Distances in this event
- Run 26.2mi
- Run 13.1mi
- Run 10km
- Run 3.5km
- Finisher’s medal
- Finisher’s t-shirt
From the organizerOrganizer's website
The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is run on one of the most spectacular courses in the world, taking in all of the Sydney iconic landmarks and providing all runners with a unique opportunity of crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic free.
The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is the sole remaining participant legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It started in 2001 when the NSW Government approved the continuation of a marathon in Sydney to promote fitness and health for the NSW community and to position Sydney as an international tourist destination.
WHAT DOES MY ENTRY FEE COVER?
In addition to a great day out with your friends and family, your event fee goes towards staging one of the most challenging events in Sydney. This includes your race bib, extensive road closures, policing and other vital infrastructure to ensure that we can run a safe and successful event for participants and non-participants in Sydney.
- Your race bib (to be worn during the event)
- Timing chip (affixed to the back of the race bib)
- Clothing baggage sticker.
- Each entrant will also receive public transport to and from the event by showing their race bib.
- Each finisher will receive a quality commemorative medal.
- Marathon finishers will also receive a finishers T-shirt for their efforts.
Run one of the world's most scenic bucket-list marathons taking in all of the Sydney iconic landmarks. Run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic free and finish at the Sydney Opera House!
Sunday 15 September 2019
7:00am (Wheelchair Marathon Start)
7:05am (Marathon Start)
START LINE CUT-OFF
7:15am (All entrants must cross the start line by this time)
START & FINISH LINE LOCATION
Start at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point travel over the main deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and finish at the Sydney Opera House
Sunday 15 September 2019
8:00am (Bridge Run Start)
8:35am (All entrants must cross the start line by this time)
10km (AIMs certified)
START & FINISH LINE LOCATION
Start at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point travel over the main deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, finishing at the Sydney Opera House.
Please attach your race bib clearly on the front of your shirt, your timing chip is attached on the back of the race bib.
Enjoy the views from the Sydney Opera House as you wait for your runners to come back to the finish line!
Please see the event website to sign up!
WHAT IS THE DATE OF THE 2018 BLACKMORES SYDNEY RUNNING FESTIVAL?
Sunday, 15 September 2019.
WHO CAN ENTER THE EVENT?
Anyone can enter the event and as there are four different distances to choose from, whether you are an elite athlete, club runner, gym member, or simply someone who enjoys a social walk or jog there is a run to suit all fitness levels. All event courses go over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
ASICS EVENT EXPO & RACE BIB COLLECTION
The ASICS Event Expo will be held in Lower Town Hall, corner of George and Druitt Streets, Sydney between the 12 – 14 September 2019. All participants are required to attend the ASICS Event Expo to collect their race bib.
Thursday 12 September 2019 8am – 8pm
Friday 13 September 2019 8am-7pm
Saturday 14 September 2019 8am to 5pm
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR RACE BIB COLLECTION?
To pick up your race bib you must bring a copy of your confirmation email sent to your nominated email address shortly after registering. Alternatively, you will also receive a SMS reminder during Event week if you had nominated a mobile number on your online registration form. Race bibs are organised via bib number, therefore volunteers will need this to locate your race bib instead of your full name.
If you are unable to pick up your race bib during the Event Registration week you can nominate someone to collect it on your behalf. The nominated person will need to bring a copy of the confirmation email or SMS.
NO race bibs will be mailed out. For those who are unable to collect from the ASICS Event Expo, race day collection will be available from 5:00am from Bradfield Park. Please be aware that there may be lengthy queues so allow at least an hour and half prior to your race in order to collect your bib before your race start time.
There will be limited baggage transport at the Race Start. If you choose to drop you bag on race morning please note that this will not be available for collection until 12pm.
In order to collect your bag immediately after the conclusion of your race and not have to wait until 12pm please utilise the baggage facility provided at the ASICS Event Expo to drop off in advance, any race day bags that you will require post- race.
This early drop off facility will enable us to have your bags ready and waiting for you in the baggage area as soon as you have finished your race.
Please do not place in your bag valuables such as wallets, keys, phones etc. Belongings must be collected before 2:30pm on Sunday race day or they will be treated as lost property. The organisers take no responsibility for the contents of any bag, for theft or loss of property.
Expo Baggage Drop Off Procedure
1. Collect your race bib at ASICS Event Expo, Town Hall
2. Place Baggage Sticker (provided in your race bib and replicates the race bib) onto the plastic bag provided at the Baggage Collection marquee outside of the ASICS Event Expo.
3. Insert any post race items you want into the plastic bag (we are unable to take any personal bags (handbags, luggage, backpacks etc)
4. Drop at the Baggage Collection marquee situated outside of the ASICS Event Expo. Baggage Drop Off will be open during Expo Trading hours.
Event Day Arrangements
There will be a baggage truck at the event start for the Marathon, Half Marathon (closing 25min before race start time), Bridge Run and Family Fun Run. However, we would encourage participants in these events to make use of the ASICS Event Expo Baggage Drop, if at all possible.
If you chose to drop your bag on race day morning, you will be unable to collect your bag till after 12pm (Blackmores Marathon participants will be the only exception to this rule and will be able to retrieve bags earlier), so be sure to drop your bag in advance Thursday-Saturday at the ASICS Event Expo to allow for prompt collection.
Collecting your bag on Event Day
Please note that all Blackmores Marathon entrants will have their baggage available for collection from the Blackmores Marathon Recovery Zone next to the Opera House finish line for ease of collection.
Blackmores Half Marathon, Blackmores Bridge Run and Blackmores Family Fun Run baggage collection point
Please note your baggage will be available for collection at the baggage collection point located in the Parade Ground, Royal Botanic Gardens.
MARATHON START GROUPS/BIB RANGES
For slower runners, joggers or walkers it is important to be in the correct starting group. There are three groups in each race all seeded according to expected finish time. Your time will not be affected in any way as the timing chip will only record your time from when you cross the start mats to the finish line mats. This will allow you to enjoy the event at your own pace and provide you with the best possible end result. No prams, scooters, or wheelchairs (except racing chairs in the Marathon) are to be taken on to the Marathon course.
Male – sub 2 h 50m
Female – sub 3 h 15m
First – A1
Last – A150
Under 3h 45m
First – A200
Last – A1599
Between 3h 45m to 4h 30m
First – B2000
Last – B4999
Over 4h 30m
First – C6000
Last – C6999
BRIDGE RUN START GROUPS/BIB RANGES
For slower runners, joggers or walkers it is important to be in the correct starting group. There are three groups in each race all seeded according to expected finish time. Your time will not be affected in any way as the timing chip will only record your time from when you cross the start mats to the finish line mats. This will allow you to enjoy the event at your own pace and provide you with the best possible end result.
All prams and wheelchairs must only be in the final start group of the Blackmores Bridge Run (C Group).
Male – sub 35m
Female – sub 40m
First – A30000
Last – A30099
First – A31000
Last – A36499
Between 50m – 60m
First – B38000
Last – B43999
Over 60m (inc Prams)
First – C46000
Last – C49999
WHERE ARE THE REFRESHMENT STATIONS?
IsoWhey and GU gels are available at selected drink stations along the Marathon course.
A designated marathon only refreshment station will be located after the finish line at the Blackmores Marathon Recovery Zone.
Water stations will be available along the Bridge Run course including the finish line.
ARE THERE GOING TO BE PACE MAKERS?
To assist you in achieving your personal best, Pace Setters will be provided by Sydney Striders. Each Pace Setter will be holding a coloured flag and will wear an identifiable “Sydney Striders” green and white singlet. The pace time will be marked on the flag and back of shirt.
There will be a pacer for the following times;
3hrs, 3hrs 15mins, 3hrs 30mins, 3hrs 45mins, 4hrs, 4hrs 15mins, 4hrs 30mins, 4hrs 45mins, 5hrs, 5hrs 30mins & 6hrs
WHAT ARE THE AGE CATEGORIES?
Marathon: 18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100+
Bridge Run: U12, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79; 80-89; 90-99; 100+
WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS?
Marathon: Entrants must be a minimum of 18 years of age to enter the Marathon.
Bridge Run: There are no age restrictions for the 10km Bridge Run.
WHAT ARE THE FINISHER REWARDS?
Marathon: An official finisher T-shirt and quality commemorative medal featuring Sydney’s spectacular icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
Bridge Run: Finishers will receive a commemorative medal featuring Sydney’s spectacular icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
WHEN IS THE EVENT EXPO AND RACE BIB COLLECTION?
The ASICS Event Expo will be held at Lower Town Hall, George Street, Sydney from 12 – 14 September 2019. All participants are required to attend the ASICS Event Expo to collect their race bib.
WHO OWNS THE EVENT?
This event is owned by Athletics Australia, a not-for-profit organisation responsible for managing the sport of athletics in Australia. Profits from the event go back into the community through Athletics Australia’s programs.
WHY WAS THE EVENT STARTED?
The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is the sole remaining participant legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It started in 2001 when the NSW Government approved the continuation of a marathon in Sydney to promote fitness and health for the NSW community and to position Sydney as an international tourist destination. Seventeen years on and the Blackmores Sydney Marathon and Running Festival is one of the most spectacular running events and marathons in the world.
WILL THE EVENT BE BROADCAST ON TV?
The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival will be screened live on Channel 10 commencing at 7:00am and internationally on Eurosport Asia, Fuji TV in Japan and selected free to air channels in China.