Run for the Kids returns to Docklands in March

Run for the Kids returns to Docklands in March
Sean Car

The 2023 Herald Sun / Transurban Run for the Kids is coming back to Docklands on Sunday, March 19 and local residents are advised to plan ahead, with road closures across Docklands throughout the day.

The iconic event continues to be one of the largest fundraisers for the annual Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, having hosted more than 400,000 participants and raised more than $20.6 million for the Good Friday Appeal since its inception.

These vital funds are used to make a difference to the lives of Victoria’s sick and most vulnerable children.

Docklanders are encouraged to join the 30,000 participants supporting the cause by running or walking in the event or donating their time as an event volunteer.

On March 19, there will be several road closures in Docklands to manage participant and spectator movements throughout the event, with both long (14.5km) and short (4.6km) courses starting and finishing on Harbour Esplanade.

Organisers said that their objective was to close roads for the “shortest time possible”, focusing on “minimising disruption wherever possible”.

“There will be a significant impact on traffic in and around the course during the event, with road closures in place to ensure the safety of participants. There is no parking on the course itself during the road closure period. At all times emergency access and the movement of emergency vehicles takes priority,” a letter addressed to residents said.

NewQuay Promenade / Waterfront City: 1.30am to 12pm

The westbound carriageway of Footscray Road will be closed from 1:30am - 12 midday between Dudley St/Docklands Drive and the Bolte Bridge on-ramp. Pearl River Rd, and Little Docklands Drive will be closed at Footscray Rd from 1.30am to 12pm. Waterfront Way will be closed at Footscray Rd from 7.30am to 10.30am.

There will be limited local access into and out of NewQuay/Waterfront City via Docklands Drive/Dudley St before 7.30am, between races from 9am – 9.20am and then after 10.30am.

There will be restricted access and delays into Docklands Drive via Footscray Rd when runners are crossing this intersection. Access will be facilitated by traffic controllers and Victoria Police. Please expect delays on the morning when exiting / entering Docklands Drive.

Docklands Precinct (Harbour Esplanade) and Victoria Harbour: 1.30am to 2.30pm

Harbour Esplanade will be closed from 1.30am until 2.30pm in both directions from Charles Grimes Bridge to Footscray Rd. From 1.30am there will be no access into Docklands and Victoria Harbour using Charles Grimes Bridge. The Charles Grimes Bridge closure will remain in place until 2.30pm. Victoria Harbour will be accessible for local traffic throughout, via Bourke St only. Traffic controllers will be on location to manage access requirements. Collins St will be closed in both directions between Navigation Drive and Spencer St.

For more information regarding the 2023 Herald Sun / Transurban Run for the Kids,
please visit To contact the Race Office call 9292 2901 or email [email protected]

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