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- Grange Coastal Marathon7MAR
Grange Coastal MarathonRunning ‧ Adelaide13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Semaphore Coastal Running Festival22FEB
Semaphore Coastal Running FestivalRunning ‧ Adelaide18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Murray Marathon Festival28MAR
Murray Marathon FestivalHalf Marathon ‧ South Albury26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 1.2 mi
- Bathurst Half Marathon2MAY
Bathurst Half MarathonRunning ‧ Bathurst13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Bathurst RSL Club Half Marathon2MAY
Bathurst RSL Club Half MarathonRunning ‧ Kelso13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Roller Coaster Run17APR
Roller Coaster RunRunning ‧ Melbourne26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Run 2 Brake The Road Toll18APR
Run 2 Brake The Road TollRunning ‧ Melbourne13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Salming Running Works Twilight Half Marathon20MAR
Salming Running Works Twilight Half MarathonRunning ‧ Perth13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.7 mi
- Mount Glorious Mountain Trails15FEB
Mount Glorious Mountain TrailsHalf Marathon ‧ Maxwelton13.1 mi
- Sydney Trail Running Series – Manly Dam21MAR
Sydney Trail Running Series – Manly DamRunning ‧ Sydney18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 6.2 mi
- The Compass Club Eastern Edition21MAR
The Compass Club Eastern EditionHalf Marathon ‧ Skinners Shoot26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- Brisbane’s Great South Run28MAR
Brisbane’s Great South RunRunning ‧ Brisbane13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Werribee Mansion Run25APR
Werribee Mansion RunRunning ‧ Melbourne13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.4 mi • 0.6 mi
- BayBreak Multisport Festival – Marathon27MAR
BayBreak Multisport Festival – MarathonRunning ‧ Hervey Bay26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi • 0.6 mi
- Sharpy’s Beer Run13MAR
Sharpy’s Beer RunRunning ‧ Melbourne13.1 mi • 13.0 mi
- Joondalup Half Marathon18APR
Joondalup Half MarathonRunning ‧ Perth13.1 mi • 3.1 mi(4)
- Warburton Up and Running Fun Run22FEB
Warburton Up and Running Fun RunRunning ‧ Warburton13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(1)
- Ross Marathon25APR
Ross MarathonRunning ‧ Ross13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Elliot's Revenge Alligator Creek Trail Run4APR
Elliot's Revenge Alligator Creek Trail RunHalf Marathon ‧ Alligator Creek13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.7 mi
- Mothers Day Classic Alexandra Yea Districts9MAY
Mothers Day Classic Alexandra Yea DistrictsRunning ‧ Alexandra13.1 mi • 10.3 mi • 3.1 mi
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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.