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Half Marathons

A half-marathon is 13.1 miles or 21.1km long. It is a hugely popular distance, and the 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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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.

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