UPDATE 1 of 3

THANKS FOR ENTERING THE CITY OF NEWCASTLE MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON EVENT 2024, to be held Sunday 21st April. We look forward to welcoming you to Newcastle. With the continuing improvements to the City's foreshore and infrastructure, the event is shaping up to be another great event for Newcastle and the Hunter. This is update number 1 of 3 you will receive, so please take a few minutes to read below or pass onto anyone you entered into the event. Note 
  1. Start times for Sun 21 April are:
    1. Marathon - 6.00am
    2. Half marathon - 9.00am


Thanks to our naming rights sponsor the City of Newcastle for their support of events in Newcastle.  
A big thank you to our sponsors Destination NSW, Hunter Valley Orthodontics, Marathon Tyres, The Newcastle Herald and The Athlete's Foot. Please support our sponsors where you can. 
Hunter Valley Orthodontics continues to strive for excellence in orthodontic treatment and service to patients. They are sponsors of the 2K4Fun, which is open to any age. 
Since 1970, Marathon Tyres has been working towards excellence in the mining industry, as well as the construction, industrial, military and port sectors, supplying multiple leading brands, complete tyre management, tyre service and tyre repair. 
The Newcastle Herald is the most trusted source of local news in the region. 


We offer scaled refunds up to 2 weeks out. After that period we do not refund or transfer to later events (as this is the same as refunding). This is because all infrastructure have been booked and costs have been expended by this time. If however you wish to transfer your entry to another person please note the following steps to either check and or change your entry. All changes done on the system will incur a $10 fee. You cannot cancel your entry in the changes system. Our normal refund policy is now in place regarding cancelations, however confirms https://hevents.com.au/refund-policy/
If you wish to check your entry or transfer your entry to another person , the person who made the entry can log into their account using the email address they used and make the changes by going to the Entry Page
https://theautomatedclub.com/HEvents/Enter/newcastlemarathon2024 and clicking the Changes Button down the bottom right hand corner (as in the attached picture). If you have forgotten your password or never set one, just click Forgot Password. You need to use the email address you used to set up the account.
If you have issues, please send an email to paul@hevents.com.au

Race Details - Event Compound - Race Kit collection

Both events START AND FINISH at The Station (old Rail Station) crn Wharf Rd and Watt St, Newcastle (just up the road from last year). This is the registration pack and medal collection area and also the start and finish for the marathon and half marathon. We have coffee, food and even a beer or wine 'post' event. It is a seriously cool location!
  1. Late Entries, Race Kit and Shirt collection can be done EITHER Saturday or Sunday. We strongly recommend Saturday.  Please bring your phone. 
  2. If you wish to collect another persons race kit, please bring a written authority to collect the race kit and note the collection process needs below.  You will need the code from them or the letter. We will not randomly hand out race kits! 
  3. Race Kits Saturday (the day before the event) We strongly suggest that if you can, pick up your race kit on Saturday (the day before the Event).
    1. Competitors in both events should attend the Registration Room The Station (old Rail Station) crn Wharf Rd and Watt St, Newcastle (Near Customs House) from 10.00am to 4.30pm.  
  4. Race Kits Sunday (race day) Race kit pick up will be from Registration Room The Station (old Rail Station) crn Wharf Rd and Watt St, Newcastle. Allow plenty of time if you want to pick up your race kit on the morning. 
    1. Marathon race kit pick up from from 5.00am. Marathon Starts 6.00am 
    2. Half Marathon at from 7.00am. Half marathon starts 9.00am

Our Race Kit collection process:

To minimise the contact points and improve speed of collection, when you arrive to collect your race kit we will ask you to use your phone to retrieve your entry via the following system: 
  1. Scan a QR CODE near the tent. These are on an A frame board. 
  2. Input the phone number or email that you used when you entered.
  3. You will receive a code.
  4. Input the code on your screen.
  6. Confirm.
  9. You will be given you race number, timing chips and race T-Shirt (if you entered by 2 April).
  10. Note if you recently transfered an entry, you wil need to go to the registration desk for your race number allocation. 
  11. We can look you up if this does not work for you.

Race Details - Course tips

With the constantly changing landscape of Newcastle, please note some points about the courses: 
  1. All events start and finish at The Station (old Rail Station) crn Wharf Rd and Watt St, Newcastle. There is a light rail station 200m from the finish line. 
  2. Both events will be keeping right as a general rule. There is only one course for both events. Everyone is going the same direction. 
  3. Start line for the Marathon and Half Marathon are all on the southern side of Wharf Rd at heading east. Each lap will however divert back into the Station grounds, until the last lap which heads to the finish. This will be great your runners and spectators alike. 
  4. Start times are:
    1. Marathon - 6.00am
    2. Half marathon - 9.00am
  5. Pacers - with a looped course will only have a limited number of pacer groups in both races  
  6. The course runs anti-clockwise. The map is available on the websiite or click below. 

AIMS Certified Marathon and Half Marathon

With the course being a 4 or 2 loop course we have both the Full and Half Marathon accredited. 

Timing Chips and Bibs 

Timing chips will be attached to your race bib number, but are worn on your shoe. They are separate and reusable. The bib should be attached with supplied pins to your shirt on the chest. You must unpack the timing chip and wear it on your shoe (connected with the shoe lace). See diagram below. If you do not have laces please ask for a cable tie at the registration table. Note NO chip = no race time. The chips need to register over the purple mats at the finish and split points. 

Getting to your start on Race Day 

The finish for both events is The Station on the Foreshore, off Wharf Rd ans Watt St, Newcastle. 
Parking or Rail
We strongly recommend using public transport to get to the event...HOWEVER, for the early races this is not very practical due to Light Rail times. A few points:
There is FREE car parking on corner of Hannell St and Honeysuckle Drive. This is just 230m to the Light Rail interchange, which has the first service at 5.15am. It is just 10 min to the event site. Otherwise you can make a 2km walk up to the start line. 
Light Rail timetable is here https://newcastletransport.info/plan-your-trip/light-rail-old/  You will need to get off at the Queen Wharf station. There is paid parking at Honeysuckle in Wright Lane and also at the parking station in Argyl St. 
You can access Wharf Rd from the CBD via a crossing point near Market St. 
Bag Security / transport
We will have a secure bag area at the Registration at the Market st Lawns start/finish line, however we DISCOURAGE you bringing any major items. Just the basics. 
Drink Stations
There are drink stations are at 2.2km, 4.9km, 6.2km and 8.2km and the start/finsh at 10.5km for each lap. There will be water and electrolyte on all stations. For runners that require special electrolyte we suggest leaving your special needs at the lap point at The Station for collection. You will need to shout out in advance on race day to get what you need. 
First aid
We have a professional paramedical team on hand at this event including mobile units around the course. Just let a marshal know if you need attention. 
There are toilets at the start/finish and also Nobbys and Honeysuckle. You must leave and enter the course at the same point when using the toilets
There are pacers groups in the marathon and half marathon. If running in packs, please do not have airpods so loud that marshals and or runners cannot ask you to move over. We have km markers on each km for the first lap. After that...do the sums. 
Running and Surf Clubs on the JOB
With the event running straight past Nobbys Beach, we have Nobbys Surf Life Saving Clubs helping and they are using the event to raise funds for their club. Likewise Newcastle Rowing Club and other social and sports Clubs. Thanks to all our friends in the running/sport community.  
With our marathon taking up to 6 hours, we will need a few extra volunteers this year. Be involved and earn discount vouchers to other H Events. 
Register your interest  on the volunteer sign up button on the entry page HERE

Sick of putting holes in your shirts for race bibs? 

Check out these little magnets that are almost magical, as they connect your bib to your shirt. They are seriously strong magnets that let you connect your bib to your shirt! 

Check out some healthy stuff at the Race !





What a delicious coincidence, that our NewRun event aligns with Newcastle Food Month in April.

You can check out a whole range of great events throughout the month, but you might particularly want to have a peek at the Plate Date program. Basically – a meal, and a beverage for an amazing $30pp, with some great offers around the City for your post event brunch or lunch.

Otherwise our race finishes just up from one of the best Seafood Restuarants in Newcastle. If you are looking to reward yourself after a hard run....maybe check them out for Lunch. Please let them know you are from the event. 

Your local team

From the team at H-Events - Thanks for racing with us in Newcastle! We are a small but passionate team of event organisers who love running and love Newcastle. We rely on a wonderful team of local suppliers, crew and volunteers to make the event happen. We hope you enjoy the experience. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email. hanne@hevents.com.au


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Posted by: Paul
4 April 2024

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