FAQFrequently Asked Questions
What time does it start?
The 2.5KM and 5KM events start at 9:00AM sharp
The Kid’s Run starts at 9:45AM shortly after completion of the main event.
When do Registrations Close?
Close dates for the following registration types:
Early Bird entries: 7 August
Normal entries: 14 September
Late entries:16 September
No entries are accepted after the late entry close date. If the event sells out then registration will close earlier. Online entries are encouraged.
Can I change events?
Yes you can.
please email us here if you want to request an event change or change of personal details.
Changes can be accommodated up to the close of Normal Registrations.
How much does it cost to enter?
Family pack can be used to enter up to 2 Adults & 2 Children - additional entries should be entered separately. Children must be under 18 on race day
Do you offer any refunds?
Usually once bibs have been allocated, especially named bibs, it is not practical for us to re-issue the same bib number. Therefore we need to charge you a $20 administration charge to recover costs.
Alternative options are:
- Find a friend to take your place and drop us an email here to let us know the details.
- Let it go. All profits are given to the Royal Hobart Hospital. Its a great cause.
When can I collect my race number?
From The Running Edge shop, 73 Murray Street Hobart.
Race kit collection will occur on the following days.
- For those who entered online your bibs will be available for pickup in the final week leading up to the event. Starting from Thursday through to the Saturday.
- Collection on the day of the event in the Princes Wharf 1 forecourt – be early!
*Please note that no race numbers will be mailed out.
Where are the start and finish lines?
Refer to the image below to see where the following features are located:
- Start line is located outside the Silos in Castray Esplanade, Salamanca
- Finish line is located in the Princes Wharf 1 forecourt.
Where does the course go?
All events start and finish in the Salamanca area and take you around the beautiful historic Hobart waterfront before circling back along Davey Street towards the starting point.
Refer to the map below for more information about the circuit.
Do you have pace runners?
Yes we do, depending on demand and availability. Pacers are provided by Tasmanian Road Runners www.tasmanianroadrunners.org.au
What are the conditions like?
This event is held in early Spring, however given that Hobart is so far south, the conditions are still very cool for this time of year. Experience tells us to wear layers upto the event starting then strip down to your running gear for the start. You will soon warm up!
Typically at this time of year we see beautiful crisp mornings as the Winter season recedes. But anything is possible in Hobart! So prepare for rain – it does surprise us from time to time.
What are the cutoff times?
The Hobart Fun Run is for people of all standards of running and walking. We ask that you respect the distance and do adequate preparation before lining up on the start line. Tasmanian police have instructed that a 1 hour limit is adhered to so main roads can be re-opened again as soon as possible.
For this reason the 2.5KM and 5KM events will be closed by 10:30AM. Any remaining contestants may be required to move onto the footpath after this time.
Will I get a finisher’s medal?
Participants in all events except the Kid’s Run will receive a finisher’s medal to commemorate your involvement in this fun event.
Use of MP3 players and iPods
I’m running with my child in the Kid's Run - do I need to enter?
Yes. All participants need to be entered so they are covered for insurance. Entry to this event is by gold coin donation and all proceeds make their way to the Royal Hobart Hospital.
No online registration is available for this event. Just be sure to register on the day, after the main events have completed.
Parking can be difficult at Salamanca. Please be advised that parking meters DO operate on Sundays. However, there is plenty of parking in the wider area and it pays to arrive just that bit earlier than necessary to secure a spot.
Look at the roads around the Hobart waterfront including the lower section of Elizabeth St, and Davey Street. Also some of the roads leading away from Salamanca up towards Sandy Bay road or Battery Point can offer free or cheap parking.
What training can we do in the lead up?
On Wednesday nights at 5:45pm a free social running group leaves from The Running Edge in Murray Street. All levels are catered for.
Or if you are looking for some guidance from an expert then we suggest you check out Grant Page’s excellent guide as he layouts out a detailed plan for beginners and intermediates.
You can leave a bag at the race admin area. Simply use the bag tag on your race number to attach to your bag and hand it into our admin team at the Princes Wharf 1 forecourt. Look for the Budget Truck!.
Note: Loose items such as keys or phones will not be accepted unless in a tagged bag.
Are there different starting groups?
No, there will be one start for both the 2.5KM and 5KM event. This is outside the Silos on the Castray Esplanade.
The front row is reserved for elite entrants who will be identifiable by how skinny and athletic they look!
As a courtesy to faster runners please line up at the start line according to your ability.
Who organises the Hobart Fun Run?
Athletics South is the owner of the event and covers all insurance.
The event is managed by a dedicated team of volunteers, led by our awesome race directors:
- Jemina Stuart-Smith
- Pete Keenan
The team comprises of:
- Stuart Corney
- Shelley Miller
- Simmone Di Domenico
- John Anderson
Can I change events?
If you would like to change event this can be done by contacting us here. Please ensure that your email contains your full name and date of birth. Changes after Normal Entry has closed will not be possible.
What is the Kid's Run?
This is a 600m run for children under 8 years old.
Registration is by gold coin donation on the day only (sign waiver at registration desk).
It is not timed.
It starts on Castray Esplanade adjacent to the finishing chute on Princes Wharf 1 forecourt), and finishes with the 2.5 and 5k events. Parents can accompany children, but will need to sign a waiver if not in one of the other events. Start time:9:45am. .
What if my Garmin, IPod, Smart device, shows a slightly different time than the official race time?
A lot also depends on how long it takes you to get over the start line as we start the clock when the gun goes off.
Keep in mind its a fun run but if you think we got your time wrong then let us know here.
Do you use Gun Time or Net Time?
The Hobart Fun Run will award results based on gun time. Gun time is the time the start gun is fired. Your start time will be recorded as the gun time regardless of the actual time you cross the start line (ie if it takes you 5 seconds to cross the start line, your start time will still be 9:00:00am, not 9:00:05am). Finish time will be recorded as you cross the finish mat using electronic technology.
Food & Drink
There are no drink stations during the event. Hobart Water provide a water trailer each year which is located in the Princes Wharf 1 forecourt.
Be sure to bring your water bottle, store it with your bag at the bag drop during the event and top it up if necessary afterwards.
What food will be available?
We are not expecting any food vans in the immediate area on the day. If you need nutrition immediately after the event then you must organise this yourself before hand.
Salamanca has plenty of food options and we recommend you head over there after the event.
Public toilets are located on the map below. See the red dots!
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