EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE
TAKE ON THE 21.1K
Whether it’s your first Half Marathon or you’re chasing a new PB, no event
ticks off as many iconic Melbourne landmarks as this.
2018 COURSE IMPROVEMENTS
CLICK TO VIEW 2018 COURSE IMPROVEMENTS
The Runner’s World Half Marathon no longer heads up St Kilda Rd to Toorak Rd, now runners will do a loop in and around Birdwood Ave/ Alexandra Parade/ Anderson St before heading back up St Kilda Rd across a newly finished pedestrian bridge to the Tennis precinct.
Get ready for more sights, less congestion and more fun!
With a dawn start backed by the city lights the Run Melbourne half-marathon, starting at the corner of Elizabeth St and Flinders St, moves steadily into the Crown Casino precinct before heading to Spencer St station. A sharp left into Collins St and its time to embrace your first challenge, a 100m incline. Relax into a steady downhill to Harbour Esplanade where the field starts to thin out – perfect timing to test the legs on this fast, flat section past Etihad Stadium and through the Docklands area. Heading back along Harbour Esplanade to Webb Bridge the course crosses through its first 5K.
Heading into this popular section of the course you’ll pass Polly Woodside before making your way back along Southbank and under Princes Bridge into Alexander Gardens. A small climb up Petticoat Ln before joining St Kilda Road and then into The Tan. With the body well and truly warmed up you’re nearing the mid-way point. Racing towards the Shrine of Remembrance remember to keep enough in the tank for the back half of the race.
Run down Anderson St hill along Alexander Pde, then Linlithgow and Petticoat Ln before the course starts winding its way back towards back towards the city. Enjoy the brand new shared pathway as you cross Swan Street Bridge and if the legs are starting to fatigue a little then now is a good time to stride out along the wide and flat Batman Avenue. A sharp dogleg then it’s up to Rod Laver and around Grandslam Oval. Soak up the entertainment hot spot vibe as you approach Rod Laver Bridge. You’ve earned the cheers!
It’s time to bring home the last section of the race through Yarra Park and Brunton Park before edging to the final kilometre toward the finish. Caution: there’s one final hill up Wellington Parade South. Nailed it! And you’re heading back into Batman Avenue where it’s time to leave nothing in the tank with the final 500m downhill into the finish cute at Birranrung Marr.
Run Melbourne is proud to announce that Runner’s World is on-board again as the distance-naming partner for the Half Marathon. Here’s what Lisa Holmes, Editor of Runner’s World had to say:
“Runner’s World loves being part of Run Melbourne and this year we’re super-excited to be the distance naming partner for the half-marathon. It’s an amazing one-lap course that takes in so many of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks and one that definitely needs to be on everyone’s bucket list.”
All Runner’s World Half Marathon runners must be assembled in their Wave Start Zones before 6:45am.
There are four waves approximately 10 mins apart.
The Half Marathon warm-up will be held at the main stage at Federation Square at 6:30am.
The timing system will record the 10.095km (halfway) split time.
The kilometre markers for the Half-Marathon will be coloured BLACK. The same as your race bib colour.
- 1hr 30min
- 1hr 40min
- 1hr 45min
- 1hr 50min
- 1hr 55min
- 2hrs 10min
Drink stations are located every 2-3km The Half Marathon will pass 7 drink stations.
Can participate in this event please start in the last wave of the Half Marathon event.
Run Melbourne can accomodate racing wheelchairs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to assure your spot.