Course FAQs

Where can I find course maps for all four distances?

You can find the Sydney Running Festival course maps here:

Blackmores Sydney Marathon >> *2016 courses are subject to change.
Blackmores Half Marathon >> *2016 courses are subject to change.
Blackmores Bridge Run >> *2016 courses are subject to change.
Blackmores Family Fun Run >> *2016 courses are subject to change.

Are the courses certified?

The Blackmores Sydney Marathon, Blackmores Half Marathon and the Bridge Run courses are AIMS Certified accurate courses. The Family Fun Run is not certified but an approximate distance.

All events however are run under IAAF rules.

Blackmores Sydney Marathon – 42.195km
Blackmores Half Marathon – 21.0957km
Blackmores Bridge Run – 10km
Blackmores Family Fun Run – 3.5km (approx.)

What will I find along the course?

Drink stations will be found throughout all courses except the Blackmores Family Fun Run and at the finish line for all entrants. At each drink station there will be water. Portable toilets can be found at every drink station, please see the event pages for exact locationsBoth Blackmores Half Marathon and Blackmores Sydney Marathon participants will have access to IsoWhey Sport the Official Electrolyte drink at some drink stations (indicated on the course maps). GU Gels are only available for Sydney Marathon participants at selected drinks station. Kilometre markings will be placed at every 1km on course.

Will medical support be available along the course?

St John Ambulance teams will be located on all courses at various locations. If you are feeling unwell please report to the nearest official (who will have a radio) or medical personnel as soon as possible. If you see any fellow participant in distress, please report the incident to nearest official or St John Ambulance team member. If it is an emergency please dial “000” and report the exact location of the incident.

Is the marathon course flat, fast and suitable for a personal best?

Course changes in 2010 were well received by the running community resulting in a faster, more scenic and spectator friendly course.

Further course changes have been made for 2017. Both, the Blackmores Sydney Marathon and the Blackmores Half Marathon are now flatter, faster and even more beautiful.

Will there be a finish line drink station and are there any special arrangements for the marathon?

A designated marathon only refreshment station will be located after the finish line. An additional drink station will be located in the Recovery Village.

What is the official electrolyte drink & gel?

IsoWhey® Sports Electrolyte Formula is the Official Sports Electrolyte Drink of the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.


GU Energy Gel is the Official Gel and will only be available at selected refreshment stations along the Marathon course (GU, IsoWhey Sport and water). For the Half Marathon (IsoWhey Sport and water only).

Will there be pace makers/pace setters and how will I identify them?

To assist you in achieving your personal best, pacemakers will be provided by Sydney Striders in both the Blackmores Sydney Marathon and Blackmores Half Marathon. Make sure you listen to the PA announcements on event morning as to the location of your pacemaker. Each pacemaker will be holding a coloured flag and will wear an identifiable "Sydney Striders" green and white singlet. The pace time will be marked on the back of the singlet as well as the flag.

Can I have my own personal refreshments?

Personal refreshments are available for ELITE Marathon runners only. Personal refreshments must be handed in to the ASICS Event Expo between 8am – 2pm on Saturday 16 September 2017 ONLY and will be placed at Drink Stations marked by you on each bottle. Drinks cannot be left outside of these times. 

Can I run with an iPod or other music device?

While the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival discourages the use of iPods or other personal music devices, we do not impose a ban on wearing headphones on course. The use of headphones can impede an individual’s ability to hear marshals or other course officials. Participants who choose to wear headphones on course do so at their own risk and must pay attention to officials and other participants throughout their event.