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Westin Hotels & Resorts announces new partnership with Melbourne Marathon

June 8, 2019 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

In celebration of Global Running Day, Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International Inc., has announced its official and exclusive partnership with the Melbourne Marathon. As the exclusive marathon hotel partner, Westin Hotels & Resorts is offering activations and exclusive ticket and package options for itsMarriott Bonvoy loyalty program members and marathon runners. As Australia’s largest marathon, the event attracts runners from across the globe with over 30,000 people expected to take part again in 2019.

Taking place on 13 October, the Melbourne Marathon has become a mainstay in the Australian sporting capital’s yearly calendar of events and is a celebration of the city of Melbourne, its landmarks and its people.

The course runs past some of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks including Flinders Street StationAlbert Park LakeLuna Parkthe Tan Track by the War Memorial and Federation Square before finishing off with a lap of honour on the hallowed turf at the MCG in front of a 35,000 strong crowd.

“We are thrilled to launch this inaugural partnership between Westin Hotels & Resorts and the Melbourne Marathon. Attracting thousands of participants each year, the Melbourne Marathon celebrates and encourages an active lifestyle, which complements Westin’s pillars of wellbeing,” said Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, Marriott International.

“This new partnership demonstrates our continued commitment to enhancing our guests’ wellbeing – to eat, sleep, move, work and play well, so that they can be the best versions of themselves, even while on the road.”

As the marathon’s official hotel partner, Westin Hotels & Resorts will offer a post-race recovery zone for both runners and Marriott Bonvoy members to stretch and hydrate. Marriott Bonvoy members will also have access to exclusive stay and run packages and VIP ticket options. Additionally, Chris Heuisler, the Westin Hotels & Resorts Global Run Concierge, will be virtually helping members and marathon runners prep for the race by offering insider training tips and hints online.

The new partnership reflects Westin Hotels & Resorts’ ‘Move Well’ philosophy and the brand’s commitment to creating the best environment for guests to maintain their active lifestyles during their stay.

Westin Hotels & Resorts around the world offer a ‘RunWESTIN’ program, providing guests with a choice of the best running tracks across the city. Running maps of Melbourne are available specifically from The Westin Melbourne Concierge desk and feature two routes (4.8km and 8km) making them the perfect complement to any Marathon training program. In addition, guests have the option of joining a group run led by Westin Hotels & Resorts’ Run Concierge, which is available by appointment.

Empowered to enhance their well-being while travelling, guests also have access to WestinWORKOUT Rooms, offering the convenience of exercising in your own room; WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studios and a Gear Lending Program in partnership with New Balance® which enables guests to borrow runners and active wear to use during their stay for only $5AUD.

The Melbourne Marathon is the latest international marathon partnership undertaken by Westin Hotels & Resorts, in addition to the Tokyo Marathon – recognised as one of the seven World Marathon Majors – and the Shanghai Marathon, which passes through the city’s iconic Bund waterfront district.

Marriott International offers four hotels and over 890 rooms in Melbourne including The Westin Melbourne, Melbourne Marriott Hotel, Sheraton Melbourne Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands.

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