In 1981 the Burke Hall Fathers Association hosted the first “de Castella Run” to honour the achievements of Robert de Castella (DEEK).  In 2008 the event was handed over to the Old Xaverian’s Athletics Club (OXAC) to organise.  In 2009 OXAC partnered with Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre and together raised over $500,000 in the ensuing years for mental health research.  2018 is the first year we are supporting fundraising for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation. 

Old Xaverian’s Athletics Club is an active thriving local athletics club which offers training and competition for athletes of all standards. You do not need to be an Old Xaverian to join. If you are looking to develop your athletic potential or just get involved with a supportive and inclusive club, OXAC is for you!

If you are interested in joining

Contact: Christopher Worsnop
Phone: 0416 077 363


5KM Race Sponsor

Our Friends at Vision Personal Trainers Hawthorn, Templestowe, Ivanhoe and Camberwell Studios are the most motivating in the business. They have a long track record of amazing success stories. Check out their website and pop in to have a chat about how they can help you reach your health and fitness goals. You can also meet them at the complimentary one month trial x-training sessions offered on entry. See our Training Page for more details on how you can get support in preparing for the de Castella Run to achieve your goal finishing time.

10KM Race Sponsor

Founded in 1938, Kay & Burton is a leader in the premium property market within Victoria. Over the past 80 years, Kay & Burton has achieved remarkable success and has expanded to five offices across the state.
Kay & Burton Hawthorn, established in 2011, offers a boutique-style service, with a strong focus on building lifelong relationships by providing the best possible outcome for every client and every property in its care. Known for representing quality properties across different price categories within the Boroondara area, Kay & Burton Hawthorn provides friendly and professional service.
Kay & Burton has evolved into the progressive agency it is today by staying at the forefront of property and digital marketing technology.

15KM Race Sponsor

Mizuno are driven by a performance focus, continuing to develop new ideas and new technologies that work in harmony with your body to make you an even better you. Visit their stall and try on their latest product range.
Thanks to MIZUNO for the last 8 years of prize vouchers and being a proud race sponsor. Quality Running Shoes for quality running.


32Gi is a leading endurance supplement provider. Our complete focus is providing our customers with high quality balanced and sustainable energy supplements, while empowering them with knowledge of healthier nutrition options.

Enjoy 32Gi on course at drink stations and at the finish line. Thanks to Magnus of 32Gi! Make sure you come and learn more about the benefits of 32Gi by visiting the 32Gi stand at the EXPO.

Mind & Body Expo Sponsor

Runners World Come and be fitted by Neil Ryan who has been servicing Melbourne’s running community since Deek was a boy! Neil and his merchandise will be on hand at the event to meet all your running apparel needs. Come and have a chat to Neil, he’s a legend of our sport!

Runner’s World, the Athletics Specialist, 598 High Street, East KEW


Hawthorn Triathlon Club (HTC), Based in Hawthorn – a bunch of people who enjoy the challenge of Triathlon and a friendly, sociable and supportive environment to train in.

Free of charge at the EXPO!

Kula Yoga is the largest studio in the Camberwell and Hawthorn area offering 38 classes, 7 days a week. Enjoy modern facilities, expert teachers and a range of complementary wellness services for optimal health.  Warm up and recover with free yoga classes on event day from 7.30am – 10.30am. 

Free of charge at the EXPO!

The friendly physio staff from Performance Medicine will be on hand after the event to provide hands on physiotherapy and massage to help you recover more quickly for your next challenge.

Win $100 Vouchers at the EXPO!

Visit the local 2XU store, Glenferrie Road Hawthorn and mention the DE CASTELLA RUN for 20% off.  Thank also to 2XU for 4 x $100 Gift Vouchers donations to be given away as random spot prizes during the presentations – make sure you are there with your race bib visible to win!

Last Lap Sports

Last Lap Sports will be there to discuss their Soleus running watches, Balega socks and Pro-tec massage/injury product.

Thank you for the fundraising prize of a Soleus GPS Running Partner watch.

Famous friendly Sausage Sizzle Stand with the best quality sauages available.
Thank you to Cannings for your generous discount in support of our event.

Each year Bob Stewarts loyally support our event with gift vouchers as prize giveaways. Be there at the presentation stage at 9.00am for your chance to win.

Mocha Monkey is run by professional baristas and a dynamic catering team, specializing in coffee catering & major events.Thank you for every year making a generous donation to our charity cause!

Thank you to the best freashest, fruit,vegetable and specialty foods shop in Melbourne. Toscano’s, High Street Kew,staff are friendly and helpful and the quality is unmatched.Thank you for your support of donated beautiful fruit for our finishers!Always so popular.

Revvies – what are they?

Have you heard of Revvies Energy Strips?  This Aussie innovation has quickly become the go-to caffeine source of Aussie Olympian’s including Eloise Wellings, Jess Trengove and Dane Bird-Smith.

Walking distance to the event Comfy Kew apartments offer special rates to de Castella Run entrants – just mention de Castella Run on booking. 

Loyal supporters, Via Verona an landmark Kew cafe specialty cakes and the best coffee in town.  Thank you for donating gift vouchers every year as spot prizes during presentation ceremony at the de Castella Run. 

Our event has a special connection with Resilience Agenda.

There are three of 2019 diaries to give away on the day, and another for the Feedback Survey random prize.

Resilience Agenda guides people through the maze of Mental Fitness and helps people with strategies, ideas and inspiration for building their Mental Fitness.”

Resilience Agenda will be launching their 2019 Australian Mental Fitness Diary in August – Buy yours online with our event discount code to receive 20% off ”

Great Xmas Presents!