Qualifying Times

Athletes registering into City2Surf have the option to enter into the event in an open category, or submit an application to pre-qualify to run in a qualifying Start Group.

2022 pre-qualification applications are now open! To qualify for a preferred Start Group, athletes must be able to run the below times:

2022 Qualifying Times |
City2Surf 2022
Preferred (mins)Red (mins)Green (mins)Pink (mins)
City2Surf 14km

2019 | 2020 VR | 2021 VR

Sub-48 (Men)
Sub-56 (Women)

Sub-53 (Men)
Sub 60 (Women)
 Sub-70  Sub-80 Sub-90 
The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

2019 | 2022

These times only apply to The Sydney Morning Herald Half marathon event, not any half marathon. 

Sub-75 (Men)
Sub-85 (Women)

Sub-85 (Men)
Sub-95 (Women)
 Sub-105  Sub-120  Sub-135

IMPORTANT: If you would like to register for a qualifying Start Group, please submit your application prior to registering to the event. Athletes cannot be moved between Start Groups once registered so please follow the official process below. 

If you would like to pre-qualify and are under the age of 16, please have your parent/guardian email our team city2surf@ironman.com with your results. 


How can I qualify?

There are three ways to qualify for a pre-qualifying Start Group.

1. If you have competed in the 2019 City2Surf, 2020 or 2021 City2Surf Virtual Run OR the 2019 or 2022 The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon and ran the required qualifying time, you will automatically qualify into a 2022 pre-qualifying Start Group. No further action is required. When registering, you will be able to automatically select your pre-qualifying Start Group. You will need to use the same email address as you did when registering for those events.
2. If you did not compete in the above events, you will need to fill out the Pre-Qualification Form prior to entering and provide proof via weblink or finisher certificate of you running the qualifying time at any official race, anywhere in the world, but the race must have been completed within the last 2 years and be 10km or longer in distance.
3. If you have not competed in an official race in the past 2 years, you will need to fill out the Pre-Qualification Form prior to entering and provide proof of you running the qualifying time using your Garmin, Strava, or MapMyRun results web link to qualify. We will accept times from these resources anywhere in the world, within the past 6 months that are 10km or more in distance. Please ensure your account is set to public for us to be able to see and assess your Pre-Qualification request, if your account is private your request will be automatically declined.

Please allow up to 10 business days for your request to be processed.

Need some help to calculate an equivalent time? Check out this handy Strava Pace Calculator.