Preferred Start Application

Being granted a Preferred Start means starting your race 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 2024. Applications for a preferred start will be closing on the 13th September 2024.

NIKE 42.195KM<3940 – 4950+
MALESub 2:45Sub 2:55Sub 3:05
FEMALESub 3:10Sub 3:20Sub 3:30
NIKE 21.1KM<3940 – 4950+
MALESub 1:20Sub 1:25Sub 1:30
FEMALESub 1:30Sub 1:35Sub 1:40
MALESub 00:36Sub 00:37Sub 00:39
FEMALESub 00:40Sub 00:42Sub 00:44

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


How will I know if I’ve been successful or unsuccessful in applying for a Preferred Start?

  • All applicants will be emailed a response according to the schedule below.
Batch 1Received by 15th July 2024 Confirmation sent w/c 26th July 2024
Batch 2Received by 13th September 2024Confirmation sent w/c 20th September 2024

I ran a performance standard earlier in the qualifying period but ran slower in a recent race.  Does this mean I will be refused a Preferred Start?

  • No.  Anyone who has run the standard for a Preferred Start in the qualifying period will get one irrespective of other performances 

I haven’t run this distance before.  Can I use a valid performance at another distance to get a Preferred Start.

  • Yes. Performances over other relevant distances will be taken into consideration

I submitted an application for a Preferred Start a while ago but haven’t entered the race yet.  Why haven’t I heard if I’m successful?

  • You will only be contacted about your Preferred Start application after you have actually entered your event of choice

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