Family Friendly Short Course

5km Course

Download the 5km course map

Short course starts from 9.30am

The Short Course starts in Alexandra Avenue and runs into the Sturt St, and past teh iconic Art Centre, before crossing Southbank Boulevard into Kavanagh Street then in Power Street. Running down the Power St Loop, the course enters the Domain Tunnel in the reverse direction to previous years.

Upon leaving the Tunnel, the course turns right and enters Batman Avenue, crosses the Swan Street Bridge and turns left into Linlithgow Avenue adjacent to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, with a small incline leading to the finish line.

Course route subject to change

5km Start Areas

Please assemble in Boathouse drive in appropriate colour zone in time for the start of your colour zone. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time for your allocated start time.

Green zone – Start Time – 9.30am

For active and semi-active runners and joggers. This group will receive a green number and should assemble in the designated green zone in Boathouse Drive no later than 9am in readiness for a 9.30am start. If you intend walking please do not join this group as you will impede and inconvenience the progress of runners.

Purple zone – Start Time – 9.30am

For semi-active joggers and fast walkers. This group will receive a purple number and should assemble in the designated purple zone in Boathouse Drive no later than 9am in readiness for a 9.30am start.

White zone – Start Time – 9.30am

For walkers and very slow joggers. Short Course entrants with prams MUST enter in this zone. These participants will have a white race number and should assemble in the designated white zone in Boathouse Drive behind the purple zone no later than 9am in readiness for a 9.30am start.

Start line

The start line for both events is in Alexandra Avenue. All participants are advised to plan ahead and get to the event at least 45 minutes before the start of their event. If you are coming by car, please note road closures. There is limited parking in the immediate vicinity and you will need to allow time to walk to the start line.

Please line up at the start in the colour zone you have chosen. You can move into a slower zone if you wish, but not a faster zone. Slow runners, walkers and those running with pushers or wheelchairs should assemble at the rear of the start line – see above for more details on start zones.

Your time will be recorded when you cross the start line, NOT when the start signal is given. This ensures you will be given an accurate time for the event you have entered.

You are strongly advised to use public transport where timetables allow you to arrive in time for the start. Metro Trains have scheduled additional trains to allow competitors to get to the start with plenty of time to spare

You can check train timetables at


Late Starters

If you are entered in the short course race and arrive after the last person has crossed the start line, you will not be able to compete in the short course race.
The short course start will close at 10.30am. No further entrants will be permitted to start the event after this time