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Half Marathon Course

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by Qantas Assure will commence at 6:45am on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The SMH Half Marathon is a distance of 21.1 km's, the start is located on College Street, adjacent to St Mary's Cathedral and the finish line is located at Hyde Park North. 

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Strava Course Map

Course Elevation

Start & Finish Map

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*Subject to change.


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.

Time of day Race Time Distance Location
6:45am 0mins 0km The SMH Half Marathon commences
7:35am 0mins 0km No more runners allowed to cross the start line
8:17am 42mins 5.5km Sussex Street
8:32am 57mins 7.5km Pyrmont Bridge & Murray Street intersection (Outbound)
9:03am 88mins 11.5km Pyrmont Bridge & Murray Street intersection (Inbound)
9:07am 92mins 12.25km Pyrmont Street & Western Distributor on-ramp intersection
9:18am 103mins 13.75km Erskine Street/Sussex Street Junction
9:35am 120mins 16km Bradfield Highway Boom Gate
9:55am 140mins 18km Prince Albert Road/Macquarie Street Junction
10:20am 165mins 21km Prince Albert Road Underpass

*Times are subject to change.

Drink Station & Toilet Locations

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


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

The SMH Half Marathon follows the Athletics Australia rules for fair competition.