What’s new in 2021?

We understand that we are currently facing unprecedented times, but we want to ensure all participants that we are working closely with NSW Health to bring you a COVID safe event on the 7 November 2021.


The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k will be delivered following an approved COVID Safe Plan. We will be implementing many COVID Safe practices to ensure the safety of our participants, staff, volunteers, stakeholders and general public. Please take the time to read the information below to familiarise yourself before attending the event.

Please note: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or awaiting your test result we ask that you do not attend the event. You will be entitled to a refund of your registration fee or deferral to 2022 following presentation of satisfactory evidence. If you have travelled to a COVID Hotspot in the last 14-days we ask that you do not attend the event. We encourage anyone that develops symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested immediately and isolate. For more information please go to

Service NSW Check in

All participants will be sent a link to complete the Service NSW Check In ahead of their arrival at the event. This will be sent via email and published on social media a few days prior to the event. Please ensure you complete the Service NSW Check in prior to attend the event. We also encourage you to download and use the COVID Safe App.


Please stay tuned to our social media pages as we provide regular event information and updates in the lead up to the event.

Arriving at the event

We recommend all participants should aim to arrive 30 minutes prior to their wave start.


Participants that have not yet completed the Service NSW Check In prior to their arrival at the event will have another opportunity to do this upon arrival. QR code signs will be displayed in numerous locations to complete your check in via a mobile device.


Although baggage services will be available at the 2021 event, we encourage participants only utilise the service if essential. This is in order to reduce touch-points and assist in making this event as COVIDsafe as possible.


We recommend that you bring only essential items that you can either carry for the whole distance or dispose of at the start line. All discarded clothing will be donated to charity.

Start line

We have extended our start windows for each event to aid social distancing from start to finish. We will operate a slow-release rolling start (approx. 300 participants per minute).


Note: this will not impact your race time on event day. Each race bib has a timing chip attached which will only start registering from the time you cross the start line.


Please practice good physical distancing and retain 1.5m distance where possible and refrain from high fives and hugging of other participants.

On course

Please keep 1.5m from other participants where possible during your participation.


We recommend bringing your own water carrying device for use during the event. Cupped water will however be available throughout the course. All drink station staff will be following our COVID Safe procedures including wearing of masks and gloves.


If you feel unwell at any point during the event, please notify a marshal or staff member at your earliest convenience.

Crossing the finish line

First Aid will be available at the finish line should you require medical attention.


We discourage spectators from attending the event.


We encourage the use of masks to and from the event.

Wave allocation

Due to strict COVID-19 social distancing requirements, The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k will need to limit the number of participants who can run in each wave. This will help spread out runners across the course and limit the number of people at the start line at any one time.


Participants will still be able to choose from wave A through to wave D for the 10k or wave A through to Wave C for the 5km, however each wave will be split further into additional sub waves ahead of race day (i.e wave A 1 or wave A 2).


Sub wave allocation will be dependent on when a participant registers for the event, therefor, if you are running with a team or with someone else, we recommend you register online at the same time to help ensure you are allocated within the same wave group.


Please note, the wave you are allocated will not impact your race time on event day. Each race bib has a timing chip attached which will only start registering from the time you cross the start line.


Participants will be advised their sub wave and bib number closer to event day via email from the Race Roster system.  If you have any questions or concerns about your start wave, or wish to change start waves, please contact our customer service team – and we will try our best to accommodate your request.  Please note this is subject to availability.