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Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

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Australia's most iconic half marathon, this race takes competitors through the heart of the city's harbour, and offers both individual and team entries.

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How to enter the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    AUD $98–AUD $193
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Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon route

The SMH Half Marathon is a distance of 21.1 km’s, the start is located on College Street, adjacent to St Mary’s Cathedral and the finish line is located at Hyde Park North. The relay event is made up of two legs, the first leg is 11km and the second 10km, and starts from St James Road.

Event Details

What’s Included

Standard Entry:

In addition, to the ability to participate in one of Sydney's best half marathons, your race pack includes a race bib with a timing chip. If these are lost or damaged, you can purchase a replacement from Race Bib Collection for $20.

Platinum Pass Package 16 years+

Be treated like a VIP at this years Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon! Platinum Passes are back in 2019 and will be available for purchase to make your race experience unlike ever before!


    Event Registration
    Personalised Race Bib*
    Bib postage**
    Exclusive access to VIP area including baggage service, massage and refreshments
    iTab medal insert - choice of finish time or a personalised message
    Official Finishers Photo
    Finish Time SMS

Platinum Pass packages are limited, so get in quick to secure your place!

*Participants who wish to receive a personalised Race Bib must enter prior to midnight Wednesday, May 8.

** Bib postage is available for participants who have entered on or before midnight on Thursday March 7, Participants who registered on or after Friday March 8, 2019 will need to collect their race bib from the Expo.

Raceday Logistics

Below is the 2019 event schedule for The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon:

Sunday, May 19

5:30am Race HQ opens for race information and bib replacements

5:45am Gear drop opens at Hyde Park

6:15am The SMH Half Marathon Elite Wheelchair Sprint event starts

6:45am The SMH Half Marathon event starts

9:00am Presentations to commence

Kit List

Wear comfortable running gear.


Spectators are welcome to watch their racers at various spots along the course. Refer to the course maps to choose where you want to cheer on your racer!


What kind of roles will volunteers be doing?

The various roles we are looking to fill include drink station volunteers, gear drop/collection volunteers, Race Bib Collection volunteers, Start and Finish marshals. None of these roles are too laborious, but just require people willing to help out and have a good time.

Who can volunteer?

There are two different ways to volunteer for the Half Marathon, either as part of a group or as an individual. Please read the below information to see which option best suits you.

Individual volunteers

Individual volunteers must be 18 years of age or over. If you are volunteering with friends, please email us and we will assign you to a role together.

Group Volunteers

To volunteer as part of a group, you must be part of an existing community group or organisation. Groups that often volunteer for our events include Rotary clubs, Scout groups and Running clubs. The only requirements are that you are able to provide us with your groups ABN, certificate of currency and volunteer insurance.

What are our volunteers traits;

Friendly and polite

Respectable presentation & hygiene

Maturity, honesty & reliability

Willingness to work within a team environment and take direction from other volunteers, team leaders and supervisors

Really big smiles!


We look forward to hearing from you, please send us an email at [email protected]


Where can I buy Event Day Photos?

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon will be captured by official photography partners, Marathon Photos. Videos and photos of finishers will be available online for viewing and ordering 2-3 days after event day.

To make sure you are captured in the event make sure your bib number is clearly visible – and always remember to smile!

What happens if I have lost my race bib?

If you have lost your race bib or damaged your timing chip you can buy a replacement from Race Bib Collection for $20.

What happens if I start in the wrong group?

Your race bib number, including your timing bib tag, is assigned to a particular start group as selected during registration. Your bib tag will be activated as you cross the starting mats. If you begin the race prior to your designated start group time, you will NOT receive an official time and you will be disqualified.

Where can I leave my gear?

A gear drop service will be available on race day, please see below for further details regarding this service. See-through bags can be collected at the Expo if you wish to pre-pack your gear prior to event day, this is a bag pick up. Please see below for Relay gear drop information.

Hyde Park North 

From 5:45am – 11:00am

How Does Gear Drop Work

    You will be given a see-through bag at the gear drop area
    Write your bib number on the outside of the bag with the markers provided
    Only individual items may be placed within the bag, such as a change of clothes, lightweight jacket, water bottle, post-race snacks
    No personal bags of any description (backpacks, purses, handbags) will be accepted
    Show your bib when leaving your bag with the gear drop volunteers
    After your run you will be asked again to show your bib to collect your bag
    Do not leave any valuables such as wallets, keys or phones with the gear drop service. Event staff will take care of your belongings, but no responsibility will be taken for lost or damaged items.

Clothing and bags left anywhere but at the gear drop location will NOT be available for collection upon finishing the race.

Relay Gear Information

A designated gear holding area will be available at relay transition for Runner 2 to drop their gear until Runner 1 arrives. Please note, gear will not be returned to the finish from this transition point.
Alternatively Runner 2 can give their belongings to Runner 1 for them to drop at the Gear Drop/Collection point prior to race start. Runner 2 can then collect it from the Gear Drop/Collection point upon completion of the race.

Join Our Green Initiative

To reduce the amount of single use cups used during the weekend, we encourage participants to bring your own water bottle. You can top up in the start area, on course at our drink stations and in the finish area.  Participants can still grab, rehydrate and drop our recyclable, disposable cups along the course too. 

Race Bib Collection

All participants can collect their race bib from The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon Expo. Please be sure to bring a copy of your eTicket or SMS on your mobile device to make the process as quick as possible.

If you are for any reason unable to attend, a friend or family member can collect your bib on your behalf.

Expo Details

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon Expo is where runners can collect their race bib. Admission is free, and all participants, friends, family and sporting enthusiasts are encouraged to visit.

The Expo is the place to go for all your race day preparations. Featuring the latest products, special offers, free samples, giveaways and competitions and the full range of event merchandise. Our dedicated experts will be on hand to answer all your questions.

How to Access the Expo

Located at the Town Hall in Sydney's George Street, it is easily accessible by public transport, including light rail, bus, ferry and train. Buses and trains travel direct to Sydney Town Hall. There is limited street parking in the CBD. Patrons should use the Car parking available at a number of parking stations close by. The two car parks nearest to Sydney Town Hall are QVB Parking, and St Andrews Parking.

Public transportation is the preferred option. 

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Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    First half marathon. Good experience running through centre of Sydney. Bit scenic but a bit through concrete jungle. Felt quite hilly.
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