If you’re planning a trip to Sydney that coincides with the 18th September, and you are a runner… then you’re in luck. The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival will hold its annual ‘on your marks, get set, and go’ marathon. For around a quarter of a century, the marathon has increased in popularity and now attracts over 33,000 runners each year. Broadcasting live in 2013, the Sydney Marathon has headlined elite athletes from around the globe so you never know who may be your running mate, passing you by or who you’ll be galloping ahead of on the day.
Not just a city to take events by halves, the Festival features four events, each crossing the famous Harbour Bridge: two finish at the Opera House and the other two complete at the Conservatorium of Music. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a newbie with two left feet, you’re all invited to participate. Not only will you have your rear into gear, but you’ll sprint by some of the world’s most iconic attractions and scenic views that only Sydney can offer.
Registration is open so this is the time to sign your name on the dotted line and get the training underway. The main marathon is a 42k course, the half marathon is 21k, the Bridge Run is 9k and the family fun run is 3.9k. Obviously the main marathon will be the hardest feat while the half marathon course if on a flatter terrain. If you’ve always wanted to bolt across the Harbour, the Bridge Run will be one of the most iconic and fun feats you’ll undertake. And as for the family fun run, two legs of all heights and ages are welcome to participate so expect a few toddler tumbleweeds along the way.
Once you’ve signed up, start fundraising and with over $33k already raised to date for this year, every penny donated to your pot helps so share socially and gain those early bird cash donors fast. The Marathon has raised over $15m since inception and you can either choose from the partner charities on the website or hype the green influx for your own philanthropy causes. Maybe raise funds as a team or create a new team charity page on GoFundraise. The website includes guidelines of targets to meet for each of the running categories: Family race is $400, Bridge Run is $600, Half Marathon is $750 and the Blackmores full Marathon is $1200.
For all Sydney visitors participating in the race, take into account that Cremorne Point is nestled in a stunning, secluded area overlooking the Harbour skyline. What comes with Cremorne Point Manor is an abundance of nature trails, ideal for your target marathon goal training. So how about spending a week with us, lacing up those running shoes and enjoying the lay of the land while you gear up to the big race day. No wonder Tripadvisor’s awarded us a Certificate of Excellence, five years in a row. It’s not just about our stunning heritage hotel but also the unique scenery around us. When you reserve your room, email us the link to your fundraising page and we’ll promote it on our social pages. So go ahead and channel your inner Husky!