Location Sydney, Australia
Happening in: September
Race categories: Full Marathon, Half Marathon
Next on: September 20th, 2015Race website
Held annually in September, the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is the largest and most prestigious running event in Australia. First held in 2001 as a legacy of the 2000 Summer Olympics, the marathon distance of the Sydney Running Festival followed the same course as the marathon during the 2000 Summer Olympics the previous year. The race was awarded the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in December 2014. There are 4 categories to choose from in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival: the full and half marathon, and the shorter Bridge Run (9km) and Family Fun Run (3.9km).
All races start at Milson's Point, and runners get to enjoy a spectacular view while crossing the Harbor Bridge. The shorter distance runs end at the Royal Botanic Gardens while the half and full marathon continue to wind their way around Sydney, with the full marathon covering Centennial Park and Moore Park Gold Course. Both half and full marathon finish at the Sydney Opera House – one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings, world-famous performing arts centre and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.