2020 Great Ocean Road Running Festival

The Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation is extremely proud and excited to be the OFFICIAL CHARITY of the Great Ocean Road Running Festival for the seventh year and to be able to provide a direct benefit back to communities located along the race route.

Given continued cuts to government spending coupled with over 2.8 million visitors a year, our small communities must generate additional funding to maintain and improve health services for locals and visitors alike.

Since inception in 1999 we have distributed over $380,000 in grants to the local community and over $236,000 has been distributed from the Great Ocean Road Marathon/Running Festival in the last 6 years.  See a full list of grants we’ve given and organisations who’ve benefited from the Health Foundation in the last 20 years.

If you’ve participated previously you’ll know what a tremendous job the Volunteers do…

  • Keeping the route safe by marshalling the roads
  • Providing refreshments to competitors
  • Ensuring safe and efficient transfer of your bags and
  • Importantly, helping to clean up the Great Ocean Road after the event

The Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation source and organise all of the volunteers from Wye River to Apollo Bay so that your Running Festival experience will be a great one.  We were thrilled with your enthusiastic comments on social media about the enthusiasm and support provided to you by our Volunteers – it was overwhelming!

Please help us by giving something back to our local communities who are supporting you at this iconic event….


If you’re registered to run in any of the events of the Running Festival you can sign up with Everyday Hero to fundraise, selecting Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation as your Charity.


If you’d like to make a donation directly to the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation you can…


Come along to the Health Foundation Marquee at the Finishing Line for a massage from a fully qualified massuer. All proceeds go directly to the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation.


If you would like to volunteer for the Great Ocean Road Running Festival in May 2020 and raise some funds for your local community group (Apollo Bay & District and along the GOR to Wye River) or the Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation itself, please email run@abhealthfoundation.org with ‘GORRF Volunteering’ as the subject.