Event and Entry FAQs

Entry Information

Online entries for 2020 are open. The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival online registrations always open on event day! Click here to register >>

If you would like an entry form sent to you via the post, please email the Sydney Running Festival office 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 24 July 2020.

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 do not send cash in the mail.

All entrants must be aged 18 years or older on event day to participate in the Blackmores Sydney Marathon.

All entrants must be aged 15 years or older on event day to participate in the Blackmores Half Marathon. 

Yes, all entrants regardless of age must be fully registered online to be allowed on course due to safety regulations 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 August 2020. 

Runners wanting a preferred start must first register online and then fill out the online form located under your preferred event. 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 (10km)
Half Marathon Marathon
Male 35 mins 75 mins 2 hrs 50 mins
Female 40 mins 85 mins 3 hrs 15 mins

We are delighted to report that the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival has fundraised over $22 million for charitable causes since it's inception.

Run for Free is a fundraising initiative where if you fundraise $500 for the charity of your choice in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, the cost of your ticket rebated to you, meaning you'll run for FREE!

More information about this intiative for the 2019 event.

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 public transport to and from the event by showing their race bib. Each finisher will receive a quality commemorative medal. Marathon finishers will also receive a finishers T-shirt for their efforts.

You can change your event via your dashbaord. Instructions on how to do this can be downloaded here

A $5 Admin fee applies to any event changes.

  1. For a Race Downgrade – difference in race fee (minus $5 admin fee) is refundable prior July 31. 
  2. For a Race Upgrade – difference in race fee plus $5 admin fee are payable.

Please Note: Race changes are subject to availability as particular start groups and events will sell out prior to Sunday 20 September 2020.

Additional Note: Any upgrades to the Sydney Marathon after Friday 31 July will not receive a personalised race bib. 

Entry fees are refundable before July 31, 2020 although 25% of the entry fee will be retained to cover administration. 

Any participant who changes into another race of greater value will be required to pay an additional fee for the difference between the entry fee originally paid and the current cost of participating in the alternative race plus a $5.00 admin fee. 

A $5 admin fee for any event changes, and race fee difference is payable.

After the 31 July if you are not able to participate, you can process a name change. You are able to transfer my entry online to another person up until 11:59pm AEDT Saturday 14 September 2019. It will be my responsibility to find the person to transfer my entry to. A $20.00 admin fee applies to all tranfers. 

Click here to download a Withdrawal Form 

2020 Early Bird singlets will be available in early April. 

Insturctions on how to edit your registration can be downloaded here. 

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Event Information

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.

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.

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. Seventeen years on and the Blackmores Sydney Marathon and Running Festival is one of the most spectacular running events and marathons in the world.

The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival will be screened live on Channel 10 commencing at 7:00am and internationally on Eurosport Asia, Fuji TV in Japan and selected free to air channels in China.

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

Visit our contact us page for all the details.

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