Run one of the world's most scenic marathon courses, taking in some of Sydney's most spectacular and historic landmarks including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is the only remaining legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It started in 2001 when the New South Wales Government approved the continuation of a marathon in Sydney to promote fitness and health for the NSW community. It also positioned Sydney as an international tourist destination.
Twelve years on and the Blackmores Sydney Marathon and Running Festival is one of the most spectacular running events and marathons in the world.
Fundraising is an important feature of community running events. Blackmores Sydney Running Festival has raised over $9.6 million for charitable causes over the years, raising a record $2.4 million in 2011. The target for 2012 is $2.5 million.
The running festival includes a half marathon, 9km Bridge Run and 4km family fun run. Marathon cut-off time is 5.5 hours.
All courses start at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point, cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and finish at the equally famous Opera House.
It’s Rego, Set, Go for Melbourne Marathon as it looks to celebrate its 35th anniversary with a return to the finish line inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Organisers have modified both the marathon and half marathon courses to improve the flow for participants and allow people to run at their own pace unimpeded by slower runners.
The Melbourne Marathon Festival includes a full and half marathon, 10km and 5.7km run and a 3km walk. All will finish inside “The G”, with a three-quarter lap to the finish line.
To celebrate the event’s 35th anniversary, marathon participants will receive a special commemorative running singlet.
Organisers are also producing a special book The Wall: History of the Melbourne Marathon, which will capture the great moments from the race’s history.
Melbourne is a vibrant city. It’s worth entering the marathon just for the chance to spend a weekend in Victoria’s capital city, founded in 1835 on the Yarra River estuary at the northern end of Port Phillip Bay.
Check out the city’s architecture, both old and new and enjoy walks – or gentle runs – along the Docklands waterfront, stopping to admire the variety of sculptures and art works
as you go.