Melbourne 2017

Event Date: Sunday 14 May 2017


Event details

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 20th anniversary Mother’s Day Classic in 2017.

Information about the 2018 event will become available soon.

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 are available here. Remember, only runners are 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.


Mother’s Day Classic Road Closures

Sun 14 May 2017    5:00am to 2:00pm 

The following roads will be closed for the 20th anniversary Mother's Day Classic Event. 

  • St Kilda Road will be closed between Flinders St and Anzac Avenue – Southbound lanes only;
  • Alexandra Ave closed between Punt Rd and Swan St Bridge;
  • Linlithgow Ave closed from Alexandra Ave to St Kilda Rd and Government House Dve;
  • Birdwood Ave closed between Government House Dve and Domain Rd;
  • Domain Rd closed between Birdwood Ave and Anderson St;
  • Anderson St closed between Domain Rd and Alexandra Ave;
  • Vehicular traffic exiting Acland St, Fairlie Crt, Clowes St and St Leonards Crt will be permitted to turn left under marshals instructions;
  • Dallas Brooks Dve, closed at Domain Rd – access for permitted vehicles only;
  • Walsh St closed to through traffic, however Left Turn Local Traffic Only signage will be placed at Domain Rd;
  • Boathouse Dve will be closed at Alexandra Ave – access for permitted vehicles only.

 Other traffic arrangements

  • St Kilda Rd southbound service lane will be closed from 5am Saturday 13 May until 5pm Sunday 14 May;
  • Limited parking will be permitted on Boathouse Dve from 8am Tuesday 9 May until Monday 15 May.

 Swan Street Bridge Works

  • Major Victorian Project Works - Swan Street Bridge Works – Please refer to Vic Roads website

 For questions or queries surrounding these closures, please contact:

Sole Motive Events (03) 9285 060



There will be free entertainment from the Northern Trust Main Stage including warm-up aerobics before each event, appearances from our celebrity and community ambassadors.

Kids Zone

We have the biggest kid's zone we've ever had and it's all FREE! Bungee Trampoline, Spinning Tea Cups, Face Painting, Petting Zoo as well as activation's from PlayGroup, YMCA and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. We have also managed to squeeze in our old favourite, fairy floss. Before or after your run or walk - head to the kids zone, relax and let the kids run wild. ENJOY! 


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 (Northern Trust Main Stage, start line and Northern Trust Pre-Start Stage 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.

Getting there

8km runners – Due to the road closures for the day the 8km run starts before public transport gets to the city.

4km runners – Some tram lines will get you to Alexandra gardens for the start of your event but there are limited trains arriving prior to the start of your event.


Disembark at Flinders Street Station and take the Swanston Street exit from the station and turn right. Marshals will be present to direct you to the assembly area at Alexandra Gardens. You can also disembark at Richmond Station and walk up Swan Street to the start line.

Please note that trains will run on a regular Sunday timetable. Please check the public transport timetables to make sure you arrive in time for the run by visiting PTV.


Tram numbers 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 & 72 all travel down St Kilda Road. Disembark at the Arts Centre and cross the road to Alexandra Gardens.

Please note that trams will run on a regular Sunday timetable. Further information is available from PTV.


Bicycle parking will be available on Boathouse Drive. Please bring a lock. We cannot accept responsibility for bikes lost or stolen.


Car parking is extremely limited.

Southgate Car Park* (access from City Road or Southgate Avenue) is open 24hrs this Mother's Day weekend for a flat day parking rate of only $12**. Southgate Car Park is located directly underneath Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct and is right next to Alexandra Gardens.

For more information visit

It is strongly recommended you car pool to the event and arrive early to guarantee a park.

  • Southgate (access from City Road or Southgate Avenue) is open 24hrs for a flat rate of $12 - see above.
  • Federation Square car park is open from 8am for a flat rate of $16
  • Arts Centre car park is open 24hrs for a flat rate of $21

Please be aware of the event course and avoid parking on the run/walk course and adhere to parking restrictions if parking on the streets.

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+.


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

  • 8km runners at 8.05am
  • 4km runners at 8.55am

Team awards and presentations will be held on the Northern Trust Main Stage 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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