Regular start times are as follows.

  • The 30km starts at 06:30 am
  • The half marathon starts at 07:00 am
  • The 10km and the kids 2km dash start at 07:45 am
  • The 5km starts at 08:00 am

Check the calendar for the times for your event.

Make sure you are there with plenty of time to spare.  On race one you need at least 30 minutes before your race.  If you are registering on the day you need even more time - pay close attention to the cut off times.

Please note that if your expected finish time for the half marathon is over 2 hours 15 minutes you may start at 06:30am.  This new option has been introduced for slower runners so they are not on course by themselves, which was a common complaint of previous seasons.

This option is not for runners who are faster than 2 hours 15 minutes.  It is not option for people to start early as “they have other things they need to do later in the day.”  You cannot win the race starting in this early group.  For example: If you run an 80 minute half marathon and start at 06:30am and you are quicker than all runners in the 07:00am group, you will not win.  Please do not abuse this early start or you will be disqualified.

Bib Collection And Registration

When you buy a race pack, you do not need to tell us which races you intend to run.  So long as you have paid and registered, our systems will verify you as being eligible to run that race.

For your first race of the series, plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your race is due to start, to give you time to collect your bib. Bibs will not be posted out. Once you have collected your bib, keep it! It is yours for this series and beyond. If it gets lost or damaged, then please get in contact with us, and we will arrange a replacement for you.

The timing chip will be stuck to the back of your bib - leave it there! While you are wearing your bib, be careful not to walk too close to the start line until your race has started. Otherwise, the timing system will think you started much earlier than you actually did. This can be fixed, but it causes a bit of hassle for our timing volunteer.

Toilets

Toilet facilities are located at the Gipps Road Sporting Complex near the start area, as well as at Rosford Street Reserve near the parking area.

Drink Stations

There are three drink stations on course. One between the 2km and 2.5km point, one at the 5km point and one at the start/finish area. They will stock water, sports drink and jelly beans.

Bag Drop

You may leave your bag and possessions at the start/finish area at your own risk. The area will be undercover, but we can take no responsibility for items which are damaged or missing.

Post Race Refreshments

A selection of refreshments will be available to all competitors after the race.

Start and Finish Line Locations

The start and finish line are in the same location, at Gipps Road Sporting Complex, at the junction of Long Road and Gipps Road, Smithfield, Sydney.

Parking

 Park at Rosford Street Reserve, Smithfield and walk across to the new start line. Parking is also available in surrounding streets near the new start line, e.g. Long Street. Please, do not park at the start area - we cannot stress that enough.

The following map shows how to get from the parking to the new start line.  Please do not park in the local businesses parking surrounding the start area. They may require access and you risk being towed or clamped.

Where the purple dot on the map below is, there is a tunnel underneath the road.  You need to use this tunnel. Do not cross over the road as it is a very dangerous place to cross.  Please walk the extra 25 metres and be safe.

Do not park on the grass verge near the start line as you risk being towed away.

Do not park in the local business parking areas as you risk being towed away.

Map of the start line
Route from the parking area to the start line

 

Course Information

The start and finish line are co-located at Gipps Road Sporting Complex, at the junction of Long Road and Gipps Road, Smithfield, Sydney.

The course is fully marked with a sign each at kilometre and markers where you should turn.  Please be aware the course is open to the public.  Keep left and be courteous out there.  We do not have the right of way.

Please note that there is currently no parking at the sporting complex for SMC.  Please park at Rosford Street Reserve, Dublin Street, Smithfield and walk over the new start line.  Alternatively there should be plenty of parking in Long Street and other surrounding streets.  Please do not park in local business car parks or on the grass verge, or you risk being towed away.

Course Maps And Videos

The 5km course is an out and back course.  You run out 2.5km from the start line, turn at the marker and run 2.5km back to the start/finish area.

The 10km course is an out and back course. You run out 5km from the start line, turn at the marker and run 5km back to the start/finish area.

The half marathon course is an out and back, lapped course.  You run out 5km from the start line, turn at the marker and run 5km back to the start finish area.  Repeat.  Then run out 100 metres to the marker, turn and run back to the start/finish line.

The 30km course is three laps of the 10km course.

Click here to see a video of the course.  This is a slightly old video and does not exactly show the start and finish in the correct place.