Records smashed at Great Ocean Road Running Festival

May 20, 2024 BY

Grace Tame took out first place in the ultra 60km marathon. Photos: Alexander Polizzi

THE Great Ocean Road Running Festival returned to the region over the weekend with a record-breaking turnout.

Across the two-day festival, more than 10,700 participants laced up their runners as entrants of all ages and abilities took on distances ranging from 1.5km up to 60km.

Festival director Brad King said it was incredible to see runners from all over Australia complete the course in record numbers.

Crowds gathered to cheer participants on as they crossed the finish line.


“We’re proud to witness Australia’s running boom unite on our stunning Victorian coastline,” he said.

“With over 10,700 participants and eight of our nine events fully booked, the sheer enthusiasm and camaraderie on display was truly remarkable.”

In the men’s Great Ocean Road Marathon Johannes Motschmann was victorious in completing the 44km run in 2:35:35, followed by Dion Finocchiaro in second and Matthew Whitaker in third.

One of the events included the 14km paradise run, starting and finishing in Apollo Bay.


In the women’s category, Meriem Daoui took out first place completing the run in 3:04:24 with Petra Melis-Walsh taking second and Danni Rogan in third.

James Riggs took out first place in the men’s Ultra Marathon (60km) with a time of 3:56:41.

2021 Australian of the Year and activist Grace Tame was the first woman to cross the finish line in the 60km event in 4:43:43.

Over 10,700 participants took part in this year’s Great Ocean Road Running Festival.


The 2024 event also broke the fundraising record, raising more than $180,000 for a range of charities and causes including the Apollo Bay and District Health Foundation, beating the goal of $160,000.

“We want to say a big thank you to our community, both on the track and the sidelines for offering their unwavering support,” Mr King said.

“We can’t wait to see what we can achieve together in 2025.”

The festival will return next year on May 17 and May 18.

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