Save the date for this year’s Sun-Herald City2Surf, presented by Westpac.
It’s not just Sydney’s favourite sporting event; it is the world’s largest run, with 85,000 registered participants in 2011. That’s a greater number than the London and New York Marathons combined.
Since 1971 Sydneysiders have been joined by participants from all over the world; elite athletes rubbing shoulders with locals to run, walk or watch the 14km race from Hyde Park in central Sydney to the finish at spectacular Bondi Beach.
It’s a great event that follows the Sydney waterfront much of the way. Even though the route includes challenging Heartbreak Hill, there are sea views from the top that make the effort worthwhile.
An assortment of bands and musicians provide extra inspiration to runners on the course – and there are always runners in fancy dress to raise a smile among both participants and spectators.
Bondi Beach is the perfect place for a picnic and socialising after the event. There is plenty of room for the thousands who run or support and the cheerful party atmosphere lasts well after the last runners have crossed the finish.
In 2011 entrants raised more than $3.8 million for charity and organisers hope participants will raise even more in 2012.
Finishing wet and muddy is part of the deal for the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge – and the series is proving so popular in New Zealand that more events have been added to the calendar for the second year in a row.
Held over the winter months in June, July and August, the series is billed as an extreme off-road running event. Races include running on bush trails, hill climbs, swamp crossings and assorted obstacle courses.
In Palmerston North on 21st July the route incorporates numerous sections of the NZ Army assault course at Linton.
Each event offers a 6km and 12km distance. Entries are limited and they fill up fast. For this reason, there are now three events in Rotorua, held on 4th, 11th and 18th August.
Two races will be held in Auckland, on 7-8 July at Woodhill, about 12 minutes from the end of the North Western Motorway. This venue includes a sand crawl.
June July August
Wellington, Auckland, Palmerston North, Rotorua