Great Ocean Road Running Festival
Take in panoramic seaside views, sprawling rainforests and nauseatingly-high cliffs by foot for the annual Great Ocean Road Running Festival.
Event organisers are cordoning off the Great Ocean Road between Apollo Bay and Lorne for the run so participants can take in the sounds of waves crashing on the foreshore and damp forest floor under your feet. Runners can expect to come across sleeping koalas in the tall eucalyptus trees that surround the Great Otway National Park track.
This year, the annual festival has expanded to eight events with up to 6250 runners expected to trek the Great Ocean Road across two days over the weekend.
Events on Saturday May 15 include the 14-kilometre Paradise Run and Wheelchair Race, the Sri Lankan Airlines six-kilometre run and the Great Ocean Road Real Estate 1.5-kilometre kids gallop.
On Sunday May 16, runners can take part in the 60-kilometre Science in Sport Ultramarathon, the 44-kilometre Kieser Marathon, and the Suunto Trail with 6.5-kilometre or 13-kilometre options. There's also the Science in Sport 23-kilometre half marathon and the Lorne Hotel Great Ocean Road Walk (at five kilometres or 10 kilometres).
Races start at different points between Apollo Bay and Lorne. There are also shuttle buses taking participants between the two towns throughout the weekend.
Registrations are now open.