The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon is set to have hearts racing across the Harbour City once again on Sunday 20 May. What do you need to know about the marathon?
First off, the when. The SMH Half Marathon and Relay event will commence at 6.45am and finish at approximately 9.00am on Sunday May 20, 2018.
The where. The marathon’s distance is 21.1 km, with the start line located on College Street, adjacent to St Mary's Cathedral and the finish line located at Hyde Park North. The relay event is made up of two legs, the first leg is 10.5km and the second 10.5km and starts from St James Road.
The who. The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon is presented by Qantas Assure and last year saw 13,000 entrants run its course. Who will it affect? Those travelling will need to take into account road closures that will start from 4am. Additional early morning buses will run to the city on selected Sydney Buses routes. Buses will be affected by road closures and will use alternate routes and temporary bus stops between 4am and 11:30am. Ferries and Light rail services will run to a regular Sunday timetable. You can find a full map pertaining to the course and subsequent road closures here, along with key closure timings outlined here.
Most importantly, the why. The aim of the race this year is to help raise $1,000,000 for more than 900 charities, and at time of writing the funds raised so far make up nearly 60% of that target at $582,625.
Now, for those not participating in the running festival, getting around Sydney may require a little more preparation. Roads surrounding Sydney CBD and Circular Quay are impacted with extensive road closures and many routes have limited access throughout the morning – so you’ll need to plan your trip before leaving the hotel. Luckily, our Concierge team are on hand to guide you through May 20 with all the information you need below.
To find out more information about the road routes effected by The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon please follow the links indicated above or, if you are staying in the hotel, feel free to contact our Concierge team in the front lobby. To find out more information about The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon in general, visit here.