- Port Of Portland 3 Bays Marathon31OCT2020
Port Of Portland 3 Bays MarathonRunning ‧ Portland37.3 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 10.0 mi
- Jabulani Challenge4APR2020
Jabulani ChallengeRunning ‧ Sydney28.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 7.5 mi
- Cathedrals Challenge8DEC
Cathedrals ChallengeRunning ‧ Taggerty13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- The Georges River Festival of the Feet12JUL2020
The Georges River Festival of the FeetHalf Marathon ‧ Sydney13.1 mi • 8.7 mi • 4.3 mi • 1.9 mi
- Bravehearts 777 Marathon - Sydney3JUL2020
Bravehearts 777 Marathon - SydneyHalf Marathon ‧ Sydney26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 8.7 mi • 4.3 mi
- Run for the Young Marathon24NOV
Run for the Young MarathonRunning ‧ Lilydale26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.6 mi
- XTERRA Trail Run: Dwellingup24NOV
XTERRA Trail Run: DwellingupRunning ‧ Mandurah13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Kokoda Beach Classic16AUG2020
Kokoda Beach ClassicRunning ‧ Gold Coast13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon3MAY2020
Hamilton Island Hilly Half MarathonRunning ‧ Whitsundays500.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 4.3 mi • 1.9 mi • 0.9 mi
- Vine Runner Christmas Half Marathon7DEC
Vine Runner Christmas Half MarathonRunning ‧ Perth13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.6 mi
- Australian Outback Marathon25JUL2020
Australian Outback MarathonRunning ‧ Petermann26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.8 mi • 3.7 mi
- Western Sydney Marathon30MAY2020
Western Sydney MarathonRunning ‧ Sydney26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Bay to Bay Running Festival14JUN2020
Bay to Bay Running FestivalRunning ‧ Woy Woy13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.9 mi
- Mount Buller Skyrun5APR2020
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
- Lamington Classic24OCT2020
Lamington ClassicHalf Marathon ‧ O'Reilly26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- Ultra Trail Australia: PACE 2215MAY2020
Ultra Trail Australia: PACE 22Half Marathon ‧ Wentworth Falls13.1 miAUD $145
- Western Coastal Running Festival4OCT2020
Western Coastal Running FestivalRunning ‧ Adelaide18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Caboolture Historical Village Dusk To Dawn8FEB2020
Caboolture Historical Village Dusk To DawnRunning ‧ Brisbane62.1 mi • 31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- The Compass Club Southern Edition4APR2020
The Compass Club Southern EditionHalf Marathon ‧ Southwest13.1 mi • 4.3 mi
- RunningWorks Ultra Marathon25OCT2020
RunningWorks Ultra MarathonRunning ‧ Perth31.1 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi • 1.9 mi
- Barossa BRAVE17OCT2020
Barossa BRAVEHalf Marathon ‧ Bethany26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 8.7 mi • 4.3 mi
- Three Bridges Run1NOV2020
Three Bridges RunRunning ‧ Sydney17.4 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.0 mi • 3.1 mi
- The Surefoot Trail23AUG2020
The Surefoot TrailHalf Marathon ‧ Brisbane13.1 mi
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. 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.