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- Great Whitehaven Beach Run27JUN
Great Whitehaven Beach RunRunning ‧ Whitsundays500.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.9 mi
- Lake Macquarie Running Festival29AUG
Lake Macquarie Running FestivalHalf Marathon ‧ Newcastle13.1 mi • 6.5 mi • 2.5 mi
- Run Melbourne25JUL
Run MelbourneRunning ‧ Melbourne6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(1)
- Queensland Half Marathon21JUN
Queensland Half MarathonRunning ‧ Brisbane13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.7 mi • 1.2 mi
- 3 Marathons in 3 Days9JUL
3 Marathons in 3 DaysRunning ‧ Kuranda78.7 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- Townsville Running Festival1AUG
Townsville Running FestivalRunning ‧ North Ward26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- White Balloon Day Coastal Marathon3SEP
White Balloon Day Coastal MarathonRunning ‧ Adelaide18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- LeFevre Coastal Marathon7JUN
LeFevre Coastal MarathonRunning ‧ Adelaide37.3 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Airlie Beach Running Festival18JUL
Airlie Beach Running FestivalRunning ‧ Airlie Beach26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival12SEP
Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running FestivalRunning ‧ Coffs Harbour13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.9 mi
- Lamington Eco Challenge7AUG
Lamington Eco ChallengeHalf Marathon ‧ O'Reilly26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 5.3 mi
- Cape Pallarenda Trail Run22AUG
Cape Pallarenda Trail RunRunning ‧ Pallarenda13.0 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.1 mi
- Kowen Trail Run20JUN
Kowen Trail RunHalf Marathon ‧ Wamboin26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 7.5 mi
- Perth Half Marathon1AUG
Perth Half MarathonRunning ‧ Perth13.1 mi • 3.1 mi
- The Georges River Festival of the Feet11JUL
The Georges River Festival of the FeetHalf Marathon ‧ Sydney13.1 mi • 8.7 mi • 4.3 mi • 1.9 mi
- Bravehearts 777 Marathon - Sydney2JUL
Bravehearts 777 Marathon - SydneyHalf Marathon ‧ Sydney26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 8.7 mi • 4.3 mi
- Kokoda Beach Classic15AUG
Kokoda Beach ClassicRunning ‧ Gold Coast13.1 mi • 9.3 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Australian Outback Marathon24JUL
Australian Outback MarathonRunning ‧ Petermann26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.8 mi
- Bay to Bay Running Festival13JUN
Bay to Bay Running FestivalRunning ‧ Woy Woy13.1 mi • 7.5 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.9 mi(1)
- The Surefoot Trail22AUG
The Surefoot TrailHalf Marathon ‧ Brisbane13.1 mi
- Sri Chinmoy Princes Park Winter Running Festival11JUL
Sri Chinmoy Princes Park Winter Running FestivalRunning ‧ Carlton North26.2 mi • 18.6 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi(1)
- Cairns Marathon19SEP
Cairns MarathonRunning ‧ Cairns26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Rottnest Running Festival13JUN
Rottnest Running FestivalRunning ‧ Rottnest Island26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Westlink M7 Blacktown Running Festival25JUL
Westlink M7 Blacktown Running FestivalRunning ‧ Sydney26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 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 organized 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 a 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 world's 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, an 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.