CITY2SEA is being held on Remembrance Day this year, necessitating a few tweaks to the usual program.
There will be plenty of entertainment along the 14-kilometre course to ease the pain, but the event will be bookended by Remembrance Day observances.
''We are doing lots of entertainment, but this year we're being a bit careful about how we balance that against the fact that it's a fairly sacred day,'' says Fairfax event manager Sarah Young.
At 7.45am, 15 minutes before race start, Ms Young said there would be the RSL's usual commemoration ritual, featuring The Ode, the Last Post, the silence and reveille.
The only difference was that, because it was not 11 o'clock, there would only be a moment's silence rather than a minute, said Ms Young. The full minute's silence would come at 11 o'clock in St Kilda's Catani Gardens, where the run finishes.
Following the trend of events such as Sydney's City2Surf and San Francisco's Bay to Breakers, City2Sea is aiming to be a fun run with plenty of fun. Covers band Noisy Neighbours will provide warm-up music outside the Arts Centre, the Royal Australian Navy Band will perform outside Victoria Barracks at the one-kilometre mark on St Kilda Road, and at the finish, in Catani Gardens, Funk Buddies will play two half-hour sets.
And on the course's circuit around Albert Park Lake, there will be no fewer than seven stages and music stations between the four and nine-kilometre marks.
It's Noisy Neighbours, however, who are really earning their money on the day. Frontman Steve Callanan said the band would be performing a Village People favourite - in full Village People dress - to warm up the crowd.
''We're going to get everyone warmed up at the start with YMCA and see if we can't get all 14,000 runners singing YMCA. That should be fun.''
After that, the band will travel to Albert Park to perform karaoke music at the Westpac mist tents, where runners can freshen up. Anyone - runner or spectator - will be able to sing.
''We want the runners to get up and do it,'' said Callanan. ''For anyone who does sing, Westpac will make a $50 donation to the Victorian Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service.''
For safety reasons, portable music players are banned from the City2Sea.
■For details on The Sunday Age City2Sea presented by Westpac, on November 11, visit thecity2sea.com.au