- Perth Half Marathon2AUG
Perth Half MarathonRunning ‧ Perth13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- Darlington Half Marathon8MAR
Darlington Half MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Perth13.1 mi • 5.0 mi(4)
- 65 Km For Cystic Fibrosis14MAR
65 Km For Cystic FibrosisRunning ‧ Carlton North40.4 mi • 20.1 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.7 mi • 4.0 mi
- Adelaide Marathon Festival31MAY
Adelaide Marathon FestivalRunning ‧ Adelaide26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Jabulani Challenge4APR
Jabulani ChallengeRunning ‧ Sydney28.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 7.5 mi
- The Georges River Festival of the Feet12JUL
The Georges River Festival of the FeetHalf Marathon ‧ Sydney13.1 mi • 8.7 mi • 4.3 mi • 1.9 mi
- Bravehearts 777 Marathon - Sydney3JUL
Bravehearts 777 Marathon - SydneyHalf Marathon ‧ Sydney26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 8.7 mi • 4.3 mi
- Kokoda Beach Classic16AUG
Kokoda Beach ClassicRunning ‧ Gold Coast13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon3MAY
Hamilton Island Hilly Half MarathonRunning ‧ Whitsundays500.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 4.3 mi • 1.9 mi • 0.9 mi
- Australian Outback Marathon25JUL
Australian Outback MarathonRunning ‧ Petermann26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.8 mi
- Western Sydney Marathon30MAY
Western Sydney MarathonRunning ‧ Sydney26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Ultra Trail Australia: PACE 2215MAY
Ultra Trail Australia: PACE 22Half Marathon ‧ Wentworth Falls13.1 miAUD $145
- Lamington Classic24OCT
Lamington ClassicHalf Marathon ‧ O'Reilly26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- Bay to Bay Running Festival14JUN
Bay to Bay Running FestivalRunning ‧ Woy Woy13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.9 mi(1)
- Mount Buller Skyrun5APR
Mount Buller SkyrunRunning ‧ Mount Buller28.0 mi • 22.4 mi • 13.1 mi
- Kangaroo Island Marathon1MAY2021
Kangaroo Island MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Flinders Chase26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- Western Coastal Running Festival4OCT
Western Coastal Running FestivalRunning ‧ Adelaide18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- RunningWorks Ultra Marathon25OCT
RunningWorks Ultra MarathonRunning ‧ Perth31.1 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi • 1.9 mi
- Three Bridges Run1NOV
Three Bridges RunRunning ‧ Sydney17.4 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi • 3.1 mi
- The Compass Club Southern Edition4APR
The Compass Club Southern EditionHalf Marathon ‧ Southwest13.1 mi • 4.3 mi
- The Surefoot Trail23AUG
The Surefoot TrailHalf Marathon ‧ Brisbane13.1 mi
- NGC Dash31MAY
NGC DashHalf Marathon ‧ Gold Coast13.1 mi • 5.0 mi • 2.6 mi • 2.5 mi • 1.2 mi
- Operation Flinders Challenge10OCT
Operation Flinders ChallengeRunning ‧ Adelaide26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Sri Chinmoy Princes Park Winter Running Festival12JUL
Sri Chinmoy Princes Park Winter Running FestivalRunning ‧ Carlton North26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 miAUD $25(1)
About Half Marathons in Australia
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?
Aside from the festivals, there are one or two famous standalone events too, the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon being the largest 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. The records were set at the Copenhagen Half Marathon in Denmark and the Valencia Half Marathon in Spain respectively.
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.