Sydney Harbour 5K

Fast, flat and just 5km – you CAN do this!

Fun & achievable for the whole family

What better way to spend a Sunday morning than a flat and easy 5k run or walk with your friends?


The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 5km takes in some of Sydney’s most beautiful sights and is designed for participants of all ages and abilities. The course starts on George Street, the Rocks, and continues around the edge of Sydney Harbour, under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge before an out and back section along Hickson Road. Runners will return beneath the Harbour Bridge following the foreshore to the finish line, overlooking the Sydney Opera House. 


Runners start at 7:30am

Runners start at 7:30am, last runner over start line at 7:50am

75 mins

official start cut-off time

The 5k course official cut-off time is 75 minutes.


of easy run, jog or walking!

An easy run, jog or walk for the whole family on a Sunday!


Starting at the historic Sydney Rocks, the 5k course will be a one lap loop which hugs the harbour foreshore to ensure spectacular views throughout.

Event Seeding

For slower runners, joggers or walkers it is important to be in the correct wave and corresponding starting group. There are two waves according to the expected finish time. Select the start wave that reflects a pace (km/min) based on your training and past race experiences. All prams and wheelchairs (except elite racing chairs) must be in the final start group (C Group).

All results will be based on GUN TIME (as per World Athletics rules) although participants will be provided with a NET TIME for reference.

Please note: all changes must be made prior to Thursday, 22 June 2024 if you have selected to have your Race bib posted due to packing requirements.


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

Event Seeding Ranges
Seeding Group
Expected Finish Time
Seeding Group

(available upon request)

Expected Finish Time

Male <17min, Female <22min

Seeding Group
A Group

Expected Finish Time

Run or jog the course

Seeding Group
B Group

Expected Finish Time

Jog the course

Seeding Group
C Group

Expected Finish Time

Walk the course & prams


Both the 5K and 10k courses are AIMS certified, and accurate.


Familiarise yourself with the course by viewing the course profile. 


Drink stations will be placed at approx. 3.5km. Check out the map for locations. Each station will serve water.


U12, 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90+


Male - Cameron Gill
00:15:33 (2021)
Female - Anna Laman
00:17:01 (2021)

Prize Money

Male & Female Prize:
1st: $AUD750

Baggage Drop

If you have items that you need stored whilst you are running, you can drop these off at the baggage area on race morning.
You must put loose items into the bag provided and affix the baggage sticker.
Although baggage services are available, we encourage participants only utilise the service if essential.

Pace setters

To help you achieve your personal best, pace setters from Sydney Striders. There will be a pacer for the following times in the 5k; 18 min, 20mins, 25mins, 30mins and 35mins.