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.




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 Southern Cross 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 Ave, 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 Ave 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 chute at Birrarung 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.”


Everything you need to know for the Runner’s World Half Marathon event.

Will be available to download closer to the event.

Please note: These dates and times are only valid for PRE event. The Run Melbourne Race Day event timetable will be released closer to event day.


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 Half Marathon warm-up will be held at the main stage at Federation Square at 6:30am.


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 Runner’s World Half Marathon participants must meet their Runner’s World Pace Leaders from 6:30AM 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 Half Marathon:

  • 1hr 30min
  • 1hr 40min
  • 1hr 45min
  • 1hr 50min
  • 2hrs
  • 2hrs 10min

Please note, that all the information below relates to Runner’s World Half Marathon participants:




RACE START TIME: 7:00AM. We recommend you arrive at the event at least one hour before your race start time.


WAVE START ASSEMBLY TIME: 6:45AM for all waves.



  • WAVE A – Under 1 hour, 45 mins
  • WAVE B – 1 hour, 46mins – 1 hour, 55 mins
  • WAVE C – 1 hour, 56 mins – 2 hours, 10 mins
  • WAVE D – 2 hours, 10 mins +


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 timing system will record the 10.095km (halfway) split time.


The kilometre markers for the Half-Marathon will be coloured RED. The same as your race bib colour.


Drink stations are located every 2-3km The Half Marathon will pass 7 drink stations.

Please refer to your course map for drink station locations.



If you are a racing wheelchair please contact to secure your spot. The racing wheelchair wave will start approximately 10 minutes before the official Runner’s World Half Marathon event – at 6:50AM.



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.