Steve Moneghetti needs no introduction. He is a household name and Australian athletics legend.
In a career spanning more than 20 years, Steve competed with distinction in track, cross country and marathon.
In track, he won Australia’s most prestigious 10,000 metres track race, the Zatopek 10,000, on no fewer than four (consecutive) occasions.
He competed at world cross country where he was the dominant Australian for 15 years and for 10 of those years was the most dominant non African cross country runner in the world.
In the marathon he took over from Robert de Castella as Australia’s leading marathoner, a position he held for more than a decade.
His best performance was victory in the prestigious Berlin marathon in 1990 in a PB of 2:08:16. This was a special occasion as the Berlin Wall was dismantled a year earlier and the race symbolically re-united the former East and West factions. In 2017, Steve was inducted into the Berlin Marathon Hall of Fame, along with female winner Uta Pippig and they are the inaugural and only inductees to date.
Steve won the marathon at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria (Canada) in 2:11:49.
He is a 4 time Olympic marathoner, his last Olympic marathon being the Sydney 2000 as a 38 year older where he ran a very creditable 2:14:50.
Steve continued to compete and in 2010 he was third in the Australian Half Marathon Championships in a time of 1:07:53. This was the last of his 20 national championship medals across track, road and cross country.
His most significant PB’s are noteworthy:
- 5,000m – 13:25 (1996)
- 10,000m – 27:47 (1992)
- half marathon – 1:00:06 (1993)
- marathon 2:08:16 (1990)
- oldest Australian to run 10 kms in sub 30 minutes
During his career Steve also won the City to Surf in Sydney on four occasions.
He has acted as mayor of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games Village in 2006, Chef de Mission to the Australian Commonwealth Team in New Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014. More recently Steve has been appointed Chef de Mission to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
In 2014 Steve was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant service to athletics as a marathon runner, administrator and mentor to young athletes.’
In semi-retirement, Steve continues to give back to the sport. He is a renowned celebrity speaker and athletics coach. He was Chair of the Board of the Victorian Institute of Sport from 2001 to 2010 and currently serves on the Board of The Australian Sports Commission.
We feel very honored and privileged to have Steve as our Race Patron.