Run Melbourne
Virtual 2021

Race start date: 24 July – 1 August 2021

Start Line: Anywhere 21.1K, 10K, 5K – within your restrictions (results will be accepted outside the above dates)

Who: Run Melbourne 2021 participants only

Run Melbourne Virtual 2021

Your run. Your way.

As an entered RM participant you can enter the virtual event as well as choose from the following 3 options. Click here.

We know how hard you’ve been training for Run Melbourne and we want to celebrate the hours you’ve put in – the long runs, the 5 am starts, the gym sessions and more! From 24 July to 1 August run with Run Melbourne virtually and share your race day pics with us on insta @runmelbourne #runmelbourne2021.

Run to be your best and, together, let’s support one another across that race day finish line.

We’ve extended fundraising to 19 September 2021, so continue to fundraise for a cause that’s close to your heart.

Keep running. Stay connected. Stay safe.


How does it work?

Sign up

Free to all Run Melbourne 2021 participants register via this link.


Get your race bib

Download your Half Marathon, 10k or 5k virtual race bib or use your 2021 race bib (if you’ve received it).


Ready, set, race

Set your route, track your run on Garmin or Strava.


Submit your results

We will send you a unique link to submit your results, verify your time via your fitness tracker (Garmin or Strava) or upload a photo of your time, and see yourself on the leaderboard.

Receive your finisher medal

This will be available for collection at Sole Motive CBD & Sole Motive Hawthorn stores at the conclusion of the Run Melbourne Virtual event.


Race day prizes

Bring your race day vibes for the chance to win prizes!

Run Melbourne 2021 Merchandise


Frequently Asked Questions


I have already registered for Run Melbourne 2021, will I be automatically entered into the virtual run?

No, you need to register for the event via this link. This does not affect or replace your registration for Run Melbourne 2021, which has postponed to 2022.

Will Run Melbourne 2021 still go ahead?

Run Melbourne has been postponed to 2022. All registered participants will be notified via email, our website and on our Facebook Event page.

When can I run?

Run Melbourne Virtual will take place from 6am, Saturday 24 July – 11:59pm Sunday 1 August.

Who can run?

Any Run Melbourne 2021 participant can run the virtual event. You must register here.

Does it cost to run the virtual event?

No, the virtual event is free to all Run Melbourne 2021 participants.

What happens with my 2021 entry:

Click here to view options here on homepage

How / Where do I upload my results?

Once you enter a unique link will be emailed to you. Be sure to keep an eye on your email.

Emails will be sent:

  • 5pm, Friday 23 July 2021
  • 5pm, Monday 27 July 2021
  • 5pm, Friday 30 July 2021
  • 5pm, Monday 2 August 2021
Where do I upload my results?

1. Strava:
From the Strava app, go to Profile > Activities, then click on the “Share” icon (box with arrow pointing up), click “More” and press “Copy” to copy the link or, alternatively, save the image. We recommend saving the image rather than using the upload link as this won’t work if your profile is set to “Private”. You are not required to provide a link AND an image. One of the two is fine.

2. Garmin: https://support.garmin.com/en-AU/?faq=dOYUNh48g67aPgYTfBJPh7

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, all finishers who upload their results will receive a certificate from Monday, 2 August 2021. Your certificate will be available on the results page on Monday, 2 August 2021.

Will I still get my medal?

Yes, medals will be available for collection when restrictions ease and retail open. Collections times can be within retail hours, see opening hours here.

Are there prizes?

The virtual race is non-competitive. No prizes will be allocated to placegetters.

Do I have to run the distance I originally registered for Run Melbourne?

No, you can run any of the three distances (5km, 10km, 21.1km) in the virtual event.

I can’t run during the virtual timeframe (24 July - 1 August), can I still take part in the virtual run?

Yes, you can!

We understand you may not be able to complete your chosen distance within the 2 hour exercise period due to Government restrictions. The results link will remain open after this date until restrictions ease to allow all runners to run.

Do I need to wear a mask when running?

People (aged 12+) living in Victoria will be required to wear a face covering when leaving home from 11:59pm Thursday, 15 July 2021.

If you’re out doing vigorous exercise you don’t have to wear a mask, but you need to carry one with you and put it on when you stop.

“Strenuous exercise includes activities like jogging, running or cycling but not walking,” the official DHHS advice says.

For all other states please refer to your current COVID-19 restrictions.

Can I run anywhere?

Yes. Where you run is completely up to you! Just be safe, and practice social distancing.

Note: People living in Victoria should only run within a 5k radius or as per the Victorian governments guidelines. Joggers must stick to their closest trails and tracks and travel the minimum distance and time to complete their exercise. Outdoor exercise and recreation is limited to you and the members of your household, or you plus one other person if you do not live with them.

More info here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings

Can I walk?

​​Yes, you can choose to walk or run your distance.

Note: People (aged 12+) living in Victoria will be required to wear a face covering when leaving home from 11:59pm Thursday 15, July 2021. If you’re out doing vigorous exercise you don’t have to wear a mask, but you need to carry one with you and put it on when
you stop.

“Strenuous exercise includes activities like jogging, running or cycling but not walking,” the official DHHS advice says.

Can I run on a treadmill?

Yes, absolutely! Simply complete the distance and upload your final time to the results page.

    Can I still buy 2021 merchandise?

    Yes, scroll up to purchase merchandise.

    What race bib can I use?

    If you have received your 2021 race bib via post you can use that, or you can download a digital copy below:


    Can I raise funds for charities?

    Participants who are already registered for Run Melbourne 2021 will be able to continue their fundraising without making any changes. If you haven’t started fundraising yet, please click here to set up a fundraising page.

    If you haven’t registered for Run Melbourne, you can choose to fundraise for over 140 charities during the registration process. Once you have registered (even if you didn’t choose a charity at the time), you can click here at any time to set up a fundraising page.

    You can continue to fundraise until 19 September 2021.

    How do I join Strava?

    You can join the Run Melbourne Strava Club here.

    Go to your device’s app store and download the Strava app (Google Play or App Store)
    You can choose to either sign up with Facebook, Google or your email.
    Strava will prompt you to immediately fill out some basic information for your profile. It’s
    up to you how much of your personal details you want to keep private. You can skip the other initial prompts with as little action as possible. There’s nothing Strava will ask you
    up front that you won’t be able to change later, and it’s more worthwhile to make those
    decisions while learning to navigate the platform.
    Now that you’ve explored the basic functions, it’s time to get started. We’re ready, are
    you? Click the link in the email to join the Run Melbourne Strava Club.

    How do I track my run (using Strava)?

    There are three ways to track your runs using Strava:

    On the app, head to “Settings”, then “Applications, Services and Devices”, then Connect
    a device to Strava. This will automatically upload your workouts after you save the
    activity to your watch.

    USING THE STRAVA APP (no tracker)
    Tap the Record tab in the app. The GPS on your smartphone will record the data, & once you’re done with your workout it will be uploaded to your activities when you hit save.

    Choose the plus sign then select the manual entry option. From there, you can fill in as many details as you know, taken, for example, from a basic watch.

    I don’t want to download Strava, how do I track and upload my run/results?

    You can track your run manually and upload your results via the link that will be emailed to you.

    You can also use your fitness tracker (e.g. Garmin Watch) and upload a link to your run from your device’s connected app (e.g. Garmin Connect).

    What are my options for my Run Melbourne 2021 entry?

    Please find your options here.

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    Run Melbourne Update

    Please note, in light of the Government announcement of the lockdown extension, it is with deep regret that we are announcing that Run Melbourne can no longer proceed as planned on Sunday 25 July.

    If you have registered for Run Melbourne 2021 please see your options here.