EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE
TAKE ON THE 5K
Step up to the plate and take on your first (or fastest)
5K through the vibrant streets of Melbourne.
Celebrate as you kick off your Run Melbourne 5K with a start along St Kilda Road, just south of Linlithgow Ave. Make your way onto Birdwood Ave before taking a sharp U-turn back towards the city along St Kilda Rd to Petticoat Lne. Head back across Swan St Bridge with the newly made pedestrian walkway before striding along Batman Ave, past Rod Laver and around Grandslam Oval.
It’s time to soak up the vibe at this entertainment hot spot before running across Rod Laver Bridge and then around the MCG forecourt. A short stint to Brunton Ave and you’re coming into the home straight as you hit William Barack Bridge. Take into the spectacular city sights as you run over the bridge. It’s your final 500m sprint into the finish chute at Birrarung Marr.
Everything you need to know for the 5K event.
Is available at Federation Square (opposite the Main Stage). Please do not leave valuables in your bag. Run Melbourne accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen items. Attach the tear-off strip on the bottom of your race bib to your bag.
Keep your race bib so that you can collect your bag post-event.
Please note, this year we’re cutting down on single-use plastics and will not be providing plastic bags to put belongings in at the Bag Drop Marquee. Please remember to bring your own bag to the event
You will be able to find toilets in the following locations pre-event:
On Route to Event Village:
- Birrarung Marr, Artplay Silver Bullet
- Birrarung Marr, Speakers Corner (Batman Ave)
- Queen Victoria Gardens, Linlithgow Ave Silver Bullet
- Alexandra Gardens Skatepark
Inside the Event Village:
- Federation Square – Public Toilets open from 6:00am
- Federation Square – River Terrace
Half Marathon Start line:
- Flinders St station Concourse
5K & 10K Start line:
- Corner of Linlithgow and Birdwood Ave
On Course Toilet Locations:
Download the Overview Course Map PDF here to view toilet and drink station locations on the course.
The 5k warm-up will be held at the main stage at Federation Square at 9:45am.
RUNNERS WORLD PACE LEADERS
Join a Runner’s World pace group at Run Melbourne. Pace Groups give you the chance to run with a group under the guidance of an experienced run leader who runs at a pace calculated to get the group to the finish line at a specific time.
Visit the Runner’s World pace leader marquee to get your pacing band to wear on your wrist on race day – this tells you an estimated time to help you keep your pace.
All 5K participants must meet their Runner’s World Pace Leaders from 10:00AM at the Runner’s World pace leader marquee or find them at the start line – you’ll be able to locate them easily, as each pace leader will be holding target times for each distance.
Pace Leaders will be pacing the following times for the 5K:
START LINE & WAVE START ZONES
Please note, that all the information below relates to the 5K participants:
START LINE LOCATION: St Kilda Rd.
RACE START TIME: 10:30AM. We recommend you arrive at the event at least one hour before your race start time.
WAVE START ASSEMBLY TIMES:
- 10:00AM for Wave A, B and Champion Charity runners
- 10:15AM for Wave C and D runners
PREDICTED FINISH TIMES PER WAVE ALLOCATION:
- WAVE A – Under 32mins
- WAVE B – 33mins – 40mins
- WAVE C – 41mins – 50mins
- WAVE D – 51mins +
If you wish to run with friends or family who are starting in a different Wave Start Zone, you may start in a slower zone than that printed on your race number (e.g. someone with a B Zone label may start in B, C, or D) but not in a faster one (e.g. A).
Please note: Wave Start Zones will be in place at the start line of each race to ensure a smooth start for all participants. Entrants are asked to assemble in the appropriate zone as indicated by the letter printed on their race bib.
The kilometre markers for the 5km event will be coloured Blue.
There are two water stations at the 2km mark and the 3km mark.
Please refer to your course map.
If you are a racing wheelchair please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot. The racing wheelchair wave will start approximately 10 minutes before the official 5K event – at 10:20AM.
Run Melbourne accommodates wheelchairs in our event. If you’re not a Racing Wheelchair Athlete, please start at the back of the final wave in your event.