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Frequently Asked Questions

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You can find answers to most common questions on the FAQ page.
Questions such as entering a race, refunds, getting to the venue and parking for the big day are all here.

When is the Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k?

5 December 2021

Was the 2021 Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k postponed?

We have been keenly awaiting an update from the NSW Government with regards to the roadmap to opening for events and we are excited that a return to running in your favourite running races can happen from December.

This roadmap has finally given us the clarity that we have been waiting for and we are excited to announce the Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k and 5k will now take place on Sunday 5 December 2021.

We appreciate this has been a challenging 18 months and that planning for anything with confidence has been incredibly difficult. We dearly hope that this new date works for you so you can join us and enjoy the thrill of participating in one of the best running events on the calendar, the Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5K.  


All registered participants will receive an email from regarding the options available to them in respect of the new date.


For those who yet to register for this year’s event, registrations will re-open on at 3pm, Tuesday 5 October.


If you can, please run with heart and support our official charity partner The Sebastian Foundation and make a difference to the mental health of young Australians. For more info on The Foundation click here


Keep training and stay safe.

Is the course accurate?

The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10km is AIMS certified accurate and is precisely 10km. The event is also run under IAAF rules. The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 5km distance is only approximately 5km.

What time does each race start?

The official 10k start time: 8.00am (start window: 8:00 – 8:30am)

The official 5k start time: 7.00am (start window: 7:00 – 7:20am)

Start windows have been extended to allow greater social distancing at the start line and on course. Look out for your estimated start time within your e-ticket being sent event week

*Start times are subject to change

Who can enter the event?

Anyone can enter the event! Whether you are an elite athlete, club runner, gym member, or simply someone who enjoys a social walk or jog. With the choice between a 5km or a 10km, this is the perfect event to test yourself before the winter and spring major classic events or simply complete your first fun run.

How can I fundraise?

The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k is proud to be partnering with the Sebastian Foundation. 

More information on how you can fundraise, can be found here

Are there any drink stations on the course?

There are two drink stations on the 10k course; the first at approximately the 4km mark and the second at the 8.5km mark. One drink station is available on the 5k course at the 3.5km mark. All drink stations will have water only. (Drink station locations are subject to change)

Will medical support be available along the course?

St John Ambulance teams will be located along the course at various locations. If you are feeling unwell, please report to the nearest official or medical personnel as soon as possible. If you see any fellow participant/s in distress, please report the incident to the nearest course official or St John Ambulance team member. If it is an emergency, please dial ‘000’ and report the exact location of the incident.

Can I run with an iPhone or other music device?

While we strongly discourage the use of iPhones or other personal music devices, we do not impose a ban on wearing headphones on course. However, the use of headphones can impede an individual’s ability to hear marshals or other course officials. Participants who choose to wear headphones on course do so at their own risk and are asked to pay attention to officials and other participants throughout their event.

How do I register?

Registrations are currently unavailable for the 2021 event and will open in April. 

I register for the 2020 event, what happens to my entry?

All 2020 entries have been transferred over to the 2021 event. Participants will receive an updated confirmation email in April with their 2021 registration details.

If you do not wish to participate in the 2021 event, you can apply for a withdrawal by completed the online form here. 

I register for the event on the 25 July, what happens to my entry?

All entries have been transferred over to the new 2021 date - 5th December. Participants will receive an updated confirmation email from Race Roster with their updated registration details.

If you are not able to take part on this new date, please email - - and they will be able to advise you of your options. 

How does wave allocations work?

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).

Subwave 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.

How do I pay for my entry?

You can pay through our secure online payment system by MasterCard and Visa card. You can also pay via cash or EFT at the Registration Centre, open Friday 5 November, Saturday 6 November and Sunday 7 November (entries are subject to availability).

How do I apply for a preferred start?

If you wish to apply for a preferred start, please register for the event online and then complete the preferred start application form.

As a guide, preferred starts will be offered to males running under 35 mins and females running under 40 mins. Enquiries for a preferred start will be confirmed within two business days of completing the form and are subject to availability.

Please note: If you have selected to have your race bib posted all and any changes must be made prior to Sunday 17 October 2021 due to packing requirements.

Can I register a team?

More information can be found by clicking here. 

Registering a corporate team?

More information can be found by clicking here. 

When is payment due for my team?

All team members must be paid for by Friday, 22 October 2021 COB. A registration is not considered to be confirmed unless payment has been received. 

Can I have my race bib posted?

You can opt to have your race bib sent to you for $8.95. Standard postage will be available until the 18th November. Express postage will be available until the 28th November  due to packing requirements and to ensure that they will arrive well before the race day.

The event organiser is not responsible for undelivered or lost race bibs due to incorrect/incomplete addresses provided. To double check or update your address, please login to your dashboard.

Please note, no race bibs will be posted until after the 20 October 2021.

Can I change events?

We understand that sometimes injury, illness or circumstances out of your control may interrupt your training or availability to run in your chosen event on the day. For this reason, you can change between events by filling out the online form.

Please note, a $5.00 admin fee applies to all race changes. 

Any participant who changes into another race of greater value will be required to pay an additional fee for the difference between the entry fee originally paid and the current cost of participating in the alternative race plus a $5.00 admin fee.

No refunds will be processed for the difference in entry fee's for race changes after the 26th September 2021. 

No race change forms will be accepted after the 1 November 2021. After this date, all race changes need to be processed in person at bib collection. 

Please click here to complete the online race change form. 

When do online entries close & what are the registration centre opening and closing times?

Online entries close midnight, Saturday 6 November 2021. 

Registration Centre opening hours: 
Friday 5 November 2021, 8am – 6pm
Saturday 6 November, 9am – 4pm
Sunday 7 November, 6:30am – 8:40am

Can I transfer my entry to another person or obtain a refund?

Entry fees are non-refundable for non-starters and non-finishers, and are non-transferable as per the T&C’s of the event participant agreement. Entry fees are refundable before 26 September 2021, although event organisers will retain 25% of the entry fee to cover administration costs. To receive a 75% refund of entry fee, you must email the event organisers the completed Withdrawal Form before 31 May 2021. 

2021 Withdrawal & Refund Form

You can look to sell your entry by processing a name transfer via your Name transfers are subject to a $20.00 admin fee and can be processed online up until the 1st November 2021.

To process a name transfer, please email

What is an e-ticket and why do I need it?

Your e-ticket is an email  that contains your individual race number and we will ask you for it when you come to collect your race bib. You can print your e-ticket to bring along with you or have it available on your smartphone or tablet to show our registration staff.

E-tickets will be sent out to participants on event week. 

How do I get my e-ticket?

E-ticket emails will be sent out to all participants on event week. 

If you do not receive your e-ticket email by Friday. 5 November 2021,  please contact our customer service team –

How do I collect my race bib?

Any participant that has now paid to have their race bib posted to them as part of their registration, will need to collect their race bib on event week.

Race bib collection will be available during race week at the Registration Marquee, Overseas Passenger terminal, Circular Quay. 

Opening hours: 

Friday 5 November: 8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday 6 November: 9:00am - 4:00pm

If you can not collect your race bib, you can nominate someone else to come and collect it on your behalf. They will just need to bring a copy of your e-ticket. 

What if I can’t collect my race bib?

If you are unable to pick up your race bib, you can nominate someone to collect it on your behalf provided that they have a copy of your e-ticket.

What happens if I have lost my race bib?

If you have lost or damaged your race bib or timing tag, you can get a replacement from the event Registration Centre during its opening hours. 

Friday 5 November - 8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday 6 November - 9:00am - 4:00am

What time should I arrive?

Exact arrival times can vary from event to event. All entrants will receive a “RACE WEEK UPDATE” email 3-4 days prior to the event with race specific notes on it. In general, if you have already registered and received your race pack (so you have your race number and timing chip), you should arrive at the race venue no later than 30 minutes prior to your race start time. If you still need to register, you should arrive no later than 1 hour prior to your race start time.

Where are the start and finish areas?

Start Line: George Street, The Rocks.

Please make your way to the marshalling area 15-20 minutes prior to your start time to ensure you are ready for your start.


Finish Line: The Rocks to the finish line, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay.

How do I get to the event?

Check under the “Race Info” tab for the “Getting There/Parking” page which has full instructions. This will be available closer to the event.

Where can I park?

Check under the “Race Info” tab for the “Getting There/Parking” page which has full instructions. This will be made available closer to the event.

Is there somewhere I can leave my things whilst I run?

Baggage services will not be available in 2021. 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​.

Where can I find the race results?

We will update the event website as soon as results are available on race day. You will find your results by clicking the Results tab/button on the menu.

I can’t find my result?

If you cannot find your name in the results at all, check the spelling of your surname and try using less letters in the search box – “smi” will find “Smith”, “Smithson”, etc. If that doesn’t work, try searching using the race number you wore on race day if you still have it.

If you can find your name in the results but there is no time shown, or you think the time is wrong, please get in touch with us using the contact form, and select the subject ‘Timing Enquiries’ on the Contact Us page. Complete as much information as you can and we’ll do our upmost to get your result sorted.

Why are results based on Gun Time and not Net Time?

The official results are based on Gun Time as per the IAAF rule 165 part 24; as this event is run under these rules and times can be used for selection into international and Olympic events we must abide by these rules. However, we always provide net time for participants to know the true (net) time it took for them to run from the start line to the finish line. Transponder System 24. The use of Transponder Timing Systems approved by IAAF in events held under Rules 230 (races not held completely in the stadium), 240 and 250 is permitted provided that: None of the equipment used at the start, along the course or at the finish line constitutes a significant obstacle or barrier to the progress of an athlete. The weight of the transponder and its housing carried on the athletes’ uniform, bib or shoe is not significant. The System is started by the Starter’s gun or synchronised with the start signal. The System requires no action by an athlete during the competition, at the finish or at any stage in the result processing. The resolution is 1/10th of a second (i.e. it can separate athletes finishing 1/10th of a second apart). For all races, the time shall be read to 1/10th of a second and recorded to the whole second. All read times not ending in zero shall be converted and recorded to the next longer whole second, e.g. for the Marathon, 2:09:44.3 shall be recorded as 2:09:45. Note: The official time shall be the time elapsed between the firing of the starting gun and the athlete reaching the finish line. However, the time elapsed between an athlete crossing the start line and the finish line can be made known to him, but will not be considered an official time.

Are there photos/video from the event?

Supersport Images – are the official participant photographers of the event and will be positioned out on the course and at the finish line. You can search, view and purchase on their web site. See for more information. Any enquiries regarding these images should be directed to Supersport Images.

How do I apply for a Media Accreditation for event day?

Those wishing to obtain a Media Accreditation for event day will need to email