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Waratah Run Series

Athletics NSW 2018 Winter Season Events

The Waratah Run Series is the rebranded and remodelled winter series hosted and supported by Athletics NSW. The events are for participants of all ages and abilities, and focus on participant enjoyment and on the day entertainment. Formally known as the ‘Athletics NSW Winter Series’, the Waratah Run Series is a set of community based social events which also incorporate a championship component. With 11 events names, participation opportunities range from XC Festivals at Horsley through to Street Relays in Ourimbah. And with distances from 1km to 30km, there is an event and challenge for everyone. 

As part of Athletics NSW Membership Benefits, ANSW Members (open, junior, youth, age concession, dual, family, runnsw) will receive half price entry into Waratah Run Series Events. 


Waratah events
2018 2XU Sydney10 + Greater Bank 5k Fun Run + Little Athletics NSW 2.5k Fun Run

2018 2XU Sydney10 + Greater Bank 5k Fun Run + Little Athletics NSW 2.5k Fun Run

Saturday, 5th May, 2018

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Monday, 19 March 2018/Categories: Events, ANSW Events, Winter (Waratah and RunNSW)

Event date: 5/05/2018 Export event

On-The-Day Entries will be available from 6am-7am for the Sydney10 at the registration desk near the start line.

On-The-Day Entries will be available until 8:20am for the Greater Bank 5km Fun Run at the registration desk.

On-The-Day Entries will be available until 9am for the Little Athletics NSW 2.5km Fun Run at the registration desk.

Please click here to view the start lists for all events - updated as of 9am, Friday 4th May


2XU Sydney10 - A race for everyone!
Sydney10 is part of Athletics NSW expanding RunNSW series which features iconic Fun Runs across NSW. We are pleased to say the Sydney 10 will be the same flat fast course finishing in the brand new athletics track at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. In 2018 the Greater will be our 5km Partner and Little Athletics NSW as the 2.5km Event Partner. All races will feature NSW Championship categories and are also open to anyone to compete.


Important Notice Athletics NSW members!

Club Uniforms: To be eligible for Athletics NSW medals and club points, members MUST wear their club uniform.

Race course with a finish in the Athletics Centre
All races will start on the famous Dawn Fraser Avenue adjacent to Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre (SOPAC) and on approach to the finish, runners will exit Dawn Fraser Avenue near the start line, run along the pathway, enter SOPAC through the main gates and then enter the Athletics arena via the 'marathon' tunnel and complete the final 350m on the track.

This will be a rare opportunity to finish a road race inside an international athletics stadium which will make for a great spectator event.


Click here to view the course map for the Sydney10, including turnaround points for the Greater Bank 5km Fun Run, and the Little Athletics NSW 2.5km Fun Run.

Sydney10 Event Timetable
5:45am - Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre opens
5:45am - Event bib collection commences
7:15am - Wheelchair 10km
7:45am - Sydney10
9:05am - Greater 5km Fun Run
9:45am - Little Athletics NSW 2.5km Fun Run


We've allowed enough time between races for participants to cheer on their children, families and friends participating in the other races. Be sure to invite your friends and family to come down and support you in your run. Runners are to assemble on the start line 10 minutes before the start time.

Entry Details
Click on the link at the top of this page. From here you will be taken to the information page for the 2018 2XU Sydney10, as well as a link to a secure registration portal.


All entrants will be provided with a bib number and a timing tag specific to this event.

Event Check in and Race Bib/Timing Tag collection

For entries prior to 30th April: Your race pack will contain your unique bib and race chip, and this will be mailed to you prior to the event. 

Members please note that you will be required to wear a race specific bib and chip that will be mailed to you, and not your season wide bib and chip. As the race packs will be mailed to the participants, there will be no requirement to check in.

For entries after 30th April: Your rack pack will be available for collection at the registration area located at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre Forecourt. 

There will be no requirement to visit the registration desk to check in if you are already in possession of your unique bib and chip.

Your timing chip must be returned after the event.


Do I need at timing tags and event bib?
Yes. All participants must wear a chest bib. This needs to be pinned on the chest in clear view of race organisers and volunteers. 

All runners who register prior to 30th April will be sent their event bib and timing chip for the event. 

Runners who register after 30th April will need to pick up their event bib and timing chip at athlete check-in from 6am, Saturday 5th May (at least 30 minutes before your event start time).

You will be required to lace the timing tag into your shoe and return the chip after you finish. Please see the below diagram for helpful hints on how to do this.



Runners who do not hand their chip may be asked to replace it at a cost of $20. 


2018 Entry Fees
Please note the following entries fees below. All entries are online and close on Friday 4th May at 1pm. Manual Entries will be taken on Saturday 5th May. Entry Fees include Member Fee (Member of an affiliated Athletics NSW club) or Non Member Fee (general public).


2XU SYDNEY10 2018 Entry Fees

All Open, Junior, Youth, Age Concession, Family, and RunNSW Members receive Free Online Entry into this event. 

Dual members $21.25 (upon entering discount code at the checkout page)

Non-members $42.50

Late entry $52.50

All 10km non-member runners receive a RunNSW cool dry shirt at the finish

Greater Bank 5km 2018 Entry Fees

All Open, Junior, Youth, Age Concession, Family, and RunNSW Members receive Free Online Entry into this event. 
Dual + Little Athletics NSW members $21.25 (upon entering discount code at the checkout page)

Non-members $42.50
Late entry $52.50


Little Athletics NSW 2.5km Entry Fees

All Open, Junior, Youth, Age Concession, Family, and RunNSW Members receive Free Online Entry into this event. 
Dual + Little Athletics NSW Members $11.25 (upon entering discount code at the checkout page)

Non-members $22.50
Late entry $27.50

Team entry (4 athletes) $50.00



What happens at the Start?
The start line will be outside SOPAC on Dawn Frazer Ave for all races. Runners need to report to the start line 10 minutes before their race. There will be NO SEEDING groups on the start line so we ask that all runners use common sense to SELF SEED themselves. This means faster runners start at the front, moderate runners in the middle and slower runners/walkers at the back. Any prams should also start at the back.


Where are the toilets?
There are three toilet stops along the course:
- Cathy Freeman park at the 500m/4.5km mark of each loop
- The Brick Pit located at the far turn around point. (2.3km / 7.3km)
- Adjacent to the start line on the ANZ stadium side of Dawn Fraser Ave (0km)
- There are also ample toilet facilities at SOPAC which is the event hub.


Where are the drink stations?
- Brick Pit Roadside 2.3km and 7.3km (water only)
- Cathy Freeman Park Roadside 4.8km and 9.0km (water only)
- Finish line (water and electrolyte)


Finish Line
The finish line will be the finish line of the athletics track inside SOPAC. Runners will enter via the marathon tunnel at the southern end of the ground and complete 350m of the track. A recovery area will be set up after the finish line for runners to recovery with water and electrolyte and remove their timing chips. After exiting the recovery zone runners can meet their friends and family up in the grandstand OR out on the grass infield.

Where can I warm up?
The event precinct with be the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. Runners, friends and family are encouraged to use the stands and outfield of the track as their 'home base'. Runners can warm up on the grass infield of SOPAC, outside the stadium or on parts of the course. The track itself will NOT be available for warm ups.


Can my club set up a tent?
Yes - please contact Ben Offereins ( to discuss setting up your club tent between the grandstand and the finish line.

Clubs will be allowed to bring a 3x3m tent (maximum dimensions), and will have to supply their own support weights for each tent leg.


Is there a baggage area?
Yes. A secure baggage area will be located in VIP room 2 on the concourse of the Athletics Centre.  Runners who leave their bags inside the baggage area will write their name and bib number on the front and leave their bag with an attendant. Do NOT leave valuables in bags left in the baggage area. This is a service to runners but Athletics NSW cannot guarantee security of items left.

How can I view my official result?
Runners will be able to see their result on the main score board as soon as they cross the finish line! Live results will also be found via the ANSW live results page;


What Presentations will be held on the day?
Medal presentations will happen as per timetable below:
8:00am: Wheelchair 10km
8:50am: Sydney 10km winners  only (NSW Medals for: Open Male & Female, U/20 Male, Masters Male & Female will be sent out by mail)
9:30am: Greater 5km Fun Run winners only (NSW Medals for: U20 Female, U18 Male & U18 Female, U16 Male & U16 Female shall be sent out by mail)
10:00am: NSW Little Athletics 2.5km Winners only (NSW Medals for: 2.5km U14 Male, U14 Female, U12 Male & U12 Female shall be sent out by mail)


The remainder category and team results will be listed on the website by 10:00am and medals/prizes mailed out to winners within 14 days.


What are the prizes and prize categories?
Outright winners will be awarded prize money
1st place - $500
2nd place - $300
3rd place - $200

A $500 bonus will be split equally to any athlete(s) that break the Sydney:10 course records of Liam Adams 29:22 (2015) or Gwen Jorgensen 32:12 (2015).


Prize money shall also be issued to the top three Open Wheelchair Winners
1st - $250
2nd - $150
3rd - $100


Athletics NSW Medals
These will be awarded to the top three ELIGIBLE runners in each age category.

10km Open Wheelchair Male, Open Wheelchair Female.
10km U20 Male, Open Male, Open Female, Masters Male & Masters Female
5km U20 Female, U18 Male, U18 Female, U16 Male & U16 Female
2.5km U14 Male, U14 Female, U12 Male & U12 Female


Team medals will also be issued to ANSW club teams made up of 4 runners from the same club in each of the above categories.


There will be NO team medals presented on the day. These will be mailed out to clubs in the week following the event.


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Membership Incentive

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