Sun-Herald City2Surf

18 June 2013

City2Surf

The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac. Image Credit Fairfax Media

You might be a first-time participant, a seasoned runner or an enthusiastic voice in the crowd – but whatever your preference, you’ll find plenty of like-minded people at this year’s The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac on August 11.

This spectacular road race is the largest running event of its type in the world in terms of the number of participants – in 2011, 85,000 people registered to take part – that’s more than all the people who participated in the London and New York marathons combined!

With a stunning route that sees racers travel from the heart of the Sydney CBD to the beautiful stretch of sand at Bondi Beach, there’s lots to like about the City2Surf. This 14-kilometre run attracts everyone from locals to elite athletes, – and with a history dating back to 1971, this established race is a national favourite.

In addition to the opportunity to get out and run in beautiful scenery with a great crowd, the City2Surf is also a major charity fundraiser. Two years ago, racers earned a combined total of $3.6 million for charity – a figure that race organisers aim to beat every year.

If you plan on taking in race day either as a participant or a spectator, you will want to keep an eye out for the City2Surf Legends – a group of 37 runners that have participated in every single annual race since its inaugural year.

You might also want to look out for a number of other popular characters that tend to pop up on race day. Spiderman is always a firm favourite with runners, and you may also spot a ‘centipede’ – a group or runners who participate while tied together – or two along the route!

City2Surf 2012

City2Surf 2012 Image Credit Fairfax Media

In the run-up to the event, you might also be keen to try out some training runs in the harbour city – follow this link for great ideas of places to go running in Sydney this summer.