The Western Sydney Marathon has fast become Western Sydney’s premier running event, attracting more than 1200 runners from local regions, interstate and internationally.

 

It is one of the most affordable marathon events on the running calendar making it an attractive option for the experienced or entry level athlete.

 

With a spate of personal bests in 2014 the flat fast course is sure to inspire runners to achieve their personal best again in 2015.

 

The marathon is held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre which boasts scenic views of Penrith Lakes, Lower Blue Mountains and surrounding parkland. A flat fast course has been designed which navigates the main lake, crosses the island bridges to the Regatta Centre and weaves around roads within and outside the venue.

Celebrating healthy lifestyles, active communities and the great outdoors, this is a fun and festive day for the whole family.

 

There is a health and fitness expo, activities for the kids during races, a jumping castle, entertainment, massage and market and food stalls.

 

Whether you push a pram around the 5km Family Fun Run or complete the Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km this event is about bringing the community together.

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Do you like animals? Do you like exotic animals? Do you like looking at exotic animals while you run? Well this is the race for you!

 

The Toronto Oasis Zoo Run - part of the Canada Running Series - offers runners a chance to follow a scenic 5k or 10k loop through the Toronto Zoo grounds.

 

The course is hilly and windy but a ton of fun. Dance along to jungle music as you run, soaking in a variety of lush forested areas and taking you on pathways past a number of different animals. After the main event, kids can tackle the 500m kids cub run.

 

The finish line (near the zebras!) offers an after party for the whole family. Afterwards enjoy a day at the zoo, with entry included in your race registration.

The Eastside 10k, also part of the Canada Running Series, is a 10k out-and-back race through the historic east side of Vancouver.

 

With a downtown east side course, runners can expect a heritage/industrial feel to things.

 

Passing through parts of Gastown, Chinatown, and East Vancouver, participants get to run along sections of the city that are rarely closed off to traffic.

 

It's a pleasant contrast to some of the more common Vancouver seawall race routes, giving runners some new scenery to contemplate.

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