Nike Half Marathon

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

Date Sunday 2 October, 2022
Distance 21.1km
Start Time 8:00am
Cut Off Time 2:00pm
Field Limit 12,000
Start Line Batman Avenue (150 North of Rod Laver Arena)
Finish Line Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Age Limit 16 years or older on Race Day
   

Entry Fees & Inclusions

Price: $135

Inclusions:

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

Course Description

Start at Batman Avenue.

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

At St Kilda Junction, turn right into Fitzroy Street then right into Lakeside Drive and do an anticlockwise lap of Albert Park Lake.

The Lake loop requires you to turn left into Albert Road Drive from Lakeside Drive and left into Aughtie Drive continuing around the Albert Park Lake roadway.

At the Carousel carpark, proceed behind and around Pits Building using Aughtie Walk, entering the pit lane in Aughtie Drive before U-turning approx. 300m past the Pits Building.

Proceed along Aughtie Drive to a right hand turn into Village Green Rd and right into Lakeside Drive and LEFT in to Fitzroy St.

Turn left into the St Kilda Road northbound service lanes and continue to LEFT hand turn into Southbank Blvd, 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 (note: HALF Marathon STAY on the RIGHT) until the right hand turn into St Kilda Road.

Proceed along St Kilda Road to a right hand turn at Princes Walk (just prior to) Fed Square.

Run along the path next to Birrarung Marr before veering right on to the William Barak Bridge.

At the end of the bridge, make a hairpin left hand turn on to Jolimont St followed by a left turn on to Brunton Avenue before a final left hand turn left into MCG Gate C where you will complete one lap of the MCG and cross the finish line.

*Course subject to change


Course Map

2022 Course Map Coming Soon


Elevation Map


Pacers

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
1:30 1:35 1:40 1:45 1:50 2:00 2:10 2:20

 

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

2022 APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED
Successful applicants have been contacted.


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.

  OPEN OVER 40 OVER 50
MALE Sub 1:15 Sub 1:20 Sub 1:25
FEMALE Sub 1:25 Sub 1:30 Sub 1:35

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.

Preferred Start applications are now open.
APPLY FOR A PREFFERED START HERE

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

LOCATION Distance KM Supplied Medical Toilets
St Kilda Rd /Arthur St 3 Water ONLY Yes Yes
Lakeside Dve 6 Water + Gatorade Yes Yes
Pits Building 11.2 Water + Gatorade Yes Yes
St Kilda Rd /Arthur St 15.5 Water ONLY Yes Yes
St Kilda Rd / Linlithgow 18.8 Water + Gatorade Yes No
Finish 21.1 Water + Gatorade Yes Yes

*Drink stations and locations are subject to change


Prize Money

EVENT 1ST PLACE 2ND PLACE 3RD PLACE
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 2022 this tradition will continue with support packages available to athletes who have achieved the following standards since 1st January 2021.

  Men Women
  Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 1 Tier 2
Marathon sub 2:15 sub 2:19 sub 2:34 Sub 2:40
Half Marathon sub 1:02 sub 1:05 sub 1:11 sub 1:14

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

Elite Athlete applications are now open.
APPLY FOR AN ELITE ATHLETE HERE


SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS

Send this to friend