Reading Half Marathon

Entries are now open for all events in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.

Billed as "the run that's fun for everyone", the festival includes a full and half marathon, 9km bridge run and 4km family fun run. It is Australia's largest running festival, attracting more than 25,000 participants.

All four races begin at Milsons Point and cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge to end at the equally iconic Opera House on Circular Quay.

When they begin, runners are 25m above sea level. The top of the harbour bridge marks the highest point and by the finish, they're just 3.5m above sea level.

The Sunday Telegraph Family Fun Run is for those who don't want to over-exert themselves. Starting at Milsons Point, entrants will have the chance to take in the spectacular views while crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, running (or walking!) 4km to the finish line.

For those feeling a little more adventurous there is the immensely popular The Sunday Telegraph body+soul Bridge Run with a distance of 9km which takes competitors over the Harbour Bridge then around Mrs Macquarie's Point before finishing at the Opera House.

The feature races are the Blackmores Sydney Marathon (42.2km) and Blackmores Half Marathon (21.1km), which always attract a large number of international competitors along with the cream of Australia's long distance running champions.

The Blackmores Sydney Marathon was introduced after the world's best ran the blue-line course in the 'best-ever Olympic Games' in Sydney in 2000. Each year the Running Festival has grown in stature. Initially attracting a field of 7,800 runners in 2001, last year more than 25,000 participants competed across the events.

Organisers have also introduced a fantastic incentive in their efforts to break the magic $2million fundraising target by offering all entrants the chance to RUN FOR FREE!!! The incentive is simple. Participants enter an event, then commit to raising a specified amount of money for charity. When the target is reached, their entry fee rebated. See the website for more information and the list of chosen charities.

The great thing about this run, besides the fact that it is one of the most spectacular courses in the world, is that you can choose your distance.

"Being able to enjoy an active day out on Sydney's harbour foreshore and to fundraise for charities at the same time has really resonated with the public and we're very proud that the event is helping those in need." said event director Wayne Larden.

Sydney Marathon

Next Event::
2009: 2. August



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