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Melbourne Marathon

In the past the Melbourne Marathon was a long run along the road next to the beach, in recent years the course has been changed to take in the many parks and landmarks closer to the city centre which makes it easier for runners to get to and from the course.

One of Melbourne's most famous attractions is the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the marathon starts close to the MCG and finishes inside the stadium. The race starts on Batman Avenue, close to Rod Laver Arena where the Australian Open tennis played during January, and the runners head into the centre of Melbourne before turning south along St Kilda Road. This long, and quite flat, section of the run then takes runners to Albert Park Lake. Although run in the opposite direction, these are the same streets that the Formula 1 cars race on. The runners then run along next to the beach before returning to St Kilda Road and eventually the MCG.

Some of the uphill sections of the race are when the roads are an underpass. There are no large hills to slow down runners. Drink stations are located every one or two kilometres and all have water available and the majority also have a couple of flavours of energy drinks.

The race takes place in October, while there can be some hot days during that month the usual temperatures are between lows of 10 degrees Celsius and highs of 20 degrees Celsius. The race starts early in the morning so runners will avoid the hottest part of the day. That month can produce rain but it is more likely to be a light shower compared to a tropical storm.

Andrew Lloyd won the race on three consecutive occasions. More recently the marathon was won twice by Asnake Fikadu before Japhet Kipkorir also won it two times in a row. Japhet Kipkorir recorded a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 4 seconds in 2010 which beat the previous record which had been set in 1982. That same year also saw Ethiopian Mulu Seboka set the women's record time of 2 hours, 32 minutes and 20 seconds.

Getting to the starting area for the marathon can mean driving into the area, taking the train to the city or Richmond Station, or taking a tram to the start. Visitors to Melbourne will fly into Melbourne Airport which is located at Tullamarine. Taxis and airport buses take people from the airport to the centre of Melbourne.

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