By Rebecca Foley & Jordan Pearson
The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac is the world’s largest fun run and for good reason! We welcome everyone to participate; from toddlers to centenarians, walkers to riders, those on wheels, those smashing personal goals and those raising money for charities.
We think it’s the ultimate feel-good activity - from the personal satisfaction of crossing the finish line, the health benefits of the course (yes, even Heartbreak Hill!), and the positive vibes from being a fundraising hero - there’s something for everyone to feel great about when you’re part of City2Surf.
So here’s a few highlights of why we think we’re the funnest fun run in the world.
1. We’re the largest fun run in the world!
For anyone who has ever participated in City2Surf, they would have experienced the electrifying energy being amongst 80,000 participants feels like, not to mention the tens of thousands of friends, family and supporters cheering on everyone from the sidewalk.
The entire city of Sydney, and all the accompanying stunning suburbs on the course, becomes one body of positive energy. It is an amazing feeling that has to be experienced first hand!
2. We encourage you to dress up
But we mean REALLY dress up! We’ve had everyone from teams of Wonder Women to swarms of Where’s Wally, to some very friendly Storm Troopers.
Probably our most famous costume-clad participants are the OG City2Surf gorillas! Check out the video we made about their incredible story here - they’ve been running City2Surf since 1986, making this year their 33rd consecutive City2Surf. You can grab a selfie with them on August 12.
Dressing up is an awesome way to draw attention to a charity that you might be raising money for, but feel free to come as who ever you want whether you’re a fundraising superstar or not! We encourage every person, gorilla or superhero to come have a go at City2Surf.
3. Our course entertainment is a hoot!
We can’t cultivate a culture of fun without some top notch entertainment! We have over 22 live acts performing everything and anything from Latin American to Rock ‘n’ Roll!
This year there’ll be the fiercest DJ in town who has a cult band of loyal followers addicted to her fun and funky beats! She’s the one and only FlexMami!
There’s also the InnerWest Disco Reggae Machine bringing the Jamaican classics and outernational reggae sounds of now to you on course.
4. We’re all inclusive
Errybody is welcome to enter City2Surf and join in on all the fun. We have participants from all ages starting from one year olds all the way to a 97 year old! It doesn’t matter if you need to sit in a stroller or if you’re the one pushing the stroller, you are guaranteed to have a smile on your dial.
Not to mention that we have fun runners from all around the globe, after all there is over 80,000 of us. It doesn’t matter who you are, your fitness ability, whether you’re a Sydney local or a tourist we are all in this together.
For a blast from the past, check out some of our key historical individuals.
It’s time to get excited with just two weeks to go until the big day. To avoid FOMO we suggest entering now before we sell out!