The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac has a long and inspiring history. Let’s take a look back in time and remember the key milestones and past champions that made the event what it is today.
How many years has City2Surf been going?
In 2018 City2Surf has been running for 48 years.
In 1971, a Fairfax New York correspondent sent a newspaper clipping to Jack Tier, The Sun editor, about San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers fun run. Jack and The Sun’s promotions manager, Rod Earle, were inspired; The Sun City to Surf event in Sydney was born!
On September 5, 1971, the inaugural Sun City to Surf began from George Street, in front of Sydney Town Hall. The race had 2,107 entrants (only 2% were female).
Who is the first person to cross the finish line at the first City2Surf?
Ken Moore was the first person to cross the finish line in 1971 with a time of 44.28!
Who is the first female to cross the finish line at the first City2Surf?
Beth Stanford was the first female to cross the finish line in 1971 with a time of 58.20!
Who is the youngest person to run the first City2Surf?
David Smith crossed the finish line in 1971 at the young age of eight!
Who is the current female record holder?
Susie Power holds the title from her win in 2001 when she crossed the finish line with a time of 45.08 (she also won the race AGAIN in 2002!) #girlpower
Who is the current male record holder?
Steve Moneghetti is the male record holder with a time of 40.03. Moneghetti has held this title since his win in 1991.
How many people have competed in City2Surf since it started?
Over 2 million champions have entered the race! More precisely, 2,093,100 runners have taken on the challenge.
Who is the fastest female wheelchair athlete?
Christie Dawes is the fastest female wheelchair athlete with a time of 43:10. Dawes won this title in 2011.
Who is the fastest male wheelchair athlete?
Kurt Fearnley is the fastest male wheelchair athlete with a time of 33:22. Fearnley claimed this title in 2016.
Runners who have won three times:
1972, 1973, 1974
1989, 1990, 1991 (In 1991 he broke the course record and still holds it at 40.03)
2003, 2004, 2005
How much money has City2Surf raised for charities?
An absolutely staggering $36,000,000! This year City2Surf aims to help raise another $5,000,000 for more than 900 charities. You can get involved by supporting a friend or a team, donate to a cause or start fundraising yourself!
How many volunteers have helped to bring City2surf to life?
Approximately 100,000 incredible all stars have given up their time to help participants receive water at our drink stations, assist with ticketing and other vital jobs.
Here are some of our favourite #throwback pictures, can you spot yourself?
The City2Surf once had its own cheerleading squad
Two young boys, Edwin Dingal and Emery Joshua ran the whole race barefoot in 1975
City2Surf - A look at entertainment through the years:
The various age range of participants:
Grandpa, George Davidson running the course on August 30, 1971, a week prior to the first City2Surf.
In 3 years time City2Surf will reach its milestone, 50th birthday. As the history book continues to grow make sure you are a part of its pages.
Here’s a huge shoutout to all of our City2Surf legends who have participated in the event for the 47 years. We look forward to welcoming back our legends this year on August,12.
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