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The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon Relay will commence at 6:45 on Sunday, May 19, 2019. The SMH Half Marathon Relay event is a distance of 21.1 km incorporating two legs. 11.5km for the 1st Runner and 9.5km for the 2nd Runner (subject to change pending final course measure).

Course Map

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*Course subject to change


Interactive Course Map


Course Elevation Map


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 the 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
7:35am 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 Winners** Toilets
Start Line 0km Water No Yes
Drink Station 1 3.5km Water No Yes
Drink Station 2 7.5km Water + eniQ* No Yes
Drink Station 3 10km Water Yes No
Drink Station 4 13km Water + eniQ* No Yes
Drink Station 5 15km Water No No
Drink Station 6 19km Water + eniQ* No Yes
Finish Line 21.1km Water No Yes

* eniQ (pronounced en..i..Q) is a premium range of scientifically formulated wellness and sports nutrition products, using only the highest quality ingredients specifically chosen for their purity and potency. 
Designed for hydration and endurance enhancement, the 
eniQ Electrolyte will be available to all participants during & after the race.  In addition, the unique "2 in 1" eniQ Electrolyte Whey Protein Isolate will be available to all participants after the race as it is designed for hydration, strength and muscle recovery.

**Winners produce a range of great tasting energy gels, bars and chews – developed specifically for endurance athletes to help maximise performance and ensure you finish in a healthy state. Winners products are used and recommended by cycling champion Cadel Evans.

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 child(ren) 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 child(ren). 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 child(ren) 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 first 11.5km leg (approx.) 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 remaining 9.5km leg (approx.) 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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