Registrations Open for Australia’s Largest Half Marathon

February 6, 2020

Rise to the challenge along Sydney’s most spectacular course

Rise to the challenge along Sydney’s most spectacular course

SYDNEY (6 February 2020)The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by BUPA Dental will return to its world-famous course on Sunday, 17 May 2020 with registrations for the 29th running of Australia’s largest and most iconic half marathon open from today.

More than 12,000 athletes are expected at the prestigious race, which takes in some of Sydney’s best views along the spectacular 21.1km course, including; the Sydney Opera House, Botanic Gardens, Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Pyrmont Peninsula and Hyde Park.

Runners of all fitness levels are invited to rise to the challenge and choose from the individual half marathon or share the experience with family and friends by entering as a relay team. Split in two, an 11km and a 10km leg, the relay provides the perfect opportunity for new runners finding their feet at distance running.

Race Director, Martin Mashford, said: “This inspiring event is the pinnacle half marathon in Australia, drawing participants from all over the world to experience a stunning, world-class course in Sydney. With our new partner, Bupa Dental, we encourage all runners to come together to test their limits in this spectacular location.”

General Manager Bupa Dental Corporation, Mark Jeffery, said: “We’re proud to present this iconic race which allows runners of all abilities to test themselves and improve their health and fitness. Every day we aim to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives and this is another way we can support the proven linkages between good dental health and physical wellbeing.”

Launching for the first time this year, four-time Olympian, World Championship and Commonwealth Games runner,Craig Mottram, has developed tailored six and 12 week training packages, available to purchase online.

Providing expert guidance and coaching for race participants, the tailored coaching, training and wellbeing plans aim to educate, empower and encourage all participants to achieve their event goals in 2020.

Commencing Monday, 9 March, participants will also receive free and exclusive access to weekly training runs led by JORG Running. Participants are invited to join the free running groups, departing from the Domain on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

For runners seeking a VIP experience, a limited number of Platinum Passes are available to purchase which includes a personalised race bib, exclusive access to the VIP area with refreshments, massage services and much more.

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by BUPA Dental will again partner with a range of Australian charities through everydayhero with the goal to raise over $1 million for a wide range of worthy local, Australian and international causes. Participants can be a ‘hero’ for their favourite charity, make a one-off donation when completing their event entry or supporters can sponsor a friend or family member who is participating.

Event Registrations:

Registrations for The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by BUPA Dental, are now open via: www.smhhalfmarathon.com.au

For event updates, fundraising information and more please visit www.smhhalfmarathon.com.au or join the conversation on social media through the hashtag #smhhalfmarathon, and by following @smhhalfmarathon

Key Dates:

Early Bird entries | 6 Feb – 17 Mar | Save up to $25
Standard entries | 18 Mar – 28 Apr | Save up to $15
Late entries | 29 Apr – 16 May
Event | Sunday, 17 May

Training Programs:

6-week programs | $22

  • Half Marathon – Beginner/Intermediate
  • Half Marathon – Advanced
  • 10K – Beginner/Intermediate
  • 10K – Advanced

12-week programs | $33

  • Half Marathon – Beginner/Intermediate
  • Half Marathon – Advanced
  • 10K – Beginner/Intermediate
  • 10K – Advanced

 Free Training Runs:

Free training runs depart weekly from The Domain commencing 9 March, meeting point adjacent to the Art Gallery of NSW.

Monday | 6pm | Steady Pace Runs
Thursday | 6pm | Interval Training
Saturday | 7.30am | Easy Longer Run


Media Contacts:

Sophie Walton
The Hatchery Co.
+61 404 507 975

About The IRONMAN Group

As part of Wanda Sports Group, The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Group

Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes. Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.