COVID-19 RACE UPDATE: Event Postponed until April 2021.

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LAST UPDATED: 2 September 2021

Given the current coronavirus Government and Health Department guidelines in Victoria, including a cap on the number of people permitted to attend outdoor events, we are unable to proceed with Run the Rock on 17 October 2020.

The event will be postponed to 17 April 2021. All participants have been sent an email regarding next steps.

We are disappointed that we won’t be able to lace up with you in the Macedon Ranges.

While we can’t run alongside you this year, we invite you to join our Run the Rock Virtual event. More details will be shared in coming weeks so don’t hang up your runners just yet.

As a family-run business, we truly appreciate your continued support, patience and understanding – it means a lot to us.

9 April 2020

We are pleased to announce that Run the Rock is now confirmed to take place on Saturday, 17 October 2020. All participants have been sent an email regarding next steps. We understand this date might not suit everyone so we have outlined a number of options for all participants to consider.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at the start line in October! 

17 March 2020

Following on from the government’s announcement this past Friday that non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people were to be suspended as a precautionary action designed to reduce the community transaction of COVD-19 in Australia, we have decided to postpone Run the Rock until October 2020.

As you are aware, the situation has been constantly evolving. For that reason, we are still finalising the finer details with regard to the exact date and next steps, which we will communicate to participants in due course. We ask that you please be patient and kind.

We share in your disappointment that this event is not able to take place as originally planned – our team has worked extremely hard for months on this event but postponing it is the best and safest option.

We thank you for your continued support. And as always, we encourage you to run on and stay positive!

13 March 2020, 4:30pm

We have been working closely with State and Federal Health Departments with regard to the coronavirus/COVID-19. At this time, Run the Rock is continuing as planned.

We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and follow the latest advice from our respected Governments.

As you are aware, the situation is evolving daily. For that reason, details regarding any changes to Run the Rock will be forthcoming. As further updates are available, they will be posted here.

12 March 2020

Given information provided and in consultation with recognised health and safety authorities and government departments Run the Rock is continuing as planned.

At this stage, advice from State and Federal Health Departments is that there is no need to cancel any events or gatherings.

Run the Rock will continue to monitor the situation closely.

View the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions which outline basic protective measures against coronavirus.

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

  • 22K: 8:15am
  • 2K Kids: 9:10am
  • 13.5K: 9:25am
  • 5K: 10:15am

2K Kids

All entrants under the age of 5 must be accompanied by a non registered parent/guardian for the entire duration of the race.  


There is no minimum age however all entrants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a registered parent/guardian for the entire duration of the race.


All entrants must be at least 12 years old on race day.


All entrants must be at least 16 years old on race day.

Distances can be changed online here. Distance upgrades/downgrades can be made online up until Thursday, 15 October 2020.

If a race bib has already been assigned for your original distance you will be able to use it for your new distance on race day.

Allow 1 hour from Melbourne on the Calder Freeway. Stay on the freeway past both the Macedon and Woodend turn-offs. You will see a sign with a picture of Hanging Rock that indicates turn-off is 5km further on. You must take the ‘Woodend, Lancefield and Romsey’ turn-off from the Calder Freeway.


The car park will open from 7.00am. The only point of entry to Hanging Rock Racecourse is off South Rock Road. Once you enter Hanging Rock Reserve, please follow the directions from our marshals. Please allow enough time to park and walk to the event site.

Clothing storage is available in the Event Village. Look for the ‘Bag Drop’ marquee.

Your race number features a tear-off strip for you to attach to your backpack or clothing bag. Do not leave any valuables in your bag as we cannot accept responsibility for valuables lost or stolen. We no longer offer single-use plastic bags at the bag drop, so please remember to bring your own bag to the event.


If you opted to have your race pack posted to you, it will arrive in the mail starting Thursday 9 April 2020.

Sole Motive Store Collection

If you opt to collect your race pack, and register before 11:59pm 5 April, your Race Pack will be available from the Sole Motive store (170 Queen Street, Melbourne) from 12pm Tuesday, 7 April 2020 until 5:30pm Thursday, 16 April.

Event Village, On Day Collection

If you opt to collect your race pack, and cannot pick it up from the Sole Motive store before 5:30pm 16 April 2020, your pack will be available from the Race Pack Collection Marquee at the Event Village, Hanging Rock on Saturday, 18 April 2020 from 7:15am.

You do not have to notify Sole Motive, the organiser if you are unable to run for any reason. However, there are no refunds for non-starters or non-finishers.

We do offer a credit note, or you can change your distance. If you would like to change your distance please email

If you would like to withdraw and would like a credit note (minus $10 for administration fees) please email by 5:00pm Friday, 9 October 2020. After this time no credit notes will be offered.

Credit notes are valid for Sole Motive events only and are valid for 1 year from the date of issue.

Event transfer:

Please note that there is a $10 admin fee to transfer your entry into someone else’s name. Please contact by Friday, 9 October 2020 if you’d like to do so.

You don’t have to notify the organisers if you are unable to run for any reason. Under no circumstances may you transfer or give your race bib or timing tag to another person to use.

You will need to pick-up another Race Pack at the Event Village from 7:15am from the Entries Marquee.

All participants must wear a race number. Anyone without a race number will not be permitted to start the event. Please note replacement race numbers for lost race numbers or incorrect addresses will incur a $10 admin fee.

Yes, on day entries are available from 7:15am 18 April from the Entries Marquee in the Event Village.

All-terrain prams are permitted however entrants are asked to start at the back of the group.

The event will generally go ahead rain or shine. In case of extreme weather, we will decide if it is safe for the event to continue.

Please note: If the event is cancelled, entries are non-refundable.

The course is measured using a GPS watch.

We will be using the ‘Race Result’ software and hardware timing system to time all runners. Your timing device is located on the back of your bib and does not need to be returned after your race.

Live results are available online. Official results will be available from 9am the following morning. Participants who have nominated to receive SMS results, and have paid an additional $2, will receive their results SMS on the evening of the event.

Net time is the time a participant crosses the start line until they cross the finish line. This is how results are displayed on the website, however place getters are awarded on gun time, so the first person across the finish line wins.

Children under four years of age are not required to pay the entry fee, however for safety and insurance reasons we do still require an entry form to be completed.

Your credit card transaction will be displayed as ‘Sole Motive’.

Yes. Please notify Sole Motive via email or phone (03) 9285 0600.

Unfortunately, due to start times, it is not possible to compete in two distances.

For safety reasons, animals are not permitted on the course. Note: Guide dogs are allowed.

For safety reasons, bikes and rollerblades are not permitted on the course.

There will be toilets located at the Event Village. Please refer to the course map.

There will be a first aid station located at the finish line at the Event Village. There will also be a roving First Aid team out on the course, please refer to the course map.

Placegetters will be awarded on gun time, which is the time the gun goes off until the finish i.e. the first participant across the finish line wins. If there are multiple wave starts, it is the responsibility of the participant to position themselves in the first wave should they believe they have a chance of placing in the top ten.

If you believe you will be in the top 10 male/ top 10 female in each race category, please ensure you are close to the start line as the top three places awarded on race day are based on gun time. The decision of the Race Director is final.