Sydney 2 2016

Event Date: Sunday 8 May 2016


The Sydney MDC for 2016 will be at The Domain and involves a 4km walk and run, a 7km walk and an 8km run. 

Please note: online registrations are now closed. Please refer below for details about registering on the day.

Download a copy of your Sydney electronic participation booklets. Included in these participation booklets are event details, timings, maps and  helpful tips and hints for on the day. 

Sydney participant information booklet

Event details


Sunday 8 May 2016, from 6.00am


The Domain, Art Gallery Road, Sydney.

The event also takes place in Western Sydney – Parramatta Park, Parramatta.


4km walk 4km run 7km walk 8km run

Important dates

To save time, please register online however on the day entries are available.

Early bird closing date:
11.59pm Wednesday 6 April 2016 (EST)

Online entries close:
8.00am Saturday 7 May 2016 (EST)

Mailed entries close:
9.00am Friday 29 April 2016

‘Pay Later’ bulk team entries close:
Teams requiring invoice: 11.59pm Wednesday 6 April 2016 (EST)

Late entries/on the day entries:
Available in person at the Domain:

  • Saturday 7 May 2016 – 2.00pm-5.00pm
  • Sunday 8 May 2016 (event day) – from 6.15am, arrive early to avoid queues.

Enter by 9.00am on Friday 29 April 2016 to have your race number mailed to you before the event. If you enter after 9.00am on Friday 29 April 2016 you must collect your race number on the morning of the event from the number pick-up marquee, or at the event site on Saturday 7 May between 2.00pm-5.00pm. Please ensure you bring a PRINTED COPY of your entry to obtain the race pack.

If you are concerned that you have not received your race number, please contact the Sydney event managers on 1300 762 241.

Entry fees

Entry Prices

Early bird
(up to 6/4/16)

(from 7/4/16)


(from 6/5/16)

Adult Walker




Adult Runner




Child*/Concession** Walker




Child*/Concession** Runner




Family*** (1 adult, up to 4 children)




Family*** (2 adults, up to 4 children)




SMS result




*Child is under 18 years, children under 3 years FREE
**Concession includes student card, health care card or senior concession card
*** Family tickets are a base fee, plus an additional $5 per family member who is running

For information on setting up a team, please go to Teams.

We encourage online registrations, however if required you can download a mailed entry form here.

Race packs, race numbers & timing


Will commence being sent out in early April 2016.

Enter by 9.00am on Friday 29 April 2016 to have your race number mailed to you before the event. If you enter after 9.00am on Friday 29 May 2016 you must collect your race number on the morning of the event from the number pick-up marquee, or at the event site on Saturday 7 May between 2.00pm-5.00pm. Please ensure you bring a PRINTED COPY of your entry to receive the race pack.

Your race pack will contain your race number and timing chip if applicable. Merchandise is sent separately. If you registered several people at once, you will not necessarily receive all the race packs on the same day as they are processed individually. If you are concerned that you have not received your race number, please contact the Sydney event managers on 1300 762 241.


Please note that all runners and walkers need to pin their race number on the front of their top before arriving at the event. Anyone without a race number will not be permitted to start the event.


Only runners will be given a timing tag, which will be attached to the back of your race number. Please ensure that your timing tag is attached correctly. You will not receive a time if you do not have a timing tag.

On the day timetable

Please arrive at the assembly area at least 45 minutes prior to your event in order to allow plenty of time to register and warm up.

6:15am On-the-day registration opens
6:38am Memorial minute of silence: runners
6:40am Aerobic warm-up for 4km runners
7:10am 4km run starts
7:20am Aerobic warm-up for 8km runners
7:50am 8km run starts
8:05am 4km run presentations
8:13am Memorial minute of silence: walkers
8:15am Aerobic warm-up for walkers
8:45am 8km run presentation
8:45am 7km walk starts
9:00am 4K Walk Starts
10:30am Team presentations
11:00am Spot Prize Giveaway
12.00noon Formalities close

Times subject to change.

The Course

Start facing south on Macquarie Street, prior to the Martin Place pedestrian crossing, and head south to Prince Albert Road, continuing onto College Street. Prior to William Street, participants will make a u-turn and walk/run back along College Street to Art Gallery Road. Continue along Mrs Macquaries Road to Mrs Macquaries Chair, and loop back to The Domain. 4km participants will turn right onto Central Avenue (opposite the Robbie Burns statue) towards the finish line. 8km participants will continue towards Macquarie Street, turning right prior to St James Road to complete a second lap of the course. 7km walk participants will turn around at St Mary's Road and continue back along Art Gallery Road to complete a second lap of the course.

This course is measured using a GPS unit. The course is not a certified course.


Results will be available here on the Mother’s Day Classic website from Monday 9 May 2016. Remember, only runners will be timed.

Event day

Assembly area

Is in The Domain, Art Gallery Road, Sydney.

Discover your Botanic Gardens…The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah and The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.

Information marquees

There is an information marquee at the assembly area. If you have any queries, please visit the information marquee.

Tribute wall

Tribute cards can be attached to your top in support or memory of a loved one touched by breast cancer. Tribute cards can be downloaded from the website, requested via the registration process or collected on day from the information marquee. A special Tribute Wall will be located at The Domain. Participants can choose to pin their tribute cards to the wall after their run or walk.

Cloak Room (bag drop)

Participant clothing will be placed in separate storage bays during the event. Participants should attach their tear off strip from the bottom of their race number to their backpack or bag, by looping one end of the tag through the hole. Plastic bags will be available at Bag Drop to store your clothing, but please try to bring your own, already labelled, to speed up the process.

When you drop off your bag, a volunteer will write the bay number on your race number so you know where to collect your bag from post run/walk. You will need to keep your race number post event as proof to collect your clothing bag.

Please do not leave any valuables in the clothing bags as the Mother’s Day Classic cannot accept responsibility for valuables lost or stolen.

First aid

Medical personnel are located on the course and at the finish area. Please notify a marshal if you have any medical difficulties, and they will call for assistance.

Water stations

Water will be provided on course, at the finish line and in the assembly area.


Portable toilets will be located in the assembly area, as well as the Domain toilet block.

Baby change

There will be a baby change and feed marquee in the main assembly area.

Meeting places

Be sure you arrange a clear meeting place for your family or team. We recommend meeting in the assembly area. The start line will be very crowded and a difficult meeting place.


This year there will once again pacer leaders for both the 4km and 8km runs to help you hit your goal time! The team from Sydney Harbour Runners will have pacers for the following times below so keep an eye out for them at the start.


  • 20min pacer - 5min per km
  • 22min pacer – 5.5min per km
  • 24min pacer - 6min Per km
  • 28min pacer - 7min per km
  • 30min pacer - 7.5min per km


  • 40min pacer - 5min per km
  • 44min pacer – 5.5min per km
  • 48min pacer - 6min Per km
  • 56min pacer - 7min per km
  • 60min pacer - 7.5min per km


The Mother’s Day Classic includes lots of extra activities for kids and adults. These include warm up aerobics, roving performers, food vendors, entertainment, plus a kids activity area with face painting and jumping castles.


There will be food vendors in the Domain to purchase snacks and coffee throughout the morning.

Getting there


Take advantage of free bike parking at the event site. Simply ride in, drop off your bike and enjoy. It's the ideal way to warm-up for the event. Plan your journey now using the Sydney cycling map, Please ensure that you bring a lock. All bikes are left at the owners risk and the Mother’s Day Classic take no responsibility for damaged or stolen bikes.

Bus drop off/pick up location

Buses are recommended to drop off/pick up on Phillip Street.

Car parking

  • Cook & Phillip car park (entrance off Cathedral St) is available from 6:00am for a flat rate of $10 (360 spaces).
  • Domain car park (entrance off St Mary's Rd) is available from 5:00am for a flat rate of $15. 
  • Please arrive as early as possible.
  • Car parking will be limited in the Domain area. We encourage participants to travel to the event by public transport.
  • Please adhere to parking restrictions if parking on the streets. Where possible, please car pool to the event.
  • Please note: Due to event road closures, there will be absolutely no parking available on Hospital Road adjacent to The Domain.


A number of roads will be closed around the Botanic Gardens precinct. These will include Macquarie Street and College Street. Closures will commence from 5:00am and roads will reopen by 12 noon.

There are works planned on Sydney’s train network over the weekend of 7th/8th May. These works will affect the City Circle, T2 (Airport, Inner West and South) and T3 (Bankstown) Lines during this period.

Please visit for up to date details.

For up to date travel information on event day please visit for full details.

Pedestrian access to/from the site

There will be two main crossing points in and out of the site during the morning.

From Martin Place train station, Hyde Park train station or the west side of Macquarie Street – Martin Place pedestrian crossing will operate throughout the morning. From this crossing point, you will access the Domain site through the Sydney Hospital grounds. Please take direction from the crossing marshals.

From Domain car park, Cook & Phillip car park or Woolloomoolloo area – A pedestrian crossing point will be implemented at the corner of St Mary’s Road and Prince Albert Road. Please take direction from the marshals at this location to cross onto the west side of Art Gallery Road to access the Domain site. Please use the pedestrian walkway underpass from the Domain car park and follow the signs to access the stairs in front of St Mary’s Cathedral. Prams and wheelchairs can access the pedestrian crossing by exiting the Domain car park onto St Mary’s Road to avoid the stairs.

Prizes and trophies

All participants receive a 2016 medallion, which cleverly converts to a key ring.


Age category medals

Mailed after the event 4km and 8km runs winners for each age category. Age categories - U15, U18, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

Spot prizes will also be awarded throughout the morning to some lucky participants at the main stage!

Presentation times are as follows

  • 4km runners at 8.05am
  • 8km runners at 8:45am
  • Team awards and presentations will be held on the main stage in the assembly area from 10.30am.

Runner's please note: Your results will be produced by net time. The timing tag attached to your race bib will record your official time from when you cross the start line until you cross the finish line. However, trophies will be awarded to the first three males and females in each event based on gun time. So, if you feel you have a chance of placing, please run in the first wave of your chosen distance.


Can I change the event I am in?

Yes, but you must let us know via email at or phone on 1300 762 241. If you decide to change your event on the day, please go to the number pick-up marquee so they can record the change. See below for requirements of changing events.

Changing from walk to run: It is imperative you let us know as you need to be issued with a new event number and a timing tag. You will be charged an additional $10 for your new race number and / or timing tag (it is mandatory that all runners have a timing tag attached to their race bib).

Changing from run to walk: Please let us know as we will need to update your records, however you will keep the same race number even though it has a timing tag attached to the back.

Changing distances only:

Run – It is imperative you let us know as we will need to update our records. You will retain the same race number and timing tag.

Walk – No need to advise us, just depart at the correct walk start time and complete either one or two laps of the course, according to your distance chosen.

Please note, if we are required to change you registration information for a change of event, you will be charged a $5 administration fee. 

What if I lose my race number or timing tag?

Walkers - Please collect another race number from the number pick-up marquee in the assembly area on the morning of the event or Saturday 9 May between 2.00pm-5.00pm for an additional fee of $5.

Runners – Please collect another race number with timing tag attached from the number pick up marquee in the assembly area on the morning of the event or on Saturday 9 May between 2.00pm-5.00pm. There will be an additional charge of $10 total for replacement of the race number + timing tag.

All participants must wear a race number. Anyone without a race number will not be permitted to start the event.


Please also check out the Things to Know page on the website which answers some commonly asked questions about the event.


Have a question? For more event information contact: call 1300 762 241 / 03 9285 0600 or email

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