In 2013 we are excited to introduce a Relay element to The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by Colonial First State. For operational reasons, the Relay consists of teams of two and is split into a 7km and 14km leg.
View the course map here.
What time does the race start?
Runner 1 will start at 6:45am at Hyde Park.
Download the Half Marathon Relay runners' guide.
Are there limited entry numbers?
The event is capped for safety & logistical reasons.
How do I know if I am registered?
Can I transfer my entry or obtain a refund?
Refunds of 50% will be available until COB April 26, 2013. A medical certificate needs to be sent before this can be processed; no refunds will be given without a medical certificate. No transfers are allowed.
Relay Terms and Conditions.
Runner 1 (team leader) of the relay team will run the first 7km.
Runner 2 of the relay team will run the last 14km.
Where is the relay start location for each runner?
Runner 1 is required to arrive at the relay start point on St James Rd prior to the race start time at 6:45am.
Runner 2 is required to arrive at the transition area; Metcalfe Park in Pyrmont, prior to the race start time at 6:45am.
Where is the transition area?
The change over from Runner 1 to Runner 2 will be at Metcalfe Park in Pyrmont. View a map of the transition area here. The closest parking to the relay transition area is The Star, access via Edward St.
Runner 1: Nearing the completion of the 1st leg and entering the transition area, Runner 1 will be directed into the coloured laneway to match the colour of their bib.
Runner 2: Will be waiting in the appropriately coloured marshalling area at Metcalfe Park. When met by Runner 1, the relay wristband will be exchanged and securely attached to Runner 2's wrist. Runner 2 will run out of the transition lanes and be directed back onto the course to fiish the 2nd leg of the half marathon relay.
Event day baggage
There will be a baggage area located on the British Lawn of Hyde Park (adjacent to the start line).
There will also be a baggage area option for Runner 2 relay participants at their starting area in Pyrmont. All baggage items collected at Metcalfe Park, Pyrmont will be placed in a truck and transported to the main baggage area in Hyde Park North near the finish line. The truck will leave at 6:30am sharp. It is not possible to transport baggage and have it ready for you to collect after this time.
Only individual items will be able to be placed in the provided baggage bags. No personal bags of any descriptions (backpacks, purses, hand bags, etc.) will be accepted.
NB: Please remember, no baggage will be left at Metcalfe Park for pick up. All baggage items should be picked up at Hyde Park North, on the British Lawns, from the relay collection point.
Please note any unattended bags left within Hyde Park or Metcalfe Park, or surrounding areas, will be removed by security.
- you will be given a see through bag at the baggage area
- write your bib number on the outside of the bag with the markers provided
- individual items only may be placed within the bag eg t-shirts, jumpers, gloves
- no personal bags of any description (backpacks, purses, handbags) will be accepted
- show your bib when leaving your bag with the baggage volunteers
- after your run you will be asked again to show your bib to collect your bag
Please note all care and no responsibility will be taken in the baggage area, we advise entrants not to leave valuables including wallets, phones and keys.
Are there any time restrictions?
Yes, we are under strict requirements from the NSW Police and RMS to ensure the timeliness of roads reopening for public use. Therefore, the cut-offs are used to ensure that these regulations are adhered to. This year we will be keeping in line with the historical cut-off at 11km in 75minutes. However other cut-offs will be at slightly varied paces in order to meet the strict road reopening requirements.
What are the start groups?
Relay start groups are listed below. Please note the time references are not mandatory, however we encourage you to use them as a guide when selecting a start group in the registration process.
Green Start - Sub 100 minutes
Purple Start - Sub 120 minutes
Orange Start - Sub 165 minutes
What do I do when I have finished my run?
Runner 1: Once you have reached Metcalfe Park at the changeover point, you are then encouraged to return to the recovery area at Hyde Park, where you can meet Runner 2, purchase event merchandise and enjoy the food stalls on offer. A map guiding Runner 1 back to Hyde Park can be viewed here. For a map on the recovery area, visit the course details page.
Runner 2: Will end their leg at the combined finish line for all half marathon participants. However, please keep moving towards the end of the medal gates, where you will have a specific location for the collection of your relay medals, before you will receive a drink and piece of fruit from the refreshment station. Both finishers medals will be handed to you before heading over to the Event Village where you can pick up your free Sun-Herald newspaper as well as experience many other post-race activations.
How will the results be given?
Each team will receive an overall team result which excludes their transition time. However, you will still be able to view your transition time online.
Each individual will also recieve their individual split times.
Are there relay prizes?
1st, 2nd and 3rd overall relay teams will receive a trophy.
Every finisher receives a commemorative medal.
NB: Runner 1 will not be handed a finishers medal when they finish their run at the transition area. Runner 2 will be able to collect both finishers medals at the specific relay collection point at the end of the finish and medal gates when they have completed the final leg of the relay half marathon.
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