Half Marathons in New South Wales

NSW offers over 60 half-marathons annually - more than one a week so there’s no excuse not to take part. As well as running festivals, the Sydney Morning Herald Half is the most famous running event in NSW and perhaps Australia, and the Cliffside Fun Run Half is spectacularly picturesque.
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  • OCT6
    Beach to Brother
    Port Macquarie, NSW, 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...

    AUD $25 - AUD $190
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV16
    Long Course Weekend Jervis Bay
    Huskisson, NSW, Australia

    Jervis Bay is host to the annual Long Course Weekend every year. Utilising its stunning beauty as a national park, we've brought to you courses...

    AUD $45 - AUD $370
    • Triathlon
    • Ironman
    • Road Cycling
    • Swimming
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP28
    Goorooyaroo Off Road Half Marathon
    Canberra, ACT, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV3
    Mansfield Half Marathon And Fun Run
    Mansfield, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT6
    Newcastle International Half Marathon
    Newcastle, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • AUG30
    Lake Macquarie Running Festival
    Newcastle, NSW, Australia

    This year, the iconic Lake Macquarie event will celebrate over 34 years of running! It makes our event one of the oldest running events around Australia....

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • APR4
    Jabulani Challenge
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Half Marathon
  • DEC16
    SMC Road Race Series – Race 4
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV3
    Four Vines Running Festival
    Nagambie, VIC, Australia

    The Four Vines Running Festival is more than just a run! The Shepparton Travel & Cruise Four Vines Running Festival was set up to be a fundraiser for...

    AUD $15 - AUD $159
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC1
    Murray Quad Running of the Black Bull Half Marathon
    Yarrawonga, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
  • DEC15
    Tour De Ridges
    Farrer, ACT, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • JAN19
    Kowen Trail Run: New Year’s Resolution Run
    Wamboin, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • APR4
    Jabulani Challenge
    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    The Jabulani Challenge is a stunning 12km, 22km or 45km trail run & charity fundraiser held in the north of Sydney. Predominantly on single track the...

    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Half Marathon
  • DEC8
    Cathedrals Challenge
    Taggerty, VIC, Australia

    Cathedrals Challenge offers a 21.1k and a 10k trail run in one of the most challenging and rewarding networks of trails in...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • JUL12
    The Georges River Festival of the Feet
    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    The Festival of the Feet offers 3km, 7km, 14km or 21.1km runs. All courses are off-road and wind their way along Georges River and around Lake Gillawarna,...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • JUL3
    Bravehearts 777 Marathon - Sydney
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT13
    Forbes Running Festival
    Forbes, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT20
    Kedumba Half Marathon
    Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV3
    Three Bridges Run
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT26
    Lamington Classic
    O'Reilly, QLD, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT20
    SMC Road Race
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV17
    Run with the Wind Ararat
    Ararat, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • MAY30
    Western Sydney Marathon
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • SEP22
    Tomaree Trail Run Festival
    Fingal Bay, NSW, Australia

    The Tomaree Trail Run Festival on Sunday, 23 September 2018 is the first race in the 2018/19 Trail Run Australia series, and is hosted in conjunction with...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV16
    Bouddi Coastal Run
    Bouddi, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • SEP27
    Run the Maine
    Castlemaine, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • MAR1
    Cohuna Bridge to Bridge
    Cohuna, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • MAR15
    Amie St Clair - Lap the Lake
    Lake Albert, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV3
    Deep Space Mountain Marathon
    Rendezvous Creek, ACT, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV17
    SMC Road Race
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT6
    Harrretville Half Marathon
    Harrietville, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV2
    Carcoar Cup Running Festival
    Carcoar, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • 10k
  • MAR15
    Weston Creek Half Marathon
    Weston, ACT, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • MAR9
    Run The Course
    Seymour, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT12
    Hume and Hovell Ultramarathon
    Tumbarumba, NSW, Australia

    The Hume & Hovell Ultra is an ultra marathon conducted along part of the Hume & Hovell Walking Track. The walking track follows as closely as...

    AUD $70 - AUD $260
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT6
    Harrietville Half Marathon
    Selwyn, VIC, Australia

    The Harrietville Half Marathon runs from Bright to Harrietville along the Great Alpine Road in Victoria.

    The event is organised by a local running...

    AUD $8 - AUD $17
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • SEP22
    SMC Road Race
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • AUG30
    Darrel Chapman Fun Run
    Lismore, NSW, Australia

    The Darrel Chapman Fun Run is an event that has been established in Lismore for over 20 years. The NAB, Lords Taverners and the Masters Games team with Our...

    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • SEP22
    Forster Running Festival
    Forster, NSW, Australia

    The Forster Running Festival is in its 9th year of running now, with each year becoming more and more successful. The event could not be a success without...

    AUD $95
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • MAR22
    Sydney Trail Running Series – Manly Dam
    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    A scenic start finish area on the shores of the dam, plus a mix of technical single trails, waterfalls, fire trails, and lovey dam views. The 20km course...

    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • SEP28
    Hounslow Classic
    Blackheath, NSW, Australia

    The Hounslow Classic starts and finishes in the township of Blackheath in New South Wales world famous the Blue Mountains. The course is spectacular and...

    AUD $149 - AUD $340
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT26
    Ned Kelly Chase 100km
    Wangaratta, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • Ultramarathon
  • JUL4
    Bravehearts 777 Marathon
    Canberra, ACT, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • MAR22
    The Compass Club Eastern Edition
    Skinners Shoot, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • MAY23
    Warwick Pentath-Run
    Warwick, QLD, Australia

    Pentathrun is a full weekend event held at the end of May each year. It comprises of 5 races each of which is a different type of race that together mean a...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • JUL11
    Raffertys Coastal Run
    Cams Wharf, NSW, Australia

    A 12km, 22km and 36km trail run hosted from Raffertys Resort. The course takes in the sites of beautiful Lake Macquarie and the stunning coastline of...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV3
    Bendigo Bank Fun Run
    Bendigo, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • DEC15
    SMC Road Race
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
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More New South Wales Half Marathons

About Half Marathons in New South Wales

Half marathons (13.1 miles) are among the most popular running events in NSW. NSW has it's fair share of standalone half marathons, and there are some great running festivals, like the Sydney Running Festival and Newcastle Running Festival, with bands and cheering crowds. Then smaller events such as Port Macquarie Running Festival, where the half marathon is the main event.

If you've run a few of these events and are feeling pretty comfortable, check out the marathons in New South Wales, or if you feel you need some practice then 10k runs could be the ideal event.

What are the best half marathons?

It's worth noting that these events are very popular and sell out very quickly, or require ballot entry so get your name in fast. The SMH Half has a cap of 10,500 participants and applications usually close a couple of weeks before race day. On the other hand, if NSW just isn't enough and you're looking to travel the world, 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, you guessed it, half the length of a marathon at 13.1 miles. The average Aussie man can expect to finish in 1h51m, and 2h05m for women, which is a lot faster than the global average. If you're wondering how you might fare against the worlds best: the men's world record for a half marathon is held by Kenyan Abraham Kiptum at a scorching 58m18s, and the women's record is a blistering 64m51s, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei, also from Kenya. Both set at the apparently super speedy Valencia Half Marathon in Spain.

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

Generally speaking, 8 weeks is enough to train yourself up to half marathon fitness. The best way to ensure you do this efficiently is to follow a training plan. This will help you to build gradually, and also remind you to taper off just before the race, so you're fresh. If you want to add some real motivation to your training, ask a friend along, no more snoozing that alarm!