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Great Ocean Road race

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4 May 2010

Now in its sixth year, the 45 km marathon from Lorne to Apollo Bay will be held on Sunday May 16 and provides one of the most spectacular and challenging courses in the world.

The weekend program appeals to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities and includes races covering 23 km, 14 km and 6.5 km, and a separate 14 km race from Apollo Bay to Paradise and back for wheelchair athletes.

Entrants include runners from Singapore, New Zealand, The Philippines, the United States, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada and the UK.

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is famous as a spectacular touring route that travels past some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world, including national parks, picturesque villages and white sandy beaches.

The recently released book Great Races, Incredible Places ranked the Great Ocean Road Marathon in the world’s top 100 races.

The race was listed in a section titles ‘spiritual experiences’ alongside the Mt. Everest Marathon in Nepal and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

The author, Kimi Puntillo, said the race was run on ‘one of the most beautiful roads in the world’, with the course, ‘weaving around rugged coastal terrain with mighty waves pounding against jagged cliffs’.

Marathon president Ross Stephens described Puntillo’s assessment as a huge endorsement.

"It’s a fantastic advertisement, given that the race is only five years old," he said.

"To gain that sort of recognition is an incredible boost for the event."

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