About Marathons in Australia
Marathons (26.2 miles) make up some of the most popular and spectacular races in the Australian running calendar. The marathon in Australia has grown rapidly in popularity of the past 20 years. In fact, the Sydney Running Festival began in 2001, as part of the legacy of the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2012 nine runners were inducted into the Blue Line Legends club having completed the first 10 Sydney Marathons. While you can't add to the original Blue Line Legends, it is possible to join the coveted Bridge Club, which exists for those who have completed the Sydney Marathon for 10 consecutive years.
What are the best marathons?
Marathons are at the heart of Australia's many great running festivals. The marathon at the Australian Running Festival has a reputation for being family friendly and actively encourages participants of all abilities. The Sydney Marathon allows you to join 33,000 others as you pass through the city's iconic landmarks. It has a tough final quarter before you line up to cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, traffic free, for a glorious finish at the world famous Royal Opera House. Some of our other favourites include the Sunshine Coast Marathon, Brisbane Marathon Festival, and Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Alternatively, if you fancy something a bit more local to you, have a look at marathons in your area to see what's available.
How long will it take me to run a marathon?
The average Australian time to finish a marathon is around 3h57m and 4h20m for men and women respectively. Your finishing time can be greatly affected by the course, some marathons are particularly fast (e.g. Berlin, London), and the average time for different marathons can vary - have a read through our course descriptions to get a feel for where you should be aiming.
For our trivia fans, The world record for women was set, in London, by Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain in 2003 at 2 hours 15 minutes and is proving tough to beat. The men's record was beaten in Berlin in 2018 by Eliud Kipchoge and at 2:01:39 is pushing close to breaking the elusive 2 hour barrier.
How do you train for a marathon?
To ensure you are ready come race day, check out our very own 16 week training plan, with nutrition and race tips included. We recommend spending 16 weeks for marathon preparation, regardless of whether you are a 1st timer or looking to hit a new PB.