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 was the first year the event supported 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!

For more information,  including how to join OXAC, visit


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


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.


    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 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.

    Visit the 2XU stand at the EXPO

    Thanks to the local 2XU store, Glenferrie Road Hawthorn.
    Please support this friendly store for your top quality sporting apparel. 

    Soleus running watches, each year have supported our event with a give away sample. Look out for your chance to win your own Soleus Running Watch.


    Free BBQ Sausage for run participants

    Just have your race bib visible to enjoy the famous friendly Sausage Sizzle Stand with the best quality sausages available from Cannings Free Range Butchers, Kew.
    As butchers with a conscience, they take pride in delivering Australia’s most high welfare produce.  Cannings Mission: Guided by our code of ethics and informed sourcing process, we strive to create positive change in our field.

    Thank you to Cannings for your community minded generosity and we ask our event participants to consider shopping at Cannings, KEW.

    David Winter opened Bread Street in Mont Albert Village in August 2002.His 35 year’s experience and love of baking has seen the bakery become the heart of the Village, with customers travelling across Melbourne for our breads.

    Their wide range includes Authentic Sourdoughs, Boiled Bagels,
    Pane di Casa, Ciabatta and Pide,
    White, Wholemeal, Country Grain, Low GI, Focaccia, Tuscany, Pasta Dura, Twists, Scrolls, Croissants, Danish Pastries, Muffins and Scones, not forgetting our ever popular Bagel Dogs and Mini Range.

    Each year Bob Stewarts, High Street KEW loyally supports our event with 6 x $50 gift vouchers as prize giveaways. Be there at the presentation stage at 9.00am- 9.30 am 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!
    Volunteers this year are eligible for a free coffee/hot chocolate from Paul at Mocha Monkey!

    Free Fruit at the finish line!  Thanks to TOSCANO’S High Street, KEW

    Thank you to the best, freshest, 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 – samples at the finish chute. 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. 

    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.

    Kapiris Bros prides itself on growing premium produce in Two Wells, South Australia, Bowen Queensland and Devonport, Tasmania.

    Kapiris Bros delivers a range of quality produce at exceptional value. Our large harvest volumes allows Kapiris Bros to meet the needs of all customers fresh produce requirements from supermarkets, restaurants right through to quick service restaurants.

    Kapiris Bros, is built on true Australian family values producing premium quality produce to satisfy Australian families.

    From our family to yours.”

    About Francapelli Academy

    Francapelli Academy was established in 2003 and is a leading hairdressing training provider .

    Our Trainers are highly skilled and passionate and selected not only for their expert hairdressing knowledge but also for their ability to communicate and teach effectively.

    We know with the right attitude, approach, focus and direction, anything is possible. We are truly proud to have an academy that delivers results.

    It is the voice of experience and a driving passion that allows us to continue teaching the foundations, fundamentals, work ethics and techniques required for excellence in training.

    About Francapelli

    Frank and Anna Sobrio, the founders of FRANCAPELLI hair salon, have been committed to providing client-based excellence in hairdressing since they opened the salon in 1979. Four decades on and the FRANCAPELLI team today continue to offer a unique and dynamic hairdressing experience, grounded in the philosophy that “the customers perception is our reality.”

    Our huge army of volunteers are going to enjoy the generous donation of Crust Pizza’s donated by the CRUST Fitzroy Store. We are very grateful for their support.

    350 Smith Street, Colingwood/Fitzroy
    PH: 9095 0955

    Jean Paul’s Vineyard produces small amounts of premium boutique wine. It is the inspiration ofWilliam de Castella, a direct descendant of Hubert de Castella, of Yarra Valley fame from the mid 1800s.Jean Paul’s Vineyard is certified organic/biodynamic by NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia, reg no. 3465). The vineyard produces small amounts of premium fruit, which are transformed into truly distinctive wines.

    You can order their premium boutique wine from their website.