Melbourne Marathon is an iconic running event where it attracts thousands of people. Each year all the universities participate in this and there are teams. There are prizes for the best team and the best team player. There are also cash prizes for the fastest runner in each category.
You do have to be committed to training and not give up when the study gets in the way. You will need to organise your training times and sacrifice some of your free time. Most people can expect to spend about 4-5 hours during the weekends for their long runs.
The best part of it is that you get to see Melbourne for free during your training and when you train at night you can see lots of the night life for free. Eg: the Crown casino fire balls which happen nightly.
If you join your uni’s team there might be free food for you as well as massages and other giveaways.
Joining your university’s team also gives you a chance to contribute to their score and will help them to win a prize. This is a great chance to meet some new people outside of your course. Most of the people you meet might become your running buddies for a long time.
Registering for this year’s Melbourne Marathon is between $50- $200 depending on how far you want to run. You can register here. If you register it is a lot of fun and you’ll get some goodies at the end, plus a free ticket to a couple of events like the Taste of Melbourne which you can enjoy with friends.