2023 Rebuilding Smiles 5K Charity Run

2023 Rebuilding Smiles 5K Charity Run

Tuesday, 26th September from 6:00am – 8:00am.

Raise Money for the Australian Dental Health Foundation.

The Australian Dental Health Foundation (Foundation) is a registered charity dedicated to coordinating dental treatment for disadvantaged Australians who are genuinely in need of dental care through one of three programs. By participating in the “Rebuilding Smiles” charity run you get to experience the scenic beauty of Sydney Harbour foreshores during the run knowing that you are supporting the Foundations mission to improve their client’s dental health, speech, presentation and self-esteem and helps those treated to move forward and achieve their goals. It’s an exciting opportunity to enjoy yourself while making a meaningful impact on a worthy cause!

For a small donation starting from only $25, you can run as an individual or come as a team! Pick a cool or funny team name like Sugar Snatchers, Smiley Sprinters, Tooth Titans, Root Canal Runners, Laughing Gas Club, etc. Make sure all your team members know the name and spell it correctly in the ‘team name field’ during registration. The name will then be printed on your bib! All proceeds will be donated to the Rebuilding Smiles program to assist those affected by domestic or family violence who are in need of dental assistance.

Rebuilding Smiles®

The Rebuilding Smiles program focuses on the provision of dental services to people who have experienced domestic and family violence and who may have immediate dental trauma or ongoing oral health problems related to a lack of dental treatment over time.

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Course Map

The current length of the course is 5km and the elevation gain is 30m.

The Course:

  • Starting from First Fleet Park Circular Quay
  • Along Circular Quay
  • Around to Hickson Road
  • To Marrinawi Cove and through Barangaroo Reserve
  • Along Wulugul Walk
  • Past Sea Life
  • Finishing near Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour

In order to account for runners, walkers and the different paces people run, we have developed different groups and identified a different starting time for each group. The starting times are subject to change.

Group Start Time Pace Time
A – Elite Runners 6:15am 15- 20 mins
B – Average Runners 6:30am 30 – 40 mins
C – Light Joggers / Fast Walkers 6:40am 45 – 50 mins
D – Fast Walkers 6:50am 50 – 65mins
E – Walkers 7:00am 65 – 77 min

Bib Collection

Participants must collect their bibs from the registration desk at the ICC Sydney, available from Friday afternoon through to Monday evening.

Please note that if you arrive at the race without your bib, you unfortunately won’t be able to participate.

Runners should arrive at least sixty (30) minutes prior to the start of the event.

Wearing your bib

The bibs will contain a timing chip.

Participants will need to ensure that they have their bib pinned to the front of them prior to the start of the race.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Event?

The start of the Charity run will begin from First Fleet Park in Circular Quay.

How do I get there?

From your hotel, we suggest that you either get an Uber or catch a train to Circular Quay. Some hotels may even be in walking distance.

Here find links to Transport NSW for train lines and buses.

How long should I arrive before my race?

Please arrive at least thirty (30) minutes before the race starts.

If you are collecting your race bib at the event, please arrive one (1) hour prior to your race start time.

Can I change my start group?

The selected start group cannot be changed.

Can I bring a pram?

No, due to the number of people on the course and for the safety of all participants.

Is the course suitable for wheelchairs?

Wheelchairs are welcome to participate in the Charity run, however, please review the route first and be aware that there are a few steep inclines along the course.

Will I receive a participation medal?

Yes. All finishers will receive a medal.

Will the Charity run be COVID-19 Safe?

We will work with the Australian Government on our COVID safe strategy for the event. However, no matter what precautions we take, not everyone can or should join us. We want our community to be safe, which means taking advice from your medical advisors, especially if you are vulnerable, which may mean avoiding large gatherings like the Charity run.

What Happens if the Charity Run is cancelled?

If the event is cancelled for safety concerns or otherwise as a result of something beyond the reasonable control of FDIWDC23 including without limitation: strong winds, heavy rain lightning and accidents, you will be notified by SMS. If in the unfortunate circumstances this even has to be cancelled your donations will be refunded if requested.

If it rains, will the event still be on?

Yes, the Charity run will still go ahead even if it rains. However, if there are dangerous conditions on the day such as high winds, flooding or lightning, unfortunately, we would not be able to go ahead.

Are there different start group waves for my race?

Yes, please see the race times and the expected race pace to determine which race is suitable for you.

Is the Charity run event a certified distance?


Is the Charity run event timed?

Yes, each participant’s timing will be individually timed and will be made available to them on the congress’ website and/or app.

Am I fast enough to register for elite runners?

We ask that any participants who would like to run in the Elite Runners’ category be confident that they can run 5kms in under 15-20 minutes. Please self-seed, accordingly, with the knowledge that the “slower” runners are finishing in around the 30 – 40 minutes range.

Can I run with headphones and listen to music?

The event organisers discourage the use of headphones, iPods or other personal music as they can impede an individual’s ability to hear marshals or other course officials. Participants who choose to wear headphones on the course do so at their own risk and are asked to pay attention to officials and other participants throughout their event.

Will water be available on the course?

Yes, there will be water available at the finish line.

Can I get help with the registration process, please?

Of course. Please contact fdiwdc2023@ozaccom.com.au for any registration enquiries.

Can I register on behalf of others?

No. Due to privacy all participants must register themselves.

Can I register in a team?

Yes. Please ensure your team members are aware of your team’s name and each member must enter it correctly in the Team Name field provided during registration.

Can I register for the Charity run on the day?

We won’t be able to register you on the day of the event. Please register 48 hours prior to the Charity run.

When and where do I collect my race bib?

All bibs must be collected from the ICC Sydney Registration Desk from Friday, 22 September 2023 through to Monday evening 25 September.

Will there be a bag drop-off?

Yes, there will be a bag check available on event day. Remember that all items are left at your own risk. We ask that you only leave one (1) small bag that is able to be closed. No loose items.

We encourage participants not to bring a bag but if you do, please do not leave any valuables. We accept no responsibility/liability for any items lost or stolen.

What medical help will be available?

We will have first aiders in attendance at the event located throughout the course.

Can I run with my pet?

No. We ask you to leave all pets at home due to the number of people on the course and for the safety of all participants.

Will there be a photographer on the day?

Yes, there will be an event photographer on the day to capture your moment. You will be notified how to access event photos post event.

Will there be an ATM machine available?

ATMs can be found at the adjacent Harbourside Shopping Centre and Darling Quarter.

Where are the closest bank facilities?

The following major banks are located near the finish line:

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Shop C4 Darling Walk, 1 Harbour Street Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9120 4910

St George Bank

Corner George Street and Ultimo Road

Haymarket NSW 2000

Phone: 13 33 30


671-675 George Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 02 8217 0300

Foreign currency can be exchanged at any bank branch. Foreign exchange services are also available at the Harbourside

Shopping Centre.