Course FAQs

Where can I find course maps for all four distances?

You can find the Sydney Running Festival course maps for 2018 here:

Blackmores Sydney Marathon >> *2018 courses are subject to change.
Blackmores Half Marathon >> *2018 courses are subject to change.
Blackmores Bridge Run >> *2018 courses are subject to change.
Blackmores Family Fun Run >> *2018 courses are subject to change.

Course maps for 2019 have not been confirmed. 

Are the courses certified?

The Blackmores Sydney Marathon, Blackmores Half Marathon and the Bridge Run courses are AIMS Certified accurate courses. The Family Fun Run is not certified but an approximate distance.

All events however are run under IAAF rules.

Blackmores Sydney Marathon – 42.195km
Blackmores Half Marathon – 21.0957km
Blackmores Bridge Run – 10km
Blackmores Family Fun Run – 3.5km (approx.)

What will I find along the course?

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, please see the event pages for exact locations

Both Blackmores Half Marathon and Blackmores 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) kilometre markings will be placed at every 1km on course.

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 Blackmores Marathon Recovery Zone.

An additional drink station will be located in the Blackmores 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). We also suggest that if you are a Sydney Marathon runner that you look to carry additional gels with you.

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 by Sydney Striders in both the Blackmores Sydney Marathon and Blackmores Half Marathon.

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 and will wear an identifiable "Sydney Striders" green and white singlet. The pace time will be marked on the back of the singlet as well as the flag.

Can I have my own personal refreshments?

Personal refreshments are available for ELITE Marathon runners only.

Personal refreshments must be handed in to the ASICS Event Expo between 8am – 2pm on Saturday 14 September 2019 ONLY and will be placed at Drink Stations marked by you on each bottle.

Drinks cannot be left outside of these times. 

Can I run with an iPod or other music device?

While the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival discourages the use of iPods or other personal music devices, though 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 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival event app have live tracking?

Yes, the event app has two types of tracking. Live Tracking, and GPS tracking.


The Blackmores Sydney Marathon uses the Live Tracking technology, and updates based on a particular runners location as they pass various split points across the course.


The Blackmores Half Marathon, Blackmores 10k Bridge Run, and the Blackmores 3.5k Family Fun Run do not use the same method as the Blackmores Sydney Marathon.


For the latter three events, you will need to enable GPS tracking, visit here for more info about how to enable GPS tracking on your device.


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

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