Event and Entry FAQs

Event Information

What is the date of the 2016 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival?
Sunday, 18 September 2016.

How do I register for the 2016 event?
Click here to register >> 

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.

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‚Äôs programs, making this event one of the only true charitable running events in the country.

Why was the event started?
The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 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. Fifteen years on and the Blackmores Sydney Marathon and Running Festival is one of the most spectacular running events and marathons in the world.

Will the event be broadcast on TV?
The BSRF will be screened live on Channel 10 commencing at 7:00am and on Eurosport Asia. (Exact time for 2016 TBA)

Who can I contact for more information?
Visit our contact us page for all the details.

Entry Information

When do online entries open?
Online registrations for 2016 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival are open. Click here to register >>

Where do I get a paper entry form from?
If you would like an entry form sent to you via the post, please email info@sydneyrunningfestival.com.au with your postal address and number of copies required. Note: paper entry forms will be available from early April. Early Bird paper entries will close 15 July, 2016.

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 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival or Pont3 Pty Ltd (address for mailing is on the entry form). We request that you please not send cash in the mail.

I am 16 or 17 years old and wish to enter the Half Marathon, but can't online?
If you will be 16 or 17 on September 18th and wish to enter the Half Marathon you are required to complete an offline registration form, to sign a different set of terms and conditions and an under 18 event waiver, to participant in our event. To enter, please forward a copy of your proof of age (license or birth certificate) to info@sydneyrunningfestival.com.au and request an offline registration form and under 18 waiver.  

Do I need to register a child under the age of 5 years old? 
Yes, all entrants regardless of age must be registered to be allowed on course due to safety regulations. Please note that for your own safety, all children under 5 must enter the C group along with their guardian. Children under the age of 5 can register for $0.

What is my starting group?
For slower runners, joggers or walkers it is important to be in the correct starting group. There are three groups in each race all seeded according to expected finish time. All prams and wheelchairs (except racing chairs in the marathon) must be in the final start group of the Bridge Run and Family Fun Run (C Group) only, this excludes the Marathon and Half Marathon. Your time will not be affected in any way as the timing chip will only record your time from when you cross the start mats to the finish line mats. This will allow you to enjoy the event at your own pace and provide you with the best possible end result. NOTE: All events in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festive are SELF SEEDED.  Click here for full details and time ranges >>

How do I apply for a preferred start?
Runners wanting a preferred start must first register online and then email info@sydneyrunningfestival.com.au with a previous result (must be in previous 12 months). Preferred starts are subject to availability and are allocated on a first in first served basis. As a guide, preferred starts will be offered to athletes running under the following times;

Preferred Athlete Start Times
 Bridge Run (9km)
Half MarathonMarathon
Male35 mins75 mins2 hrs 50 mins
Female40 mins85 mins3 hrs 15 mins

How much has been raised over the years?
We are delighted to report that the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival has fundraised over $14.5 million for charitable causes since it's inception.

How can I fundraise and run for FREE?
To get your entry fee rebated simply reach the individual target set for your event via GoFundraise. Click here to learn how you can help us meet our overall fundraising target and also how you can run for FREE.

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 event kit, extensive road closures, policing and other vital infrastructure to ensure a we can run a safe and successful event for participants and non-participants in Sydney.

Your Event Kit will contain your race bib (to be worn during the event), timing chip (affixed to the back) and clothing bag sitcker. Each entrant will also receive free public transport to and from the event by showing their ent bib. Each finisher will also receive a quality commemorative medal featuring an Australian athletic legend. Marathon finishers will also receive a finishers T-shirt for their efforts.

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