VIC - Melbourne - Royal Botanic Gardens (The Tan)

Registrations for this event have now closed.


Where: Alexandra Gardens, Boathouse Drive, Melbourne

When: Sunday 14th May

Important Information: Melbourne Event timings 

  • Arrive via the Event Village (do not go straight to the Start Line).
  • Please arrive in the Event Village 45 – 60 minutes before your Start Time.
  • If you don’t have you race bib please head to the registration tent to pick up well ahead of your start time.
  • You will be called to the “AIA All or Something” Warm Up Zone 30-45 minutes before your start time.

Distances and wave times:

7.00am Run 12km 8.15am Stronger Together Walk 8km
7.05am Run 8km 8.15am Stronger Together Walk 4km
7.10am Run 8km 8.25am Walk 8km
7.15am Run 4km 8.35am Walk 4km
7.50am Run 4km 8.45am Walk 4km or 8km
7.55am Run 4km 8.55am Walk 4km or 8km
9.05am Walk 4km
9.15am Walk 4km
9.25am Walk 4km
9.35am Walk 4km
9.45am Walk 4km

Thank you to The Langham, Melbourne for providing prizes of accommodation packages at The Langham, Melbourne for winners of the 4km and 8km runs

Stronger Together: If you have been touched by breast cancer, join a ‘Stronger Together’ time, when we will reflect on the strength of our MDC community (formerly named Survivor Wave).

Accessibility: Wheelchair and pram friendly.

Bib Collection: 

Participants can collect their race bib from the registration/collection tent. 

  • Friday 1:00pm- 4:00pm
  • Saturday 12.00 - 3.00pm
  • Sunday from 6.00am - 9:00am. Please allow ample time to collect your bib- warm up commences 30 minutes before your wave time.

Please leave ample time to collect your race bib. 

Tribute cards:
Download & print: 

Unfortunately no dogs allowed.

Support MDC Melbourne through our online raffle


- Race bib to wear on the day
- Commemorative medallion
- Certificate of participation (downloadable)
- Timing services for all runners
- Fundraising and fitness online dashboard 
- On the day entertainment
- On the day giveaways from our event sponsors

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On the day activities and entertainment

In Melbourne, experience the true magic of traditional MDC events. Feel the buzz of the event village, entertainment, music, and food stalls to enjoy throughout the day! Here are just a few examples of what you can expect on event day:

 What’s happening on event day:

Other sponsored activities:

Look out for Cocobella to receive your coconut water and yoghurt sample!

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Course information

Starting on Alexandra Avenue, the course will complete 1(4km), 2(8km) or 3(12km) laps around Melbourne’s the Tan track and finish within Alexandra Gardens.

Download map

Melbourne - The Tan map 2023

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Getting there, parking & road closures

Limited street parking is available around The Tan due to road closures. Paid parking sites are located around the Arts centre precinct.

Public transport


The closest train station to the event village is Flinders Street Station, disembark at Flinders Street Station and take the Swanston Street exit from the station and turn right. You can also alight at Richmond Station and walk-up Swan Street to the start line.

Cycling to the event

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

By Tram

  • Tram Routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 all travel down St. Kilda Road, disembark at the Federation Square/Swanston St stop and cross the road to Alexandra Gardens.
  • Tram Routes 35, 70 and 75 travel down Swanston Street, disembark at the Swanston St and Flinders Street stop, cross over St Kilda Road and walk south towards Alexandra Gardens.
  • For tram timetables or disruptions to services visit

Road Closures





Alexandra Ave

West of Swan St Bridge



Alexandra Ave

Swan St to Punt Road



Anderson Street

Alexandra Ave to Domain Rd



Domain Road

Anderson St to Birdwood Ave



Birdwood Ave

Domain Road to Govt House Drive



Linlithgow Ave

Govt House Drive to Alexandra Ave



St Kilda Rd (Service Lane Carriageway)

Flinders St to Linlithgow Ave



Boathouse Drive

Alexandra Ave

6:00pm (SAT)

2:00pm (SUN)

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On the day facilities

The Check-in area
Look out for the pink Mother's Day Classic flags.

Bag drop - The Langham, Melbourne Cloak Room 
There will be a baggage storage area on site where you can leave your belongings from 6:00am-12:00pm. Please do not leave any valuables in the storage area as we will not be responsible for goods lost or stolen.

Toilets will be made available for use within the event village and around the course. Signage and information on toilet locations will be made available to participants, look out for directional signage or ask one of our friendly staff members for directions if required.

On the day you'll be able to donate funds via the collection tins or via the SMS donation number (simply text MDC to 0488 849 632).

First aid
First aid will be located within the event village

Food & drink
BYO water in reusable bottles, water stations will be located along the route for use. 

Unfortunately no dogs allowed.

This event will be conducted in accordance with any relevant state and federal government guidelines, public health directives and other government law, regulations or directions.