The inaugural Run the Tan annual showcase event is planned to be held on Saturday 24th April 2021 

The Course

The official start point is at the Pillars of Wisdom near the junction of Olympic Boulevard and Alexandra Avenue, where you will proceed clockwise along the Tan Track heading east along Alexandra With the Botanic Gardens on your right and the Yarra River on your left, you make a 90 degree turn up the ever so dreaded Anderson St, bringing you just short of Domain Rd. From here you take another right turn veering back onto the gravel Tan Track alongside Birdswood Ave. You then pass the main entrance to the Gardens heading towards Linlithgow Ave taking in the Shrine of Remembrance on the left along the way and eventually back to Alexandra Avenue to complete a full lap. Keep the gardens on your right hand side all the way and you can’t get lost!

One of the biggest challenges of running The Tan is Anderson Street Hill. This part of the track, up Anderson Street, has an incline of 4% with a 16m climb over a distance of approximately 600m. The rest of the track is relatively flat and easy to navigate around with distance markers every 250m.


Junior (under 18)$55

*All early bird entries submitted by 3rd March will receive a complimentary branded Run the Tan race event medal.

*All prices are inclusive of GST

Event Schedule

The event is planned to kick off at 9am on Saturday 24 April 2021.

The event schedule is expected to be in the following order:

  • Race BIB Pick Up
  • Elite Athletes (Main showcase event)
  • Sporting Heroes
  • Emergency Services
  • Fun Run (Public)

The final event schedule will be published closer to the event.



It is expected to offer the largest prize money for any event of its kind in Australia with a total prize pool for the Elite Event of $20,000.  Prize money and pride will be on the table!

A special bonus will be offered to the overall winning male and female if they also break the respective all time official record for their gender category. 

Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters for each of the other key race events.

We are also looking to recognise and award King and Queen of the Mountain fastest time in each category for the Anderson Street Hill segment and Age Grade Rankings will be recorded and recognised for all the events. Additional categories will include; Para Athletes, Juniors and 5yr age groups categories from 35+


Bib Collection

There will be 2 options offered for BIB Collection:

1. Delivery to your nominated address for a small fee (RECOMMENDED); OR

2. Pick up on the day of the event at The Tan Track, Athletes Village by the specified time

Further details will be provided on the registration site when registrations open and closer to the date of the event. We recommend that people select to have their race BIB delivered to their nominated address to minimise overcrowding on event day for pick up. NOTE:  The cut off date to allow Bibs to be delivered to your home address will be 2nd April 2021.