25 July 2020

25 July 2020


Kick off Run Melbourne race weekend and come together to walk, skip, run or jog along the Yarra River. 

The Friendship Dash is a FREE, family-friendly community event for people of all ages to get involved in. It’s a fun, non-competitive and untimed run which takes place the day before the big event, Run Melbourne on Sunday, 26 July.

Experience the excitement of Run Melbourne and celebrate the City of Melbourne and its people.


Bring your family, friends (and even your dog!) down to Birrarung Marr for a day of fun after a relaxing walk/run.
 Enjoy FREE Yoga, Face Painting, shopping at the Sole Motive Race Ready Store and more!







friendship dash course map

Enjoy a scenic 4K run, walk, dash or jog over Morell Bridge, continuing along the Main Yarra Trail along the iconic Yarra River, before heading back to Birrarung Marr and taking in spectacular views of the city.


The Friendship Dash is a FREE, family-friendly community event for people of all ages to get involved in a fun, non-competitive and untimed run/walk.

What to wear

Comfortable gear to run, hop, skip or jump along the course in.
 Don’t forget your runners!

What you'll get

Race Bib
Warm Up
Commemorative Lanyard
Family-Friendly Activities 

Event Timetable

8:00amRegistration / Race Pack Collection Open, Birrarung Marr
9:15amYoga and free activities
9:30amWarm up
10:00am4K Friendship Dash Starts, Birrarung Marr


Have a question? Read through our faqs below.
If you can’t find what you’re after, please contact us.

Participant Instructions will be available to download closer to the event.

There is no minimum age.

You don’t have to notify Sole Motive (the organiser) if you are unable to run for any reason.

If you entered before 16 June 2019, Race Packs will be available for collection from the Sole Motive store (170 Queen Street, Melbourne) from Friday 5 July.

If you entered after 16 June, the bibs will be in-store from Friday 12 July.

If you can’t pick up your race pack from the store during that time you can collect it from 8:00am at the Race Pack Marquee in Birrarung Marr, Federation Square on Saturday, 27 July.

Please note: Race Packs will not be posted (even if you’ve entered Run Melbourne).

Clothing storage will be available at the event site at Birrarung Marr, Federation Square.

You will need to attach the tear-off strip on the bottom of your race number to the handle of your bag so that we can locate your clothing after the race. Please do not leave any valuables in bags. We’ve drastically cut down on single-use plastics so please remember to bring your own reusable and waterproof bag to the event. 

Absolutely! The more the merrier. Just make sure your dog is on a lead at all times during the event. You will also be required to start at the back of the field so that you don’t get your dog’s lead tangled up in other runner’s legs.

Prams are permitted however entrants who bring along a pram are asked to start at the rear of the last wave start for their event.

Comfortable gear to walk, run, hop, skip or jump along the course.

A race bib, commemorative Friendship Dash lanyard and family-friendly activities at the Start & Finish line.

No, the event is not timed.

Run Melbourne Partners