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We look forward to welcoming entrants back to our unique long course route, for the once-a-year opportunity to run or walk over the Bolte Bridge and through the Domain Tunnel.

Due to Covidsafe event planning requirements and to ensure we are providing the safest possible environment for entrants, residents and local business, the final course is subject to change. 

The long course route in 2022 will be 14.8 km.

Long Course Description

Starting in Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, the long course will begin near the corner of Docklands Drive and head through New Quay before entering the Bolte Bridge.

After leaving the Bolte Bridge, entrants will enjoy views of South Melbourne and the CBD as the course route takes the Westgate Freeway before entering the Domain Tunnel.

Departing the Domain Tunnel at Batman Avenue, the route continues across Swan Street Bridge, before winding its way along Linlithgow Avenue through the leafy gardens of Kings Domain. Joining the St Kilda Road service lane,  entrants will head back towards the CBD, along one of Melbourne’s most famous boulevards.

Just before the Yarra River, the course descends into the Alexandra Gardens, to the riverfront, with a straight, flat section along Southbank Promenade and Crown Promenade. (Please pay particular attention to instructions from Race Marshals through this section as there may be pedestrians and infrastructure)

Crossing Clarendon Street, the course turns right and heads up Spencer Street, before turning left down Collins Street for a descent to the finish line near the corner of Batman Hill Drive. 

Course route subject to change

Long Course Start Zones

PLEASE ENSURE YOU ENTER A ZONE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR ABILITY. ENTRANTS MUST COMMENCE THEIR EVENT IN THE ZONE INDICATED BY THEIR COLOUR OF THEIR RACE BIB

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Pre-Qualified Runner Zone – Start time 8.30am

This zone is for runners who have the ability to complete 14.8km in under 70 minutes. Qualification for this zone is based on results from the 2019 Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids. If you completed the 2019 event in the required pace per kilometre, you will receive an email advising of the opportunity to enter the pre-qualified zone for the 2022 event.

This zone has been created due to feedback from entrants, with the aim to improve the experience for faster participants who may not meet the criteria for entry into the Elite Runner start zone.

The pre-qualified runner zone will be trialled for 2022. If successful, the pre-qualified zone will be implemented for future events.

If you believe your race time would qualify you to enter in the Pre-Qualified Runner Zone, but you did not compete in the 2019 Herald Sun/Transurban Run for the Kids, it may be possible for you to access this zone by completing the following process:

  1. Email: admin@r4k.com.au
  2. Include in the subject line: Application for Pre-Qualified Runner Zone
  3. Provide: Links to 2020 or 2021 results that show you have completed an officially timed event at a comparative distance in the required race pace (4 1/2 minutes per km or faster)

Note: there will be an area at the front of the Preferred Runner zone for elite entrants and wheelchair athletes to assemble.

Blue zone – Start Time – 8:40am

For active runners who can complete 14.8km in between 70-80 minutes and intend to race against the clock. These participants will have a blue race number and should assemble in the blue zone start line assembly area in La Trobe Street no later than 8:25am to prepare for a 8:35am start.

To assist with Covidsafe event management, only entrants wearing a blue bib will be permitted to enter the blue zone start line assembly area.

Zone capacity is strictly limited, so enter early to ensure you can participate in your preferred zone.

Yellow zone - Start Time - 9am

For semi-serious runners who intend to run the whole distance and can complete 14.8km in between 80-90 minutes.  These participants will have a yellow race number and should assemble in the yellow zone start line assembly area in Harbour Esplanade no later than 8:50am to prepare for a 8am start.

To assist with Covidsafe event management, only entrants wearing a yellow bib will be permitted to enter the yellow zone start line assembly area.

Zone capacity is strictly limited, so enter early to ensure you can participate in your preferred zone.

Pram Running Yellow Zone – 9am

If you are a runner with a pram that can complete 15km in between 80-90 minutes, you may be eligible to access the Pram Running Zone.

For safety, this start zone will have a separate assembly area, ajdacent to the start line. If you wish to run with a pram, please enter in the yellow zone. 

After completeing your entry, please contact the Race office to obtain an “Approved Pram” sticker for your race bib to access the Pram Running Zone. To assist with Covidsafe event management, only entrants wearing a yellow bib with an Approved Pram sticker will be permitted to enter the Pram Running zone start line assembly area.

  1. Email: admin@r4k.com.au
  2. Include in the subject line: Pram Running Zone
  3. Provide: Links to 2019/2020/2021 results that show you have completed an officially timed event at a comparative distance in the required race pace.
  4. Request an Approved Pram sticker

Pram Running Zone capacity is strictly limited, so enter early to ensure you can access the priority start zone for runners with prams.

Orange zone – Start Time – 9:20am

For semi-active and casual runners who will try to run or jog the whole way, and can complete the course in between 90-110 minutes. These participants will have an orange race number and should assemble in the orange zone, located behind the yellow zone in Harbour Esplanade no later than 9:10am to prepare for a 9:20am start.

To assist with Covidsafe event management, only entrants wearing an orange bib will be permitted to enter the orange zone start line assembly area.

Zone capacity is strictly limited, so enter early to ensure you can participate in your preferred zone.

Red zone- Start Time – 9:40am

For entrants who want to participate for fun by themselves or in a group with children and who may walk some or all of the way. Long Course entrants with prams intending to walk MUST enter in this zone.

These participants will have a red race number and should assemble in the red zone located behind the orange zone in Harbour Esplanade no later than 9:30am to prepare for a 9:40am start.

Zone capacity is strictly limited, so enter early to ensure you can participate in your preferred zone.

Start line

The start line for both events is located in Harbour Esplanade near the corner of Docklands Drive. All participants are advised to plan ahead and get to the event 15 minutes before the start of their event. If you are coming by car, please note the road closures as they may impact access to Docklands car parks. There is limited street parking in the immediate vicinity and so please allow time to walk to the start line.

Please line up at the start in the colour zone assembly area displayed on your race bib. Due to Covidsafe planning requirements, you must assemble and start the race in the colour zone displayed on your race bib.   

Slow runners, walkers and those walking with pushers or wheelchairs should assemble at the rear of the red start zone.

Your start 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 ptv.vic.gov.au

 

Late Starters

If you are entered in the long course race and arrive after the last person has crossed the start line, you will not be able to compete in the long course race.
The long course start will close at 10am. No further entrants will be permitted to start the 14.8km event after this time

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