Since 1971, come August, Sydneysiders flock to the streets to partake in one of the city’s most loved and favourite sporting events – the Sun-Herald City2Surf. Much of the city closes down and crowds line the course as participants make the journey from the city centre to iconic Bondi Beach – from the city to the surf, as the name suggests! At the heart of the event is the desire to raise money for charity – in 2010 the goal is to raise $3 million – but the race is also one of Sydney’s best community events that attracts all ages and walks of life and is not restricted to serious athletes. Racers can run, jog, walk, or even dance the course – one of the biggest attractions of the race is the colourful, weird, amusing and strange costume ideas that teams come up with!
The City2Surf is a sight to behold, and whether you’re a Sydneysider or a visitor, you’ll be impressed by the eagerness, excitement and passion that participants take to the streets with! If you’re visiting Sydney, it’s a great way to see Sydney as the course takes participants through some of city’s most beautiful and picturesque areas. Just be prepared for crowds!
According to the race history, the Sun-Herald City2Surf was modelled on the San Francisco Bay to Breakers run and started in Sydney under the encouragement of Fairfax Media’s US correspondent. From humble beginnings (with only 2,000 participants in the first race), 1.2 million people have entered and participated in the event since the race started 40 years ago. The first race was won by an American, but since then it has been mostly Australian runners who have taken out the line honours. Steve Moneghetti won the race four times and still holds the men’s record at 40.03 minutes while Susie Power – two time winner – holds the women’s record at 45.08 minutes.
The race starts at the intersection of Park and College Streets in the CBD before heading up through William Street, past Rushcutters Bay, around Rose Bay before “Heartbreak Hill” hits. Up New South Head Road, this steep stretch is known as the toughest part of the course! It’s also the halfway mark. After that, participants make their way down to iconic Bondi Beach where the race officially ends. When Mother Nature puts on a show and the sun is shining the course offers some truly spectacular Sydney scenery.
Race quick facts –
The Sun-Herald City2Surf is a 14km race or walk from Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach.
Since the race started in 1971 1.2 million people have participated.
In 2006 – for the first time in the event’s history – more women registered for the event then men.
In 2007 a record number of 64,713 people entered the event.
In 2008 a record $1.25 million was raised for charity.
In 2009, The Sun-Herald City2Surf became the world’s largest run and was voted Sydney’s favourite sporting event.
If you’re visiting Sydney during this time, it’s a good idea to organise accommodation prior to arrival – the city is usually heaving with people! If you’re looking for inner city accommodation Surry Hills all excellent and conveniently located areas. The Cambridge Hotel Surry Hills for example, is well situated and guests will be amongst all the race action.