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    Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
    Sun 15th Sep
    AUD $25 - AUD $180
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    Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

    Bradfield Park, Alfred St S, Milsons Point NSW 2061, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is run on one of the most spectacular courses in the world, taking in all of the Sydney iconic landmarks and providing all runners with a unique opportunity of crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic free.

    The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is the sole remaining participant legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It started in 2001 when the NSW Government approved the continuation of a marathon in Sydney to promote fitness and health for the NSW community and to position Sydney as an international tourist destination.

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    Beach to Brother
    Sun 6th Oct
    Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
    AUD $25 - AUD $190
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    Beach to Brother

    Town Green Inn, 6 Horton St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Use this year's Beach to Brother trail running event as an excuse to visit the impressive and stunning Mid-North Coast!

    The Beach to Brother Marathon is just one of a few distances offered on the long weekend of Sunday 6th October 2019. Also on offer is a Half-Marathon, a 10km Dash, a 5km Fun Run, and a Team Relay Marathon (up to 4 persons). All of these distances are based on the beautiful Mid-North Coast of NSW; they start in various beautiful locations along the marathon course, and all finish atop North Brother Mountain one of the most scenic lookouts on the North Coast, located in Dooragan National Park, Laurieton.

    Both the individual and team relay marathon events start at Town Beach, Port Macquarie; the half-marathon starts at Lake Cathie Beach; the 10km run/walk starts at Camden Haven Beach, and the 5km run/walk starts adjacent Laurieton Pool.

    The courses have been designed to provide a similar challenge to races such as the Six-Foot Track Marathon, the Coastal Classic, and the Raffertys Resort Run. The four distances all offer a great challenge to runners/walkers of every ability. Other than the 5km run/walk, the runs all encompass beautiful beaches, coastal paths and trails, and as was named by competitors in 2016 the hill from hell at the end! The four distances on offer all provide both mental and physical challenges in amongst some of the most beautiful and scenic coastline the Mid-North Coast has to offer.

    Book in for an awesome challenge; bring your friends and family along to compete or spectate; then, relax in paradise!

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    AUD $15 - AUD $90
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    Western Sydney Marathon

    Unnamed Road, Castlereagh NSW 2749, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Western Sydney Marathon has fast become Western Sydneys premier running event offering five different race categories suitable for all ages and abilities. Whether you are a family wanting to get outdoors and active, a recreational runner looking for a social run or an elite athlete trying to beat your best time the Western Sydney Marathon has an event for you.

    Situated in Penrith, the event is held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre which boasts scenic views of Penrith Lakes, Lower Blue Mountains and surrounding parkland. A fast flat course has been designed which navigates the main lake, crosses the island bridges to the Regatta Centre and weaves around roads within and outside of the venue.

    With a focus on health, fitness and active lifestyles the event is a fun and festive day out for the whole family and features a health and fitness expo, activities for the kids, entertainment and massage. The event brings families and communities together and attracts runners from local regions, interstate and internationally.

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    Macedon Trail Race
    Sun 2nd Jun
    Mount Macedon, VIC, Australia
    AUD $45 - AUD $125
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    Macedon Trail Race

    Cameron Dr, Mount Macedon VIC 3441, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Macedon Trail Run is the 2nd in the Trailsplus Mountain Trail Series. It offers incredibly beautiful scenic mountain trails with challenging ascents and descents. The start and finish are located at the BBQ area next to the carpark at the top of the mountain. This is an ideal place for families to enjoy a picnic lunch while waiting for their competitor to finish, and to hang around afterwards to encourage other finishers and for the presentations.

    The race will consist of a 10km, a 21.1km, a 30km a 42.2km and a 50km event. See above tabs for more info.

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    Winery Running Festival
    Sat 20th Jul
    Upper Karuah River, NSW, Australia
    AUD $25 - AUD $230
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    Winery Running Festival

    Wangat Rd, Upper Karuah River NSW 2415, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Winery Running Festival will be staged on 20-21 July 2019 from Wine Country area in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia.

    Sunday will be our regular races including Half Marathon, Winery 10km, Winery Wander 6km and 2k Kids Marathon. On Saturday will be the inaugural MOON MARATHON, a night marathon staged on Golf Cart tracks from 4.30pm, for individuals and 4 person relay teams.

    Post race party starts at 7.30pm. Competitors can run or walk any event and enjoy the convenience of the start and finish lines in the same area, as well as sport and local produce expo and family entertainment on offer. Enjoy running past world-famous vineyards and resorts in one of Australia's best holiday locations.

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    Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon
    Sat 17th Aug
    Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia
    AUD $10 - AUD $120
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    Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon

    Wagga Beach, Cabarita Park, Johnson Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, AustraliaView event
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    From the organiser

    Wagga Trail Marathon Running Weekend on 17-18 August 2019. Events include marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10km, 5km and a mountain bike event.

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    Mudgee Running Festival
    Sun 18th Aug
    Mudgee, NSW, Australia
    $10 - $30
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    Mudgee Running Festival

    Short St, Mudgee NSW 2850, AustraliaView event
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    From the organiser

    The Mudgee Running Festival is well known for its relaxed friendly atmosphere, perfect for the first timer who is looking for a no-pressure race, yet still a course that is challenging to the experienced marathoner.

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    Shepparton Running Festival
    Sun 25th Aug
    Shepparton, VIC, Australia
    AUD $10 - AUD $95
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    Shepparton Running Festival

    536 Wyndham St, Shepparton VIC 3630, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    We have events suitable for all ages and abilities. Our certified accurate course is known for being flat and fast, ideal for those looking for a PB, stepping up a distance or a beginner runner. See you in Shepp!

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    AUD $15 - AUD $330
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    Long Course Weekend Jervis Bay

    17 Hawke St, Huskisson NSW 2540, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The stunning Jervis Bay, NSW is the home to The Long Course Weekend (LCW) in 2019. The unique event lasts three days and this fun, inclusive format is ideal for clubs, training groups and families to come along and enjoy the benefits of training and racing together.

    The weekend kicks off on Friday evening, where the LCW athletes have The Jervis Bay Swim to complete a 3.8km open water swim that takes place at Jervis Bay. The Swim also has a 1.9km and 950m distances.

    On Saturday the attention turns to The Jervis Bay Grand Fondo, a 180km ride of undulating countryside that also incorporates 90km and 45km distances to attract athletes of all abilities.

    To finish the weekend, the athletes will complete The Run a 42.2km marathon taking in the beautiful coastline of Jervis Bay and Huskinson. There is also a 21.1km run and a 10km run which allows everyone to be involved.

    More than 1500 competitors are expected to attend the LCW with approximately 300 athletes attempting to receive the Long Course Weekend medal, which entails completing all three of the longest distances. Successful LCW athletes will be awarded with the LCW medal and polo shirt at the finish line presentation on Sunday after the marathon.

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    Westlink M7 Blacktown Running Festival
    Sun 28th Jul
    Booking Closed
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    Westlink M7 Blacktown Running Festival

    Eastern Rd, Rooty Hill NSW 2766, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    There is a race for everyone from professional athletes to families, and kids just having a go! The traffic free marathon circuit makes it one the worlds most unique. The Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km events will be run on the Westlink M7 Shared Pathway

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    Four Vines Running Festival
    Sun 3rd Nov
    Nagambie, VIC, Australia
    Booking Closed
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    Four Vines Running Festival

    21 Lakeside Dr, Nagambie VIC 3608, AustraliaView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Four Vines Running Festival is more than just a run! The Shepparton Travel & Cruise Four Vines Running Festival was set up to be a fundraiser for the Children First Foundation. The Children First Foundation does amazing work in providing life saving and life changing medical care for children who need it most. A portion of your race entry fee is donated directly to Children First Foundation.

    The event is based at Tahbilk Winery in Nagambie on the banks of the Goulburn River Valley. The running side of things see athletes challenge themselves in one of six races ranging in distance from 2km for kids through to marathons for adults. Actually the shortest races is the Tahbilk Vineyard Scramble - a $500 dash for cash!

    The finish line is where the party starts with live bands, food and wine on offer, kids entertainment and more.

    We hope you can join us at the inaugural Four Vines Running Festival.

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About Marathons in New South Wales

You'll find some of the largest and most spectacular events in NSW in the marathon calendar. It's a distance that's skyrocketed in popularity in the past 20 years. The Sydney Running Festival began in 2001, as part of the legacy of the 2000 Summer Olympics, and now hosts over 33,000 competitors annually.

In 2012 nine runners were inducted into the Blue Line Legends club having completed the first 10 Sydney Marathons. While the Blue Line Legends club is closed to new entrants, it is possible to join the famous Bridge Club, which exists for those who have completed the Sydney Marathon for 10 consecutive years. Reckon you've got the stamina?

What are the best marathons?

Marathons are the core of NSW's great running festivals. The Sydney Marathon passes through the city's iconic landmarks. It has a tough final quarter before you cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, traffic free, for a glorious finish at the world-famous Royal Opera House. You've also got the Newcastle Running Festival, with its beautiful coastal route and reputation for working in partnership with local businesses. Or, away from the coast, if you're feeling thirsty, the Winery Running Festival hosts a Moon Marathon with a very well stocked after party. There's plenty of local events to choose from too, have a look at our race calendar if you fancy something a bit more low key.

How long will it take me to run a marathon?

Aussies are a speedy bunch, our average finishing time is around 3h57m for men and 4h20m for women - faster than the global average. That said, we're not quite the fastest. 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?

We've put together our very own 16 week training plan, with nutrition and race tips. It's important to follow a plan to be in tip-top shape come race day. Training for these events is essential, not only will you get fitter and faster, but you'll also minimise the risk of injury.