The Host City Marathon 2000
STOP PRESS:Preliminary results
The "Host City Marathon" will be held in Sydney on 30 April 2000 at 6:30am. It will be run on the Olympic course (described here) and will probably be the only chance ever to run the course apart from the Olympics and Paralympic Games themselves.
The race director for the Sydney event is Dave Cundy, who organises the Canberra Marathon. There will be no Canberra Marathon in 2000 due to this special Olympic test event (it coincides with the end of the Easter Show also at Homebush), but Canberra will be back as usual on 8th April 2001. Note : This event is not being organised by Athletics NSW. This race is being organised by SOCOG in partnership with Athletics Australia. The race will incorporate the Australian Marathon Championships and Australia's final selection race for the Olympic Games.
Course:To be held on the Sydney 2000 Olympic marathon course. This will be the only race outside the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held on the Olympic course.
Eligibility:The race will be open to all runners but with a strict five hour time limit. Wheelchair athletes will be invited and will start prior to the able bodied runners.
Entry details:Entry forms are available here. Entries are accepted from 1 December 1999 to 29 February 2000. You will need the Adobe Acrobat plug-in to be able to access the entry form. Go here to get the program for FREE. You can also call 136363 and leave your name and address and entry forms will be mailed to you.
Preferred runners:There will be 150 invited runners who will have a preferred start. These runners will compete in 'Olympic mode'. That is, they will have access to accommodation at Sydney Olympic Park, transport to the start line, access to special drinks, split timing and the Olympic results system, etc. (More info here).
Qualification for preferred runners status: Australian athletes who break 2.30 (men) and 3.00 (women) during the 1999 calendar year will be invited to be preferred runners. The numbers will be made up to a maximum of 150 from international athletes who also meet certain standards and other nominated Australians.
Contact:Dave Cundy, Road Events Manager, Athletics, Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
Other InformationListing of runners entered and full results
SOCOG marathon page
Info on the Olympic Course
Map of the Olympic Course: JPG or ZIP
Course profile [ups, downs, flats and heights]
Marathon star Bordin Rates The Olympic Course
Leading Japanese runners boost The Host City Marathon
Invited Athlete Entry
The event was called the Celebrating Sport Marathon but changed it's name