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8 Reasons To Run The Sun-Herald City2Surf Presented By Westpac

The World’s Largest Fun Run is back on Sunday, August 12! From the elite athlete, to the fit family, to the fabulous fundraisers, it’s a fantastic day filled with laughs. As the saying goes, you never regret a workout and we can think of a whole host of other reasons to get you involved this year as well.


1. So you can tick it off your bucket list

Like the Running of the Bulls, Dia de los Muertos, or Carnaval, City2Surf is a national pastime; a huge cultural event that is synonymous with Sydney. Almost everyone you speak to has this fun run on their bucket list - it’s just something that has to be done.

Find the biggest, blackest Sharpie you have, because by doing City2Surf, you’re about to cross off one major event on your bucket list! Go You!  

2. A fabulous reason to buy new active wear

Hear us out…

A good pair of trainers is absolutely mandatory for City2Surf's 14km track. So, if your existing sneakers aren’t up to scratch, permission is granted to start shopping. The last thing you want during a run is to feel the pang of sore, unsupported feet. If you’re a runner or long distance walker, you know how easy it is to get ailments like plantar fasciitis. Even the common blister can be crippling.

So, be good to your feet.

Second. When you do the City2Surf, you will get noticed. We’ve all seen the photos of individual runners in quirky, fun costumes, or groups dressing in a theme to raise money for charity. Then there’s the fitness hotties looking amazing in the latest sports gear, or the hardcore pros in their latest tech-enhanced gear.

#Selfies and images are splashed across newspapers, Instagram and Facebook. So if you feel like you deserve a new crazy wig or the latest in pressure-sensitive, smartphone compatible gear, we totally understand.


3. You can raise bucket loads for Charity

Photos of happy runners, groups of friends and entire workplaces dressed in fun, crazy and outrageous costumes are synonymous with City2Surf.

While not everyone who is in fancy dress is raising money for a good cause, one thing is for certain: the crazier the costume - the more attention you gather for your charity!

Grab some mates, pick a charity and help make a difference. Learn more about how to start fundraising here.

4. The home-gazing

City2Surf’s track winds through some of Sydney’s most affluent and aesthetically appealing suburbs, so for those who love home design and architecture, the view is a knockout. House-gazing is a real thing and those afflicted with this obsession will know exactly what the City2Surf course means: prime home-design viewing opportunities.

All the “Bays” that we love heading to on weekends for a good home-design-looksee are on the City2Surf route. From the coveted art deco apartments of Rushcutters Bay, to the stately homes housed in streets lined with huge Jacarandas of Double Bay, to the mid-century masterpieces of Rose Bay.

Find yourself finishing the course in Bondi, home to pastel-painted townhouses, sleek modern architecturally-designed apartments blocks, and the kitsch bungalows of yesteryear. City2Surf truly is a house-watchers delight.

5. The celebration for when you cross the finish line

You’ve finished the race. You’re ecstatic, exhausted and packed with adrenaline. There’s nothing quite like the sense of camaraderie and community that takes place after City2Surf, so here are a few ways to enjoy the hours after the hard work is done.

  • Fist pump, high five and even hug any willing participants who are sharing in your moment of achievement
  • Share the moment with your tribe. More hugs here as well
  • Selfie that moment. Take a few pics to capture the moment and share using #City2Surf
  • Go home and take the best relaxing bath of your life using lavender oil and Epsom salts
  • Go get pampered; hit up your favourite day spa for a treatment, you little legend you
  • Chuck on some compression socks, get daggy and relax
  • Go to a local venue and revel with your fellow superstars (but don’t hit the celebratory bevvies too hard. Remember to warm down, eat and hydrate before any alcohol)
  • Warm down by walking amongst your fellow runners; walk, stretch and keep moving to let your heart rate drop and muscles relax steadily

6. You get bragging rights

It’s Monday morning. Your colleague asks you what you did on the weekend. After listening to them talk about how they relaxed and caught up on all the episodes of Community, you casually say that you ran City2Surf.

You then drop the mic, turn and walk away, and are worshipped by Sharon in HR for the rest of the day.


7. Because you never regret getting this fit

Things you always regret: Waiting too long to put petrol in the car, getting frosted tips in the 90s, and eating the entire tub of ice cream.

Things you often regret: Burritos, not buying something when it was on sale, missing the latest Game of Thrones episode.

Things you never regret: Saying I love you to family and friends, buying something when it was on sale, for City2Surf.

8. Because after the run, you can eat all the carbs in the world and no one can say anything to you

A little-known fact about participating in City2Surf is that you incur total immunity from carb-scoffing. Having participated in City2Surf, whether you run it, walk it or wheel it, if anyone dares to look at you sideways because of your pasta, schnitzel or your party-size bag of smarties, all you have to do is say “I did the City2Surf.” This should provide instant silence and the cessation of sidewards glancing instantaneously.

City2Surf is also working to make all pasta/schnitzel/party-size bags of smarties calorie-free, but we’re not quite there yet, we’ll keep you posted


The World’s Largest Fun Run, City2Surf, is back Sunday, August 12. So whether you’re vying for first place, having a fun day out with the whole family (read our tips here!), or fundraising for a good cause, consider yourself an absolute legend.


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