Date, Time and Place

What date is Run for the Kids 2019?

Sunday, April 7, 2019

What time does the event start

The Long course (12.8km) starts from 9am

The Short course (5.2km) starts from 10.15am


What is the race distance?

The Long course is 12.8km – check out the course map and description here

The Short course is 5.2km – check out the course map and description here


Where is the race located?

The start and finish lines, and all the family-friendly fun activities will be in Docklands.


How do I enter?

Entries are now closed.


New in 2019

Where do the courses go in 2019?

Both courses start and finish in Docklands and ALL entrants of the long and the short course will traverse the Bolte Bridge.


Why has the event moved to Docklands?

In order to achieve this change, the start and finish locations, including all the fun and frivolity of the Event Village, will be relocating to Docklands. This relocation, along with later start times for both the long and short course events,  will also make the event much more accessible for entrants travelling from regional Victoria, while at the same time ensuring that the start and finish lines continue to be well serviced by public transport.


Why isn’t the long course going through the tunnel anymore?

We’re always looking for new ways to mix things up and make this course the most unique and exciting in Melbourne and we’ve asked past participants what they think. The Bolte Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Melbourne and provides spectacular views of the city, so now everyone – both short and long courses – have the opportunity to run or walk over the Bolte Bridge and take in the scenery. Long courses runners also have the chance to go back to where it all started and run past the Royal Children’s Hospital.


Is running along the Bolte Bridge going to be hard? Is it steep?

There is a gradual incline on the bridge heading northbound, which is the direction both courses will travel.

If you’re taking part in the short course, the ramp onto the bridge will be the biggest challenge – this is a bit harder than the upslope in last year’s Domain Tunnel short course. Dig deep and enjoy the views!


Is Transurban a new sponsor of the event?

Transurban owns and operates CityLink, so has been involved in Run for the Kids since the start and continues its longstanding partnership with the Herald Sun – the event name will now be known as the Herald Sun / Transurban Run for the Kids.





What are the entry fees?

The long course is $60 per person, with more than half the entry fee going to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal.

The short course is $55 per person, with more than half the entry fee going to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal.


Can I enter on Race Day?

No entries will be accepted on race day.


I would like to access the Elite start zone, how do I do this?

Elite entry start is determined by timings set by Steve Moneghetti. If you wish to be considered, you need to first register for the event in the BLUE ZONE.

Then email your request to admin@r4k.com.au with your bib number and current 10km time, along with links to recent results.

All requests will be considered approximately two weeks prior to the event, and details regarding access to the elite start zone will be emailed at that time to successful applicants.


When do entries close?

The maximum number of entrants is 40,000. As soon as this number is reached, entries close, so register and pay as soon as possible to guarantee your entry.

Entries received after 5pm on Friday, March 22 WILL NOT be mailed, and must be collected from the Race Office collection desk on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Once an event (either 5.2km or 12.8km), or a colour zone has filled to capacity, no more entries can be taken into that particular race or zone.


How do I choose which colour zone to enter?

Choose a colour zone in which you will be able to complete the race comfortably. If you are running with a friend or family member who is slower paced, choose the colour zone corresponding to the slower time.


How do I buy a t-shirt or singlet?

You can buy a t-shirt or singlet as part of the entry process or by visiting the online store once registrations open.


My plans have changed, and now I can’t participate. Can I get a refund?

Once your entry is accepted, your fee is not refundable.

Entries are not transferable to another person or to a future Run for the Kids event.


Race Kits

When will I receive my Race Kit?

Race Kits will be mailed in progressive mail outs commencing in mid March 2019. Race Kits can become separated in the mail, so do not be concerned if Race Kits for your family don’t all arrive on the same day. Its possible they will arrive up to a week apart.

Race Kits will arrive with participants up until April 4  Please wait until after this date, and if your Race Kit has not arrived, please contact the Race office by email: admin@r4k.com.au. Race Kits will not be replaced until after April 4.


 What should be included in my Race Kit?

Your race kit will include the following:

  • Race Number with timing tag attached to the back
  • Safety pins
  • Racebook

I have received my Race Kit, what do I do now?

Please check that your race number is identical to the timing chip number stuck to the back of the bib. If they are different, please contact the Race Office on 9292 2901, or admin@r4k.com.au

Then, please read all the information in the Race Book, as this will help you prepare for the day, and ensure that your day is enjoyable.


I paid for postage but haven’t received my Race Kit, what do I do?

Where entrants have paid for postage, race kits will arrive with participants up until April 4.

If your race kit has not arrived, you can obtain a replacement at the following locations:

Race office Collection Desk

HWT Tower 40 City Rd, Southbank

between 10am-3pm on Saturday April 6,



Information Marquee

Corner of Latrobe and Harbour Esplande

between 7am-race start time on Sunday April 7



I didn’t pay for postage, where do I collect my race kit?

If you did NOT pay for postage, your Race Kit collection will be available for collection from the Run for the Kids Collection Desk,  HWT Tower, 40 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006

Collections will be open:

Saturday, April 6 – 10am-2pm


I didn’t pay for postage and need to collect my kit. Can I ask someone else to collect my kit for me?

Yes, if you have not paid for postage, you can arrange for someone else to collect your kit. Please ensure you provide them with your full name, bib number, and address to make collection as efficient as possible

My friend also hasn’t paid for postage. Can I collect their kit as well as mine?

You can definitely collect kits on behalf of other people who have not paid for delivery. Please ensure you bring their correct bib number, name and address


I need to collect my kit, but can’t get to the Collection location at the HWT Tower, what do I do?

Please email the Race office at admin@r4k.com.au for advice on your options.


I’ve lost my race number/timing chip. What do I do?

Your race number contains your timing chip so is crucial to your participation in the event. If you are unable to locate your race number, please email the Race Office at entries@r4k.com.au. The Race office staff will verify your entry and advise how to obtain a duplicate race kit in time for the race. There is a $10 fee to replace a lost race number.


I am moving house, how do I stop my race pack from being sent to the wrong address?

To alter your details, please email admin@r4k.com.au, with your full name, the distance you have entered, and your old and new address


I have entered in the wrong colour zone, what do I do?

If you would like to run in a slower zone, you do NOT need to change your race number. Simply assemble in the slower zone on race day. The Race Office does not need to be notified.

If you would like to run in a faster zone, please contact the Race Office at admin@r4k.com.au, or 03 9292 2901. Changes between zones are subject to availability of positions within the requested zone, and approval by the Race Registration Manager.


I have entered in the wrong distance, what do I do?

If you have entered in the wrong distance, please contact the race office at admin@r4k.com.au, or 03 9292 2901.


Will there be a storage area for baggage?

Yes. The Baggage zone is located in the Event Precinct, close to the start line and is colour coded according to start zone. You may leave a backpack or place your items in a plastic bag available at the entry to the baggage zone. Your Race Number includes a tear-off baggage label, which is used to identify any baggage you leave in the baggage zone. Loop and secure this tag onto the bag you leave at the baggage area.

The organisers are not responsible for any clothing left at the start. The organisers are similarly not responsible for lost items and you are advised to keep any money, valuables or important items with you at all times. Make sure you collect your bag by 1pm.


Children, Pets and iPods

Can I bring my pet dog to walk the course with me?

No. As with most fun runs, for safety reasons, the organisers will not permit any animals on the course.


Can I ride my bike alongside my friend who is running?

No. For safety reasons, bikes, handcycles, roller-skaters and roller-bladers are prohibited on the course. This includes children’s bikes and scooters


Can I listen to my iPod/iPhone as I run?

For the safety of all participants, please leave your iPod/iPhone/walkman/portable music device or radio at home.


Can I bring my pram?

Prams are permitted but for safety reasons, entrants pushing a pram will be required to start at the rear of the Red zone (12.8km) or White zone (5.2km)


I have a toddler, do they have to pay?

Babies and infants who are pushed in prams or strollers do not have to register. But many parents do enter children younger than five into the race as they know that the majority of their entry fee is going directly to the Good Friday Appeal. Young children will also enjoy a range of free activities at the finish area as part of what we hope is a special family occasion.


Are there any rules for young children?

Children who intend walking the 5.2km course must do so under the supervision of their parent or a guardian and must be entered and wearing a race number. It is the right of the organisers to remove any person without a race bib from the course.


Can my 10-year-old go in the 12.8km event?

There is no age limit for the 12.8km event and we are aware that many families will want to complete the full course together as part of a special day out for a special cause. There is no prize in the 12.8km event for children as the organisers do not wish to encourage children younger than 12 to race such a long distance. It is up to the parent or the guardian to decide if their child is capable of completing and enjoying the longer course.

Medical Support

How do I obtain first aid if I need it?

First aid is available at the start line, at each aid station on the course and at the finish line. If you feel unwell at any stage during your race, speak with a course marshal who will be able to obtain assistance for you.


How is Run for the Kids timed?

All entrants are issued with a numbered timing tag attached to the back of their race number. When you cross the start line, your tag will register that you have started the race, and when you cross the finish line, your tag will register that you have finished the race. These times are recorded and your net race time is calculated. Please note: Your timing tag will only work for the event in which you are registered.

Do I have to return the timing chip that is issued to me?

The timing chips issued in 2019 are disposable. You are not required to return them.


How do I return the timing tag if I don’t participate on the day?

As the timing chips issued in 2019 are disposable, there is no requirement to return them if you chose not to participate.


I’d like to receive my time by SMS – how do I arrange this?

Simply select and pay for the SMS result during the registration process. If you have already entered the event, contact the Race office by telephone 03 9292 2901 to add an SMS time to your registration.


What happens when I cross the finish line?

When you cross the finish line, please proceed through the Recovery Zone and collect a drink. Don’t forget to collect your baggage from the Baggage zone, then make your way into the Event Precinct for sponsor giveaways, catering, amenities, entertainment and presentations.


How do I obtain my participation certificate?

Certificates will be available as a pdf download from 12 midday on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.


A photographer took my photograph, can I buy a copy?

The official Race photographer is Super Sport Images. All the photographs they take at Run for the Kids 2019, will be available to view from Friday, April 12, 2019.


When will results be available?

Results will be published in the Herald Sun during the week after the Event. They will also be available online at runforthekids.com.au from 12 midday, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.


I can’t find my results in the Herald Sun or online, how do I find out my time?

Please try searching by your race number and both your first and last name. If you are still unable to locate your result please email admin@r4k.com.au, with you full name, address, race number and race distance, and we will investigate.