Melbourne 2017

Event Date: Sunday 14 May 2017



Event details


Sunday 14 May 2017, from 6.00am


Alexandra Gardens and the Tan Track, Melbourne 


4km walk 4km run 8km walk 8km run

Important dates

Last day to register & have race bib posted

Enter by 11.59pm on Monday 8 May 2017 to have your race number mailed to you before the event.

Online entries close

Saturday 13 May 2017 at 8:00am

Late entries & race kit collection

Saturday 13 May 2017 – 12.00pm-3:00pm

On the day entries

Sunday 14 May 2017 – from 6:00am

Entry fees


Early Bird


Last minute

Entry Prices

(up until 13/4/17)

(From 14/4/17)

(From 1/5/17)

Adult walker




Adult runner




Child*/Concession** walker




Child*/Concession** runner




Family (1 adult, up to 2 children)***




Family (2 adults, up to 2 children)***





*Child is under 18 years of age, children under 3 years are FREE.
**Concession includes student card, health care card or senior concession card.
***Price based on all family members walking. For each participant running, there will be an additional fee of $5.

Paper entry form

On the day timetable


8km run wave 1 


8km run wave 2


4km run wave 1


4km run wave 2


4km run wave 3


All Walkers pink wave


All Walkers blue wave


All Walkers green wave

The Course

The course follows the roads around the Royal Botanic Gardens, with the finish line on St Kilda Road. The start line is on Alexandra Avenue, near the Pillars of Wisdom. Both the run and walk events go in a clockwise direction around the circuit.

The 4km and 8km runs are staggered separately to the 4km and 8km walks.

Melbourne course map


Being involved and completing the Mother’s Day Classic is a challenging and rewarding experience which is further enhanced with a little preparation - for both the walking and running events. Our community training partner, parkrun, provide the perfect opportunity to get some kilometres in your legs before the big day. They organise free, weekly, 5km times all over Australia. You find one near you here.


Results will be available here on the Mother’s Day Classic website from Monday 15 May 2017. Remember, only runners will be timed.

Event day

Assembly area

Is located at Alexandra Gardens. Please follow instructions from event staff for directions to the start line or ask one of our friendly volunteers wearing information T-shirts for assistance if required.

Information marquees

The information marquees are located at various sites throughout the assembly area in Alexandra Gardens, and at the start line and finish line. Please go to the information marquees if you are unsure of anything.

Tribute wall

Tribute cards can be attached to your top in support or memory of a loved one touched by breast cancer. Tribute cards can be downloaded from the website, requested via the registration process or collected on day from the information marquee.

A special Tribute Wall will be located at Alexandra Gardens. Participants can choose to pin their tribute cards to the wall after their run or walk. A selection of the tributes will be displayed at Federation Square in the week following the event.

The Langham Melbourne Cloak Room (bag drop)

Participant clothing will be placed in individual storage areas during the event. Participants should attach the tear-off strip on the bottom of your event number to your backpack or plastic clothing bag by looping one end of the tag through the hole. When you drop your clothing off, an attendant will write the storage area on your race number. Please keep your event number as you will need it for bag pick up when you finish. Please do not leave valuables in your bags. The Mother’s Day Classic will take all care, but no responsibility, for valuables or clothing that are lost or damaged. Any clothing not collected on the day or left at the start line will be given to charity.

You cannot check bikes into the bag drop.

First aid

There are two first aid stations on the course, positioned at the 2km/6km mark and the 3km/7km mark, as well as roving first aid bike crews. There are also first aid stations at the assembly area and the finish area.

If you require medical assistance while out on the course, please notify the nearest course marshal and they will contact the appropriate personnel to assist you.

Water stations

Water will be provided at the assembly area, on the course, and at the finish line.


Toilets are located on Boathouse Drive, adjacent to the boatsheds. There will also be toilets located on Alexandra Avenue, just past Swan Street Bridge, on the way to the start line. A small number of toilets will also be located on the course.

Baby change

There will be a baby change and feed marquee in the main assembly area.

Meeting places

Be sure you arrange a clear meeting place for your family or team. We recommend meeting in the assembly area. The start line will be very crowded and a difficult meeting place.


Main stage

There will be free entertainment from the main stage including warm-up aerobics before each event, appearances from our celebrity and community ambassadors.

Kids Zone

We’ve created two zones this year – big kids zone with a Rock Climbing Wall and Face painting, and little kiddies will be well catered for with a Petting Zoo and the Spinning Tea Cups. We have also managed to squeeze in our old favourite, fairy floss. After your run or walk head to the kids zone ticket marquees and purchase as many tickets as you like. Then relax and let the kids run wild and enjoy!

Ticket pricing – Everything is $3 each (includes Face Painting, Fairy Floss, Rock Climbing and Tea Cups). Or purchase a Kid’s zone pass for $10 and get unlimited access to all of the above except Fairy Floss.


The annual fun run and walk on the morning of Mother’s Day includes a festival atmosphere pre, during and post event.

  • Free entertainment from the three event stages (main stage, start line and mini stage in ‘waiting zone’ near Swan Street Bridge) including warm-up aerobics, performers, researchers, musicians and celebrity appearances;
  • Free entertainment out on course such as DJ, drummers and cheerleaders.
  • Free children’s activities including a Rock climbing wall, face painting, petting zoo and spinning tea cups; and
  • Free roving performers including balloon and fairy clowns and stilt walkers. 

Sponsor activations including free give-aways such as Garnier gift packs, YMCA Kid Zone, Playgroup Victoria kids activities and free coffee!

There will also be giveaways for the best fancy-dress costumes - so get creative and remember to come dressed to impress!


At the food court in the assembly area you will find a wide selection of food, coffee and drinks to enjoy including Mother’s Day Classic BBQ and healthy fruit salads.

Prizes and trophies

All participants receive a 2017 medallion.


Team categories:

Age category medals

Mailed after the event 4km and 8km runs winners for each age category. Age categories - U15, U18, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

Runner's prizes

The run presentation ceremonies will be held at the completion of each running event at the finish line stage. Trophies will be given to first, second and third placegetters. It is expected that winners are present to accept their prize.

  • 8km runners at 8.00am
  • 4km runners at 8.45am

Team awards and presentations will be held on the main stage in the assembly area from 11.30am.

Runner's please note: Your results will be produced by net time. The timing tag attached to your race bib will record your official time from when you cross the start line until you cross the finish line. However, trophies will be awarded to the first three males and females in each event based on gun time. So, if you feel you have a chance of placing, please run in the first wave of your chosen distance.



Please also check out the FAQ page on the website which answers some commonly asked questions about the event.


Have a question?
For more event information contact: 03 9285 0600 or

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