The Hallowed Turf

For those not from Australia and don't understand the significance of the MCG, here's a brief lead in. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG, the G) is the sports stadium in Melbourne. The traditional and natural home of Australian Rules Football, host of the AFL Grand Final, the One Day in September event. Venue to many, many other sporting events including hosting the athletics track and ceremonies for the Commonwealth games recently and of course the Boxing Day Cricket Test Match. I have very fond memories of watching Collingwood from the Southern Stand.

The reason I mention this is because I am racing in the Melbourne Half Marathon next Sunday. The day also plays host to the full marathon and a 10km event as well. The big appeal of these events is that each race finishes on the MCG. This is a rare event for the general public. The so-called Run to the G doesn't even finish inside the stadium. So it is with child-like excitement I look forward to next Sunday and feeling the hallowed turf beneath my running shoes.


  1. That's a big reason why I'm running. See you on the start line in the shade of the G :) I'll be in a CR singlet and white cap.


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