Nike Melbourne Half Marathon

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Melbourne Half Marathon Festival Package

Melbourne Half Marathon's Official Travel Partner

As the Official Travel Partner and sponsor for the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival, Travelling Fit is offering guaranteed race entry into the Half Marathon and secured rooms at Mantra on Jolimont, conveniently located just a short walk to the Melbourne Cricket Ground – the race precinct for all the events during the Melbourne Marathon Festival.

If you have already secured a guaranteed race entry, you are more than welcome to book one of our supporter packages which excludes the race entry but offers you accommodation.

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deposit and payment structure

Initial Deposit
$300per Booking
Second Instalment
$280 per runner
due Friday 03 May 2024
Final Balance
Friday 02 August 2024
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Melbourne Half Marathon Course

Start at Batman Avenue.

Head north along Batman Avenue; left into Flinders Street, left into Swanston Street, cross to northbound (west side) service lane at Princes Bridge and then head south along St Kilda Road.

At St Kilda Junction, turn right into Fitzroy Street then right into Lakeside Drive and do an anticlockwise lap of Albert Park Lake.

The Lake loop requires you to turn left into Albert Road Drive from Lakeside Drive and left into Aughtie Drive continuing around the Albert Park Lake roadway.

At the Carousel carpark, proceed behind and around Pits Building using Aughtie Walk, entering the pit lane in Aughtie Drive before U-turning approx. 300m past the Pits Building.

Proceed along Aughtie Drive to a right hand turn into Village Green Rd and right into Lakeside Drive and LEFT in to Fitzroy St.

Turn left into the St Kilda Road northbound service lanes and continue to LEFT hand turn into Southbank Blvd, right hand turn into Sturt St and proceed (under the St Kilda Rd) along Alexandra Ave to a right hand turn into Linlithgow Ave.

Proceed along Linlithgow Ave (note: HALF Marathon STAY on the RIGHT) until the right hand turn into St Kilda Road.

Proceed along St Kilda Rd to a right hand turn into Flinders St.

Veer right into Wellington Parade South, turn right into Brunton Ave then left into the MCG via Gate C and do one lap of the MCG to the finish line.

Note: : Course is subject to change.


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Race Information

Entry Fees

2024 Melbourne Marathon Entry Costs – Entries Fees are included

Qualifying Times

There are no qualifying times for the Half Marathon.

However, once you have successfully entered, you can apply for a Preferred Start, which is a starting position immediately behind the Elite field. To be granted a preferred start you must have achieved certain qualifying times for your event since 01 January 2023

 Tier 1Tier 2
MALESub 1:15Sub 1:20
FEMALESub 1:25Sub 1:30

Applications for Preferred Starts must be made online and should include details of the races (i.e. race name, date and distance) at which qualifying performances have been achieved. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any participants who are not registered will not be considered. All applications are checked to guarantee times submitted are valid. Applications for preferred starts will open in May.

Start Time

The Melbourne Marathon Festival – Half Marathon will commence at 8:00am

Cut-Off Times

The course will remain open until 2:00pm.

Race Timing

Your Timing Chip can be found on the back of your race bib (excluding 3km competitors) that will be in your Race Pack with your Competitor Information Booklet. The Timing Chip will appear on the top half of the bib and will look like a label and must remain intact.

Do not remove or tamper with the Chip as this will result in NO TIMES being recorded of your effort.

Race Packets

Details to be confirmed

IIf you register before 11:59pm Thursday 04 July and select and pay for postage ($5.50), your personalised race bib will be sent to you at the address provided.

If you register from 12:00am Friday 05 July or do not pay for postage, you will be required to collect your race bib from the Race Week Office.

Your race pack will include:
  • Race Information Booklet
  • Race bib with attached timing chip
  • Safety pins

Please note show bags (including T-shirt for Marathon competitors) are to be collected from the MCG.

Pace Setters

The 2024 Melbourne Half Marathon will once again be providing Pace Group Leaders.

There will be pacers for the following expected finishing times (hours and minutes):

1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20

Aid Stations

The sports drink provided on course will be Science in Sport.

0Water + GatoradeYesYes
6Water + GatoradeYesYes
11.2Water + GatoradeYesYes
18.8Water + GatoradeYesYes
21.1Water + Science in SportYes 

Personal Refreshments and Clothing

There are no provisions for personal refreshments to be left on the course for the Half Marathon


The hotel that Travelling Fit offers is located within a 5 minute walking distance to the MCG (race precinct).


The Runners Expo is located on the external concourse of the MCG. With an exciting array of fitness specific stores, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do before and after your race, as well as if you are visiting the Race Week Office to collect your race pack!

The Expo will be located on the external concourse of the MCG between Gates 1 and 2.

Expo Dates Expo Hours
Thursday 10 October 8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 11 October 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 12 October 8:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday 13 October 7:30am – 2:00pm

Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All entrants receive a Finishers Medal, Finishers certificate and Running Shirt

Weather Conditions

The average temperature range for Melbourne in December is 14 to 24 degrees Celsius (57 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit)


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