January 2025



Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our most frequently asked questions below

dates and costs

What time does it start?

Check the top menu for each event (more details). There are 5 events to choose from:

  • Marathon – 42.195km (min age 20 years) – Start Time 6:00am
  • Half Marathon – 21.1km (min age 18 years) – Start Time 6:30am
  • 10k – 10km (min age 13 years) – Start Time 9:10am
  • 5km (min age 10 years) – Start Time 9:15am
  • Mini Marathon – under 1km (maximum age 12, unless accompanying a child) –Start Time 9:00am

When do entries close?

Online entries will stay open until 3pm Saturday 4th January, 2025

Simply enter online or come along to bib collection to enter with our team. Late entry availability will be confirmed closer to the event.

Can I change events?

Transfers close at midnight January 5. Please email info@tasathletics.org.au for transfers. 

This includes deferring entries to 2026, transferring to a friend and upgrading/downgrading events.

How much does it cost to enter?

Event  Standard Entry

Late Entry (from 9th Dec)

 Marathon  $95


Half Marathon $85


10k Run
Adult $45


Child $35


5km Walk/Run
Adult $35


Child $10


1km $10


withdrawals - Do you offer any refunds?

If you advise us prior to 3pm Saturday 4th January, 2025, then we will provide you with a refund less a $10 administration charge to recover costs. 

No refunds will be provided after 3pm Saturday 4th January, 2025.

When can I collect my race number?

You can collect your race bib from the Running Edge (Murray Street Hobart), on the following days:

  • Friday January 5th: 10:00am -4:00pm
  • Saturday January 6th: 10:00am – 3:00pm.

If you need, you can also collect your race bib on event day at the race precinct. Please allow extra time for collection.


Official Cadbury Marathon event t-shirts and singlets can be purchased during registration or at the store! Don’t miss out on securing your exclusive event merch!  Pick up on race weekend.

VIP Experience

It’s back! The VIP experience returns to the Cadbury Marathon. With this package, you’ll have a secluded area to share with other VIP’s that will include a private storage and warmup area, toilets, food, coffee, massages and more right next to the finish line. Purchase during registration or at the store.


Course Details

Where are the start and finish lines?

Refer to the image below to see where the following features are located:

  • Start line
  • Finish line
  • Bag Drop / Late Entry / Number Pickup
  • Water
  • Food / Coffee
  • Toilets (at Cadbury location)

Where does the course go?

All races start and finish at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Cadbury Estate Claremont.  

See the individual events on our Event Information page for details and maps.

Is the course measured to IAAF standards?

The Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km events are all World Athletics Grade A measured.

Do you have pace runners?

Yes we do, depending on demand and availability.

Pacers are provided by Tasmanian Road Runners www.tasmanianroadrunners.org.au

What are the conditions like?

This event is held during the Australian summer, however given that Hobart is so far south, the conditions are generally very pleasant for distance running.

Given the early start, the temperature has historically been in the low 20s, with the past few years providing generous sunshine throughout the event, without being too hot.

What are the course records?


Men: Nick Earl– 2.18.30 (2020)

Women: Marnie Ponton - 2.39.11 (2021)

Half Marathon

Men: Liam Adams– 1.03.33 (2016)

Women: Ellie Pashley - 1:11:23 (2021)

Event Info

What are the cutoff times?

  • The Marathon and Half Marathon are events for people of all standards of running and walking. We ask that you respect the distance and do adequate preparation before lining up on the start line. Tasmanian police have instructed that the following time limits will apply, so that roads can be re-opened at 12 noon:

    • Marathon – 6 hours
    • Half Marathon – 4 hours
    • 10k – 2 hours
    • 5k – 2 hours
    • Mini Marathon – N/A

What championships are being held within the event?

The Marathon includes the Tasmanian Marathon Championship for all Athletics Tasmania registered athletes, and will therefore be conducted under all applicable World Athletics Competition Rules.  Athletics Tasmania will appoint a Race Referee for the event (as at 2 Jan 2024, Race Referee; Jarrod Gibson).

Do you allow team entries?

Yes we do!   Simply create a team in the online entry platform when you enter online, or ‘join’ the team if it already exists.’

Will I get a finisher’s medal?

All participants who cross the finish line of the 5km, 10km, half marathon or marathon event will receive a medal!  No medals are awarded to 1km runners, but they will receive a special finisher’s prize pack!

Virtual participants who upload their results to the leaderboard by January 7 will receive a medal in the mail.

Use of MP3 players and iPods

We strongly recommend that participants do not wear headphones when competing, so you are able to hear requests from fellow competitors, police, marshals and traffic.

This is also for fairness of your fellow competitors, as you will all be sharing the road in various events.

Although the roads are closed there will be emergency services vehicles on the course so please be aware of motorbikes, cars and ambulances travelling on the course.

I’m running with my child in the 1km event – do I need to enter?

Yes.  All participants need to be entered so they are covered for insurance.  

Travel to Cadbury

Buses will depart from and return to the Vibe Hotel Hobart, Argyle St Hobart.  Bookings are being taken online when you enter and the cost is $7 each way or $12 return.  Buses will also return to the Vibe Hotel Hobart after the event.  Buses will operate on the following timetable with each trip taking 20 minutes:

From Hobart City to race precinct - Pickup location Vibe Hotel

4:30am | 4:45am | 5:00am | 5:15am | 5:30am | 5:45am | 6:00am | 6:15am | 7:30am | 8:00am | 8:30am | 9:00am | 9:30am

From race precinct to Hobart City

10:00am | 10:30am | 11:00am | 11:30am | 12:00pm

Important: When making your way to the Cadbury Estate race precinct, please allow additional time in your travel, as road closures will be in place for the event and police will be facilitating traffic in the area.  Plans are in place to give competitors priority in travelling to the event, but please don't leave it to the last minute.

Virtual events

Can't get to our event in person?  Then register for a virtual event.

  • The virtual marathon and half marathon are $15.00,
  • 10km and 5km are $10.00 and
  • the 1km is $5.00 to enter.

All participants will have a medal posted out to them shortly after the event. Their results will be posted on the leader board. They can complete their run between their registration date and 12pm on Sunday January 7.  They will receive information on how to submit their run online closer to the event date. 


Parking is limited at Cadbury Estate and we encourage participants to  allow extra time to get to the race precinct.

There will be 3 carparks operating.  The Cadbury Carpark is free and will be open early and will close once it is full or at 5:50am, whichever comes first.

The Cadbury Cricket Ground will open at 7:45am and is next to the Cadbury carpark. There is limited parking available here.

The final carpark option is the Village green opposite Claremont Plaza, less than 1km walk to the race precinct. It will be operated by the local St Annes Cricket Club and the cost will be a $5 donation to the club.

Bag drop

You can leave a bag at the race admin area.

Simply use the bag tag on your race number to attach to your bag and hand it into our admin team at Cadbury.

Loose items such as keys or phones will not be accepted unless in a tagged bag.

Are there different starting groups?

No, all races will start individually and be self seeded.

Athletics Tasmania is the owner and organiser of the event which is conducted as the State Marathon and Half Marathon Championships.

The Race Director is managed by Athletics Tasmania and can be contacted at info@tasathletics.org.au.

Can I check my online entry?

Yes you can. Click here to search for your entry.

What age limits apply to events?

This following age limits apply to the Cadbury Marathon.

Event RangeMinimum Age Recommendations(s)
 5kmParticipation from 10 years onwards
 10kmParticipation from 13 years onwards
 Half MarathonParticipation from 18 years onwards
MarathonParticipation from 20 years onwards



What if my Garmin, IPod, Smart device, shows a slightly different time than the official race time?

How accurate your Garmin can be is affected by the number of satellites in direct view of the GPS receiver and anything that can interfere with this such as trees, cloud cover, mountains, hills, power lines, etc.

If you lose reception, time will still move on but your ‘moving time’ may differ.

Do you use Gun Time or Net Time?

The event uses a disposable timing chip on the back of your bib tag to track and time your run. It’s important this chip is not tampered with
Gun and net timing will be provided for the Cadbury Marathon, Cadbury Half Marathon, 10km and 5km. The Cadbury 1km event is not timed at all.
‘Gun time’ means all times published are from when the starting gun is fired.  ‘Net time’ means your timing chip starts when you cross the timing mats at the start.

Timing chips

All participants except the 1KM entrants will be issued with a timing chip attached to the back of your bib.  The timing chip is disposable after the event.

food, drink

Drink stations

There will be 3 drink stations on the course, which you will pass twice on each loop.  Each drink station will have water available. 

Our event partner, Bulk Nutrients, will provide electrolytes at the drink stations for Marathon and Half Marathon participants

Locations are;

  • Claremont Primary School - 4km, 23km and 41km
  • Berriedale - 7km, 20km, 27km, 38km 
  • Derwent Entertainment Centre - 12km, 16km, 31km and 36km

For the 10k event, there will be drinks at the 1km, 4km, 7km and 9km.

A drink station will also be provided on 5k course. 

Personal drinks

Participants in the full marathon can leave their personal drinks at bib collection (location to be confirmed) by 2:00pm on Saturday January 6 or at the Race Precinct on race morning by 5:15am

Participants in the full marathon can their personal drinks at bib collection and we’ll take it out to the drink stations for you. Drop off a clearly marked and recognisable bottle with your name and bib number on the bottle/s. Drop-off location and times will be confirmed closer to the event: closechevron-leftchevron-rightbarsellipsis-v linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram