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NewRun – Newcastle Running Festival

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With a goal to become one of Australia's leading regional running events, NewRun is staged in the most iconic venues in Newcastle and offers plenty of opportunities to test your fitness around this beautiful coastal city. The event is proud to partner with local organisations including Surf Life Saving Clubs, and other running, sport and service clubs. Whether you are an elite runner looking for a new PB or just a novice runner looking for a fitness goal, this Festival of Health and Fitness in Newcastle has an event for you.

The event includes 5 distance with something for everyone!

1. Marathon

2. Half Marathon

3. Hill 2 Harbour 10km

4. Forts - 5km

5. 2k4Kids

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Drew B
"Breath taking course course around the picturesque Newcastle coast line a must..."
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How to enter the NewRun – Newcastle Running Festival

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    AUD $120–AUD $190
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    AUD $95–AUD $115
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  3. Hill 2 Harbour 10 Km

    Run 10km
    AUD $55–AUD $75
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  4. Fort5 - 5 Km

    Run 5km
    AUD $45–AUD $65
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  5. 2km for Kids

    Run 2km
    AUD $35–AUD $40
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NewRun – Newcastle Running Festival routes


Looking for a marathon PB, then this is it. This flat scenic course will traverse the Newcastle Harbour and Carrington basin. Starting on Wharf Rd, Queen Wharf the course will run east along wharf Rd and past Nobbys, towards Newcastle Baths. The course does not go onto the Breakwall. Marathon runners will stay on the city side of Shortland Esplanade. At the gate of Newcastle Baths runners will turn and head back to Queens Wharf and run toward Argyle St. At Argyle St they will enter the Honeysuckle Broad Walk and follow this along the Harbour’s edge until Worth Place. For 2019, due to construction work, they will divert to run west along the Honeysuckle Drive footpath and then back onto the Foreshore at a marshal point. Runners will then follow the footpath past the Marina and behind the Fish Co-op to join the footpath along Throsby Creek, over the bridge and around to the rowing club. Runners then return to Queens Wharf. This is one lap. You must complete 3 laps. Relay team members will tag their team member and continue. The course is 50% on closed roads and 50% on wide footpaths, where runners will have right of way. Marshals will monitor high traffic areas. Do not be surprised by the elevation map. This course is flat the whole way. There will be timing check points at both turns and the start/lap area.

Half Marathon

Starting from Queens Wharf the course is essentially the 10km Hill to Harbour Course in reverse to get to Bar Beach and then the 10km Hill to Harbour course from Bar Beach. The additional 1.1km is achieved at the start of the event by running 550m on Wharf Rd east toward Nobbys Beach and then turning and coming back to the start line. From that point you have exactly 20km to run. The start and the finish line are parallel, with the start on the road . The Hill to Harbour course is below, and it makes more sense to explain this course, than explaining the out and back sections. Note that the only section that is different to the main regular course is that we are now back on the south Newcastle Beach cliff and we will also run onto the new footpath at Newcastle Beach to allow East end traffic ot exit. This is impossible to avoid give Light Rail construction. All sections that may seem complicated due to the construction works will be fenced and marshaled so they will be simple to navigate at your blistering pace!!

Hill to Harbour 10km from Bar Beach

Starting from Empire Park just up the road from the famous Merewether Beach break, the event lines up on Memorial Drive just past the Cooks Hill Surf Club and runs straight up towards the Strzelecki lookout. It climbs for 1.8km and then levels out to heads down- hill, entering beautiful King Edward Park. Winding through the Park, the run heads to the middle entry past the famous 530 runners drink station where it heads down the old road into the Gardens and then down past the south Newcastle cliff and past the skate park then up to the intersection with Shortland Explanade. At this point (*due to the Light rail construction we will run onto the footpaths for 400m and then rejoin the road north of Zarra St. (This is to allow residents to exit and enter the east end of Newcastle). The course then passes some classic Newcastle café’s, hotels and then past the historic Newcastle Ocean Baths. The course then approaches Nobby’s Beach (home of the Pasha Bulka for a while) turns right at the Nobby’s Surf Club House and towards the Macquarie Pier, better known as Nobby’s Break-wall. It is then an out and back run of 3km and back to the surf club for a stroll down the Wharf Rd passing Customs House, old Newcastle Rail Station, Harry’s Café D Wheels and the Queens Wharf complex. Turning right the course then heads into the Honeysuckle area for a out and back section to Worth Place right next to the Harbour and then returns to Market St Lawns opposite Queens Wharf and a great spectator crowd ready to bring you home. Newcastle Herald Hill to Harbour touches much of what Novocastians love about Newcastle.

Forts5 - 5km

The course starts from Queens Wharf and runs East along Wharf Rd until just before Nobbys and turns left into the new Camp Shortland ‘Super Cars” track. The course follows the track around and then back to the Nobbys roundabout . Runners will turn around the roundabout and run back to Queens Wharf where they continue west to Argyle St and then enter the Honeysuckle foreshore and run to a turn point near Worth Place. They then return along Honeysuckle foreshore and back to the finish line on Wharf Rd opposite Queens Wharf. The course is very flat and very fast.


This event will be an approx 2km run from Queens Wharf on Wharf Rd east until Watt St Roundabout then return to run past Queens Wharf until a turn point at Argyle St and back, finishing in the big finish chute to a massive spectator crowd. There is great access for family and friends to cheer the children along. There is no map available for this course.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

Race Kit Collection 

Please bring photo ID to collect your kits. If collecting for others you need written permission and photo ID for yourself. It is suggested that Team captains make the pick-up arrangements very clear to avoid collection or non-collection of kits. Due to the scale of the event it is suggested that you pick up your race kit on Saturday for Sunday’s events.

Saturday 6th April 2019 - 10am - 4:30pm Queens Wharf Hotel off Wharf Road Newcastle

Sunday 7 April 2019 - Race Day!

    10km event: Cook Hill Surf Club, Memorial Drive, Bar Beach from 6.30am. BRING PHOTO ID.
      5km, Marathon and Half Marathon: Queens Wharf Hotel off Wharf Rd Newcastle from 5.30am. BRING PHOTO ID.(Do not park in Wharf Rd)
      2K4Kids: Shortland Lawns from 8.00am until 9.30am at the Queens Wharf Hotel off Wharf Rd.

    Timetable - Sunday 7th April

6:00am – Marathon and relays

7:00am – Half Marathon

7:50am – 5km

8:30am – 10km

10:00am – 2km

Race Presentation 

Approximately 11:00am on the Wharf at the Queens Wharf Hotel opposite the finish line.



There is no shortage of things to do in and around the Race Compound while waiting for runners to finish. Queens Wharf Hotel and Six Degrees cafe will be open and the Hunter St Mall as a range of cafes and outlets open early. These are all just 50-100m from the finish line. There will be live music at Queens Wharf after the presentation !


The event requires over 120 race crew from local Running and Surf Life Saving Clubs. They will be assisted on the roads by our team of volunteer Accredited Traffic controllers from C.R.E.S.T and First Aiders. All organisations will be the recipients of donations or gifts for work with their projects. If you are interested in helping out, contact [email protected] and they will put you in touch with the volunteer coordinator.


Race Fees

Normal entries will be applicable 3 Dec 2018- 17 Mar 2019

Late entries will be from 18 March 2019 3 April and will not receive a race shirt.

Entries received on race day will pay an additional $10 late entry fee

Race Categories

Adult entrants will automatically be assigned to their respective age categories when entering their date of birth during the entry process. Ages are as on race day. Adult age categories are: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.

Only children aged 12 years or older can be entered in the 10km run. Children over 8 -11 years can enter the Walk , however all children under 12 years should be accompanied by an adult walker/runner. Strollers are allowable in the walk however should start at the rear of the pack and stay to the left on the break-wall. Children will be entered into following age categories: 8-11(walk only), 12-13, 14-15 and 16-17.

Note: Special consideration will be given to experienced runners under 12 years of age. Please contact us for details on: (02) 4934 8138.

Race Timing

Computer timing chips will be distributed to each competitor. You must wear the chip on your shoe. It must be laced into the shoe. Please remember NO CHIP equals NO RESULT. Interim times will be available live on race time. PLEASE WEAR YOUR RACE BIB (race number) ON YOUR CHEST FOR THE ENTIRE RACE.


Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in all age categories except the 10k walk category (which is a participation only category). Competitors in the 10km walk will receive a time but no prizes will be allocated. Overall Male and Female winners are also awarded Trophies. Random draws or participant race numbers will take place during all presentations with great prizes awarded!

Left Bag Transport/Security

10km competitor’s bags will be transported to the finish line from Bar Beach to the secure bag area close to the registration tent

A secure bag area will be provided at the Registration area at Queens Wharf Hotel area for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5km events.

Aid Stations

Aid Stations will be situated no more than 3.0km apart. Water and Electrolyte drinks will be available at every station. Fruit will be available at the end of the race.

Look out for the vollies from Cooks Hill, Nobbys SLS Clubs. Also 530 runners and Newcastle Flyers.

First Aid

Experienced and qualified medical personnel will be available at the start, on the course and finish Race compound.

Wheel Chair Participants

H Events welcomes all participants, and encourages active participation by all individuals in sports events, our recent experience of congestion along the break-wall of Nobbys, has lead us to the decision to not offer a specific wheel chair category in any of the events.


NewRun – Newcastle Running Festival weather forecast

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NewRun – Newcastle Running Festival reviews

5 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Half Marathon in 2014

    Breath taking course course around the picturesque Newcastle coast line a must see and do type run especially if the sun is out!!! Course combines the challenge of a few sneaky hills and some amazing fast flat sections. A great course to aim for a PB. Great atmosphere and finish line.
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