that is more than a marathon.


The Australian Outback Marathon is supporting the Cathy Freeman Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2007 by Olympic champion, Cathy Freeman, to give Australian Indigenous children a brighter future through education.


“I believe that all children deserve the same opportunities to learn, experience life, explore their talent and fulfil their dreams,” she says.


Next event date:

28 July 2012


Solid Energy Huntly Half Marathon

20th May


Huntly Half Marathon adds a relay to its distance options this year. Those building up to a half marathon and who aren’t ready for the 10km event can enter the new 2 x 5km relay event. Huntly Half Marathon course crosses the Waikato River and includes the riverside wetlands, picturesque Lake Hakanoa and the Huntly East coal mine, finishing at Huntly Domain.





Oxfam Trailwalker

31st March-1st April


Every year teams of four descend on Lake Taupo to take on the World's Greatest Team Challenge - walking 100km in 36 hours. Oxfam Trailwalker is the most life changing, team building, foot slogging, friendship forming, group hugging experience ... ever. The annual fundraiser is organised by Oxfam New Zealand to help create a safer, fairer, more sustainable world.

BII Maybank Bali Marathon

22nd April


Organised by Bank International Indonesia (BII), the Bali Marathon 2012 is the first international full marathon to be held in Indonesia in over 20 years. The race will start and finish near the Bali Safari and Marine Park, with a course combining flat road and rolling hills. Bali’s iconic landmarks and traditional dance will feature along the way.






Christchurch Airport Marathon

3rd June


Christchurch Marathon has a new name, new sponsor, new course - and plans to become New Zealand’s biggest and best marathon. Now called Christchurch Airport Marathon, the new route is flat, fast and circumnavigates the airport perimeter. It’s close to accommodation, the city and is handy for visitors both from and to the South Island.

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