Sydney Running Festival
brief history ...
The Sydney Marathon was first held in 2001 and was organized as a celebration of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
In 2001 and 2002, the Sydney Marathon event was offering to choices: a full marathon and half a marathon. In 2003, the Bridge
Run was changed to finish at the Opera House
. In 2004 the organizers decided that all three runs must finish at the Opera House
In 2005 Sydney Marathon was renamed, and is called now Sydney Running Festival. In the same year, a new run was introduced: The Family Fun Run (3.8km) which is aimed at the people without a high level of fitness.
: the history behind the Marathon race. In September 490 BC, on a plain close to Marathon, the Greeks won a decisive battle against the Persian army. According to the legend, an Athenian messenger was sent to Athens to announce the Persian defeat. After a 40km
run announced the victory and then he died of exhaustion.
: Second Sunday in September. Please check here
: 42.195 km
: Early morning (approx 7:00AM
). Please check here
: 18-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+ (min 18).
: The Sydney Marathon course is made of gradual climbs (nothing dramatic) and flat sections. The first 5k are gentle gradual slopes over the bridge, Macquarie Street up to the Mrs Macquarie's Chair
section. The next 15km are flat as the course goes through the eastern suburbs and Centennial Park
and then back to the city. In the city the course follows Sussex Street, Hickson Road and climbs up to Townes and Dalgety Streets towards to the Observatory Hill
. The final section goes to the Cahill Corkscrew towards to the and on to the forecourt of the Opera House
which marks the finish line.
tourist information ...
How to get there
The closest train
station to the starting point of the race is Milson's Point.
See the map
for the starting point.
Pont3 Pty Ltd
Lvl 2, 5 Queen Street
Chippendale NSW 2008
Ph: (+61) 2 9310 8120
Web site: Sydney Running Festival - Sydney Marathon