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Event Date: Sunday 14 May 2017


Event details

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 20th anniversary Mother’s Day Classic in 2017.

Information about the 2018 event will become available soon.

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.

Sydney course map


Being involved and completing the Mother’s Day Classic is a challenging and rewarding experience which is further enhanced with a little preparation - for both the walking and running events. Our community training partner, parkrun, provide the perfect opportunity to get some kilometres in your legs before the big day. They organise free, weekly, 5km times all over Australia. You find one near you here.


Results from the 2017 event are available here. Remember, only runners are 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. Both the start line and finish line will be very crowded and difficult meeting places.


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

Prizes and trophies

All participants receive a 2017 medallion.


  • Trophy awarded to fastest female in the 4km run sponsored by Southlands Marketing Pty Ltd
  • Trophy awarded to fastest male in the 4km run sponsored by Tresillian 
  • Trophy awarded to fastest female in the 8km run sponsored by Hyperion Asset Management
  • Trophy awarded to fastest male in the 8km run sponsored by Hyperion Asset Management
  • Trophy for the largest School team sponsored by NGS Super
  • Trophy for the largest Higher Education team sponsored by UniSuper 
  • Trophy for the largest 'Community and sporting groups' team sponsored by First State Super
  • Trophy for the largest 'Gym/Personal Fitness/ Wellbeing' team
  • Trophy for the largest 'Family and Friends' team sponsored by First State Super
  • Runner up trophy for the largest corporate team (over 100 employees) 
  • Trophy for the largest Government Department/Agency team
  • Trophy awarded to the best dressed competitor sponsored by Lazard Asset Management

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+.

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.



Please also check out the FAQ 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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