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What’s happening and when?

Below is the 2019 event schedule for The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon:

Date Time Action
Sunday, May 19
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.

+ Registrations

Can I enter multiple people during the registration process?

Yes, once you have entered the first participants details into the registration system, you will land on the Transaction Summary page. This is where you click the blue button ‘+Add Another Registration’ and enter in the new participants details, before proceeding to the checkout to pay for the entries.

Can I enter on the day?

Event entries will close at 5pm the day before the event, on Saturday, May 18 if not sold out prior; no entries will be taken after this time.

+ Postage & Race Bib Collection

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 is available for participants with a valid Australian postal address who register on or before midnight on Thursday March 7, Participants who registered on or after Friday March 8, 2019 will need to collect their race bib from the Expo. If you have registered with an overseas address you will need to collect your race bib from The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon Expo. Postage of race bibs will commence approximately 3-4 weeks prior to race day.

+ Teams

How do I create a team?

Creating a team is a great way to bring together family, friends or colleagues as part of your participation in the 2019 Half Marathon. To create a team, visit our registration form and;

  1. Under the ‘Registration Type’ section, select the option ‘Create Team’, then click ‘continue’.
  2. Enter your desired team name and click ‘Check if available’
  3. Once your team name has been created, click the drop down and select your desired ‘Team Type’.
  4. Fill in the ‘Team Administrator’ (captain) details, and then proceed through the remaining steps and click ‘Continue’ once completed.
  5. If you would like to add yourself or others to the team you have created, click on applicable buttons to do so. This will then guide you through the process to register yourself/others.
  6. At the ‘Team Summary’ page, under ‘Team Details’ you are provided a quick link that you can share with your friends/family to join your team.
  7. You can make any changes to your registration by clicking the green ‘Edit’ button.
  8. Please Note - at this stage your registration/s are not complete - please scroll down to the ‘Financial Summary’ section and click the green button to ‘Make Payment’. Registrations are only confirmed once payment has been made for participants. (If you would like to edit any items in your cart, please click on the cog symbol drop down and click ‘Edit').

Share your team name, and password if applicable, with your team members so they can select ‘I’m part of a team’ and enter the team you have created when registering.

How do I join an existing team?

If your workplace, friends or family have registered a team for the 2019 event, you can join their team when registering, via our registration form, selecting your ‘Registration Type’, and then for ‘Team Options’; select ‘I’m part of a team’, then click ‘Continue’ and enter and search for the team name. Once you have found and selected your team, click ‘Join’ and enter your team password (if applicable), then follow the prompts through the registration process.

If you have already registered and wish to join a team, you can do so via your Dashboard.

How do I create a relay team?

  1. Under the ‘Registration Type’ section, select the option 'Relay Registration'.
  2. Under the next section 'Team/Group Options:
    • If you are joining a team, select ‘I’m part of a Team/Group’, then click ‘Continue’ and enter and search for the team name. Once you have found and selected your team, click ‘Join’ and enter your team password (if applicable).
    • If you do not wish to join a team, select 'I'm not part of a Team/Group', then click ‘Continue’
  3. Enter your desired relay team name, and click 'Check if Available'.
  4. Then under the 'Team Captain' section, enter your personal details
  5. Follow the prompts to set up your relay team. If you would like to be considered for a Preferred Team Start, please select Yes (you and your relay partner must pre-qualify for this Start Group). Click 'Continue'
  6. Your relay team has been created, however you are not yet a participant in the team you have created, please click '+Add to Team'
  7. Fill out relay participants ‘Personal Details’ page and agree to the terms & conditions, click 'Continue'
  8. In the 'Registration Details' page select which leg of the relay you are doing, then follow the prompts and add any additional registration items, click 'Continue' (please note: A 2.30% Booking Fee is applicable to this transaction)
  9. Follow the prompts to complete the fundraising and bib collection pages
  10. You will now appear on your Dashboard where you can review/edit your registration, scroll down to the 'Team Members' section and check the status of both relay participants, if one remains incomplete, click the cog drop down and select 'Edit Team Member'. Enter runner 2's details, click 'Continue' to select their leg and answer the additional questions. Please fill out all required fields (marked with *)
  11. You will arrive on your Dashboard again, you can make any changes to your registration by clicking the green ‘Edit’ button. You can also view invoices and/or resend confirmation emails here.
  12. Please Note - at this stage your registration/s are not complete - please scroll down to the ‘Financial Summary’ section and click the green button to ‘Make Payment’. Registrations are only confirmed once payment has been made for participants. (If you would like to edit any items in your cart, please click on the cog symbol drop down and click ‘Edit').

How do I join an existing relay team?

  1. Under the ‘Registration Type’ section, select the option 'Join Existing Relay Registration', then click 'Continue'
  2. Search your team by either entering your relay team, or you can search by your Team/Group name.
  3. Click the orange button 'Request Invite', if the team status appears as full, that means there is already 2 people in the relay team so you are unable to enter that particular team.
  4. An email will be sent to the team captain to accept or decline, (for a captain to accept an invitation, they login to the Team administration page and invite the participant by selecting the orange button 'Invite a Team Member'.
  5. Once you have been invited to your desired team, proceed through the registration process. Your team captain is the only person who can pay for the relay registration, and can do so via their Dashboard.

Are there team packages available?

It doesn’t matter how large or small your team is, there are two team registration packages available which are designed to provide varying levels of support to team managers. These packages aim to make the registration process and the lead up to the event as smooth as possible for you and your fellow team mates. For more information on team packages click here.

+ General Event Information

Where do I find my eTicket and bib number?

eTickets and bib numbers will be sent out closer to event day to all participants via email.

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. You can purchase these items when registering for the event. Alternatively if you have already registered, login to your Dashboard and click on the cog icon drop down, then click ‘My Registration’ to purchase additional items.

Where can I buy Event Day Photos?

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon will be captured by official photography partners, Marathon Photos. Videos and photos of finishers will be available online for viewing and ordering 1-2 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!

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 Start 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.

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. Please see below for gear drop information.

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 Race Bib when leaving your bag with the gear drop volunteers
  • After your run you will be asked again to show your Race 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 Line 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 it from the Gear Drop/Collection point upon completion of the race.

How is the event timed?

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

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

Are there pacers for the event?

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

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

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.

+ Refunds and Terms and Conditions

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 2019 is listed below. There are no exceptions to this rule and no refunds will be given for change of mind.

27. I acknowledge that refunds will only be issued for the Event entry fee where participation in the Event is not appropriate due to medical reasons that is supported by a current medical certificate outlining the condition and lodged with Fairfax before 5:00pm (AEST) on Thursday, April 18, 2019. I understand that a 50% administration fee will be deducted from the race entry fee paid 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 any refund and by no later than 5:00pm (AEST) on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Refunds will not be made for any additional items purchased, such as event merchandise and charitable donations.

To view the full terms and conditions of the SMH Half Marathon, please click here.

Event Terms and Conditions

Click here to view the Event Terms and Conditions.