Entries opened in May for the 40th anniversary Sun-Herald City2Surf in Sydney, Australia.  In less than three months about 75,000 people will sign up to run 14km from Hyde Park in the city to Bondi Beach on the coast.

Billed as a fun run, the event has been held annually since 1971.  It was conceived by the staff of The Sun (now Sun-Herald) newspaper who were inspired by the similar Bay to Breakers run in San Francisco.

The first event attracted about 2000 competitors and the field has grown consistently so that it is now the largest timed running race in the world.  Last year a record 76,254 runners participated.

With those numbers, good organisation is paramount.  Runners are started in waves, according to their expected finish time.  This allows people to move at their own pace, not rushed by fast runners, or delayed by slower walkers.

The 14km route takes participants through the suburbs of Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Dover Heights and down to the beach at Bondi.

The most difficult part is “Heartbreak Hill” at the halfway mark; a 2km steep ascent from Rose Bay to Vaucluse along New South Head Road.


It’s a challenging stage but the views from the top are spectacular.

The run also features many amateur bands performing along the suburban roads and many participants dressed in novelty costumes.  Thousands of non-participants support runners from the roadside.

The course record is 40:03, set by Steve Moneghetti in 1991.  The women’s record is 45:08, set by Susie Power in 2001.

Bondi, or “Boondi” is an aboriginal word meaning “water breaking over rocks”.  In the mid-to-late 1800s it was popular as a picnic ground and pleasure resort.  In 1882 a public reserve was created, securing its future as a public asset.
It is best known for its glorious white sandy beach, as well as its surf.  The beach is backed by attractive parkland and a waterfront promenade.  This makes it the perfect spot to relax and celebrate at the end of a long run.  It is where friends and family meet runners after the City2Surf to enjoy the finish-line atmosphere and to welcome other runners home.

Next event date:
Sunday 8th August 2010

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