Sunday 21st April 2024


Home of the RUN THE TAN annual showcase charity event and Run Club supporting Mental Health. Save the date for RUN THE THAN 2024!


Run the iconic Tan Track and support mental health!

Join elite athletes, celebrities, emergency service workers and schools as they run The Tan and raise funds and awareness for local mental health charities.

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Public Fun Run

Open to everyone. Limited spots available!

Elite Athletes

Main showcase event for Top Male & Female Elite Athletes.


Rub shoulders with your sport idols and celebrities and watch them tackle The Tan!

Emergency Services

Watch Emergency Services groups go head to head!


Battle of the Schools - who are the fastest schools.

About the track

When you visit Melbourne it is a must that you either walk, jog or run Melbourne’s iconic ‘Tan Track’ around the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

The ‘Tan Track’, better known as The Tan, derives its name (depending on whom you ask) from its tan colour; from its former tan bark surface; or as an abbreviation of “BoTANical Gardens”.

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Run for Mental Health

1 in 5 Australians will suffer mental illness this year. Did you know that Running for just 15 minutes a day reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. Source: helpguide.org

You can support mental health by taking part in Run The Tan and fundraising for local charities. Find out more about how you can make a difference to someone suffering from mental illnesses.

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8k per Day Challenge

Run or Walk 8km per day for 30 days to raise awareness and funds for the 8 Australians we lose each day through suicide.

Start your 30-day challenge any time from 1st September through to 30 November 2023. Create or join a Team or embark on the challenge as an individual.

Let’s rise to the challenge, to build a mentally healthier and stronger Australia!


The Tan Digital Clocks

Next time you're down at The Tan check out the digital clocks and the official top 10 fastest men's and women's times, take a selfie and post it on your socials. Remember to Tag your favorite athletes and #runthetan

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Run Club

Join us at 8am every Saturday morning for a run, jog or walk around The Tan, followed by coffee. It's free to join and everyone is welcome. We cater for all fitness levels and abilities. Go at your own pace. No pressure, no judgment, no expectations. Supported by qualified Running Coaches. Great way to kick start your weekends.

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What’s your fastest time around The Tan?

Can you beat "The Tan” record holders? Take on the best of the best and get your own "official" time around The Tan.


Craig Mottram

2006 | TOP MALE

The current record holder for the fastest lap around The Tan is Craig Mottram with a blazing time of 10 minutes and 8 seconds, ran in 2006.


Jessica Hull


The female record holder for the fastest lap around The Tan is Jessica Hull in a time of 11 minutes and 31 seconds, ran on 30 April 2023.


Michael Roeger

2023 | TOP PARA

The para record holder for the fastest multiclass ranked lap around The Tan is Michael Roeger (T46) in a time of 11 minutes and 03 seconds, ran on 30 April 2023.

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