Tasman Bridge is Tasmania’s single most popular piece of infrastructure. It connects the Eastern and Western shores of Australia’s southernmost capital city.

 

For one day only, part of the bridge is closed to traffic so that runners and walkers can cross it on foot.

 

Beginning at the picturesque Bellerive Oval, the 10km fun run hugs the Hobart waterfront, before making the gentle climb over the Tasman Bridge. Once on the bridge, the views of the Hobart City, Derwent River and Mount Wellington are truly spectacular.

 

5km participants also get to experience crossing the bridge, with both events then passing Government House and the historic cenotaph. The course then enters the Hobart waterfront area, before finishing in the beautiful Salamanca precinct.

 

There are plenty of events around the world with beautiful sights to see, but you would be doing well to find a prettier course than the B&E Hobart Run The Bridge. It’s also proven to be quite fast as well, with plenty of personal bests being set,” Race Director Richard Welsh said.

 

Since the event began in 2010, it has grown to be a favourite fun run in Southern Australia, attracting close to 3000 each year. A new 1km event for 2016 will likely see that number eclipsed for the first time.

While the day focusses on community participation, there is a strong history of elite athlete involvement, thanks to the $3000 winners prize.

Some 13 Olympians have raced the event since 2010, including Craig Mottram, Lee Troop, Ben St Lawrence, Michael Shelley, Lisa Weightman, Eloise Wellings, Jess Trengove and Sydney 2000 Olympic Steeplechase Champion Reuben Kosgei.

 

In 2016, the elite women’s field will be unleashed 4 minutes and 4 seconds ahead of the main field, which is the difference between the men’s and women’s course records. The first ‘person’ to reach the finish line will receive a bonus $1000, which should make for fast times and plenty of excitement in the closing stages of the race.

 

 

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