Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. This is a 3.827 km running track parallel to the perimeter fence of the Botanic Gardens. It is officially termed The Tan Track as it has a surface of tan coloured stone aggregate. It is more commonly and affectionately known as The Tan.
The Tan originally served as a horse track for Melbourne’s well-heeled, and is now one of Melbourne’s most frequented locations for joggers. Locals, visitors and famous alike now share the space as its international reputation has grown. The Tan is often used in training by professional athletes, such as footballers, particularly during pre-season time-trials. Running greats such as Hicham El Guerrouj, Steve Ovett, Cathy Freeman, and Sonia O’Sullivan have all rubbed shoulders with the general public on The Tan.
The quickest lap of the Tan has been held by such notable Australian runners as Robert de Castella and Steve Moneghetti (10:41, 2003). The current record is 10 minutes and 12 seconds, run by Craig Mottram in 2004. On the 21st of December, 2006, Craig Mottram unofficially broke his personal best time around the tan, running a scorching 10 minutes and 8 seconds while running with the Richmond Football Club during their pre-season training. He gave the footballers a two-and-a-half minute head start and still managed to beat them comprehensively.
The Tan is used by athletes, office workers, students and even politicians.
When: The next event is 27 August 2017. Last event was 14 August 2016.
No. of finishers (100km & 50km categories): 2014 – 48; 2013 – 52; 2012 – 52; 2011 – 58; 2010 – 53; 2009 – 26; 2008 – 33;
How long in existence: since 2008
Winners in recent years:
|2014||David Eadie||8:04:57||Felicity Copp||10:42:38|
|2013||Rick Cooke||7:57:21||Felicity Copp||9:39:39|
|2012||Kevin Mannix||8:06:28||Nikki Wynd||8:52:13|
|2011||Magnus Michelsson||7:24:00||Serena Wooldridge||9:43:06|
|2010||Barry Loveday||7:14:45||Elizabeth Bennett||9:47:30|
|2009||Jason Dunn||8:25:56||Jessica Robson||10:27:47|
|2008||Jason Dunn||8:51:26||no female starters|
|2010||Ryan Rosello||4:24:03||Nikki Wynd||4:34:32|
|2009||Barry Loveday||3:46:15||Kate Sanderson||5:37:04|
|2008||Lachlan Fraser||4:21:18||Anna Papij||6:06:50|
|2014||Dion Finocchiaro||3:24:52||Nikki Wynd||4:05:10|
|2013||Cameron Gillies||3:46:59||Kerryn McTaggart||4:19:37|
|2012||Toby Wiadrowski||3:42:08||Kellie Emmerson||4:08:03|
|2011||David Staehr||3:18:34||Nikki Wynd||4:03:59|
100km – Male – Barry Loveday, 2010, 7:14:45; Female – Nikki Wynd, 2012, 8:52:13
53.5 km course (until 2010) – Male – Barry Loveday, 2009, 3:46:15; Female – Nikki Wynd, 2010, 4:34:32
50km course (after 2010) – Male – David Staehr, 2011, 3:18:34; Female – Nikki Wynd, 2011, 4:03:59
From 2011, both events were standardised (to 100km and 50km) by running short out-and-back distances at the start of each event.
Race Director: Brett Saxon tel 0418 557 052 email