What date is Run for the Kids 2018?

Sunday, March 18, 2018


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.


What time does the event start

The Long course (15km) starts from 8am

The Short course (5km) starts from 9.30am.


What is the race distance?

The Long course is 15km

The Short course is 5km


How do I enter?

Enter online at runforthekids.com.au


Can I enter on Race Day?

No entries will be accepted on race day.


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.

Mail order entries close at 5pm on March 14, 2018. Entries Received after midnight on March 7, will not be mailed, and Race Kits MUST be collected 

Once an event (either 5km or 15km), 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.


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 February 2018 and continuing into March. 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 March 16  Please wait until after this date, and if your Race Kit has not arrived, please contact the Race office by email: entries@r4k.com.au. Race Kits will not be replaced until after March 16.


 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 entries@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 March 16.  Please wait until this date, and if your Race Kit has not arrived, please contact the Race Office by email: entries@r4k.com.au for instructions. This email address is monitored until the start of the event.

Race Kits will not be replaced until after March 16. Replacements will not be mailed. Please do not attempt to collect a replacement from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre unless you have received advice from the Race Office to do so.

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,  Door 6 at Arnold Sports Festival, located at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Collections will be open:

Friday, March 16  -10am -5pm

Saturday March 17 – 10am – 4pm


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 correct bib number, name 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 Arnold Sports Festival, what do I do?

Please email the Race office at entries@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.

Race Kits will not be replaced until after March 16. Replacements will not be mailed, and MUST be collected from the Race Office prior to the event.


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


To alter your details, please email entries@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 entries@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 entries@r4k.com.au, or 03 9292 2901.


Will there be a storage area for baggage?

Yes. The Baggage zone is located in the Race Village in Kings Domain, 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 1.30pm.


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 (15km) or White zone (5km)


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 5km 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 15km event?

There is no age limit for the 15km 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 15km 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.

The Course


What will it be like to run through the tunnel?

Race director Steve Moneghetti has test run the Domain Tunnel  (1.6km) during a tunnel closure. He feels the tunnel section adds to the uniqueness of the course and is the longest tunnel to be used for any run in Australia. He also said it was quite eerie, bordering on spiritual, running through the tunnel with no cars or other vehicles around. There is an initial slight descent into the tunnel and a short sharp rise exiting the tunnel. According to Mona, it is quite a minor hill.


Will running through the tunnel be dangerous to my health?

If you are worried about air quality, there is absolutely no need for concern. There are giant jet fans that clear CityLink tunnels of fuel emissions and air quality in the tunnels is well within EPA guidelines. On this occasion, CityLink will close the Domain Tunnel at 9pm on Saturday night to all vehicular traffic for regular maintenance and to get the course ready for the run. So, given a clean air environment, you should assess any risk to your health on the basis of any pre-existing condition or an aversion to tunnels.

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 2018 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 2018 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 pn 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 Race Village 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, March 20, 2018

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 2018, will be available to view from Friday, March 23, 2018

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, March 20, 2018

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.