Event FAQs

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

Where does the event start? 
All four events start in Bradfield Park, Milson's Point and travel over the main deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, finishing at either the Sydney Opera House (Marathon and Half Marathon) or Conservatorium of Music, entrance of the Royal Botanic Gardens (Bridge Run and Family Fun Run).

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.

Do I need to register a child under the age of 5 years old?
Yes, all entrants regardless of age must be registered 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. 

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.

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.

Can I volunteer to help?
Not participating, but still want to be part of the action and have some fun? Join the Medibank Volunteer Team. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, meet people with similar interests and of course have fun and help some amazing people achieve their individual goal on event day. Click here for more information.

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.

Would your organisation/product like to be involved with the event? 
If your organisation has an interest in being considered as a sponsor or partner for the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, you must complete the Sponsorship Request Form and send this to info@sydneyrunningfestival.com.au

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