Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is held in Sydney, Australia. The event was started in 2001, by the name “Sydney Marathon” and was organized as a celebration of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Many events were added in the next few years and in 2005, it was renamed as “Sydney Running Festival”.
There are various events conducted on the same day for runners of different age to suit their interests. While running, the runners can see some of Sydney’s most spectacular and historic landmarks including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
The registration fees is time bound and it varies depending on the date and month of registration. To participate in Blackmores Sydney Running Festival you can register in the official website.
Course / Route Map
The marathon course is made of gradual climbs and flat sections. The route is one of the world’s most scenic marathon courses. The marathon starts at South Alfred Street and continues through the roundabout at Lavender Street and onto Middlemiss Street heading north. Then the runners pass through Arthur St Tunnel, Bradfield Highway, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cahill Expressway, Western Distributor, Corkscrew tunnel, Sydney Hospital, Art Gallery Road, Mrs Macquaries Road, Boy Charlton Pool, Hyde Park, Archibald Fountain, Pool of Reflection, Anzac Memorial, Moore Park Road, Driver Ave, STA Bus Lane, Anzac Parade, Grand Dr, Queen’s Square, Museum of Contemporary Art, Campbell’s Cove and finishes at the roadway into Sydney Opera House.
Time Limits & Cutoffs
Official cut-off time is 6hrs. Participants need to maintain a pace of 8min:32sec per km or better.
Men: Yuki Kawauchi 2:11:52
Women: Biruktait Degefa 2:32:45
Prize Money & Awards
Male & female prize money 1st – $10,000, 2nd – $5,000, 3rd – $2,000, 4th – $1,000
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
Finisher T-shirt and quality commemorative medal featuring an Australian Athletic Champion.
Water Stops & Refreshments
First drink station is at 5.14k and then at an interval of 2.5k approx. Powerade and GU gels will be available at selected drink stations along the course.
Expected Race Day Weather
The Temperature ranges from Min 12 – Max 23 with sunny day. Winds west to southwesterly and light tending easterly in the afternoon.