Parramatta Park is one of the world’s oldest public parks and welcomes more than two million visitors every year.
4km walk, 4km run, 8km walk, 8km run
At the World Heritage listed Parramatta Park, the event site and the finish line are located at the north end of Cattle Paddock and the start line is located on adjacent pathway. The course meanders through the historic grounds of Parramatta Park, passing landmarks such as Old Government House, the Rotunda and Parramatta River and the historic Dairy Precinct (the oldest still standing domestic building in Australia!)
One lap of the course is 4km, and two laps of the course is 8km.
7.07am – Aerobic warm-up commences for 4km runners
7.30am – 4km run starts
7.47am Aerobic warm-up commences for 8km runners
8.10am – 8km run starts
8.20am – 4km run presentations
8.45am – Memorial minute of silence: walkers
8.47am – Aerobic warm-up commences for 4km and 8km runners
9.10am – Survivor wave (walking)
9.11am – 4km and 8km walk starts
9.15am – 8km run presentations
10.30am – Team presentations
12.00pm – Formalities close
Minute of Silence:
A minute of silence will be held prior to the walk/run. For those hoping to take part in this memorable moment, please refer to the timetable above.
A moment to honour and recognise a special group of people. Those touched by breast cancer – survivors, friends and family. A moment not to be missed – come one, come all. This experience will take place at the beginning of the walk. If you are a runner, please feel free to come down and share in this moment and provide your support.
The Survivor Wave will take place at the start of the walking event at 9.10am. We recommend getting to the start line at least 10 minutes prior to this.
We invite those wanting to be part of the survivor wave to make your way to the very front of the start line, directly underneath the starting arch.
Please walk on the outside of the barriers – we have an opening at the front of the chute specifically for you!
Should you have difficulty reaching the front – please let a marshal know you would like to be in the Survivor Wave and they will escort you and your family/friends to the front.
When proceedings get underway at the start line, we’re going to take a special moment to acknowledge your bravery. Feel the support of your friends amongst you and thousands in the start pen behind you.
Those in the Survivor Wave will depart 30 seconds earlier than the thousands behind you, that ‘have your back’. #strongertogether
What to bring on the day
To ensure you have the best possible experience read through our checklist of suggested things to bring on the day!
– Sunscreen/ hat
– Rain jacket/umbrella
– Comfortable running or walking gear
– Coins and/or EFTPOS card for on the day activities, fundraising activities, food & drinks and to purchase event merchandise
– Your race bib (or pick it up on the day)
– Water bottle
– Your mobile phone (Fully charged so you can capture all those #MDC2020 memories!)
About Parramatta Park Parramatta Park has been a “People’s Park” for more than 160 years. We know that it was home to the Darug people for at least 20,000 years before that. The World Heritage-listed Park is also the site of the first-ever colonial farm (set up in 1788) and Australia’s oldest still-standing domestic building, the historic Dairy Cottage built in 1796, as well as Old Government House.
Assembly area The Parramatta Park assembly area is located at Cattle Paddock.
There is an information marquee located at the assembly area. If you have any queries please go to the information marquee.
Tribute wall Tribute cards can be downloaded here. A special Tribute Wall will be located at the event. Participants can choose to pin their tribute cards to the wall after their run or walk.
Participant clothing will be placed in separate storage bays during the event should you wish to utilise this service. 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 not be available at Bag Drop to store your clothing, therefore 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. Mother’s Day Classic will take care, but not responsibility, for valuables that are lost or damaged. Bikes cannot be placed in the bag drop area – there will be a separate bike parking area. Please bring a lock.
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 will be provided on course, at the finish line and in the assembly area.
Toilets Toilets will be located in the assembly area of Parramatta Park.
Be sure you arrange a clear meeting place for your family or team. We recommend meeting in the assembly area. The start or finish line will be very crowded and a difficult meeting place.
Baby change There will be a baby change and feed marquee located nearby the toilets in the assembly area.
On the day activities & entertainment
A number of delegates, celebrities and sponsors will be giving brief talks on the main stage. The main stage will also be used for the memorial minute of silence, warm-up aerobics and award presentations.
The Mother’s Day Classic includes lots of extra activities for families. This includes the following free activities:
Rock Climbing Wall
Food and drink
There will be a range of food vendors located in Parramatta Park to purchase snacks and coffee throughout the morning.
We strongly recommend travelling by public transport to the event as there is no parking on-site at Parramatta Park.
Those travelling by car to the event are able to park on nearby residential streets – with no restrictions on weekends.
There are also multiple City of Parramatta paid parking facilities close by. However please note, Bowling Green Car Park within the park is closed to public during the event.
Travel by public transport:
For those who live in Sydney’s East, head to Central Station. From there, Parramatta is just a 23-minute train ride.
For attendees arriving from the North, we recommend catching the bus from the Castle Hill Interchange, on Old Northern Road, Stand C alighting at Parramatta Interchange – Stand B3. From the Parramatta Interchange walk up Argyle Street, turning right at Pitt St. From there, you will be able to enter the park through the Pitt Street entrance.
For attendees coming from the South and West of Sydney, please check Trip Planner. Walking from Parramatta Station Once you have arrived at Parramatta Station, exit right to Darcy St – through Centenary Square, then up Church St, turning left onto George St into the George St Gatehouse entrance.
The Parramatta Shuttle Bus is a free transport solution that connects tourists, residents and commuters to the commercial, retail and recreational landmarks of the city. It runs every 10 minutes, seven days a week. The bus operates on a continuous loop around the city centre, with three stops near Parramatta Park: Please note shuttle service on Sunday’s commences from 8.00am.
Where to go when you arrive? The event site is located in the Cattle Paddock.
Trophy for the largest ‘Community and Sporting Group’ team
Trophy for the largest ‘Gym/Personal Fitness/ Wellbeing’ team
Trophy for the largest ‘Family and Friends’ team
Trophy for the largest Government Department/Agency team
Trophy for the largest Corporate team
Trophy awarded to the Best Dressed competitors
The run presentation ceremonies will be held on the main stage. It is expected that winners are present to accept their prize.
Team awards and presentations will be held on the main stage in the assembly area from 10.30am.
Age Category Medals
Mailed after the event for the winners of the 4km and 8km running events in each age category. Age categories – U15, U18, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
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.
Have a question?
For more event information contact: call 1300 762 241 / 03 9285 0600 or email [email protected]