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. 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

On Running shoes can be bought at many locations throughout Australia including The Athlete’s Foot. Check out the Dealer Locator section of our website to find your closest retailer.

As an added bonus, if you purchase a pair of On Shoes from our stand on race day, you will receive an exclusive gift with purchase!

There will be some fantastic On Running Spot Prizes on the day – be sure to be at the Presentation Ceremony 9-9.30am.

On was born in the Swiss alps with one goal: to revolutionize the sensation of running. It’s all based on one radical idea. Soft landings followed by explosive take-offs. Or, as we call it, running on clouds.

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! 

Runners World is generously supporting the DE CASTELLA RUN 2019 with 20 @ $200 Gift Vouchers.  The gift of choice! 

If you need new running shoes or running gear. Neil Ryan is the man to see! Neil has been fitting runners to shoes for over 30 years and not only does he know every shoe on the market, but he can help you chose the right shoe for you! He carries a complete range of every shoe type from trainer, to spikes, to racing flats to Vibram five fingers! He is located at 598 High Street, East Kew, Tel: +61 3 9817 3503

Give back to our wonderful sponsor and visit Runners World, East Kew for all your apparel and run shoe needs. 

Runner’s World, the Athletics Specialist, 598 High Street, East KEW+61 3 9817 3503


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!

Light and Space Yoga has studios in Balwyn, Ivanhoe and Mitcham Loads of 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 on of 4 x $100 2XU Gift Vouchers – to be given away as random spot prizes during the presentations – make sure you are there with your race bib visible to win! 
Vouchers are redeemable instore 2XU Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn Vouchers !

Visit the local 2XU store, Glenferrie Road Hawthorn and mention the DE CASTELLA RUN for 20% off storewide. 
Thanks to 2XU Hawthorn! Please support this friendly store for your sporting apparel. 

Soleus running watches, Balega socks and Pro-tec massage/injury product.

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. 

Thank you to our sponsor Osteo-Restore.

  • Look out for the Osteo-Restore samples at the finishing line chute.
  • OSTEO-RESTORE for an active future. Move more, feel better and get healthier with OSTEO-RESTORE.

    OSTEO RESTORE with EPIITALIS® and Aquamin Forte is a daily dose of two to three easy-to-take capsules. OSTEO-RESTORE contains two new active ingredients, EPIITALIS® and Aquamin Forte.

    Combined for the first time in a complete bone and joint health product, they work on the underlying ailment to repair, protect and actively maintain bone and joint health. The ingredients’ anti-inflammatory properties also provide pain relief for stiff and arthritic joints.

    OSTEO-RESTORE represents a major breakthrough from traditional products, which, in the past, were often limited to simple pain relief and symptom management.

    Runner’s World Magazine are wonderful long term supporters of our event and there are 4 x “Voucher for five issues subscriptions” available as SPOT PRIZES on the day.

    Keep up with all the latest training tips on Running!

    On registration you are also eligible as a participant for 2 FREE trial issues.

    To claim your free trial issues from Runner’s World click this link.