Sydney Marathon

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Sydney Marathon
Date September
Location Sydney
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
(also half marathon, 9 km, 3.5 km)
Established 2001
Official site Sydney Marathon

The Sydney Marathon is a marathon held annually in Sydney, Australia each September. The event was first held in 2001 as a legacy of the 2000 Summer Olympics, which were held in Sydney.[1] In addition to the marathon, a half marathon, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) "Bridge Run", and a 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) "Family Fun Run" are also held under the banner of the Sydney Running Festival.[2] The marathon course record is held by Yuki Kawauchi of Japan, who completed the race in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 52 seconds in 2012. The fastest woman is the Ethiopian Biruktayit Degefa, who ran a time of 2 hours, 32 minutes and 46 seconds in 2013.[3]

Introduced in 2001, the Sydney Marathon followed the same course as the marathon during the 2000 Summer Olympics the previous year.[4] During that first year, the women's race was won by Krishna Stanton, who had never run a marathon before, and was doing the event as a result of a challenge from a friend.[4] The Bridge Run was added in 2002, initially as a 10 km event, before being reduced to 9 km in 2005. The marathon and half marathon both finish at the Sydney Opera House, while the shorter runs end at the Royal Botanic Gardens.[5] In 2010 the marathon course was changed to flatten it out which, according to the organisers, makes it "a faster, more scenic and spectator friendly course."[6]

In 2014 the marathon was awarded a Silver Label Road Race by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), then in December 2014 the race was awarded a Gold Label Road Race [7] in time for the 2015 race. As of 2014, nine runners have competed in every Sydney Marathon, and have been dubbed "Blue Line Legends".[8]


In bold, race record.

Sydney Marathon results[3]
Year Athlete Nationality Time
Athlete Nationality Time
Male Female
2014 Gameda, GeboGebo Gameda Kenya 2:11:18 Degefa, BiruktayitBiruktayit Degefa Ethiopia 2:29:42
2013 Koitile, WillyWilly Koitile Kenya 2:13:48 Degefa, BiruktayitBiruktayit Degefa Ethiopia 2:32:46
2012 Kawauchi, YukiYuki Kawauchi Japan 2:11:52 Hirose, MitsukoMitsuko Hirose Japan 2:48:49
2011 Kemboi, JoelJoel Kemboi Kenya 2:17:31 Negash, LetayLetay Negash Ethiopia 2:43:22
2010 Serem, IssacIssac Serem Kenya 2:25:17 Stanton, HelenHelen Stanton Australia 2:49:58
2009 Seurei, JuliusJulius Seurei Kenya 2:17:07 Tsuchiya, NaokoNaoko Tsuchiya Japan 2:52:46
2008 Maritim, JuliusJulius Maritim Kenya 2:19:01 Flint, LisaLisa Flint Australia 2:47:43
2007 Maritim, JuliusJulius Maritim Kenya 2:14:38 Tsuchiya, NaokoNaoko Tsuchiya Japan 2:43:10
2006 Maritim, JuliusJulius Maritim Kenya 2:19:51 Tsuchiya, NaokoNaoko Tsuchiya Japan 2:48:44
2005 Maritim, JuliusJulius Maritim Kenya 2:21:47 Kingston, RuthRuth Kingston New Zealand 2:53:56
2004 Revelian, OswaldOswald Revelian Tanzania 2:21:13 Hill, RinaRina Hill Australia 2:39:46
2003 Revelian, OswaldOswald Revelian Tanzania 2:26:01 Juma, TausiTausi Juma Ethiopia 2:46:23
2002 Bwiret, StephenStephen Bwiret Kenya 2:17:30 Turland, HeatherHeather Turland Australia 2:51:06
2001 Harris, DamonDamon Harris New Zealand 2:25:49 Stanton, KrishnaKrishna Stanton Australia 2:38:11


  1. ^ "Event FAQs". Sydney Running Festival. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Entry details". Sydney Running Festival. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Previous Winners". Sydney Running Festival. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Sydney Marathon: 2001 Results". Coolrunning. 28 October 2001. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Blackmores Sydney Running Festival". Sydney Running Festival. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Course FAQs". Sydney Running Festival. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Blackmores Sydney Marathon Awarded IAAF Road Race Gold Label". Sydney Running Festival. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Blue Line Legends". Sydney Running Festival. Retrieved 2 January 2014.