The Bendigo Bank Dragon Mile has played a significant part in the athletics history of Bendigo and plays a key part in the Easter Parade during this festive period each year. It is run through the main streets of Bendigo starting in Pall Mall. Crowds of approximately 20,000 line the streets to watch the race.
The long time sponsor of the race is the Bendigo Bank. Local athletics club Bendigo Harriers co-ordinates the event.
The race has a history of attracting outstanding athletes. Australian Olympic representatives such as Mike Hillard, Malcolm Norwood, Collis Birmingham, Melissa Duncan and Sarah Jamison are just some of the outstanding athletes to win the race. See below for past winners. Additionally the race provides the chance for children and adults to participate in front of their community.
The next event is set for Easter 2022
Males & Females run together except Mini Mile.
1) Mini Mile Girls Gr.4 & under 10:30am
2) Mini Mile Boys Gr.4 & under 10.45am
3) Primary School Gr. 5&6 11.00am
4) Secondary School Yr 7-8 11.15am
5) Secondary School Yr 9-10 11.30pm
6) Secondary School Yr 11-12 11.45pm
7) Open, 40+, 50+, 60+ 11.45pm
Entrants please report on Race Day by 9.45am to starting point in Pall Mall at Gold Monument (near race start) to collect Race Bib Number.
BENDIGO BANK DRAGON MILE
OPEN & FINAL RACE: Male and Female 1st: $300, 2nd $100, 3rd $50, 4th $30 5th $20 (should a Year 11-12 or 40+ athlete finish top 5 for each
gender they will be elevated into the prize money and category above as well as their age group.)
VETERAN 40+: Male and Female
1st: $40, 2nd $20, 3rd $10
VETERAN 50+ and 60+ Male and Female
Ribbons for 1st place
SASHES for all winners
RIBBONS for all finishes of Junior races SPOT PRIZES for all sections supplied by Intersport Bicknells (presentation for top 3 place getters after each event).
EASTER EGG for Primary School finishes.
BANNER AND $120 VOUCHER
For the purchase of sports equipment and awarded to winning Male and Female team, Trophies for team members (3 member teams )
1987 M Hillardt
1988 G Whitford
1989 G Collier
1990 M Norword
1991 S Corrie
1992 S Ellinghaus
1993 John Walsh
1994 A Hill
1995 A Hill
1996 A Hill
1997 M Moran
1998 A Hill
1999 R Ellis
2000 A Jones
2001 M Fountain
2002 P Fenn
2003 C Birmingham
2004 M Tucker rec.4.2.05
2005 M Tucker
2006 T Morton
2007 S Dineen
2008 S Dineen
2009 S Dineen
2010 C Williamson
2011 D Clark
2012 S Dineen
2013 B Threlfall
2014 J Rayner
2015 A Buchanan
2016 A Buchanan
2017 A Wallis
2018 M Clarke
S Jamieson rec.4.34.4
One of the many Melburnians that make the trip up to Bendigo to take the title. The 2011 winner Daniel Clark.
There are many kids sections in the race. The kids love the chance to run in front of 20,000 people at the Easter Parade. Here arethe grade 5 and 6 boys in their event.
Melissa Duncan the Commonwealth Games representative has won it 4 times
Cody Williamson one of the few locals that have captured the title.
Race record holder for the females and Australian Olympian Sarah Jamieson won in 2004 and 2005.