Event Information

Everything you need to know about the 2019 65k 4 65 Roses Walkathon.

General Information

Event date: Saturday 23rd February 2019.

Online registration: Closes 11:59pm on Wednesday, 20 February 2019.

For event day registration - Please register at least 30 mins prior to the allocated start time.

Start & finish location: Leichhardt Park, Rozelle.

Event close: Last lap must be completed by 5pm.

Runners are welcome!

Ticket Prices

Date Adult Child Casual Family (2 children, 2 adults)
Before 07/12/2018 $50 $10 $25 $120
After 07/12/2018 $65 $20 $30 $140
On the Day $75 $20 $35 $150

Choose your Distance

65Km Ultra Marathon

Test your stamina, endurance and mental strength and enter the 65Km Ultra Marahton event. You can also participate in the Ultra Marahton with in a team.

Assembly time for the 65km Ultra Marahton is at 1:40am on Saturday morning (start in the dark so you can finish in the daylight.) It takes approximately 12 - 13 hours for an experienced walker to walk 65 kms.

42Km Marathon | 35Km Endurance | 21Km Challenge

Get together with work colleagues, friend, family or as an individual to walk set distances of 42Km, 35Km or 21Km.

7km Casual Bay Walk

Come along on the day and walk a lap of the course.

Start Times

Distance Assembly Time Event Start Time
65km 1:40am 2:00am
42km 4:40am 5:00am
35km 7:45am 8:00am
21km 8:45am 9:00am
7km (Casual) 8:45am 9:00am

The Route

The route is around the Bay Run, a 7km circuit across Iron Cove Bridge in Sydney Harbour. The route passes through the districts of Rozelle, Lilyfield, Haberfield, Five Dock, Rodd Point, Russell Lea and Drummoyne. The Bay Run is popular with cyclists, runners and walkers, and has pleasant views over the cove. The route is predominantly flat but there is one steep flight of stairs at the southern end of the Iron Cove Bridge.

65K Ultra Marathon- You may have noticed that you will need to walk at least 9 laps of 7Km – this covers 63Km. We cover the extra 2km by walking out from the start point and returning at the very start of the walk to get it out of the way. From experience we know that walking those last 2Km at the end of the walk is no fun at all!

The 65k 4 65Roses ‘base camp’ is set up in Leichhardt Park Oval #3. This is where you can register on the day, and where your laps will be recorded. The base camp is a busy place on the day, catering for the endurance walkers and entertaining families and friends as they wait to cheer you on. You will also find food for purchase, water for participants & toilets available.


Limited Parking options are available near Leichhardt Park opposite Le Montage Function Centre at the park entrance. Other off street parking options can be found throughout Rozelle and Lillyfield. For all 8am & 9am starts, we ask if at all possible to use public transport.


Is there a location where I can store a bag with supplies I may need through the day?
We do not have secure bag check. We ask that you bring your own shade/tent to put up in the oval where your food/water and any other supplies will be accessible to you every 7km.

How do I get to the event?
The closest physical address to the start is actually the Le Montage event venue at 38 Fraser Street, Lilyfield. Oval 3 - where the event begins - is further down the car park. There is limited parking in this lot and the residential street surrounding. We ask that when possible you arrange drop off and pickup with family/friends when public transit is not running (2am & 5am starts).

For all 8am & 9am starts we ask if at all possible you use public transit.
Public Transit (drops at the corner of Mary & Perry Street – 7 min walk to start)

Where do I get my race bib?
If you register on or before 2 February, your bib will be posted to either you or your team leader. If you register after 2 February, you can pick up your bib on the day.

When do online registrations close?
65K Online registrations close at midnight on Wednesday 20 February. As this is a strict cut-off, please register well before the closing time.

Can I register on the day?
Yes. If you have friends and family that have not registered and wish to do so on the day, please ask them to proceed to the same day registration line at the event.

When do I get my singlet?
If you qualify for your free singlet (Individual registrations: Raise $200 or more for a free singlet. Family Registration: Raise $400 or more to get two free adult singlets and two free kids' singlets) on or before 2 February, your singlet will be posted to either you or your team leader. If you qualify after 2 February, you can pick up your singlet on the day.

Where are the water stations?
There are only 2 water stops along the 7km route. If you require additional water, please make arrangements to carry it with you.

What is available at Oval 3 start/finish area?
Toilets, Water, BBQ with brekkie and sausage sizzle while supplies last, coffee, entertainment, Kindi Animal farm (11-2), ice cream, food trucks, physiotherapy, and more!.

Should I bring share a tent and/or a marquee?
Please bring your own shade. Many teams will bring pop up marquees; you are allowed to set them up in the oval with proper weighting (sandbags or water, no stakes). Beach sunshades are also useful for storing personal items, food and extra water.

Do I need a torch?
If you’re walking 65kms or 42kms please bring a high powered torch and spare batteries as you’ll be walking in the dark.

Do I need sunscreen and a hat?
YES! Sunscreen & sun protection is essential, there are portions of the walk that were shaded last year that are no longer in the shade. Please take all precautions to stay out of the sun when possible.

What if it rains?
Bring rain gear if the weather calls for it. 65k is an outdoor event and subject to all kinds of weather. Please be prepared.

How should I look after my feet?
Be sure to bring extra dry wool socks & spare walking shoes if necessary. If walking the longer distances it’s amazing how much better you will feel after a change. Blister kits and tape for your feet. If you get a hot spot on your foot, do not walk another lap without caring for your feet. 7km can feel VERY long if you have a blister. This can make the difference on whether you finish your goal distance.

What should I eat on the day?
While bacon egg rolls are great normally, before you walk 65km, they may not be the best idea. Take care not to eat anything you don’t normally eat during strenuous exercise.

Should I bring my phone?
Try to bring your mobile phone and an extra battery or portable charger if you have one. We ask any long distance walker to carry a phone on them while walking/running alone in case medical attention is needed.

Should I bring a chair?
For those walking 42 & 65km you may consider bringing a chair. Later in the day you may find it more difficult to get up and down when taking a rest on a blanket.