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Race day is fast approaching and we thought you should know some important information to get you race day ready!

Event Schedule

Date Time Action
Friday, May 18 8:00am - 7:00pm Race Bib Collection at The SMH Half Marathon Expo - Hall 2 (Level 1) ICC Darling Harbour
Saturday, May 19 9:00am - 5:00pm Race Bib Collection at The SMH Half Marathon Expo - Hall 2 (Level 1) ICC Darling Harbour
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 30mins prior to their race start time.

*Start times and schedule are subject to change.

Race Bib Collection

Race bibs will be available for collection from The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon Expo, details are below.

Date Time Location
Friday, May 18 8:00am - 7:00pm Hall 2 (Level 1) ICC Darling Harbour
Saturday, May 19 9:00am - 5:00pm Hall 2 (Level 1) ICC Darling Harbour

To find out how to access the expo click here.

Start/Finish Map


After conquering the course, join us as we celebrate your accomplishments in the Festival Village. Recharge at the rebel warm down zone with a stretching session, enjoy live entertainment, delicious food and cold refreshments.

Check out whats on offer at the finish village here.

Course Details

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. The relay event is made up of two legs, the first leg is 11.5km and the second 9.5km and starts from St James Road. 

The SMH Half Marathon and Relay event will commence at 6:45am. 

The Elite Wheelchair Sprint event will commence at 6:15am. 

Join Our Green Initiative

To reduce the amount of single use cups used during the weekend, we encourage participants to bring your own water bottle. You can top up in the start area, on course at our drink stations and in the finish area.  Participants can still grab, rehydrate and drop our recyclable, disposable cups along the course too. We are also introducing the use of reusable cups in our finish area. Please dispose of the cups in the special bins provided to ensure they are recycled!

Traffic & Transport

Road closures and diversions will be in place to ensure the safety of runners and the non-event community. Participants are advised to plan their trip prior to leaving home. 

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 see below for Relay 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 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 it from the Gear Drop/Collection point upon completion of the race. 

Raising Money

The SMH Half Marathon aims to help raise $1,000,000 in 2018 for more than 900 charities. You can contribute to this fantastic effort by clicking below.