What’s happening and when?
Below is the 2018 event schedule for The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by Qantas Assure:
|Friday, May 18||TBC||Race Bib Collection at The SMH Half Marathon Expo - location TBC|
|Saturday, May 19||TBC||Race Bib Collection at The SMH Half Marathon Expo - location TBC|
| Sunday, May 20
||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.
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 each event 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 Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Participants who registered on or after Thursday, March 1. 2018 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.
To check if you have selected postage, please visit your participant Dashboard - go to "My Registrations", select "Details" and view "Cart Items".
Where do I collect my Race Bib?
Race bibs will be available for collection from The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon Expo. Details on the SMH Half Marathon Expo will be confirmed closer to the event.
How do I enter a team?
If your workplace or friends have registered a team for the 2018 event, you can join their team when registering. You just need to use our registration form and select your registration type, click 'Join a Team' on the pop-up box and search for your team name.
If you have already registered and wish to join a team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full name, bib number, team name and team password (if applicable) in your email.
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 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by Qantas Assure. To create a team, visit our registration form and;
Select your preferred registration type
Click 'Create a Team' on the pop-up box
Fill out your teams details and click 'Create my Team'
From here, you will be taken to the team managers Dashboard where it will then direct you to register yourself for the event. The Dashboard is also where you can manage your team details.
Share your team name, and password if applicable, with your team members so they can select to 'Join a Team' when registering.
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
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.
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 you 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 colelct 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 colelction 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.
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 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 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:
- 80 minutes
- 85 minutes
- 90 minutes
- 95 minutes
- 100 minutes
- 110 minutes
- 120 minutes
- 130 minutes
- 140 minutes
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.
+ 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 2018 is listed below. There are no exceptions to this rule and no refunds will be given for change of mind.
25. I acknowledge that refunds will only be given for the race entry fee paid where a request for refund is lodged with Fairfax before 5:00pm (AEDT) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 and 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 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 19, 2018. 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.