Sri Chinmoy Mara-Fun Relays

Centennial Park Sydney

Inaugural event! Run the classic marathon distance solo or in relay in an idyllic parkland setting.

A unique event combining teamwork, camaraderie, fitness and fun
Superb venue: Australia's most famous park in the heart of the city
Run 42.2km solo or combine in relay with friends, family or colleagues
Enjoy the groves and ponds of the parklands
Refreshment station with water, sports drink and fruit every 2km
Electronic chip timing with full splits for every leg
Friendly, supportive atmosphere ideal for first-time solo marathoners
Each team determines its own running order and rotation strategy
Abundant divisions and categories
Full post-event pancake breakfast for all

About the event

Yes, a marathon can be fun!

The inaugural Sri Chinmoy Mara-Fun Relays in Centennial Park, Sydney will be staged on Sunday 21 October in 2018. Runners cover the full 42.2km marathon distance solo – or in relay teams of 2 to 4 members.

Enjoy the thrill of completing the marathon with family, friends or colleagues.


Both the Solo Marathon and Relay Mara-Fun will commence at 7am, with Registration (number and baton collection) from 6am to 6.45am alongside the McKay Sportsground, near the Robertson Rd Gates.

Free parking is available anywhere along Grand Drive, within Centennial Park.

See the listing of all who have already entered the inaugural Sri Chinmoy Mara-Fun Relays.


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Start time

  • 7am


  • Before 5pm, 12 October: Solo Marathon $47; Relay Teams $120
  • Before 5pm, 19 October: Solo Marathon $70; Relay Teams $160
  • On the day: Solo Marathon $90; Relay Teams $200


Prachar Stegemann
0404 071 327
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Award categories

  • Trophies for Solo Runners: 1st 7 Under 50; 1st 3 50-59; 1st 2 60-69; 1st 70+ (all M & F)
  • Medallions for all Solo Marathon finishers.
  • Trophies for 1st 3 Relay Teams in Open, All 50+ and All 60+ of All-Female, All-Male and Mixed Teams

Divisions and Categories

Solo Marathoners

Solo Marathoners will race in the following categories:

  • Solo Male and Female Under 50
  • Solo Male and Female 50-59
  • Solo Male and Female 60-69
  • Solo Male and Female 70 and Over

Relay Team Divisions

Relay teams will race in three Divisions:

  • All-Female
  • All-Male
  • Mixed (to qualify as a Mixed Team, a minimum of 5 relay legs must be completed by female team members)

Relay Team Categories

Each of the three Divisions contains three Categories:

  • Open
  • All-Over 50
  • All-Over 60

The Course

The course is a 4km loop exploring the ponds and groves of Centennial Park's southwestern precinct. Registration and the start/finish area is alongside the McKay Sportsground.

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The full marathon comprises 10 full loops and one partial (2.2km) loop – 11 legs in total. The partial (2.2km) leg will be run first, followed by the 10 full (4km) loops.

Relay Rules and Protocols

Each Relay Team may include 2, 3 or 4 members.

Each Relay Team must nominate a Team Name and a Team Captain on the online entry form.

Mixed Teams may contain any ratio of male and female members, however to qualify as a Mixed Team a minimum of 5 relay legs must be completed by female team members.

Each team will collect its team baton and individual runner chest numbers from the Registration marquee between 6am and 6.45am. Every team runner must wear the team race chest number on the front of their clothing throughout the race. Race belts are permitted.

The timing chip is attached to the relay baton. Each team runner must carry the baton whenever they are running, and hand the baton to the next team runner within the designated baton change-over zone.

The baton must be exchanged at the completion of every loop. No relay runner may run consecutive legs.

Each relay team member must complete a minimum of one leg, and may complete up to 6 legs.

The order, rotation of members and number of legs to be run by each team member is entirely up to the team.

The baton, with timing chip, is to be surrendered to officials at the completion of the race. There will be a fee for the non-return of any baton or timing chip.