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Runners of Melbourne


We’re celebrating runners like you everyday. We’d love to hear your Run Melbourne stories, or a story of someone you know who’s participated or been involved in Run Melbourne before.

You may have run, been a volunteer, walked the 5k, raised money for your favourite charity, or come along to cheer on a loved one.

This year, we’re celebrating 10 year’s of Run Melbourne –thousands of runners, so many kilometers run, and over $10million raised for over 400 charities.

Run Melbourne Inspiring Story of the week

Each week we’ll share a new and inspiring Runners of Melbourne story. Submit yours below to be featured.

Thanuj, Docklands, VIC:
I ran my first ever 10k at Run Melbourne. It was a dream come true for me after a waiting nearly 3 years, I event paced in the 60min time bracket. I absolutely loved the finisher’s medal, which now sits proudly in my trophy cabinet at my house in India. I felt privileged to run with such an amazing and enthusiastic crowd and am looking forward to race day this year.

More Runners of Melbourne stories:

Fiona Connolly, Endeavour Hills, VIC:
My run Melbourne started after my half brother did a 10km event the year before. So I ran my first fun run of 5km in 2008. Since then I’ve been back every year for the 5km. I had a PB in 2013 while on a health kick and pregnant with my son. The next year he came along with me in the pram. In 2015 I ran Melbourne again while pregnant with my daughter and then 2016 she joined me in the carrier for the 5km walking. This year I’m back and actually training a little prior to the event. I’m not sure if I’ll be taking them on the course with me this year as it would be wonderful to get a PB for my 10th year but they will be there either way even if on the side cheering me on.

Emma Gee, Melbourne, VIC:
I have participated in Run Melbourne for 2 consecutive years now both in 2015 & 2016. I was always an avid runner but after graduating as an Occupational Therapist, I survived a stroke when I was only 24 years of age. Suddenly, I could no longer do what I’d always loved. Now 12 years later, although have recovered significantly, like many fellow stroke survivors, have been left with many physical & emotional scars. I will be walking the 5km this year with my mum. She has been a constant support and I’m sure will be on race day.

Stacey Harriage, Mirboo North, VIC:
In October 2015, my mum was diagnosed with an aggressive Brain Cancer – Glioblastoma. Along with my brother, my dad, my husband and our family and friends, we set about raising money and running the 10kms in mums honour. Dad even pushed mum around the 5km course in a wheelchair. We raised a bit over $11,000 which totally exceeded our expectations! For me, running 10km was a personal achievement. I’d never attempted anything more than 5km before but I found that running for mum got me across the finish line easily, in less time than I had imagined! Our beautiful mum sadly lost her 11 month battle in September 2016, 5 days before her 58th birthday. In 2017, we are all running as part of Team Cure Brain Cancer in her memory and hope to raise even more funds for this worthwhile cause.

Share your Run Melbourne Story

What we’re looking for:

  • Your fundraising efforts – you’ve raised money for a cause you love by entering Run Melbourne. Whether you raised $100 or $10, 000 we’d love to hear from you!
  • Your health/ fitness story – did you go beyond what you thought was possible, or achieved a fitness goal, hit a PB, or Run Melbourne was your first ever running event? No story is too small (or big)!
  • You ran with a team – Together as one, you conquered   Run Melbourne. You may have dressed up, had fun, or raised money for your favourite charity.
  • Anything – weird and wonderful. Did your whole family run together one year? Did you complete the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon all in one day?

What’s your Run Melbourne story? Please fill in the form below, and the Run Melbourne team will be in touch.