Course and Cause

The Herald Sun | CityLink Run for the Kids is one of Victoria’s most loved events.

The Herald Sun | CityLink Run for the Kids is a community event, and its primary aim is to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

The Herald and Weekly Times, through its flagship newspaper, the Herald Sun, has had a long and proud association with the Good Friday Appeal. The Appeal originated in 1931 when a group of Herald and Weekly Times’ employees got together with sports officials to run a sports carnival that raised money for the hospital, then struggling in the grip of the Great Depression.

The Appeal was maintained, funded and nurtured by the Herald and Weekly Times, and since 1956, by television partner Channel Seven.

After a spectacular debut in 2006, the Herald Sun | CityLink Run for the Kids has grown to one of Victoria’s largest mass-participation fun runs with participants experiencing a tremendous thrill running over a great course for a great cause.

The event is proud of its position as the single biggest fundraising contributor for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. To date the event has raised over $12.4 million dollars for the appeal.

The Royal Children’s Hospital improves the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents through leadership in healthcare, research and education. Nearly all families come into direct contact with the work of the hospital at some stage, either through the care of their own children or through friends or family. It is a great children’s hospital that leads the way, and we are thankful for the 30,000+ runners who hit the streets of Melbourne each year to support this important cause by running for the kids.


16km Course – Starts from 7.30am

Starting on Alexandra Ave, after crossing the Swan Street Bridge, the Long Course travels south on Batman Ave before turning into the Domain Tunnel. Once through the tunnel it then travels along the West Gate Freeway and onto the Bolte Bridge, exiting at Footscray Road.

From there the participants travel down Pearl River Road to New Quay Promenade and then turn south along Harbour Esplanade. After passing Etihad Stadium the course winds along Jim Stynes Bridge, Charles Grimes Bridge, over Seafarers Bridge and turns along Orrs Walk between MCEC and South Wharf.

The course winds its way through the South Wharf car park and returns to the West Gate Freeway via Montague Street.

Participants will exit the Freeway at Power Street and travel Kavanagh Street, Southbank Boulevard, Sturt Street, City Rd-Alexandra Ave before turning into Linlithgow Ave to the Long Course finish line.

5km course – Starts from 8.30am

Starting on Alexandra Ave, the Short Course travels north on Batman Ave up to Flinders Street before turning left into St Kilda Road.

After crossing Princes Bridge, participants continue down St Kilda Road via the service lane, before veering left at Government House Drive and travelling south along Birdwood Avenue. After reaching the drinks station which signifies the turn around point, participants will then head north along Birdwood Ave, which becomes Linlithgow Ave to finish line.