The Run

A vibe you
can't describe

What’s it all about eh? We’ve always been a fun run that’s not about winning or running, but this year even more so. We're happy to be back in 2021 with our Melbourne event, and we'll be sure to make it as fun and as safe as possible!

Not able to make it to Melbourne? Register for Connor’s Run Your Way Any Day and run, walk, roll, hop, skip, jump or dance as much as you want in September. Do it once, do it every day, just do it your way! Create your own vibe and all we ask is to make sure it’s more fun than run.

Everyone who registers for Connor’s Run Melbourne will also get access to Your Way Any Day, so make sure you share your month of Connor’s Run with us on socials #connorsrun @rcdfoundation


Warm up with a coffee, yoga stretching and some dance aerobics. Spend a minute reflecting and writing an "I will..." goal on your bib.


Add some pep in your step with entertainment and cheer along the course. Our past runs have had choirs, bands and other awesome performers dazzling participants, and this year will be no exception.


Rub down those running legs with a visit to the massage tents, or try some yoga if stretching is more your speed.


Celebrate your big run with DJs, delicious food, bands & fun activities at the finish line. We can't wait to party with you!


Tag your efforts on Instagram with @rcdfoundation and #aeternumfortis #connorsrun #morefunthanrun #IWILL. If you’re not on Instagram, email us your photos and you might just get famous on our story

As far as your  heart  desires or your  brain  will let you

18.8 KM


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9.6 KM

8AM OR 9:30AM

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Your impact so far


1500 participants raised



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4000 participants raised


How Connor's Run Started

In September 2011, 17-year-old Robert Connor Dawes ran from his home in Sandringham to the boatsheds on the Yarra. He'd started his training for the upcoming rowing season early, as he wanted to make the Brighton Grammar 1st VIII. Not loving running, he did the 18.8 km because he was determined to be the best he could be. Little did he know that in his head was more than fierce determination: there was also a tumour growing. Connor had unknowingly begun his battle.

Two months later, Connor was diagnosed with an anaplastic ependymoma. Major surgery resulted in loss of movement to his right side, impaired vision and severe short term memory loss. His body was broken, but his mind was not. He was determined to improve and spent hours each day on his physical and mental rehabilitation. Intense radiation and later chemotherapy followed. But throughout all this, Connor never stopped smiling. He stayed positive, philosophical and true to his mantra: "I will be awesome".

At school, his friends sold t-shirts and wristbands with his name and the phrase "Aeternum Fortis" meaning "Eternal Strength". It reflected Connor's inspiring spirit as he battled through every adversity coming his way. Now, Aeternum Fortis is our eternal reminder of the amazing person he was and the gifts he left us. Connor's Run is your chance to show your support. It's 18.8 km that Connor ran on that day, and coincidentally his life's length. Instead of 10 km, we chose his birthday 9th June (9.6 km). Participants also write a positive affirmation on their bib, inspired by Connor's very own declaration to his yoga instruction during his treatment, that he "will be awesome".

Over the past eight years, Connor’s Run has evolved into Australia’s biggest event for paediatric brain cancer with thousands of young runners now participating in the event. Many come back year after year, each time generating more funds raised and more attention for the #1 cancer killer in young Australians. The event has been covered on Channel 7 and 9 news, as well as The Today Show and Weekend Sunrise. The Robert Connor Dawes Foundation has garnered support from a number of high-profile ambassadors like Olympian James Tomkins, actress Lisa McCune, athlete Tamsyn Lewis Manou and comedian Dave Hughes.

Join us again for the 9th annual Connor’s Run - Sunday September 12, and Your Way Any Day throughout the month of September 2021.