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The Melbourne event involves a 4km and 8km walk and run around Alexandra Gardens and the Tan Track. For more details on the Melbourne event and registration closing dates see the information below.

If running and walking isn't your thing you can still join in the fun of the day by volunteering to help out.

Alternatively, you can come along and support all walkers and runners and join in the entertainment and activity taking place around the course. All participants are in the running for spot prizes, given out around the course on the day

Remember to fill in a tribute card to wear on the day in memory of a loved one or with words of encouragement to someone currently undergoing treatment. You can also add your tribute message to our online tribute wall. Create your tribute card here.

If you wish to make a stand alone donation to the Mother's Day Classic for breast cancer research, you can do so from our website here.

Help us promote the MDC – download a copy of the Melbourne poster.

To view our Melbourne Sponsors click here.        

Message from the Lord Mayor

Read a message from the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, City of Melbourne in support of the Mother's Day Classic.

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Free training runs

Active Melbourne are setting up FREE running training sessions at the Tan Track for Melbourne Mother's Day Classic participants. Follow the link below to register to attend.

When: Tuesday 25 March, Tuesday 1 April, Tuesday 8 April, Tuesday 15 April, Tuesday 29 April and Tuesday 6 May (note: you can attend all or chose to only attend certain dates)
Time: 6.00pm (sessions will last approx. 1 hour)
Where: The start of the Sydney Myer Music Bowl driveway (Just near the intersection of Linlithgow Avenue & Alexandra Avenue).

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Please note that the below information is subject to change. Please check back closer to the event date.

Where: 

Alexandra Gardens and the Tan Track, Melbourne (Melways ref: 2F J7)

When: 

Sunday 11 May 2014.  From 6.00am to 12noon.

Registration closing dates: 
  • Early bird entries close: 11.59pm Wednesday 9 April 2014
  • Online entries close: 11.59pm Wednesday 7 May 2014
  • Mailed entries close: 5.00pm Friday 2 May 2014
  • Corporate team entries paying in bulk: Payments must be finalised by Wednesday 9 April 2014.
  • Late entries: are available at Alexandra Gardens at the following times:
    • Saturday 10 May 2014  - 10.00am - 3.00pm
    • Sunday 11 May 2014 (event day) from 6.00am (arrive early to avoid the queues).
  • Enter by 9.00am on Friday 2 May 2014 to have your race number mailed to you before the event.
  • Please note, if you enter the event after 9.00am on Friday 2 May 2014 you must collect your race number on the morning of the event from the number pick up marquee.
How to register: 

Online registrations are now open.

You can enter in person on-the-day from 6.00am or on Saturday 10 May between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Arrive early to avoid queues.

Or download a hard copy of the entry form below.

Melbourne Entry Form

Entry Prices Early bird online  Post early bird online  On-the-day 
Adult walker $40 $50 $55
Child under 16 $20 $25 $30
Concession* $25 $30 $35
Family (1 adult, up to 4 children) $60 $70 $75
Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) $90 $100 $105
Additional child (on family ticket) $10 $15 $20
Timing fee (mandatory for runners) $4 $4 $4
SMS results (optional for runners only) $1 $1 $1

*Concession includes student card, health care card or senior concession card

Teams

If you are entering as part of a team and each member is paying individually, please enter via the online registration system. The first team member to register (usually the team coordinator) will be required to create the team during registration. Once this is done (and the individual who is creating the team has paid for their registration) the team name will automatically appear in the team drop down box when “team” is selected by new team members when they are registering. Make sure you give all potential team members the name and correct spelling of the team you have set up. Please ensure your team members select your team name when prompted to do so. It is imperative that this is done during the registration process.

Corporate Team registration is now closed. If you have entered a corporate team, please finalise your entries by COB Wednesday April 9.  You can still have a team, and have participants pay for themselves by setting up a team during the normal registration process. You will come to a page asking - "Do you want to join or create a team".

Event information kit: 

Your event kit will include: race number (with a timing chip attached if you are a runner) and a tribute card (if requested during registration).

Event kits will commence to be sent out from commencing Tuesday 1 April 2014.

Each entrant will receive their own event kit. If you entered a number of people at the same address then each person will be mailed their own race kit.
* Please note that the individual kits may arrive on different days even if you registered at the same time.

An event kit will be mailed to all participants whose registration is received by 9.00am on Friday 2 May 2014.

If you register after 9.00am on Friday 2 May 2014, you will need to collect your race number at the Mother’s Day Classic registration area at Alexandra Gardens at the following times:

  • Saturday 10 May 2014 10.00am to 3.00pm
  • Sunday 11 May 2014 from 6:00am

Please note that merchandise will be mailed separately to the event kits.

Runners: 

Runners will be given a timing tag, which will be attached to the back of your race number. Please ensure that your timing tag is attached correctly. You will not receive a time if you do not have a timing tag.

Start times: 

Please arrive at the assembly area at least 30 minutes prior to run events and 45 minutes prior to walk events in order to allow plenty of time to register and warm up.

Please note the new EARLIER start times for the Melbourne event to help eliminate congestion when approaching the start line.

6.00am    Registration opens
6.43am    Memorial minute of silence - runners
6.45am    Warm-up aerobics commences for 8km runners
7.15am    8km run starts – first wave
7.20am    8km run starts – second wave
7.25am    8km run starts - third wave
7.45am    Warm-up aerobics commences for 4km runners
8.15am    4km run starts – first wave
8.30am    4km run starts – second wave
8.45am    4km run starts – third wave
8.28am    Memorial minute of silence - walkers
8.30am    Warm-up aerobics commences for walkers
9.15am    Light pink walker wave starts
9.35am    Blue walker wave starts
9.55am    Green walker wave starts
11.30am  Main stage presentations
1.00pm    Presentations and formalities finish

New Wave starts for 2014

Due to the large number of participants expected and to ensure your safety, all events will be sent off in waves. 

Runners

The 8km run event will have two wave starts and this year the 4km run event will have three. You must select a wave start during the registration process. The times are as follows:

7.15am    8km run starts – first wave (yellow race bibs)
7.20am    8km run starts – second wave (purple race bibs)
7.25am    8km run starts - third wave (orange race bibs)

8.15am    4km run starts – first wave (white race bibs)
8.30am    4km run starts – second wave (red race bibs)
8.45am    4km run starts – third wave (dark green race bibs)

Each wave has a capacity of 4,000 participants. Once the wave is full, participants will have to select another wave. Participants must start in the wave selected.

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.

Walkers

During the registration process, walkers will be able to select one of the following waves to start in:

Wave Start Light pink – 9.15am
Wave Start  Light Blue – 9.35am
Wave Start Light Green – 9.55am

Each wave has a capacity of 10,000 participants. Once the wave is full, participants will have to select another wave. Participants must start in the wave selected.

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 run separately to the 4km and 8km walks.

See the course map below:

Melbourne Course Map

*Please note course subject to change

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.

Train

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 http://ptv.vic.gov.au/ or call Metlink on 131 638 6am – midnight daily.

Using your Myki card gives you a capped fare while travelling on public transport on Sunday. For more information on about public transport and fares visit fares and tickets

Tram

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 www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au

Cycle

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

Car parking

Car parking is extremely limited. 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 $8.
  • Arts Centre car park is open 24hrs for a flat rate of $15
  • Federation Square car park is open from 8am for a flat rate of $15

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.

Access and mobility

There will be an accessible drop-off point on event day on St. Kilda Road in front of the Arts Centre. St. Kilda Road will be closed for Southbound traffic. All traffic wishing to use the accessible drop-off point must approach from the northbound lanes.

Disabled parking is available at the Arts Centre car park.

Event day information: 

The information marquees are located at various sites throughout the assembly area in Alexandra Gardens, and at the start line and finish line. We also have “ask me” volunteers roving around the assembly area. Please ask these volunteers or go to the information marquees if you are unsure of anything.

Race numbers

Please note that all runners and walkers need to pin their race number on the front of their top before arriving at the event.

Anyone without a race number will not be permitted to start the event.

Race numbers will be mailed out to all participants who enter before 9.00am on Friday 2 May 2014. Participants who enter after this date and time will need to collect their race number on Saturday 10 May from 10.00am to 3.00pm or on the morning of the event or from the number pick up marquee located in the assembly area.

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.

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. 

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.

Food court

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.

Environmental Policy

The Mother’s Day Classic cares about the environment. Where possible, please use public transport or bike ride to the event. Your help will reduce the impact of the event on the environment. 

Unfortunately, balloons are not allowed to be brought to the event.

Safety at the event

For safety reasons please DO NOT bring dogs, rollerblades, skateboards or bikes on the course.

Prams are permitted on the course, however please start towards the back of the group.

Activities at the event: 

The Mother’s Day Classic includes lots of extra activities for kids and adults. These include warm-up aerobics, roving performers, a food court, free massage, entertainment, plus a kids activity area with face painting, fairy floss and jumping castles.

Kids can enter the Mother’s Day Classic to walk or run so long as they have permission from their parent or guardian.

Prizes: 
  • All participants receive a 2014 medallion, which cleverly converts to a key ring and lanyard.
  • Age category medals for 4km and 8km runs will be mailed to winners of each age category after the event. Age categories - U15, U18, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

Trophies     

  • Trohpy awarded to fastest female in the 4 km run sponsored by AMP Capital.
  • Trohpy awarded to fastest male in the 4 km run sponsored by People Dynamics. 
  • Trohpy awarded to fastest female in the 8km run sponsored by Catholic Super.
  • Trohpy awarded to fastest male in the 8km run sponsored by Wingate Asset Management.
  • Trohpy awarded to the largest secondary school team sponsored by NGS Super.
  • Trohpy awarded to the largest primary school team
  • Trohpy for the largest corporate team from a company with over 100 employees sponsored by BNP Paribas.
  • Trohpy awarded to the largest corporate team from a company of less than 100 employees sponsored by REI Super.
  • Trohpy awarded to the largest 'Community Group and Clubs' team sponsored by REI Super.
  • Trohpy for the largest 'Gym/Personal Fitness/ Wellbeing' team
  • Trohpy awarded to the largest 'Family and Friends' team sponsored by REI Super.
  • Trohpy awarded to the largest Tertiary team from Victoria trophy sponsored by UniSuper.
  • Trohpy awarded to the largest Government Department/Agency team
  • Trophy awarded to the best dressed competitor sponsored by Franklin Templeton Investments Australia Limited.

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.

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.

Results and certificates: 

Go to www.mothersdayclassic.com.au  on Tuesday 13 May for run results. You can also print out an official certificate from the website. Walkers will not be timed.

Presentation ceremonies

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.

Spot prizes will be randomly handed out and will be available for collection from the main stage.

Runners age category winners will be listed on the website and medals will be sent out to the winners within two weeks.

Age categories

U15, U18, 18 - 29 years, 30 - 39 years, 40 - 49 years, 50 - 59 years, 60 - 69 years and 70+.

Important information: 
  • No pets, rollerblades, skateboards or bikes are permitted on the course. Prams are permitted, but please start towards the back of the group.
  • There will be a large number of people at the event, so make sure you use the meeting points provided.
  • Ensure you keep an eye on your children and organise specific points to meet before the event in case someone gets lost.
  • Be aware that you are a pedestrian on public roads and please follow instructions from race officials.
  • Please remember to dress according to the weather (warm clothing, rain jacket, hat and sunscreen) and wear comfortable shoes.
Contact: 

Have a question? 

Please go to our FAQ page by clicking here.

If your question is not answered on the FAQ page, you may call 03 9285 0600 during business hours. We kindly ask that you only contact us should your question not be answered in the FAQ section.

Telephone:

For more event information contact: 03 9285 0600

 

 

 

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