- Barossa BRAVE17OCT
Barossa BRAVEHalf Marathon ‧ Bethany26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 8.7 mi • 4.3 mi
- Cairns Marathon20SEP
Cairns MarathonRunning ‧ Cairns26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Hardys Mc Laren Vale Half Marathon18OCT
Hardys Mc Laren Vale Half MarathonRunning ‧ Adelaide13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Take a Hike! - Toowoomba22MAR
Take a Hike! - ToowoombaRunning ‧ Toowoomba13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Rottnest Running Festival14JUN
Rottnest Running FestivalRunning ‧ Rottnest Island26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 miAUD $35
- Westlink M7 Blacktown Running Festival26JUL
Westlink M7 Blacktown Running FestivalRunning ‧ Sydney26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 miAUD $70
- Griffith Sport Toohey Trail Run11OCT
Griffith Sport Toohey Trail RunRunning ‧ Brisbane13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Adventurethon Demolish Murray Bridge Run29MAR
Adventurethon Demolish Murray Bridge RunHalf Marathon ‧ Rocky Gully13.1 mi • 7.8 mi • 3.4 mi
- Star Run29FEB
Star RunRunning ‧ Adelaide26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 4.7 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.9 mi
- Dynamic in a Dress Running Festival29MAR
Dynamic in a Dress Running FestivalRunning ‧ Cairns13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Bravehearts 777 Marathon - Canberra29JUN
Bravehearts 777 Marathon - CanberraHalf Marathon ‧ Perth26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 8.7 mi • 4.3 mi
- Cohuna Bridge to Bridge1MAR
Cohuna Bridge to BridgeHalf Marathon ‧ Cohuna13.1 mi • 7.8 mi • 4.0 mi
- Bravehearts 777 Marathon2JUL
Bravehearts 777 MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Launceston26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.7 mi
- Amie St Clair - Lap the Lake15MAR
Amie St Clair - Lap the LakeHalf Marathon ‧ Lake Albert13.1 mi • 6.8 mi • 3.4 mi
- Duncans Run21MAR
Duncans RunRunning ‧ Hiamdale62.1 mi • 31.1 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.7 mi
- Mackay Marina Run7JUN
Mackay Marina RunRunning ‧ Mackay13.1 mi • 5.0 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.9 mi
- Queensland Half Marathon21JUN
Queensland Half MarathonRunning ‧ Brisbane13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.7 mi • 1.2 mi
- Weston Creek Half Marathon15MAR
Weston Creek Half MarathonRunning ‧ Weston13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- 3 Waters Running Festival5APR
3 Waters Running FestivalRunning ‧ Bunbury31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 1.3 miAUD $25
- Run The Course9MAR
Run The CourseHalf Marathon ‧ Seymour13.1 mi • 4.7 mi • 2.2 mi
- Grange Coastal Marathon8MAR
Grange Coastal MarathonRunning ‧ Adelaide13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Broome International Airport Marathon26JUL
Broome International Airport MarathonHalf Marathon ‧ Cable Beach26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.5 mi
- Murray Bridge Marathon Festival1NOV
Murray Bridge Marathon FestivalRunning ‧ Murray Bridge13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.9 mi
- Murray Marathon Festival29MAR
Murray Marathon FestivalHalf Marathon ‧ South Albury26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 1.2 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. 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.