It’s all happening in Manly on the first weekend of February, as two great events get ready to rock Sydney’s famous shoreline. 


Saturday January 31st sees the Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run, which is then followed on Sunday February 1st by the ever popular Cole Classic ocean swimming event. 


Keen observers will note that this is the chance for one huge athletic weekend!


The Cole Classic is an event which has been steadily growing since its launch in 1983, and has really exploded in recent years. The event offers participants the choice of 1km, 2km or the gruelling 9km Dee Why to Manly distances, with the goal of getting as many people involved in ocean swimming as possible. 

Organisers make it their personal mission to put on a brilliant, festive event with the aim of promoting safe ocean swimming and raising funds for the Manly Life Saving Club. 


The Sun Run takes participants over land from Dee Why to Manly beach, with 7km and 10km options for runners. If the idea of heading to Manly for a bit of a run and a swim this summer sounds good to you, get there by the 31st January and get into the Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run and Cole Classic!



Back and promising to be bigger than ever, the Australian Running Festival is set to return to the streets and footpaths of Canberra for another go round. 


Incorporating multiple distances and more festivity than you can shake a stick at; the Australian Running Festival is one of those fun, family events that runners really shouldn’t miss out on. 


The centrepiece of the Australian Running Festival is of course the Canberra Marathon, an outstanding event which is the oldest city Marathon in Australia. 


The Marathon begins just a stone’s throw from Parliament House, and the first 10km of track takes runners around many historic and contemporary government buildings. 


From here the Marathon route essentially takes runners around pretty Lake Burley Griffin, offering lovely scenic views as well as a welcome distraction from the inevitable physical suffering that comes with running a Marathon. 


5km and 10km events take place on Saturday 11th April, while the Half Marathon and Marathon events will happen on the Sunday. Additionally, a 50km Ultra Marathon distance is offered on the Sunday, for those looking to go ‘beyond the Marathon’. 


There is certainly something for you at the Australian Running Festival, so make sure you are there!




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