Nike Half Marathon

The 2024 Nike Half Marathon general allocation has now reached capacity. Sign up to our Waitlist to be amongst the first to learn about updates and announcements.

Take the challenge of this iconic half marathon, and race past Melbourne’s famous landmarks before you finish with a lap of the hallowed turf of the ‘G’. Whether it’s your first time, or you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll love the buzz of being involved in something this big.


Event Information

DateSunday 13 October, 2024
Start Time8:00am
Cut Off Time2:00pm
Field Limit12,000
Start LineBatman Avenue (150 North of Rod Laver Arena)
Finish LineMelbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Age Limit16 years or older on Race Day


Year after year, Australia’s Premier Marathon Festival the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival is growing more and more popular. 2023 saw record breaking numbers with 4 race categories selling out well before Race Day.

The general allocation of the Nike Half Marathon has reached capacity.

To be the first to know when registration opportunities become available, join our waitlist below.


Entry Fees & Inclusions

Adult: $170

VIR: $250


  • Entry
  • Race Bib + Safety Pins
  • Finishers Medal
  • E-Certificate

Course Map

Please note the 2024 course is subject to change


Course Flyover

Please note the 2024 course is subject to change

Elevation Map

Warm Clothing

A Warm Clothing service is available on Race Day for participants in the above events to leave a bag of their belongings, to be collected post-race. You will be required to tear off strip from race bib and attach it securely to your clothing bag to ensure that it is easily identified.

Location and Time: Open from 5:30AM at Gate 1 Level 1


Pace Group Leaders will be expected to run at an even pace for the entire distance of their event and offer encouragement and information along the way. Keeping to your allocated pace and communication between yourself and the runners within your Pace Group is extremely important if everyone is to continue as a group. The following Pace Groups will be running in the Half Marathon in 2022:

Half Marathon


Running with a Pacer

  • If you are a participating athlete and wish to join a Pace Group, please look out for the Pace Group signs at the Start Area on race day.
  • You do not need to register your interest.
  • All Pace Group Leaders will be easily identifiable in event gear with their particular pace time clearly visible.

Becoming a Pacer

2024 Pacer Applications are now closed.

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 January 2021.

MALESub 1:20Sub 1:25Sub 1:30
FEMALESub 1:30Sub 1:35Sub 1:40

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. Only successful applicants will be contacted

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


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

Aid Station Locations

LOCATIONAid Station Total Dist.SuppliedMedicalToilets
#1 – St Kilda Rd /Arthur St3Water ONLYYesYes
#2 – Lakeside Dve6Water + GatoradeYesYes
#3 – Pits Building11.2Water + Gatorade + Maurten GelsYesYes
#1 – St Kilda Rd /Arthur St16.5Water ONLYYesYes
#7 – St Kilda Rd / Linlithgow18.8Water + GatoradeYesYes
# 8 – Wellington St Sth20Water + GatoradeYesYes
Finish21.1Water + GatoradeYesYes

*Drink stations and locations are subject to change

Prize Money

HALF MARATHON$6,000$2,500$1200

Elite Athletes

The Melbourne Marathon Festival has a proud history of supporting Australia and New Zealand’s elite runners.  With more Australians qualifying for the Olympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games than any other domestic event in the past decade, there is no doubt that the fast Melbourne course provides a perfect vehicle for quality performances. Names like Weightman, Adams, Trengove and Diver have represented the Green and Gold with distinction as a result of what they’ve achieved on the streets of Melbourne. In 2023 this tradition will continue with support packages available to athletes who have achieved the following standards since 1st January 2022.

 Tier 1Tier 2Tier 1Tier 2
Marathonsub 2:15sub 2:19sub 2:34Sub 2:40
Half Marathonsub 1:02sub 1:05sub 1:11sub 1:14

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


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