The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon Relay presented by Qantas Assure will commence at 6:45 on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The SMH Half Marathon Relay event is a distance of 21.1 km incorporating two legs;

Who Distance Start Location
Runner 1 7km St James Road
Runner 2 14.1km Metcalfe Park in Pyrmont

Course Map

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*Course subject to change

Course Elevation

Start & Finish Map

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Relay Access Map

The pedestrian route to walk between Hyde Park and Metcalfe Park is approximately a 15 minute walk. Please see the map below for directions.

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Cut-off points

There are cut-off points along the course to assist with re-opening of roads, we are under strict instructions from the NSW Police and RMS to ensure the timeliness of roads re-opening for public use. Therefore, course cut-offs are used to ensure that these regulations are adhered to.

Cut-offs are calculated from the time the last person crosses the start line, participants will need to maintain an average pace of 7.5min/km. Please note, in the event of runner 1 missing a cut off, Runner 2 will still be able to complete the 2nd leg.

Time of day Race Time Distance Location
6:45am 0mins 0km The SMH Half Marathon commences
7:40am 0mins 0km No more runners allowed to cross the start line
8:18am 38mins 5km Sussex Street
8:28am 48mins 6.4km Pyrmont Bridge & Murray Street intersection
9:03am 83mins 11km Pyrmont Street & Allen Street intersection
9:07am 87mins 11.6km Harris Street & Fig Street on-ramp intersection
9:36am 116mins 15.5km Kent Street at Bradfield Highway on-ramp
9:55am 135mins 17.5km Prince Albert Road/Macquarie Street Junction
10:20am 160mins 21km Prince Albert Road Underpass

*Times are subject to change

Drink Station & Toilet Locations

Location Distance (approx.) Water nuun Electrolyte GU Chomps Toilets
Start Line 0km Yes No No Yes
Drink Station 1 3.5km Yes No No Yes
Drink Station 2 7.5km Yes Yes No Yes
Drink Station 3 10km Yes Yes No No
Drink Station 4 13km Yes No Yes Yes
Drink Station 5 15km Yes No No No
Drink Station 6 19km Yes Yes No Yes
Finish Line 21.1km Yes Yes No Yes

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. 

Relay Runners with Children

If both parents are running as part of a relay team and will have a child(ren) with them on the day, Runner 2 should take the children to the transition area at Metcalfe Park. Once at the transition area, identify yourself to a volunteer or staff member who will direct you to a separate zone within the transition area where you will be able to wait with your children.

When Runner 1 reaches the transition area they can exchange the slap band with Runner 2 and also take over care of the children. Runner 2 will then commence their leg of the race. One of the parents or guardians will be able to remain with the children at all times.

The time spent in the transition area does not contribute to the overall team time with timing mats at the entrance and exit of transition. Runner 1 and the children can then make their way back to Hyde Park by walking, driving or catching the light rail over to cheer Runner 2 over the finish line.

Relay Transition

  • The change over from Runner 1 to Runner 2 will be at Metcalfe Park in Pyrmont.
  • Runner 1 will enter the transition zone upon completing the 7km leg and head towards the letter on their race bib (it will be a letter within the word SWITCH).
  • Runner 2 will have a matching letter on their race bib and be waiting by that letter's sign in the transition area.
  • Runner 1 will meet Runner 2 at their designated letter and hand the slap wristband to Runner 2. Runner 2 can then commence the 14km leg of the event.

*Please note the transition time is not included in your overall combined team time. Relay placegetters are awarded based on first three across the finish line.

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