When registering for City2Surf, you will need to select your start wave (aka start group). This start wave will be your start time and area and also on your race bib. To help you have the best experience on the day, please select the start wave that’s right for you based on how long you think it will take you to complete the 14km course. Don’t worry! Your time will only begin and end as you cross the start and finish line timing mats. 

For those speedsters looking to start at the front of the pack, there are 3 waves that require pre-qualification using results from previous events or your own records. If you have pre-qualified, you will be able to choose from your qualified start wave when you register. For everyone else, there are five open start waves which you can choose. 

If you want to run with friends or family, you should all select the same start wave. 

Pre-qualification applications information for 2024 is coming soon. 

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Choose Your Start Wave

Open Start waves are available to enter for everyone. All pushed wheelchairs, strollers and participants with service dogs should enter the orange wave. 

The Charity Superstar Wave is a priority start wave exclusive to Charity Superstars only - find out more.


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rebel - sport is calling

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Is this the right wave for me? You’ve been training hard and ready to smash Heartbreak Hill and go for that PB (and maybe pre-qualify for 2025!)  For semi-serious runners who intend to run the whole distance and give it a red-hot crack!  You’re a casual runner who will try to run or jog the whole way but you’re also keen to have a good time.  For all abilities including joggers, walkers and groups… you’ll take a little longer because you’ll be taking a selfie or two along the way Everyone knows the back of the pack is where the party is at! This group is for fun groups, families, disco partiers, and walkers. 
Your estimated time to complete 14km 1hr10mins - 1hr30mins 1hr30mins - 1hr45mins 1hr45mins - 2hrs 2hrs - 2h30mins 2hrs30mins+
Walk/Run Pace Guide 5:00min/km – 5:45min/km

5:45min/km – 6:25min/km 

6:25min/km – 8:35min/km

8:35min/km-13:35min/km  13:35min/km and slower


Pre-qualifying start waves require evidence from the runner of being able to run 14km within a certain time. See below for more information on how to submit your pre-qualification application. 


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Is this the right wave for me?

Elite runners looking to place in the top 30 should enter the elite wave. 

Sub-elite speedy runners hunting down elites.

You’re an active runner who intends to race against the clock… Strava flex much?
Qualifying Time Required – Based on 14km  M: Sub48mins
F: Sub56mins
M: 48mins -53mins
F: 56mins - 60mins
Required Run Pace (10km+) M: 3:25min/km or faster
F: 4:00min/km or faster
M: 3:25min/km - 3:50min/km
F: 4:00min/km - 4:30min/km
5:00min/km and faster

Apply Here

Applications for Pre-Qualifying Start Waves will open soon for 2024.