Uluru marathon – the ultimate outback Australia run

Image of footprints in the red dust at Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia
Leave them in the dust – ‘run the Red Centre’ (or just walk like we did!). Outback shoe prints.

Firstly, I have to point out this is not a plea for sponsorship! Much as I do go out for a ‘run’ (jog!) once or twice a week, a marathon runner I am not 🙂 Even Mr Loves Australia who happily sprints off for a 12km run like its walk in the park hasn’t competed in a Marathon.

BUT if you’re a long distance runner, and are happiest with a 26 mile (and 385 yard) stretch in front of you then this has my vote! Here’s more about the Outback Marathon which is taking place this weekend (31st July).

The Australian Outback marathon is brand new this year (2010) and is a great way to get your feet ‘dusty’ (& very red too!) in the centre of Australia. Visiting Uluru and the ‘Red Centre’ is always an incredible experience but to run and sight see at the same time sounds fantastic.

Now don’t panic – it’s not going to be 40+°C (like it was the last time I visited in the month of December!). Average daytime temperatures for July in this central outback area of Australia are around 20°C. And it’s actually quite cold at night time and early morning (jumper-wearing weather – single figures in °C), so really nice conditions for a long run. Or a visit without any athletics 🙂

Now I look into a bit more, it seems I could take part – there is a 6km ‘fun run/walk’ which is more my kind of distance! And there’s an 11km run and half marathon too. Any excuse to join in the celebratory dinner and pre-race pasta party! Both the 6km run and 11km are open to all ages so you could also walk them with children.

Image of Kata Tjuta at sunset, Northern Territory, Australia
Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) – part of the Outback Marathon scenery.

All the race entries have to be booked as part of a package staying in one of the Ayers Rock Resort hotels at Uluru. It’s a really unique opportunity to be able to see the ‘Rock’ (Uluru), the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and surrounding countryside. Some of the race ‘tracks’ are trails that have been specially opened for the races.

So maybe I’ll see you there next year…?

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