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

The Course

The course is one lap of The Tan, measuring 3.827km with distance markers every 250m. The official start point is at the Pillars of Wisdom near the junction of Olympic Boulevard and Alexandra Avenue. Proceeding clockwise on the tan track east along Alexandra Avenue with the botanic gardens on your right and the yarra river on your left, you make a 90 degree turn up Anderson St which takes you  just short of Domain Rd. From here you take another right turn veering back onto the gravel tan track alongside Birdswood Ave, past the main entrance to the Gardens and towards Linlithgow Ave taking in the Shrine of Remembrance on the left 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.


TBA – Pricing for entry to the event will be available and published when registrations officially open in the new year.

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 published closer to the event.



The event is expected to offer some decent prize money for the main elite showcase event and 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; 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.