The Sydney City to Surf – The World’s Biggest Fun Run
The streets of Sydney took on a whole new look on Sunday 9th August. We had 75,000 people competing in the 14km race, starting from Hyde Park in the city through to beautiful Bondi Beach. Did I mention to get to Bondi Beach, part of the run included “Heartbreak Hill”. And it is just that – a total heartbreak if you don’t make it to the top!
The City to Surf is the largest run in the world and has been an annual event for 39 years. An internal memo with a newspaper clipping sent to the then editor of The Sun Newspaper in 1970 from a Fairfax correspondent about the San Francisco Bay to Breakers run was the inspiration for the event. The race started in 1971, albeit with only 2,000 entrants and only 20 of those runners were woman. In excess of 1.2 million people have entered this amazing community event over the years.
Initially, line honors went overseas to American Kenny Moore and have done so a number of times since its inception. Our Australian winners have included people such as Robert de Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Andrew Lloyd, Heather Turlan, Susie Power and Kerryn McCann – a Who’s Who of Australian Runners.
Each year competitors select a category they compete in. Families, individuals, groups, with or without costumes, best dressed, teams and individuals running for charity. This year there were 397 charities represented by competitors.
As a community event it is one of the biggest and best. All runners receive a certificate stating their run time, winners receive trophies and everyone receives plenty of press coverage not to mention the encouragement of the crowd.
This year the weather was perfect (in fact, not a single event has seen rain thus far), the city shone and Bondi Beach was spectacular. Congratulations to the winner Michael Shelley, a 25 year old student from the Gold Coast in a time of 41.02 (the record, incidentally, was set by Steve Moneghetti in 1991 with a time of 40.03).
Maybe next year the Marquette Turner Luxury Homes team will walk the event and hopefully get past the Golden Sheaf Hotel!!