The Richmond Harriers are spicing things up winter this year, by holding a different kind of 5000m track race. It’s an elimination 5000m race!

DateJune 7th 2018
Time7pm onwards 
LocationBox Hill Athletics track (map)
OrganisersRichmond Harriers Athletics Club (Race Director is Joji Mori, co-organiser is Michael Johnson)
Major SponsorAdvanced Freight Management

$20 early bird until midnight 31st May

$30 from 1st June up until midnight 5th June when entries close. No late entries accepted.


Limited number of spots, get in early! 

*no refunds

How the race works

This is a game of tactics, surges, and close finishes. This is for for athletes and spectators alike.

  • Each race will be 12.5 laps (5000m)
  • Each race will have around 15 entrants
  • Each lap, the last runner in the field is eliminated
  • The first elimination happens at the 1000m (10 laps remain)
  • With 4 laps to go, there will be an “safe lap” in which all runners must complete the lap behind a pacemaker. At the completion of this lap, there will be no elimination. The purpose of this lap is to bunch the field in order to provide a fast and furious finish. With 3 laps to go, the pacemaker will step off the track and the racing will start again. This means there will be 2 more elimination laps before the final lap for the finish. The pace of this lap is up to the discretion of the pacemaker who is charged with ensuring a fair and exciting race.
  • On the final lap, there will only be a few remaining athletes who can then fight for the title of “last one standing”

There will be one elite 5000m mens and one elite 5000m womens event. The race organisers select elite entries based on recent form. The remaining races will be seeded according to recent results.


There is significant prize money offered by Advanced Freight Management to keep this interesting for both men and women winners. Only the elite mens and elite womens event has prizemoney. For each race, the top 10 get prizemoney as follows and is graded. You can see that for many in the elite race, each lap is worth fighting for!

1st          $750

2nd         $200

3rd         $100

4th         $40

5th         $20

6th         $15

7th         $14

8th         $13

9th         $12

10th       $10

Last year (2017)

Last year we had 3 different heats. It was a great night with exhilarating surges to avoid elimination and some classy racing between distance runners and middle distance athletes. The last ones standing on the night were Heidi See and Stewart McSweyn, both extremely versatile athletes. They each had to fight off strong competition to eliminate all other competitors right through till the last lap.

Last years results (2017)

Schedule of events

  • Starting 7pm with all racing completed by 9pm
  • This is subject to change, please visit the day before the race to confirm exact timings
  • There will be a BBQ, food and drink available on the night.

How to enter

Enter now using the button below and you will be asked to provide your personal details, and a recent race result.

*no refunds

For more information

Contact race director Joji Mori on email at or co-organiser Michael Johnson on