What’s happening and when?

Below is the 2017 event schedule for The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by Qantas Assure:

Date Time Action
Friday, May 19 8:00am - 7:00pm Race Bib Collection at The SMH Half Marathon Expo powered by rebel - Sydney Lower Town Hall
Saturday, May 20 9:00am - 5:00pm Race Bib Collection at The SMH Half Marathon Expo powered by rebel - Sydney Lower Town Hall
Sunday, May 21
5:30am Race HQ opens for race information and bib replacements
5:45am Gear drop opens at Hyde Park
6:15am The SMH Half Marathon Elite Wheelchair Sprint event starts
6:45am The SMH Half Marathon event starts
9:00am Presentations to commence

We encourage participants to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their race start time.

*Start times and schedule are subject to change.

Is there postage available?

Postage is available as an optional extra for participants to select during their registration at a cost of $7.95 including GST. Please note, this option must be added to your cart during the registration process and will close on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. To check if you have selected postage, please visit your participant Dashboard - go to "My Registrations", select "Details" and view "Cart Items".

If you have registered with an overseas address you will need to collect your race bib from The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon Expo powered by rebel. Postage of race bibs will commence approximately 3-4 weeks prior to race day.

Can I enter multiple people during the registration process?

Yes, when you arrive at the cart contents page of the registration process, click “Register Another”.  You can now commence the registration for additional entrant(s).  Please note that all registrations will be paid for in one transaction.

Can I enter on the day?

Event entries will close at 5pm the day before the event; no entries will be taken after this time.

Where do I collect my Race Bib?

Race bibs will be available for collection from The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon powered by rebel, please see details below:

Date Time Location
Friday, May 19 8:00am - 7:00pm Sydney Lower Town Hall
483 George Street, Druitt St Entrance
Sydney CBD, 2000
Saturday, May 20 9:00am - 5:00pm Sydney Lower Town Hall
483 George Street, Druitt St Entrance
Sydney CBD, 2000

What do I do if I have lost my eTicket?

If you have deleted your eTicket, please log in to your participant Dashboard to retrieve a copy. If your bank account has not been charged, you are not entered into the event.

Where can I purchase an iTaB or Event Day SMS?

The iTaB finisher’s medal insert allows you to create a lasting memento of the race for only $12. The iTaB is a customised, engraved insert which fits perfectly into the back of your finisher’s medal. Your iTaB will be manufactured after the event and sent to you in the post. Worldwide postage is included in the price.

You can also receive your results shortly after crossing the finish line with an SMS sent directly to your mobile phone.

Simply log into your Dashboard, select 'My Registrations' and 'Make Changes' to add extra items.

Where can I buy Event Day Photos?

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by Qantas Assure will be captured by official photography partners, Marathon Photos. Videos and photos of finishers will be available online for viewing and ordering 2-3 days after event day.

To make sure you are captured in the event make sure your bib number is clearly visible – and always remember to smile!

What happens if I have lost my race bib?

If you have lost your race bib or damaged your timing chip you can buy a replacement from Race Bib Collection for $20.

What happens if I start in the wrong group?

Your race bib number, including your timing bib tag, is assigned to a particular start group as selected during registration. Your bib tag will be activated as you cross the starting mats. If you begin the race prior to your designated start group time, you will NOT receive an official time and you will be disqualified.

Can I refund my entry?

When entering The SMH Half Marathon the terms and conditions must be accepted by each individual entrant. The refund policy for 2017 is listed below. There are no exceptions to this rule and no refunds will be given for change of mind.

22. I acknowledge that refunds will only be made prior to 5pm Wednesday, April 19, 2017 and will only be given where participation in the Event is not appropriate due to a medical reason that is supported by a current medical certificate outlining the condition. I understand that a 50% administration fee will be deducted and if a race bib has been sent out, I must return the race bib to Fairfax at my own expense, prior to the processing of a refund,  by no later than 5pm Wednesday, April 19, 2017. 

To view the full Terms and Conditions of The SMH Half Marathon, please click here

Where can I leave my gear?

A gear drop service will be available on race day, please see below for further details regarding this service. See-through bags can be collected at the Expo if you wish to pre-pack your gear prior to event day, this is a bag pick up. Please click here for specific Relay gear drop procedures.

Drop-off location Opening Time Closing Time Pick-up location
Hyde Park North 5:45am 11:00am Hyde Park North

How does gear drop work?

  • You will be given a see-through bag at the gear drop area.
  • Write your bib number on the outside of the bag with the markers provided.
  • Only individual items may be placed within the bag, such as a change of clothes, lightweight jacket, water bottle, post-race snacks.
  • No personal bags of any description (backpacks, purses, handbags) will be accepted.
  • Show your bib when leaving your bag with the gear drop volunteers.
  • After your run you will be asked again to show your bib to collect your bag.

Do not leave any valuables such as wallets, keys or phones with the gear drop service. Event staff will take care of your belongings, but no responsibility will be taken for lost or damaged items.

Clothing and bags left anywhere but at the gear drop location will NOT be available for collection upon finishing the race.

Relay Gear Information

A designated gear holding area will be available at relay transition for Runner 2 to drop their gear until Runner 1 arrives. Please note, gear will not be returned to the finish from this transition point.

Alternatively Runner 2 can give their belongings to Runner 1 for them to drop at the Gear Drop/Collection point prior to race start. Runner 2 can then collect from the Gear Drop/Collection point upon completion of the race. 

Are there pacers for the event?

The Sydney Striders will be providing the pacers for The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by Qantas Assure. Set yourself a goal and jump on board a pace bus! Our pace times are:

  • 85 minutes
  • 90 minutes
  • 95 minutes
  • 100 minutes
  • 110 minutes
  • 120 minutes
  • 130 minutes
  • 140 minutes
  • Sweepers

How is the event timed?

Your timing device for The SMH Half Marathon is a single-use bib tag. In order to receive an accurate time, please make sure your bib is:

  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified – please do not bend or fold your bib
  • Not covered (eg. by a jumper)

Are there prizes on offer?

All finishers will receive a finisher's medal and downloadable finisher's certificate. Prizes will be awarded to place-getters in the The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by Qantas Assure.

What are the event terms and conditions?

To view the full event terms & conditions, please click here.