This year is the 10th anniversary of the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival and to celebrate it, the organisers have made some improvements to the course.

The running festival offers a race distance for everybody – from 4km to a half and full marathon – with a common feature that all go over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and finish outside the equally spectacular Sydney Opera House.

This birthday year sees the half and full marathon courses made faster, more scenic and spectator friendly than in the past.

The Half Marathon no longer turns right on crossing the bridge but instead veers left and covers the first section of the marathon course, taking in Macquarie Street and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.  The course then proceeds through the northern section of central Sydney to Darling Harbour via the historic Rocks area, before returning on the same route back to Circular Quay and the famous finish line. 

The changes to the marathon are even more exciting with the first 8km remaining pretty well the same out of Art Gallery Road and into Hyde Park along the central pathway and crossing Park Street on a purpose built bridge to avoid traffic congestion in this great city.


By using some bus lanes along Anzac Parade, Driver Avenue and additional kilometres in Centennial Park the course no longer goes all the way down Anzac Parade into Randwick.

After returning back to the city, the Surry Hills section of the course has been removed with runners returning via Hyde Park and heading north to Circular Quay then following the foreshore around the Park Hyatt and into Hickson Road to the flyover into Ultimo.  Runners turn just behind Darling Harbour and return on the same route through the Rocks, around Circular Quay and to the finishing.
These course changes make up a considerably smaller footprint and will ease traffic congestion within the city.  By removing some of the hills and the often referred to ‘boring’ section of the City West Link, organisers are convinced the course is even more scenic and certainly potentially faster.

An added bonus is these courses mean that entrants will see other runners almost the entire route and of course offer much better spectator points for family and friends.
Next event date:
Sunday 19th September 2010

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