Sydney 21km SMH Half Marathon 2017

Sydney 21km SMH Half Marathon 2017

Train in Sydney for 14 weeks to run the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon - 21km in May 2017.

Training Starts
15th Feb 2017

Training Location

Fundraising Amount
Event Date
21st May 2017

Event Location

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Training Information

Run the half marathon of your life! This 14 week program provides all the professional coaching and support you need to achieve a goal you never thought possible, and fundraise for cancer research! Mid week sessions on the track focus on:

  • Running form
  • Breathing technique
  • Core strength
  • Injury prevention

On Saturdays we do a ‘long run’, and the distances increase as the program progresses. Coaches at this distance session will focus on:

  • Pacing and race strategy
  • Distance “in your legs”
  • Mental focus
  • Running form
  • Building up endurance

Occasionally a Guest Speaker will engage the group with professional advice on nutrition, injury prevention or goal setting. You will get to hear first hand from those who have experienced cancer and be encouraged to fundraise by researchers at the forefront of cancer research in Australia. Follow our specific day by day training guide which outlines what you should be doing every day to help you be your very best on race day – suggestions include yoga, spin classes and cross training.

Run Locations

East Pod
Wednesday evenings
ES Marks Oval, Boronia Street, Kensington
Saturday mornings
Federation Pavillion, Grand Drive, Centennial Park
Northern Beaches Pod
Wednesday evenings
Sydney Academy of Sport + Rec, Wakehurst Pkwy, Narrabeen
Saturday mornings
Mona Vale Surf Club, Surfview Road, Mona Vale
Inner West Pod
Wednesday mornings
King George Park,
Byrnes Street, Rozelle TBC
Saturday mornings
Meet at King George Park
Byrnes Street, Rozelle
North Pod
Wednesday nights
Broughton Street, Kirribilli
Note: Chatswood Athletics Park is closed for maintenance upgrade during this program
Saturday mornings
Broughton Street, Kirribilii
Mac Uni Pod
Wednesday evenings
Macquarie University Sports Fields, Cnr Culloden + Talavera Rds, North Ryde
Saturday mornings
Macquarie University Sports Fields, Crn Culloden + Talavera Rds, North Ryde
Olympic Park Pod
Wednesday evenings
Olympic Park Warm Up Arena, Edwin Flack Drive, Homebush
Saturday mornings
Armory Wharf Cafe, Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamison Street, Silverwater
South Pod - Training Location Closed
Wednesday evenings
Waratah Athletics Track
40 Rawson Ave, Sutherland
Saturday mornings
Wanda Beach Surf Club, Marine Esplanade, Cronulla
The Hills Pod
Wednesday evenings
AH Whaling Reserve, Mileham Ave, Baulkham Hills
Saturday mornings
AH Whaling Reserve, Mileham Ave, Baulkham Hills
Wollongong Pod - Training Location Closed
Wednesday evenings
6.30pm - 8.00pm
Saturday mornings
Sandon Point, Bulli
Newcastle Pod
Wednesday evenings
6.00pm - 7.30pm
Athletics Track, Netsbitt Park, Cnr Grayson & Casey Avenue, Kotara
Saturday mornings
Meeting place: Meet at Nobbys Reserve to run from Nobby’s Lighthouse

About the Run

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon is a fantastic event in the heart of Sydney. The course takes in such sites as The Rocks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The race starts next to St Mary's Cathedral, and finishes in Hyde Park.

If you are travelling, each participant is responsible for organising and covering the cost of their travel and accomodation. Throughout the program you receive recommendations and a chance to travel with those training with you. We have team celebrations together and everyone is invited!

Head to the offical event website for details on race day.

IMPORTANT: Each Can Too participant enters their goal event at their own expense. This is a popular event so register as soon as possible - first in, best dressed! Details about how to register as part of our team are sent to you during the program.

Important Information

What level of running experience do I need?
Anyone can join! The Can Too training program is professionally based and structured to ensure that people of all levels of fitness and experience – from novices to seasoned athletes – are well prepared to achieve their personal goal in their chosen endurance event. The coaches are motivational and the journey is addictive as members develop new friends, share experiences and have fun. The team environment is a vital component in helping you to feel motivated, inspired and supported.

If you are concerned about your ability to run a half marathon, please email

What kind of gear do I need?
At the first training session you receive an official Can Too training singlet/top. You will need running shorts/pants/tights, a hat, good socks and a sturdy pair of running shoes. In the first few weeks of training you receive special discounts with running gear suppliers who support Can Too and we encourage you to purchase any gear you might need from them!

How do I get to Sydney for the event day?
If you are travelling for the event, you are responsible for organising and covering the cost of their travel and accomodation. Throughout the program you receive recommendations and a chance to travel with those training with you. We have team celebrations together and everyone is invited!

How much does it cost to join this program?
A $150 non-refundable registration fee is required upon joining the program.

How much do I have to fundraise?
The SMH Half Marathon fundraising pledge is $1,350. 
Don’t be nervous about achieving your fundraising goal! You'll be able to access ideas and support as soon as you register, not to mention have a dedicated fundraising mentor throughout the program. As Can Too is primarily a fundraising program, we will need to reach your fundraising pledge 31 days after the goal event. Read more on how to fundraise for cancer research

Where does the money go?
Funds raised go to cancer research thanks to the support of our Principal Supporter The Macquarie Group Foundation, our Centurions and In-Kind supporters. Can Too is a health promotion Foundation supporting Cancer Research through Cure Cancer Australia and Cancer Council NSW.  Read more about how we operate and where your fundraising goes.

Do you have any more questions?  Contact

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