Got a question? Please see a list of our frequently asked questions below.

Event Information

  • When is the 2024 Sydney Marathon, presented by ASICS?

    The 2024 Sydney Marathon, presented by ASICS, is set for Sunday, 15 September 2024.

  • Who can enter the event?

    Anyone can enter the event and as there are four different distances to choose from, whether you are an elite athlete, club runner, gym member, or simply someone who enjoys a social walk or jog there is a run to suit all fitness levels. All event courses go over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • What is the minimum age to enter the Sydney Marathon & Sydney Marathon 21.1km (Half Marathon)?

    All entrants must be aged 18 years or older on event day to participate in the Sydney Marathon. All entrants must be aged 15 years or older on event day to participate in the Sydney Marathon 21.1km. There is no age restriction for participating in the Sydney Marathon 10km and the Sydney Marathon Family Run 3.5km.

  • How do I apply for a preferred start?

    2024 Preferred Start Criteria Coming Soon

    Runners wanting a preferred start must register online and then fill out the preferred start application form here. Preferred starts are subject to availability and are allocated on a first-served basis, so it is recommended that you apply early to avoid disappointment.

    As a guide, preferred starts will be offered to athletes running under the following times:

    Preferred Athlete Start Times
    10km
    21.1km Marathon
    Male 35 mins 75 mins 2 hrs 40 mins
    Female 40 mins 85 mins 3 hrs 05 mins
  • What does my entry fee cover?

    In addition to a great day out with your friends and family, your event fee goes towards staging one of the most challenging events in Sydney. This includes your race bib, extensive road closures, policing and other vital infrastructure to ensure that we can run a safe and successful event for participants and non-participants in Sydney.

    Each entrant will also receive free public transport to and from the event by showing their race bib. Each finisher will receive a quality commemorative medal. Full Marathon finishers will also receive a finishers’ T-shirt for their efforts.

  • Who owns the event?

    This event is owned by Athletics Australia, a not-for-profit organisation responsible for managing the sport of athletics in Australia. Profits from the event go back into the community through Athletics Australia’s programs.

  • Why was the event started?

    The Sydney Marathon, presented by ASICS, is the sole remaining participant legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It started in 2001 when the NSW Government approved the continuation of a marathon in Sydney to promote fitness and health for the NSW community and to position Sydney as an international tourist destination. Twenty years on and the Sydney Marathon is one of the most spectacular running events and marathons in the world.

  • Will the event be broadcast on TV?

    The Sydney Marathon, presented by ASICS, will be screened live on Channel 10 and internationally on Eurosport Asia, Fuji TV in Japan and selected free to air channels in China.

    The commencement time is yet to be confirmed.

     

    The broadcast can also be watched live on our official Facebook page.

  • How do I enquire about sponsorship opportunities?

    Please email info@sydneymarathon.com. To be able to assist us with your enquiry, it would be beneficial to include the below:

    What is the product / service / industry of your organisation?

    What is the expected level of investment ($)?

    What is the expected length of involvement (year/s)?

    How do you believe your organisation’s objectives and strategies align with that of the Sydney Marathon?

    Who is your target market / demographic?

    Have you been involved with events at a sponsorship level previously? If yes, which events?

    What are you hoping to achieve through this sponsorship?

Bib Collection

Registration & Entry Information

  • How do I register for the 2024 event?

    Entries to the 2024 event are now open – click here.

  • Should I register as an Australian/New Zealand or international participant?

    If you currently reside in either Australia or New Zealand – regardless of visa status – you can register as a domestic participant. If you live overseas and will travel to Sydney for this event, you must register as an international participant.

  • Where do I get a paper entry form?

    If you would like an entry form sent to you via the post, please email the Sydney Marathon office with your postal address and number of copies required.

  • How do I pay for my entry?

    We accept valid Visa or MasterCard credit cards. Money orders and cheques are also acceptable and should be made payable to Pont3 Pty Ltd (address for mailing is on the entry form). We request that you do not send cash in the mail.

  • Do I need to register a child to participate?

    Yes, due to safety regulations, all entrants regardless of age must be fully registered online to be allowed on course, and they will be provided with a chest bib to wear for identification. Please note that for the safety of the child, all children under 5 must enter the C group along with their guardian.

    Children under the age of 2 years can register for FREE up until 31 July 2024.

  • I have already registered. How do I edit my online entry?

    You can update your wave in your Race Roster dashboard*. Please see below for event changes (race changes, name transfers, withdrawls).

    For all other enquiries, please email our customer service team at info@sydneymarathon.com for assistance.

    *Please note that if you have registered for the marathon before 31 July, no wave changes will be allowed after that date.

  • Where do I collect my race bib?

    All race bibs will need to be collected from the Sydney Marathon Running Show. For location and opening times, please see the Sydney Marathon Running Show page.

Event Changes

  • Can I change events?

    We understand that injury or illness may sometimes interrupt your training and ability to run in your chosen event on the day.

    All Race Change requests after 8 September 2024 will need to be completed in person at the Sydney Marathon Running Show. This is subject to availability. Online requests will not be accepted after 8 September 2024.

    *Please note all race changes are subject to a $10 change fee, as per the participant agreement, as well as race differential (if applicable). No refunds in race differential (if applicable) will be offered after 31 July 2024.

    To avoid additional change fees, we recommend that you take note of the deadlines above when you decide to change distances. 

  • Can I transfer my entry to another person?

    All name transfer requests after 8 September 2024 will need to be completed in person at the Sydney Marathon Running Show. Online requests will not be accepted after 8 September 2024.

    The original participant will need to provide written authorisation for someone to take over their entry. They do not need to attend expo in person.

    *Please note all name changes are subject to a $20 change fee, as per the participant agreement. The transfer fee will be issued to the new participant to complete the transfer.

  • Can I obtain a refund?

    Entry fees are non-refundable for non-starters and non-finishers, as per the participant agreement.

    75% of entry fees are refundable prior to 31 July 2024.

    After 31 July 2024, we do not offer refunds.

    If you would like to request a refund, please complete the form here. Please allow up to 10 business days for this request to be actioned.

Team Information

Event Day Information

  • Where is the start and finish areas?

    The start area is located at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point – under the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and adjacent to Milsons Point train station.

    The finish area for the Sydney Marathon and Sydney Marathon 10km is at the Sydney Opera House, while the Sydney Marathon 21.1km and Sydney Marathon Family Run 3.5km will finish at the Royal Botanic Gardens (next to the Conservatorium of Music).

    The Recovery Village is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, located in Tarpeian Way off Macquarie Street, approximately 300m from the Sydney Opera House. 

  • What time should I arrive at Bradfield Park?

    It is strongly recommended that you be at the Start Area (Bradfield Park, Milsons Point) at least one (1) hour before the start of your race. This way you have time to use the facilities and become familiar with the start area. Please familiarise yourself with the Start Zones (A, B or C indicated on your race bib) shown in the start map of the Event Guide (available online in early September).

  • How do I get to the start venue - Bradfield Park?

    It is advised that all participants take public transport to the event, to avoid the large number of road closures that will be in place throughout event day, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge closing from 4am-11am. Please visit the traffic and transport page for more information.

  • Is there any scheduled trackwork for event day?

    Please visit the traffic and transport page for more information about public transport and road closures on event day.

  • Is there parking available?

    Domain Car Park
    Domain Car Park will open at 5am and the special rate of $15 for the day applies

    Cook + Phillip Car Park (has limited space and generally used by Course Marshals in the area)
    Cook + Philip Car Park will open at 4.30am at the special rate of $10 for the day.

  • What can I expect to find at the start?

    You will find toilets, meeting points, coffee, water, help desks and sponsor activities.

  • What is the predicted weather for event day?

    For information on Sydney’s climate, click here.

Course

  • Where can I find course maps for all four distances?
  • Are the courses certified?

    The Sydney Marathon, Sydney Marathon 21.1km and the Sydney Marathon 10km courses are AIMS Certified accurate courses. The Sydney Marathon Family Run 3.5km is not certified but an approximate distance.

    All events however are run under World Athletics rules.

    • Sydney Marathon – 42.195km
    • Sydney Marathon 21.1km – 21.0957km
    • Sydney Marathon 10km – 10km
    • Sydney Marathon Family Run 3.5km – 3.5km (approx)
  • What will I find along the course?

    Drink stations will be found throughout all courses except the Sydney Marathon Family Run 3.5km, 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, please see the event pages below for exact locations.

    Both Sydney Marathon 21.1km and Sydney Marathon participants will have access to electrolytes (indicated on the course maps).

    GU Gels are only available for Sydney Marathon participants at selected drinks station (we suggest carrying additional gels with you).

     

  • Will medical support be available along the course?

    St John Ambulance teams will be located on all courses at various locations. If you are feeling unwell, please report to the nearest official (who will have a radio) or medical personnel as soon as possible. If you see any fellow participant in distress, please report the incident to nearest official or St John Ambulance team member. If it is an emergency, please dial “000” and report the exact location of the incident.

  • Will there be a finish line drink station and are there any special arrangements for the marathon?

    A designated marathon-only refreshment station will be located after the finish line at the dedicated Sydney Marathon Recovery Zone.

    An additional drink station will be located in the Recovery Village located in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

  • What is the official electrolyte drink & gel?

    GU Energy Gel is the Official Gel and will only be available at selected refreshment stations along the Marathon course (GU and water).

    If you rely on gels as part of your hydration plan, we strongly recommend you carry your own gels with you as we cannot guarantee they will be available when you reach the drink stations.

    This year’s electrolyte provider is Fixx Nutrition.

     

  • Will there be pace makers/pace setters and how will I identify them?

    To assist you in achieving your personal best, pacemakers will be provided in both the Sydney Marathon and Sydney Marathon 21.1km

    Make sure you listen to the PA announcements on event morning as to the location of your pacemaker. Each pacemaker will be holding a coloured flag with a pace time marked on it.

  • How do I become a Pacer?

    Pacer applications for 2024 will be available in May 2024.

  • Can I have my own personal refreshments?

    Personal refreshments are available for ELITE Marathon runners only.

    Personal refreshments must be handed in to the Sydney Marathon Running Show between 8am – 2pm on Saturday 14 September 2024 ONLY and will be placed at the drink stations marked on each bottle. 

    Drinks cannot be left outside of these times. 

  • Can I run headphones / earphones?

    While the Sydney Marathon discourages the use of headphones while participating, we do not impose a ban on wearing headphones on course. The use of headphones can impede an individual’s ability to hear marshals or other course officials. Participants who choose to wear headphones on course do so at their own risk and must pay attention to officials and other participants throughout their event. 

  • Does the Sydney Marathon event app have live tracking?

    Yes, the Sydney Marathon event app uses live tracking technology, and updates based on a particular runner’s location as they pass various split points across the course.

    The event app will be available to download closer to event week.

Merchandise

Results

  • Why are results based on Gun Time and not Net Time?

    The results are based on Gun Time as per the World Athletics rule 165 part 24 (below). The Sydney Marathon is run under these rules because the official results from partaking in the event 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.

    Rule 165, part 24

    Transponder System
    24. The use of Transponder Timing Systems approved by World Athletics in events held under Rules 230 (races not held completely in the stadium), 240 and 250 is permitted provided that:

    (a) None of the equipment used at the start, along the course or at the finish line constitutes a significant obstacle or barrier to the progress of an athlete.

    (b) The weight of the transponder and its housing carried on the athletes’ uniform, bib or shoe is not significant.

    (c) The System is started by the Starter’s gun or synchronised with the start signal.

    (d) The System requires no action by an athlete during the competition, at the finish or at any stage in the result processing.

    (e) The resolution is 1/10th of a second (i.e. it can separate athletes finishing 1/10th of a second apart). For all races, the time shall be read to 1/10th of a second and recorded to the whole second. All read times not ending in zero shall be converted and recorded to the next longer whole second, e.g. for the Marathon, 2:09:44.3 shall be recorded as 2:09:45.

    Note: The official time shall be the time elapsed between the firing of the starting gun and the athlete reaching the finish line.

    However, the time elapsed between an athlete crossing the start line and the finish line can be made known to the athlete but will not be considered an official time.

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