If you’re planning on a run overseas, here’s your chance. The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is back and open for registration! The festival will take over 33,000 entrants across the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 17 September 2017, and for the first time in five years the Blackmores Bridge Run, traditionally a 9km, has been extended to a certified and accurate 10 km course. It will finish at the Sydney Opera House. Read on for more info!
1. The categories
The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival consists of four events:
• Blackmores Family Fun Run/Walk (approx 3.5 k)
• Blackmores Bridge Run (10 k)
• Blackmores Half Marathon (21 k)
• Blackmores Sydney Marathon (42.2 k)
2. What’s new
Unlike previous years, the Blackmores Sydney Marathon and Blackmores Half Marathon courses are both faster and flatter and will again finish at the iconic Sydney Opera House. This year, the ever-popular Blackmores Family Fun Run finish line will return to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
3. After-run fun
For some post-event fun, participants, their friends and family are invited to celebrate in the Blackmores Recovery Village to enjoy the spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour and Royal Botanical Gardens. The event entry price includes travel to and from the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival by public transport. If you think transportation would be a problem, then fear not as the start and finish of the event are both close to a range of public transport options.
4. Set a record
Guinness World Records have partnered with the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival for a second year, hence giving costumed marathon runners the chance to be certified with a Guinness World Records title as they cross the finish line at one of the city’s most iconic locations, the Sydney Opera House.
5. Plan your trip
Here are the recommended pre-race running routes for those of you who’re planning to participate in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival:
- In Bondi
Route: Follow the Coastal Walk from Coogee to Bondi – about 6 km
Follow the Coastal Walk Bronte to Bondi – about 3 km
Pro Tip: For sprint practices, try the infamous “Heartbreak hill”
- In the city
Route: Centennial Parklands – 2 km to 5 km circuits available
Circular Quay/Opera House/Botanic Gardens Circuit
- In Manly
Route: Manly to Spit Bridge – 8 km approx
Manly Lagoon to North Head – 10 km approx
- In Palm Beach (approx. one hour drive from city)
Route: Barrenjoey Headland (Smuggler track) – uphill sprints: 800 m each way
Avalon Beach to Barrenjoey Headland – approx. 10 km one way
- In Blue Mountains (about one and a half hour drive from city)
Route: Charles Darwin Walk – 5.5 km circuit
Leura Cascades Circuit- 1 km circuit
Prince Henry Cliff Walk – 7 km one way
- In Glenworth Valley (about one and a half hour drive from city)
Route: Mount Olive Trail – 4 km one way
Hominy Creek Walk Track – 5 km circuit
Other Activities: Abseiling, horse riding – 4 km one way
Visit www.sydneyrunningfestival.com.au for registration!