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Herald Sun / Citylink Run For The Kids

The Herald Sun / CityLink Run for the Kids is one of the great local events in Melbourne aimed at fundraising for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Participants can choose to walk or run the 14.6km long course, or opt for the shorter 4.8km course. This popular event requires participants to pay entry fees, with a significant portion of the money raised donated to the Appeal.

Herald Sun Run For The Kids Melbourne Course Map & 2018 Dates

Tens of thousands of people participate in the event every year; including runners, walkers, families, kids and large corporate groups – with millions of dollars being raised each year.

The event provides runners with a choice of two courses, with both tracks starting and ending in King’s Domain at the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s recommended that families and kids choose the shorter 4.8km course, which is designed to be much more family-friendly. The other course is around 14.6kms and runs from the Domain Tunnel and Bolte Bridge, up along the Docklands track to the Waterfront Promenade.

There are five water stations on the 14.6km course and one on the 4.8km course. Water is also available at the start and finish. Toilets are located at the 3km, 6km 9km and 12km water stations of the long course, at the 2.5km water station of the short course.

Toilets are also available near the start line in Linlithgow Avenue, at the front and rear of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and in the village close to baggage storage. Dogs are not permitted to run in the race with participants. Prams are permitted, but for safety reasons will be required to start at the rear of the race.

At the end of the race, head to the event village in Kings Domain where there will be stalls to assist in recovery including places to re-hyrdate and re-fuel. There will also be live entertainment, competitions and prize give aways.


TBA - April 2018

Event Times

The 14.6km course: 8.30am
The 4.8km course: 9.40am


Kings Domain


Royal Botanic Gardens, Alexandra Avenue
Melbourne, VIC

Contact Details

(03) 9292 2901
[email protected]


2017 Prices
14.6km event: $55
4.8km event: $50


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