3 Bays Running Festival

Portland Runners Club


The Portland Runners Club has been helping Portland residents and visitors get into running for 35 years.

The club supports or runs several local events – The 3 Bays Marathon, Portland Park Run, The Winter Solace Fun Run and the Narrawong Mouth to Mouth

Ultra Marathon 60 km  Saturday 2 Nov

This year the Portland Runners Club is introducing the 60 km Ultra as part of the 3 Bays Festival

This new event is a spectacular coastal trail run along the Great South West Walk. It’s almost all single track and some beach sections – trail running at its best.

The race begins at Bridgewater Lakes and follows the Great South West Walk back to Portland via the Blowholes, Bridgewater Bay, Cape Nelson and Point Danger. It will finish on the foreshore of Portland Bay as part of the annual Portland Upwelling Festival.

There is ocean views for most of the run. It is almost all single track with a few small beach sections to spice things up.

This is epic trail running. It will challenge you but the scenery is as good as it gets.

Sing up and experience this beautiful part of Victoria and one of the best kept secrets in the trail running community.

Distance – 60 km.
Elevation gain – 1300 m
Entry cost – $100
Start time- 6-30 am


The Hybrid Fool – 102 km  Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd

Saturday 3rd Ultra – 6-30 start and Sunday 4th Marathon – 8 am start

Complete the Ultra on Saturday and slip the Portland Runners Club $10 on the finish and you’ll be marathoning on Sunday and an inaugural legend of the festival.

Marathon   – 42.2 km  Sunday 3rd

Now in its 35th year, the Port of Portland Marathon is one of the oldest marathons in Victoria and takes in Bridgewater Bay, Discovery Bay and Portland Bay.

Starting in Portland outside the “Big O’ Milkbar on the corner of Otway and Blair Streets, the course follows Otway Street out to Bridgewater Bay via a gently undulating course.

Spectacular views are afforded as competitors climb the first of our two big hills – the “Dipper”. From there the course weaves through Bridgewater Lakes and past the intriguing limestone caves, before runners attempt the second climb, the :shuffler”. The course then heads back to town along “Cashmore Straight” a mentally challenging 8 km’s of flat straight road. Then back through town, skirting Portland Bay with a welcome descent down Bentinck Street to the finish line.

Distance – 42.2 km
Elevation Gain – 300 m
Entry Cost -$90
Start time- walk 6 am, run  8 am

21.1 km Half Marathon Sunday 3rd  Run & Walk

The Barco Classic Half Marathon follows the second half of the marathon course. It contains about 100 m of elevation gain.

Buses depart the Big O Milk Bar on the corner of Otway & Blair Streets to transport the runners to the start line near Bridgewater Lakes.

The start line is one third of of the way up the Shuffler and so the race commences with a steep climb. from here the course undulates for about 5 km before turning into Cashmore Straight , an 8 km long straight and flat section of road. From there it is back into town and onto the downhill along Bentinck Street to the finish line. You have a choice of walk or run categories.

Distance – 21.1 km
Elevation gain – 140 m
Entry cost – $50
Start time – 9.45 am

10.5 Quarter Marathon Run & Walk Sunday 3rd

The Portland Aluminium Quarter Marathon is very popular.

It follows the last section of the marathon course and is timed to finish as the marathon competitors are coming in.

As with the half marathon, competitors are bused to the start line.

The quarter marathon avoids all the hills in the mid section of the marathon and is flat an fast and very approachable if you are looking to step up from shorter distances. As with all 3 Bays events you can choose to walk or run ( however there is no separate category for the walk)

Distance -10.5 km
Elevation gain – 30 m
Entry cost _ $25
Start time  9.45 am

Relays Sunday November 3rd

A huge part of the three bays atmosphere is created by the relay competitors. From the kid’s marathon to the serious 4 person, there is a relay to suit everyone.

Situated on the marathon course ( but with delayed start) its a great way to be part of the festival without having to run a huge distance yourself.

Primary school. secondary school, four and eight person runs and walks are available.

The four person relay has three 10 km and one 12 km leg, while the eight person relay has seven 5 km and one 7 km leg. All relays are open to walking or running teams.

Distance – part of 42.2 km
Elevation gain – part of 300 m
Entry cost $50 – $160
Start time – walk 6.30 am  run 8.15 am





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