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Registrations for the 2022 Western Sydney Marathon on Sunday 26 June, 2022 are now open.

After the cancellation of 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 we are starting completely fresh in 2022 with registration information.

Those who were previously registered were contacted in 2021 to either arrange a refund or a transfer. This process was complete in September and refunds were issued.

For those who chose to carry over to 2022, or had a complimentary entry, a promotional code has been e-mailed to you with instructions on how to register for the 2022 event. Contact westernsydneymarathon@sport.nsw.gov.au if this has not been received.

The registration process opened later than usual as the venue sustained substantial damage in the flooding that occurred in Western Sydney and we wanted to ensure we would be able to run a safe event before opening registrations. Repair works are underway, and while they will not be complete by race day, a course has been designed that avoids the damaged areas.

Where do I register?

You can register online via Register Now by clicking HERE.
Registrations are open right up until 30 minutes prior to the event start, however "On The Day" registrations are at a higher price. You will need a device capable of making an online payment, and receiving an e-mail to collect your bib if you are signing up at the venue on the day, cash payments will not be accepted, so we recommend completing before you leave for the event to avoid delays.

If you were registered in 2020 or 2021 and chose to carry over your credit instead of a refund, please use the unique code that was sent to you via e-mail to register, you will not be automatically registered.

If you received a refund, please start the registration process fresh. 

The refund process was completed in September 2021. If you did not reply to the multiple e-mails sent requesting information by the end of August deadline, we are now only able to offer you a transfer to when we can next run. You will need to contact us directly to arrange. No further refunds are possible for 2020 & 2021.

 

When is the event?
Western Sydney Marathon takes place on Sunday 26th June, 2022 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, NSW. Gates  & registration area will open at 6am. Parking at the venue is free, please note it is an approximate 10 minute walk from the carpark to the start area. No vehicles are able to drive to the start as the roads form the run course.
 

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 track around sections of 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 Run NSW 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, race entry is free up until the day prior to the event (A small Register Now booking fee applies).  A fee will apply for on the day registrations, so register prior to avoid this. 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 race entry 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, and a small booking fee applies. On the day registrations will have a $5 + booking fee race entry fee for children under 5 in this race. 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.


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 2020/2021 registrants after the cancellation, has now closed.
 

What are the race times? Can I see course maps?
Gates and registration 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

Course maps and details are available on THIS page. Use the interactive map to see elevations.
The course is the same as was planned for 2021 due to flood damage at the venue, so if you have participated previously, the course will be new for all races except the 2km Youth Dash. Please familiarise yourself with the course.


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 13:00 when the roads are re-opened and timing equipment is shut down. As the course for Marathon & Half-Marathon goes into neighbouring properties, we do need to give access back to them, so the gates going outside the venue will be closed at 13:00. 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 13:00, you will be marked as DNF as we are unable to provide an official time.
 

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 10k 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 if booked online before the event (A small online booking fee applies). A $5 race entry fee will apply to On The Day registrations for children under 5 in this race. You will not be charged a race entry fee when adding someone under 5 to your registration prior to race day, only a booking fee and GST on that. 

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 themselves. You will be able to meet them at the finish line as they cross.

Are there awards for each age category?
No, trophies are awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male & Females, and 1st place para athletes. Multisport will make results available to search by age categories, however there are no official prizes for age categories.

Is there live tracking available on race day?
Yes!,

The 2022 Western Sydney Marathon is featuring the latest in real-time race tracking by providing Live Results via our partner SportSplits (MSA) - tracker.

Features Include:

Live Web Tracker - See times and current pace within seconds of a participant crossing each split point. Estimated times will be provided based on current pace.

Live Leaderboard - See who is winning via the Live Leaderboard. Top runners in each category will be displayed in real-time as they lead the way through the course.

Real-time Twitter Notifications - Get automatic posting as progress is made on the course. As a spectator, the times of the participant you are tracking can be posted to your Twitter feed automatically allowing friends and family to share in the excitement! If you are a participant, claim your profile and enable Twitter notifications. Your stats will post live as you pass each checkpoint.

Live Map Tracking - Participant locations will be plotted on the Interactive Course Map as progress is made on course. The position of each participant is estimated based on the most recent timing received from the bib read. NOTE: Participants do not need to carry their phones for this feature to work.

Text2Follow® - Follow participants in real-time via text notifications to your mobile phone.

Mobile App - Features include Live Participant Tracking, Push Notifications, Leaderboards, Map Tracking, Event Messages, Event Info and more!

PLEASE NOTE: Times posted during the event are Unofficial. Official results are posted upon completion of the event.

Get the app HERE.
Web tracker page HERE.

 

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, including post-race massage courtesy of Macquarie Uni and discounted entry to Tuff Nutterz, a giant on site inflatable obstacle course. This will be $10 to access during the day. You can access free on site parking, or use of the Quest shuttle 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.


I have a promo code, where do I enter it?
Towards the end of the registration process (Step 4 "Summary" page) before checking out you will see an option to apply a promotional code (orange box). 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?
Race bibs were available as an option to be posted out. Postage was completed on Tuesday 14 June. Auspost is experiencing slower than usual delivery and it may take 7 business days to arrive. If for some reason your bib does not arrive and you selected postage, come to the Rego area on event day and speak with the Multisport team who can cancel your allocated number and issue a new bib.

If you did not select postage, or register before the cut off, your race bibs can 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.

This year there is no pickup prior to the event. Event day only.


Can I register on the day?
If you miss the online registration, you can also register at the higher 'On The Day' rate on the morning of the race. All entries close 30 minutes before race start. Please allow additional time to complete the registration on your phone if registering in person. You will need a device capable of scanning a QR code and registering via an online system, this includes making payment on your phone. A credit card / paypal account is required. Save the time and hassle by registering online before the event so we can have your race pack prepared, you will be utilising the same form as online, and paying a higher price, so we strongly recommend completing it before arriving at the venue.
 

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 10 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. These do get very  busy before a race start, so be early, be prepared and avoid stress. 
 

Is there a cloak room?
Yes, 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.
 

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. Post race massage is available on a first come, first served basis thanks to the Macquarie Uni Chiropractic Unit. Head upstairs from the recovery area for this service.
 

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. (Note: One turnaround point on the Southern Bank has a slight downwards angle on grass to go approx 4m between paths. There will be a marshall here if you require assistance)

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

No mechanical gears are permitted on the chair.

Hand cycles 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.
 

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. They'll have to stick to supporting. (Guide dogs are the exception).
 

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.


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 Boatshed #6 which is between the start and finish lines) 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. They can hand you these as you pass anywhere on the course.
There will be 4 other drink stations along the Marathon & Half-Marathon course and 2 on the 5k & 10k course which will have water and electrolyte drinks (Powerade) 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 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.


More questions?
This page is regularly updated, keep checking back for more event information.

In the meantime...
Send us an e-mail with your question to westernsydneymarathon@sport.nsw.gov.au