Half Marathons in Australia

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APR14
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Cape York Bamaga QLD 4876, Australia

This awesome race series makes its fourth stop with Cape York; the northern tip of Australias compass.

This isnt just your usual sort of race however, with Australias roughest elements on show. From the drowning humidity to some insane trails this event is not for part-timer. Be prepared to enter the wild: the Cape North leg starting just outside Bamaga before hitting Australias northern compass points in a there-and-back race.

AUD $70 - AUD $145
Half Marathon • Marathon
Cape York
APR28
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The O’Keefe Challenge757A McIvor Hwy, Junortoun VIC 3551, Australia

This amazing marathon course starts on the outskirts of Bendigo, and follows the historic O'Keefe Rail Trail to Heathcote. Passing the banks of the Campaspe River, Lake Eppalock, and the small towns of Axedale and Knowsley before reaching its final destination in the heart of Heathcote.

AUD $10 - AUD $111
Half Marathon • Marathon • 10k • 5k
The O’Keefe Challenge
JUN2
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Chempro NGC Dash 2019Damian Leeding Memorial Park, Watersport Ln, Oxenford QLD 4210, Australia

Welcome to the annual Chempro NGC Dash - the most affordable running half marathon in Queensland!

The Chempro NGC Dash is open to everyone of all ages and sizes. There will be four races ranging from a 2klm junior run, up to the 21klm half marathon for people 16 years and older. We are also adding a 4.2klm fundraising walk to the schedule. The race will be staged on the existing concrete course surrounding the Park's lake but will include a small section of grassed track alongside the lake edge.

The days festivities will include market stalls between 6.30am and 12pm, free drink stations at various check points around the course, providing a carnival- like atmosphere for both spectators and competitors.

AUD $10 - AUD $70
Half Marathon • 10k • Other
Chempro NGC Dash 2019
JUN9
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Run Forrest Trail Run13 Station St, Forrest VIC 3236, Australia

The 7th annual Run Forrest 10km & 21km & 6km Trail Run offers runners the most picturesque trails in Australia.

Once again the 2019 Run Forrest will include the very popular 6km Kids Run circuit.

Staged in the hinterland township of Forrest, nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges, Run Forrest will showcase the regions world-class trails and breathtaking natural beauty undulating hills, flowing rivers, dense fern gullies and the cool, fresh air of the Otway Ranges.

So get training!!

AUD $25 - AUD $85
Half Marathon • 10k • Other
Run Forrest Trail Run
SEP15
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Blackmores Sydney Running FestivalBradfield Park, Alfred St S, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia

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.

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Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Bradfield Park, Alfred St S, Milsons Point NSW 2061, AustraliaView event
2 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

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.

Reviews
  • Did the Blackmores Sydney Marathon in 2018

    My first marathon and generally a great event. My only critisim is the section of the run in Pyrmont. It was in the later stage of the race and was just rubbish: no atmosphere, not a comfortable or pretty location and dragged on. Was really hard during this area to have any motivation to keep going. Otherwise well organised in frequency in drink stations and volunteers. Hopefully in future years the organisers improve on the wastage of single use plastic - that was very poor.
  • Did the Blackmores Sydney Marathon in 2018

    My first marathon and I absolutely loved it - epic course - amazing atmosphere and really well put together event. The course is pretty hilly at the end which is pretty brutal on the knees so hold some back for the end (I went out way too hot). Great to finish at the Opera House also / Opera bar for a few 9am wines. Will definitely do it again.
AUD $25 - AUD $180
Half Marathon • Marathon • 10k • Other
Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
OCT6
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Beach to BrotherTown Green Inn, 6 Horton St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, Australia

Use this year's Beach to Brother trail running event as an excuse to visit the impressive and stunning Mid-North Coast!

The Beach to Brother Marathon is just one of a few distances offered on the long weekend of Sunday 6th October 2019. Also on offer is a Half-Marathon, a 10km Dash, a 5km Fun Run, and a Team Relay Marathon (up to 4 persons). All of these distances are based on the beautiful Mid-North Coast of NSW; they start in various beautiful locations along the marathon course, and all finish atop North Brother Mountain one of the most scenic lookouts on the North Coast, located in Dooragan National Park, Laurieton.

Both the individual and team relay marathon events start at Town Beach, Port Macquarie; the half-marathon starts at Lake Cathie Beach; the 10km run/walk starts at Camden Haven Beach, and the 5km run/walk starts adjacent Laurieton Pool.

The courses have been designed to provide a similar challenge to races such as the Six-Foot Track Marathon, the Coastal Classic, and the Raffertys Resort Run. The four distances all offer a great challenge to runners/walkers of every ability. Other than the 5km run/walk, the runs all encompass beautiful beaches, coastal paths and trails, and as was named by competitors in 2016 the hill from hell at the end! The four distances on offer all provide both mental and physical challenges in amongst some of the most beautiful and scenic coastline the Mid-North Coast has to offer.

Book in for an awesome challenge; bring your friends and family along to compete or spectate; then, relax in paradise!

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Beach to Brother

Town Green Inn, 6 Horton St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, AustraliaView event
21 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

Use this year's Beach to Brother trail running event as an excuse to visit the impressive and stunning Mid-North Coast!

The Beach to Brother Marathon is just one of a few distances offered on the long weekend of Sunday 6th October 2019. Also on offer is a Half-Marathon, a 10km Dash, a 5km Fun Run, and a Team Relay Marathon (up to 4 persons). All of these distances are based on the beautiful Mid-North Coast of NSW; they start in various beautiful locations along the marathon course, and all finish atop North Brother Mountain one of the most scenic lookouts on the North Coast, located in Dooragan National Park, Laurieton.

Both the individual and team relay marathon events start at Town Beach, Port Macquarie; the half-marathon starts at Lake Cathie Beach; the 10km run/walk starts at Camden Haven Beach, and the 5km run/walk starts adjacent Laurieton Pool.

The courses have been designed to provide a similar challenge to races such as the Six-Foot Track Marathon, the Coastal Classic, and the Raffertys Resort Run. The four distances all offer a great challenge to runners/walkers of every ability. Other than the 5km run/walk, the runs all encompass beautiful beaches, coastal paths and trails, and as was named by competitors in 2016 the hill from hell at the end! The four distances on offer all provide both mental and physical challenges in amongst some of the most beautiful and scenic coastline the Mid-North Coast has to offer.

Book in for an awesome challenge; bring your friends and family along to compete or spectate; then, relax in paradise!

Reviews
  • Did the 10k Dash in 2018

    With two knee replacements I was stoked that I did it. It was harder than I thought and I was suffering vertigo but the fact that I finished a(and not last) I couldnt have been happier. The view at the top was amazing and I think everyone did an excellent job organizing it. As I had not done anything like this before and came from Nambucca Heads I was a bit confused as the were to register. I had sent an email a few days before but no one answered it. I just went to the surf club and asked everyone and before long the girl arrived for registration. I wasnt aware you were suppose to register the day before but in the end it was all good. Cheers
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    I was ok with the information provided prior to the race, however I know the area. I did hear of other competitors who were surprised at the intensity of the incline up North Brother Mountain at the end.
AUD $25 - AUD $190
Half Marathon • Marathon • 10k • 5k
Beach to Brother
MAR30
Run the Rock Hanging Rock Races, 160 S Rock Rd, Woodend VIC 3442, Australia

WHERE ADVENTURE BEGINS

Run the Rock is 5 to 22 kilometres of breathtaking scenery, gritty trails, undulating country roads and a venture into the new.

AUD $30 - AUD $90
Half Marathon • Other • 5k
Run the Rock
MAR31
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MS Half MarathonFlemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington VIC 3031, Australia

A stone throw from the CBD, the Flemington Racecourse offers the perfect venue for a half marathon. With the choice of a 5K or 10K course youll be certain to keep yourself on your toes. All topped off with the infamous Flemmington rose gardens this will be unlike anywhere youve run before - and all for a good cause.

AUD $30 - AUD $85
Half Marathon • 10k • 5k
MS Half Marathon
APR7
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NewRun – Newcastle Running Festival35 Nobbys Rd, Newcastle East NSW 2300, Australia

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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NewRun – Newcastle Running Festival

35 Nobbys Rd, Newcastle East NSW 2300, AustraliaView event
1 review
About the event
From the organiser

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

Reviews
  • 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.
AUD $35 - AUD $190
Half Marathon • Marathon • 10k • 5k • Other
NewRun – Newcastle Running Festival
APR13
Australian Running FestivalOld Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600, Australia

Join thousands of runners from around the country and be a part of the iconic Canberra Times Australian Running Festival presented by Tata Consultancy Services in 2019!

We invite people of all ages and abilities to rise to the challenge and choose from a range of courses over the weekend. Enter as an individual or team in the Kids Dash, 5km, 10km, Half Marathon, Marathon or Ultra Marathon and experience the nations capital in a way like no other.

AUD $40 - AUD $160
Half Marathon • Ultramarathon • Marathon • 10k • 5k
Australian Running Festival
APR14
Ross Running FestivalRoss TAS 7209, Australia
AUD $15 - AUD $40
Half Marathon • Marathon • 10k • 5k • Other
Ross Running Festival
APR14
Geelong Half MarathonGeelong VIC 3220, Australia

It's on again! Enter The Geelong Half Marathon now and make your mark. Enjoy a wonderful, scenic course along the banks of the beautiful Barwon River in Geelong. With a great community atmosphere, easy parking and minimal queues, this has to be the best-value run around.

AUD $26 - AUD $66
Half Marathon • Other
Geelong Half Marathon

About Half Marathons in Australia

Half marathons (13.1 miles) are among the most popular running events in the Australia. Currently there are around 170 held annually with over 80,000 participants. You'll find that most major cities will host a big half marathon at least once a year. You'll also find lots of smaller events organised by local running clubs and race directors in various parks across the country. If want to make the leap to the full marathon, check out our list of Australian marathons, or if you'd prefer to scale it back a little, here is our calendar of 10k runs.

What are the best half marathons?

Australia prides itself on it's big city running festivals. With big crowds and closed roads, these races offer the chance to see some of our amazing cityscapes from a unique perspective while soaking up the atmosphere. The Sydney Running Festival, Brisbane Marathon Festival, Melbourne Marathon, and the Gold Coast Running Festival are a few of our favourites. Aside from the festivals, there are one or two famous standalone events too, the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon being the largest example. Many of these hugely popular races sell out fast or use a ballot entry, so be sure to get your name down in time. For example, the SMH Half has a cap of 10,500 participants and applications close weeks before the event begins, so you'll have to be on the ball if you want to enter. If you're looking to travel and thinking of destination half marathon, take a look at our pick of the World's Top 12 Half Marathons and see where it takes you.

How far is a half marathon?

A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21.1 km long, exactly half the length of a marathon. The average half marathon finish time across Australia over the last few years is about 1h51m for men, and 2h05m for women, which is a lot faster than the global average. Yes Straya. If you're wondering how this fares against the worlds best: the men's world record for a half marathon is 58m18s, and is held by Kenyan Abraham Kiptum and the women's record is 64m51s, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei, also from Kenya. Both set at the Valencia Half Marathon in Spain.

How long do I need to train for a half marathon?

Training for any long-distance event takes time, and you should make sure you build up your training gradually to avoid injury. If you're starting from a position where you're not running regularly, you might want 12 weeks of dedicated training in the run up to your half marathon. If you are already in the habit of running, and 8 week plan might be appropriate, and experienced runners may only require 6 weeks to get race ready. Check out our 8 week training plan.

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