SriLankan Airlines 10km Run

Race through the streets of Melbourne, passing by numerous iconic landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, the Shrine of Remembrance and the Royal Botanic Gardens. This race is perfect if you’re looking for a challenge, whether it’s setting a new PB or completing your first 10km run.




Event Information

Date Sunday October 10 2021
Distance 10km
Start Time 7:30am
Cut Off Time 2:00pm
Field Limit 10,000
Start Line Batman Avenue (150m North of Rod Laver Arena)
Finish Line Melbourne Cricket Ground
Age Limit All children under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by an adult
Registration Cut Off 12pm Saturday October 9 2021


Entry Fees & Inclusions

Current Pricing: Adult $75 /  Child (0-16 years) $50 

Please note entry fees are subject to change at any time, so sign up now to secure the best pricing. 


  • Entry
  • Race Bib
  • Safety Pins
  • Race Information Booklet
  • Finishers Medal
  • E-Certificate

Course Description

Start at Batman Avenue.

Head north along Batman Avenue; left into Flinders Street, left into Swanston Street and cross to northbound (west side) service lane at Princes Bridge.

Turn right into Southbank Blvd, followed by a right hand turn into Sturt St and proceed (under the St Kilda Rd) along Alexandra Ave to a right hand turn into Linlithgow Ave.

Proceed along Linlithgow Ave to Birdwood Ave to right hand turn into Domain Road.

Right hand turn up Dallas Brooks drive, left onto Birdwood Ave, veer left onto Government House drive and then right onto St Kilda Road.

Proceed along St Kilda Road to a right hand turn at Princes Walk (just prior to) Fed Square where competitors will then be running along the paths of Birrarung Marr before veering right onto the William Barak Bridge with a hairpin left hand turn on to Jolimont St.

Continue along Brunton Ave, past Gate C towards Punt Rd, then take a U-turn back towards the MCG with a right turn into Gate C and do one lap of the MCG to the finish line.

If you wish to WALK, please enter the 3km Walk event. If you do choose to walk in, please keep an eye out for runners as you get close to the MCG and do not block their path.

Aerial course map

Course Map

2021 Melbourne Marathon Course Map

Elevation Map

Preferred Starts

Once you have successfully registered for the event, 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 July 2019:

MALE Sub 00:36 Sub 00:37 Sub 00:39
FEMALE Sub 00:40 Sub 00:42 Sub 00:44

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.  Upon submission of your application an auto response will be generated – this is a receipt of your application only and not an approval.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  All applications are checked to guarantee times submitted are valid.

To apply for a Preferred Start please complete this form. Preferred Start applications close at 5pm on Friday September 24, 2021.

Successful applicants will receive an approval email prior to the event with further details.  If you have legitimately achieved the performance standards above you are guaranteed a Preferred Start. 

The Preferred Start zone is located immediately next to the start line on the river side and will have a number of exclusive toilets for the Elites and Preferred Starters.  On race morning approved applicants are to report to the Preferred Start Zone and have their name checked off at one of two entry points.

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.

Drink Stations

Drink Station Locations

Birdwood Ave 4 Water + Science in Sport
St Kilda Rd/ Linlithgow Ave 8 Water + Science in Sport
Finish 10 Water + Science in Sport

Prize Money

FIRST PLACE $1,000 $1,000
SECOND PLACE $500 $500
THIRD PLACE $300 $300

*Amounts in AUD An athlete’s assistant package is available on application for runners who have a performance since the 1st January 2020 that is better than our course record. Please note: International athletes will be subject to Withholding Tax, however may be able to claim back if agreements exist between Australia and their country of residence.


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