Melbourne City Race Weekend 2019


Three Days – Three Races 

Discover Melbourne from a new point of view!


Fri October 11 – Sat October 12 – Sun October 13

Check out some incredible video footage here!

The first Melbourne City Race was a huge success, with plenty of local stars pitted against international competitors from the UK, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and New Zealand, as well as interstaters from NSW, ACT, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Course planner Jayne Sales is well credentialled as a former London City Race planner, and she brought her experience to show us what City Racing is all about.  Peter Dalwood, assisted by Pam King, gave us a wonderful map – no easy task given the complexity of the Docklands area.

Early legs took out of Docklands Park and on a tour of Victoria Harbour.  Longer courses ran past Marvel Stadium to Waterfront, and up to the Star Observation Wheel via the confusing two level District shopping mall. We all converged in Batman Hill, where we tackled multiple stairs and ramps, coming to grips with the varying street levels. Then it was south to the river and across a bridge (take your pick) to Southbank.  Around Polly Woodside and the Convention Centre was urban racing European-style as we mingled with, and entertained the crowds.  Back across the river and a bit of Commonwealth Games nostalgia at the Fish (remember when there were 50 magical, shimmering fish floating in the Yarra, back in 2006), before a final lap, then up the grassy slope and into the Finish!

Congratulations to the winners – results and split times below. You can also see the competition maps.




Course 1

Course 2

Course 3

Course 4

Course 5

Our thanks to Jayne Sales, James Robertson, Peter Dalwood, Pam King, Jim Russell, Ian Dodd, and the Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club crew; thanks also to our supporters Orienteering Victoria, Orienteering Australia, City of Melbourne, and Yarra Valley Vans.

Look out for the 2020 MELBOURNE CITY RACE!

City Races are long distance events in sprint style – complex urban areas, short legs, lots of direction changes and route choice – but over  3-10 km.  They feature colour maps at sprint scale, and Sportident/SI Air (SIAC) punching.

The Melbourne City Race venues will be easily accessible by public transport.  Enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer – fabulous food, amazing shopping, and accommodation for all budgets.

City Races have taken Europe by storm – now it’s Australia’s turn.  Don’t miss the chance to say “I was there in 2019!”

Competitor Information for Melbourne City Race

Docklands Map Legend

On Friday Oct 11, experience Melbourne’s coolest suburb, Footscray (as named by Time Out magazine). For Sprint Into Spring Race 1, the updated and extended Edgewater map takes in the VU campus, Footscray Park, the river’s edge, and the urban streets.  Choose your own start time between 5.45pm and 7.00pm. Note courses close at 7.30pm.

On Saturday afternoon Oct 12, SIS Race 2 heads to Kensington, an area that’s been crying out to be sprinted on!  It’s a brand new map featuring all that this amazing venue has to offer.  Choose your own start time between 1.30pm and 2.45pm.

Then on Sunday morning Oct 13, don’t miss the chance to race on our shiny new Docklands map, in the first ever Melbourne City Race!  You’ll see the city in a whole new way, as you race from Docklands Park.  Choose your own start time between 10am and 11.30am.

Bring your SIAC stick, as SI Air will be enabled. Don’t have a SIAC yet? Contact Ian Dodd while he has them in stock –

Friday October 11 - Sprint Into Spring Race 1, Edgewater

A middle distance urban sprint at Edgewater, right beside the Maribyrnong River, to get you revved up and ready.  Terrain will be a dense network of inner urban streets and lanes, mixed with parkland, and a small but complex campus. This is Race 1 of Melbourne’s Sprint Into Spring 2019 series.

Choose any of the three courses, with distances ranging from 2-5 km.  The race will be held in the early evening. Choose your own start time between 5.45pm and 7.00pm. Courses close at 7.30pm.

Arena: Burndap Park, Farnsworth Ave, Footscray. Toilets will be available nearby. Getting there:

  • Parking available adjacent to the arena
  • Public transport – from the CBD,  take a train to Footscray Station (Sunbury, Werribee or Williamstown lines), then walk 1.5 km via Leeds St, Barkley St, Nicholson St, and then down lane way beside Victoria University to Burndap Park.

Saturday October 12 - Sprint Into Spring Race 2, Kensington

Classic sprint distance race on a complicated mix of small streets and terraced parks in Melbourne’s inner west. Once part of the industrial heartland,  Kensington is now a highly sought after residential green area abounding with cafes.  This is Race 2 of Melbourne’s Sprint Into Spring 2019 series.

Choose any of the three courses, with distances ranging from 2.5-4.0 km. The race will be held in the afternoon. Choose your own start time between 1.30pm and 2.45pm.

Arena: Riverside Park, Kensington. A single portable toilet will be available at the car parking area.
Getting there:

  • Parking is limited. Please car pool or take public transport. Directions to the car parking and from car parking to the arena can be found HERE.
  • Public transport – from the CBD, take a train to South Kensington Station (Sunbury, Werribee or Williamstown lines). Walk 1.3 km – go west along Childers St (alongside JJ Holland Park), then cross Kensington Road onto Hobsons Road. Follow Hobsons Road to the river, and turn right under the walking bridge. Follow path along the river approx 150m and turn right onto path to the arena.

Club tents and Flags
No tent pegs or stakes for club flags are allowed to be placed into the ground in the park. This is a condition of the event permit which we ask you please respect.

Sunday October 13 - Melbourne City Race, Docklands

The big one!  The inaugural Melbourne City Race is a long distance urban event at Docklands, that will take you to places old and new.  Explore Melbourne’s maritime history, colourful modern architecture, quirky bridges, peaceful parks and trails, and iconic landmarks – this race has it all! From the edges of the Yarra at Southbank to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and lots of hidden gems in between, discover Docklands.

Choose any of the five courses, with distances ranging from 3-10 km. Start times will be from mid morning.  Choose your own start time between 10am and 11.30am.

Arena:  Docklands Park, cnr Collins Street and Navigation Drive.  Getting there:

  • An easy 5 minute walk west from Southern Cross Station, along Collins Street
  • Take a no 11 or 48 tram (east-west route) along Collins Street to Harbour Esplanade
  • Take a no 35, 70 or 75 tram (north-south route) along Harbour Esplanade to Collins St

Parking is limited/expensive, so grab a Myki and save the hassle! Flat rate $10/day parking is available on weekends at The District shopping centre, near the Star Observation Wheel.


From parks and streets to bush and forest - there is an adventure for you.

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