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25-26 July 2020

21.1km, 10km or 5km


If you’re anything like us, you’re craving a bit of race day buzz and the feeling of working towards that race day goal. While we can’t come together, we can be united by the challenge of running together, alone.

Completing this virtual race is a great build-up and training exercise in the lead up to the official Run Melbourne event, now planned for November.

So challenge your running buddy, your dad, your sister, your mate, your colleagues… and make it a virtual date!

Running is more important than ever! That’s why we’re encouraging you to lace up with us on 26 July as planned.

We’re ready to celebrate our original plans, and hope you are too.

Just because we can’t get together on race day, doesn’t mean we can’t race. Don’t get rid of your training program just yet… because Race Day is still on.

Let’s come together as a community and run together, apart. 

Join our Strava club to get access to a free 6-week training plan prepared by our accredited performance coach, plus weekly coaching advice and the chance to win prizes from our event sponsors!

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What you get

  • Entry to the virtual race

  • Access to the virtual race day results

  • Virtual race bib

  • Training plan by our accredited performance coach

  • Weekly coaching advice & tips (Strava / email)

  • Unique code for $20 off a pair of shoes from solemotive.com

  • Opportunity to win prizes

  • Exclusive partner offers

  • Opportunity to fundraise for your favourite charity

  • Dedicated Club Results / Leaderboard

    Part of a club? Click the text above to request your own dedicated results page and leaderboard.

How IT Works

Already registered for Run Melbourne? You’re automatically entered!

We’ll email you a link to join our Strava Club where you’ll be able to:

  • download your race day program
  • track your training and efforts leading up to race day against other runners
  • connect with the Sole Motive running community
  • get weekly advice & tips from our accredited performance coach (and ask questions!)
  • plus the chance to win weekly prizes from some of our race sponsors.

We’ll kick start race day with a live briefing from our Race Director broadcast on Instagram Live at 9am sharp. Be out there, ready to run your course (or run it later in the day, up to you!)

You can run whenever you like, just make sure you submit your results before midnight, 26 July.

Check your email! We will email you an unique link to upload your results. You will need to verify your time with a link to your fitness tracker (e.g. Strava/Garmin) or upload a picture of your time.

Check out our FAQs below for more detail on how to track your run.


Yes. You don’t need to take any further action to take part in Run Melbourne Virtual. This does not affect or replace your registration for Run Melbourne 2020, postponed for November 2020.

You will be emailed a link to join our Strava Club. We recommend you do so to download your race day program, track your training and efforts leading up to race day against other runners, connect with the Sole Motive running community and get weekly advice & tips from our accredited performance coach.

At this time, we have decided to postpone Run Melbourne until November 2020. We are working closely with The City of Melbourne to confirm an exact date and will announce this as soon as possible. All registered participants will be notified via email, our website and on our Facebook Event page.

No, you can run any of the three distances (5km, 10km, 21.1km) in the virtual event.

Yes, you can! We would love you to run with us (virtually) on Saturday, 25 July or Sunday, 26 July to celebrate the original Run Melbourne race weekend but understand if you can’t, just make sure you upload your results before midnight on 26 July. You must have completed your run between Monday,15 June and Sunday, 26 July (midnight). 

Yes. Where you run is completely up to you! Just be safe, and practice social distancing.

Yes, you can choose to walk or run your distance.

We’ll email you a digital race bib to print and wear as you complete the virtual run. This is not mandatory.

Yes, all finishers who upload their results will receive a certificate from Monday, 27 July 2020.

Your certificate will be available on the results page on Monday, 27 July 2020.

No, medals will not be available for the virtual event. Medals will be given out at the real event, postponed to November 2020.

Participants who are already registered for Run Melbourne 2020 will be able to continue their fundraising without making any changes. If you haven’t started fundraising yet, please click here to set up a fundraising page.

If you haven’t registered for Run Melbourne, you can choose to fundraise for over 400 charities during the registration process. More details will be shared shortly.

The head coach or team leader must set up the team when registering forthe virtual event.

  1. Select ‘Create a Team – Club- Training Group‘.
  2. Follow the steps.
  3. Register yourself for the event (optional).
  4. Copy the link and send it directly to your club or squad members to register.

There are other options as a leader/coach to ask your members questions or to receive emails once they enter the event.

Once the club is created anyone can search for it to join it when prompted. You may set a password if you wish.

All participants have been emailed a link to join our Run Melbourne Virtual Strava Club.

Go to your device’s app store and download the Strava app (Google Play or App Store)

You can choose to either sign up with Facebook, Google or your email.

Strava will prompt you to immediately fill out some basic information for your profile. It’s up to you how much of your personal details you want to keep private.

You can skip the other initial prompts with as little action as possible.

There’s nothing Strava will ask you up front that you won’t be able to change later,
and it’s more worthwhile to make those decisions while learning to navigate the platform.

Now that you’ve explored the basic functions, it’s time to get started. We’re ready, are you? Click the link in the email to request to join the Run Melbourne Virtual Strava Club.

There are three ways to track your runs using Strava:

On the app, head to “Settings”, then “Applications, Services and Devices”, then Connect a device to Strava. This will automatically upload your workouts after you save the activity to your watch.

Tap the Record tab in the app. The GPS on your smartphone will record the data, & once you’re done with your workout it will be uploaded to your activities when you hit save.

Choose the plus sign then select the manual entry option. From there, you can fill in as many
details as you know, taken, for example, from a basic watch.

You can track your run manually and upload your results via the link that will be emailed to all participants on Sunday, 26 July.

You can also use your fitness tracker (e.g. Garmin Watch) and upload a link to your run from your device’s connected app (e.g. Garmin Connect).

Yes, absolutely! Simply complete the distance and upload your final time to the results page. 

A unique link will be emailed to all participants on Sunday, 26 July. Simply click the link and add your race day results. Results will be displayed here from 9am time, Monday 27 July.

The virtual race is non-competitive. No prizes will be allocated to the winners.

The top 100 Strava Club members will be entered into a draw to win a pair of shoes from Sole Motive.

Other prizes will also be up for grabs, so make sure you check your emails, our socials and the Strava Club page to find out more!

No refunds or credit notes will be offered if you are not able to participate in the virtual event for any reason.

Please read the terms and conidtions outlined during the registration process.