Half Marathons

A half-marathon is 13.1 miles or 21.1km long. It is a hugely popular distance, and its popularity is only growing. There are now over 170 half-marathon events in Australia, and over 80,000 people complete one of these races each year. Most events are held in big cities, and give a great opportunity to take in major landmarks while exercising. One of the biggest and most popular half marathons in Australia is the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, which welcomes 10,500 runners, and takes in some of Sydney's most iconic tourist attractions. Other events can take you out into Australia's stunning scenery, on rugged trails across mountains and deserts or along coastal paths. There are sure to be breathtaking views to take your mind off the running! People running their first half-marathon might want to aim for under 2 hours, while those who are experienced runners can set themselves the prestigious challenge of running a half marathon in under an hour and a half (90 minutes). A half-marathon tends to burn anywhere between 1,000 and 2,000 calories, so it's a great workout.

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  • JUN27

    Australian Wildlife Marathon

    Torquay, VIC, Australia

    The Australian Wildlife Marathon, set along Australia's Surf Coast, is one of the most amazing runs that Australia has to offer.

    There is a...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • 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
  • DEC1

    Carman’s Women’s Fun Run

    Melbourne, VIC, Australia

    Welcome to the Carmans Womens Fun Run which is proudly supporting Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). Whether you walk, run or just have fun, its all...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT27

    Fremantle Half Marathon

    Perth, WA, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT27

    Cairns Half Marathon

    Cairns, QLD, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • DEC15

    Port Loop Coastal

    Adelaide, SA, Australia

    The Port Loop Coastal is a low key, a low-cost fun event held over 2 days showcasing Port Adelaide's Inner Harbour from Saturday, 15 December to Sunday, 16...

    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • NOV24

    Fremantle Running Festival

    Perth, WA, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • 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
  • FEB8

    Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run

    Melbourne, VIC, 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
  • MAR29

    Brisbane’s Great South Run

    Brisbane, QLD, Australia

    Brisbanes Great South Run o is one of Queenslands fastest half marathon festivals and includes the Queensland State Half Marathon Championships, 10km, 5km...

    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • NOV17

    Seaside Coastal Marathon

    Adelaide, SA, Australia

    The Seaside Coastal Marathon in Semaphore, South Australia on Sunday, 18 November 2018 is a low cost, low key coastal fun running event proudly supporting...

    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • APR26

    Werribee Mansion Run

    Melbourne, VIC, Australia

    Set on the grounds of Werribee Mansion and Werribee Park, The MyPhysio Werribee Mansion Run starts and finishes on the lawns of the magnificent Werribee...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • MAR28

    BayBreak Multisport Festival – Marathon

    Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia

    The scenic esplanade course is a flat closed road that is suitable for all runners and walkers. The stretch along the scenic esplanade of Hervey Bay...

    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • MAR14

    Sharpy’s Beer Run

    Melbourne, VIC, Australia

    The Gist'

    Starting and ending at the iconic Pig and Whistle Tavern on Arthurs Seat, Trilogy proudly presents a 10km and 21km premium trail...

    AUD $65 - AUD $75
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • FEB23

    Warburton Up and Running Fun Run

    Warburton, VIC, Australia

    Warburton Up and Running Fun Run is one of the most beautiful, scenic fun runs in Melbourne. You will run alongside the clear waters of the Upper Yarra...

    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • DEC15

    SMC Road Race

    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • APR19

    Joondalup Half Marathon

    Perth, WA, Australia

    This community event is conducted by the West Australian Marathon Club Inc. with proceeds being donated to Cancer Council Western Australia.Our aim is to...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
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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. 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.