Preferred Starts


Once you have successfully entered, you can apply for a Preferred Start, which is a starting position immediately behind the Elite field. 

To be granted a preferred start you must have achieved the following qualifying times for your event since 1st June 2013:

MARATHON Open Over 40 Over 50
Male Sub 2:55 Sub 3:05 Sub 3:15
Female Sub 3:10 Sub 3:30 Sub 3:40

HALF MARATHON Open Over 40 Over 50
Male Sub 1:20 Sub 1:25 Sub 1:30
Female Sub 1:30 Sub 1:35 Sub 1:40

10KM RUN Open Over 40 Over 50
Male Sub 37:00 Sub 39:00 Sub 41:00
Female Sub 41:00 Sub 43:00 Sub 45:00

Applications for Preferred Starts must be made via the website and should include details of the races (i.e. race name, date and distance) at which qualifying performances have been achieved. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Preferred Start applications close at 5pm on Monday September 15, 2014.

Upon applying for a Preferred Start, you will receive a confirmation email.
Successful applicants will receive an additional email just prior to the event with further details.

Please note: applying for a Preferred Start is a separate process to the online race entry system. Applying for a Preferred Start does not guarantee race entry, so please be aware of the race entry cut off times and field limits.

Successful applicants will be sent a colour coded Preferred Start sticker and start instructions in the mail during the week commencing Monday September 22, 2014. The sticker must be attached to your race bib to gain access to the Preferred Start zone. The Preferred Start zone for each race will be located immediately behind the Elite Start, with Preferred Starters only able to access the zone via the entry area provided.

Melbourne Marathon Partners