Frequently asked questions

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2020 Cancellation / 2021 Date

With the event cancelled for 2020 due to restrictions on mass gatherings around the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the decision to cancel the 2020 event and release our 2021 event date.

The 2021 date will be Sunday 27th June.

As per the email sent to all registered participants, existing registrations were entitled to a refund of the event entry fee if claimed before June 28, 2020, or a free transfer to 2021. If you did not make a refund claim during the offered period, your registration was automatically transferred to the new date in 2021 event.
Refunds or deferments are no longer available. 

Contact us if you need your registration confirmation re-sent or wish to update your details.

In the event that the 2021 date is cancelled, refunds (minus any booking fees), or transfers to a new date will be offered.

When is the event?

Western Sydney Marathon takes place on Sunday 27th June, 2021 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, NSW. Gates will open at 6am.

Who can enter?

From elite international runners to social walkers, the Western Sydney Marathon has a race for all abilities to enjoy. With 5 distances available, all of which lap the picturesque Regatta Centre lake used in the 2000 Olympic Games, the event is ideal for all to enter whether chasing a PB or just out for a stroll with the family!

Minimum age to enter the Marathon and Half Marathon is 16. To enter the Western Sydney 10k you need to be 12 (and if under 16, accompanied by an adult). There is no minimum age on the 5k Family Fun Run, and if under 5, entry is free. You do still need to register the child to participate. The 2k Youth Dash is for ages 6-16.

How much does it cost?

Western Sydney Marathon - Regular = $95 || On The Day = $110
Half Marathon - Regular = $75 || On The Day = $90
Run NSW Western Sydney 10 -  Regular = $45 || On The Day = $50
5k Family Fun Run * - Regular = $25 || On The Day = $35

2k Youth Dash - Regular = $12.50 || On The Day = $20

* - There is no cost for children under 5 years of age to enter in the 5K Family Fun Run, but they do still need to be registered to participate. No registration, no run. They will still receive a race bib and finishers medal. 

How do I register?

Registration is done online via our partners Register Now. 
Click HERE to begin registering.

Do you have event merchandise?

Yes! We have teamed up with Versus Merch to offer shirts & singlets for you to show off which race you competed in, in a full range of colours and sizes.

There was a brief pre-order period where you could order merch for delivery pre-event, this has now passed. 
Any orders made after May 30 will be manufactured and posted out after the event.
Expected delivery on these is late August.

Note: There will not be any stock available to purchase or pick up at the event, however you will be able to order online until a week or two after the day for later delivery. 

Click HERE to check out the range and make your order.

Are there discounts for family / team entries?

Yes! We love groups participating. Whether you register the whole family, a group of co-workers, or a school / club group, you, and your team members can save 10% by doing so. Minimum number of people in a group / team is 3.

Follow the prompts when registering to create your family / team, and then use the sharing tools to invite everyone along.

Got a large School / Workplace / Sporting Team / Training Group? Get in touch to discuss further discounts that may be available to you.

Can I change my event, transfer my registration, or get a refund?

Please choose carefully when registering as we are unable to refund or transfer your entry to another person for change of mind, change of plans, illness or injury scenarios.

You may wish to seek your own private event insurance to cover you in the case of injury or illness prior to the event where you may need to withdraw. There are many insurance providers who offer this service.

You are able to change race categories from the link found in your original booking confirmation. Please note: To go up to a higher race category, a $5 admin fee applies, and the difference in price between original and new category is payable before the change is confirmed.

To go down a category, no fee applies, however the difference in price between categories is forfeited and will not be refunded.
Also note that the refund window that was offered to all 2020 registrants after the cancellation, has now closed.

What are the race times? Can I see course maps?

The complete schedule and course design is currently being finalised and certified. We have a fast, flat course with no major hills.
Note: This process is currently taking a little longer than usual due to damage sustained at the venue to the paths during recent flooding. If adjustments are required to be made to our planned course, we will advise. We anticipate running the expected course, backup plans are in place should the damaged section of paths not be repaired in time.

Gates will open at 06:00am
Western Sydney Marathon race start is 07:00am.
Half Marathon will start at 07:30am.
Run NSW Western Sydney 10k will start at 10:00am.
5km Family Fun Run will start at 11:00am.
2km Youth Dash start time is 12:00pm.

Course & Timing Equipment closes at 13:00pm - If you have not crossed the line by this time you will be marked as DNF as an official time will not be available

Expected course maps for the Marathon & Half Marathon can be seen HERE.
Expected course maps for the 2k, 5k & 10k can be seen HERE.

Is there a cut off time?

Yes, unfortunately we cannot keep the roads closed, and all staff & service providers on site all day. The course closes at 1:00pm when the roads are re-opened and timing equipment is shut down. This gives you 6 hours to complete the Marathon and 5.5 hours to complete the Half. If your training suggests you will take longer, please consider entering a shorter distance race. If you have not completed the course by 1pm, you will be marked as DNF as we are unable to provide an official time.

Can I run with a pram?

Prams are only permitted in the 5k Family Fun Run and no other categories. If you do have a pram, please stick to the left of the course and allow space for runners to pass freely. Do not run/walk two prams wide blocking the path. Consider others at all times on course.

Are there age restrictions?

Yes, these vary between races.
Those entering the Western Sydney Marathon & Half Marathon are required to be 16 years and over on the day of the race. No exceptions.

For the RunNSW Western Sydney 10 you will need to be 12 years and above. We strongly recommend anyone under 16 be accompanied on course by an adult.

There are no age restrictions on the 5K Family Fun Run however all participants need to be registered. Under 5 is free entry. You will not be charged when adding someone under 5 to your registration. 

In the 2K Youth Dash you will need to be between 6 & 16 years of age. Parents are able to run aside the younger ones for support. Please exit the course prior to the finish chute so the child can run the final 50m by themself. You will be able to meet them at the finish line as they cross.

What does my entry fee include?

Your entry fee includes a custom designed finishers medal, chest plate, timing chip and official race time. It also includes access to on-site medical services, free on site parking and entry into the recovery zone * with free water, electrolyte drinks, fruit & lollies post race, as well as use of the drink stations along the course.
* Recovery zone options currently subject to Covid Restrictions and may be different to previous years.

I have a promo code, where do I enter it?

Towards the end of the registration process before checking out you will see an option to add a promo code. If you do not enter your code during the registration process, we are unable to credit you after a registration is complete, nor can a code be retroactively applied.

If you are a club, training group, business, or have a large group wanting to participate, we may be able to arrange a discount for your crew via a unique code, get in touch to discuss.

How do I collect my race bib?

Update - We can now confirm that race bibs are able to be posted out as an additional optional purchase on your registration. You can select the option when registering if you would like this. 
If you have already registered, you can check your confirmation email for a link to access your registration where you are able to add on this option and make the additional payment ($7.95). Email us if you need this confirmation e-mail re-sent.
If you have not selected and paid for this option, you will need to pick up at the venue.
There WILL be a cut off date for this option, at this stage we recommend having selected this option prior to June 11 to allow for time to mail out.

Families where all registrants have a matching surname and address can have them sent together.. One person needs to select the postage option. Please e-mail westernsydneymarathon@sport.nsw.gov.au with any questions on this process. 

Race Bibs can also be collected on the day in the registration area which is located in the undercover area adjacent to the start line. We recommend picking up an hour before your race to ensure you have enough time in the event of queues.

The registration area will also be open between 3pm & 7pm on Friday 25th June, 2021 if you live locally and want to pop down. Enter the Regatta Centre via Gate A and follow the road across to the Island where parking is available, then look for the Registration sign.

You are able to nominate someone to pick up on your behalf. This must be done in writing to westernsydneymarathon@sport.nsw.gov.au by no later than 5pm Wednesday 23rd June, 2021.

If you miss the online registration, you can also register during this session at the 'On The Day' rate and on the morning of the race. Please allow additional time to complete paperwork if registering in person. Help us save paper, and you time by registering online in advance.

When should I arrive for the race?

It is recommended you arrive at the venue at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled start of your race. Venue gates will open at 6am, so Marathoners, don't be tardy! It is approximately a 15 minute walk from the car park to the registration / start area. Please ensure race packs have been collected at least 30 mins prior to your race start. Be at the start line (adjacent to registration area) 15 mins prior to the start of your race so you are there for the race briefing. There is plenty or room for you to stretch / warm up. Don't leave that last bathroom dash to the final minutes either! There are bathrooms located on the entry side of the venue, behind the Grandstand and adjacent to the Boat Sheds near the start line.

Is there a cloak room?

Yes (subject to Covid restrictions at the time of the event).  You will be able to leave one bag per person located near to the registration area. You will need your bib number for staff to write on and tag your bag, and then after your race, show your race bib to collect. There is no charge for this. We recommend cloaking your bag at least 40 mins before your race start time as there will be a queue during peak times for drop off. Please consider that this option may not be available and travel light, or bring a spectator along who can assist with holding your belongings.

Are there medical services on site

Yes! You will find a medical tent at the finish line, while there will be first aid officers located around the course. If you require assistance, please reach out to them, or any of the drink station staff who will be able to radio for assistance. If you are not feeling well at the end of the race, check into the tent once you have crossed the line.

Can I compete in a wheelchair?

Yes! The course for all races except for the 2km Youth Dash is wheelchair accessible and on a sealed path all the way.

If you require a support person, please contact us to arrange.

No mechanical gears are permitted on the chair for those who are racing. If you are accompanying others who may just be walking the course, or not competing for a time, then this is okay. Contact us before registering if you have any questions on this.

Hand cycles, scooters and the like are not permitted.

Please select Yes to the question during registration asking if you will be racing in a wheelchair so we can brief you prior to the race. We recommend starting at the back of the field.

What road closures will be in place?

Old Castlereagh Road will be closed to vehicles from Sydney International Regatta Centre Gate B (Just beyond the entrance) to PLDC Gate 15 from 06:00am until 13:00pm.

Entry and exit to the event will be through Gate B all day.

Can I run with my dog?

Whilst the venue is dog-friendly (kept on leash and under control at all times and no entry to the water), you cannot compete in any of the races with your pet. (Guide dogs are the exception). They're welcome to come along and support provided they can be kept under control, on leash and cleaned up after while on site.

Can I run with a support person?

If you are a competitor who requires a support person, or are a person providing support to a competitor, please contact us prior to registering and we can guide you through the process. There is no fee for the support person who will need to be on foot as bikes / scooters are not permitted on the course.

Will there be pacers at the event?

No, there will not be dedicated pacers for this event.
If you are a club that is willing to provide pacers in future years, get in touch!

What can I carry on me while running?

Headphones, music can help get you through those tough moments. If you are running with headphones please make sure you are aware of your surroundings and can still hear what is happening around you for the safety of yourself and other competitors. Do not use noise-cancelling headphones.
Cameras, yes, you can carry these and film along the way. Again, please be aware of those around you when using these. Not everyone wants their running face documented. Long selfie sticks, or  drones are NOT permitted on the course. Keep the camera on yourself, and keep it to hand held devices only.
Hydration Packs, bum bags etc. for any gels, lollies etc. are allowed, keep them secure to your body at all times.

Is there a special needs drink station?

Yes, there is one dedicated table on the course (in front of the boatsheds near to the start line) where you can place any particular drinks / food items to grab each lap. You may want to have these in some easily identifiable packaging to stand out.

Note that while the table is staffed, items are placed here at your own risk. You may wish to have a support person located around the course if you require specific gels, drinks, snacks.

All drink stations along the course will have water and electrolyte drinks available.

Can I use my time in this event to qualify for xxx event?

We do not submit bulk race data from this event to other Marathon events for privacy reasons. We are happy for you to submit your times to other events and if they wish to contact us to validate individual times, we can do so, however we do not share any data other than the results the official timing provider posts on their website post event. So it is unlikely that you will be able to use your time to qualify for other events.

I am an international coach, can you sponsor my runner?

We welcome international runners to participate in the event (provided you follow all Covid related requirements) however we are unable to sponsor individual competitors. They will need to find their own way to the country and are able to enter once here.