The City2Surf is a 14-kilometre road running race that has been taking place every year in Sydney since 1971. It draws thousands of spectators as well as participants and is one of the most fun days of the year to be in Sydney, as it adds a carnival atmosphere to this beautiful harbour city. The following is a short guide to all the main things you need to know.
If you like to run, this fabulous event is a great way to see the city. Starting in the downtown core of Sydney’s CBD, the run winds its way through the streets, taking in inner city suburbs of Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Dover Heights, before ending up at the iconic Bondi Beach. This fantastic route takes you past some of Sydney’s most exclusive residences and showcases a large section of spectacular Sydney waterfront. Finishing the run at Bondi is perfect too, as you will want nothing more than to charge into the surf to cool down.
Each year, tens of thousands of people take part in the run, with participants ranging from serious runners to families there simply for the fun. Additionally, there is always a sizeable contingent of people in fancy dress. Some of the world’s best runners turn out for the event, while others simply choose to walk it; this is one athletics event where anyone can take part. In 2010, the City2Surf attracted 80,000 participants.
From out of town
If you are coming to Sydney to take part in the City2Surf, you’d better get your accommodation booked early, because thousands of people come for this event and the best hotels will fill up quickly. To make that early morning start a little easier to bear, it’s worth getting lodging close to where the race will start, and you’ll probably be given the royal treatment by staff and guests once they realise you’re here for the race. There is everything from serviced apartments to Sydney hotels within metres of the starting line.
For those who want to take part, you’re better off completing your registration early. This simply involves a mail or email entry form. Otherwise, arriving very early on race day and trying to get signed up can work, but this is usually a little more chaotic. Once registered, you’ll receive a bib, which you’ll need to wear in order to take part in the race. A popular way to enter is as part of a team, whether it’s family or corporate related. This can make the event less gruelling and more fun.
Health and safety
Ambulance officers will be stationed along the route of the course to provide assistance to any runners who may find themselves in difficulty, and there are regular water and rest areas along the route to encourage people to take it easy and keep hydrated. Security officers will also be scattered across the course, so if any issue is to arise you’re sure to be well taken care of. Runners are generally pretty good at keeping an eye out for each other throughout the race too, so don’t be surprised if you make a friend or two along the way.