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Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Quick facts

Location Sydney, Australia

Distance Marathon

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Defined just as much by its rugged Pacific coastline as its exquisite harbour, Sydney relies on its coastal setting to replenish its reserves of charm; venture too far away from the water and the charm suddenly evaporates. Jump on a ferry and Sydney’s your oyster – the harbour prises the city’s two halves far enough apart to reveal an abundance of pearls. On the coast, Australia ends abruptly in sheer walls of sandstone punctuated by arcs of golden sand. In summer they’re covered with bronzed bodies making the most of a climate that encourages outdoor socialising, exercising, flirting and fun.

Run one of the world’s most scenic marathon courses, taking in some of Sydney’s most spectacular and historic landmarks including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, This is Blackmores Sydney Marathon!!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.


Blackmores Sydney Marathon

  • 42.195km

Blackmores Sydney Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

Blackmores Bridge Run

  • 9km

Blackmores Family Run

  • 3.5km


After Race Services

A designated marathon only refreshment station will be located after the finish line. An additional drink station will be located in the Recovery Village.

Age Limit

Entrants must be a minimum of 18 years of age to enter the Marathon. Entrants must be a minimum of 16 years of age on event day to participate in the Half Marathon.

Aid Stations

Drink stations will be found throughout all courses except the Blackmores Family Fun Run and at the finish line for all entrants. At each drink station there will be water. Portable toilets can be found at every drink station.

Award Medals

Finisher T-shirt and quality commemorative medal featuring an Australian Athletic Legend.

Maximum Time

Marathon overall cut-off time 6hrs:00mins. Half Marathon overall cut-off time 2hrs:45min.


Both Blackmores Half Marathon and Blackmores Sydney Marathon participants will have access to IsoWhey Sport the Official Electrolyte drink at some drink stations (indicated on the course maps). GU Gels are only available for Sydney Marathon participants at selected drinks station.


The results are based on Gun Time as per the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) rule 165 part 24 (below). The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is run under these rules because its results can be used for selection into International and Olympic events. However, net times are also provided for participants who would like to know the true (net) time it took for them to run from the start line to the finish line. This is provided for personal use only.

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Route Map

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Route Map


Bradfield Park



Sydney Opera House.



Blackmores Sydney Marathon and the Half Marathon course: flatter, faster and even more beautiful. Run one of the world's most scenic marathon courses, taking in some of Sydney's most spectacular and historic landmarks including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

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. 


Start at Bradfield Park, Milson's Point travel over the main deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and finish at the Sydney Opera House.  

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Trivia

  • Introduced in 2001, the Sydney Marathon followed the same course as the marathon during the 2000 Summer Olympics the previous year.
  • During that first year, the women's race was won by Krishna Stanton, who had never run a marathon before, and was doing the event as a result of a challenge from a friend.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.