The Blackmores Sydney Marathon Festival (SMF) is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious running events. For its 16th edition this year, the IAAF Gold Label certified race will be happening on 18 September 2016. It has a new course that will be FLATTER, FASTER and even more BEAUTIFUL! Don’t miss out this opportunity to run on Australia’s most scenic route, across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge with spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House. What better way to clock your Personal Best? Find out more about SMF from the past participant interview – Mok Ying Rong and 10 reasons why you must take part in SMF this year.

Sneak Preview: Sydney Marathon Festival 2016 Finisher Medal – Full Marathon 42.195km

Holding with high service values, CTC Travel is committed to making your Run’cation as easy and carefree as possible, from booking to trip planning. Book your Sydney Run’cation with CTC Travel (depart from 16 – 19 September), and your SMF race registration and vacation logistics will be fully taken care of by them. More than a race, CTC Travel is showing you what are the activities in the BEAUTIFUL Sydney that thrill runners!

Check out this video for more reasons to join the Sydney Marathon Festival now!


  1. Explore Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a must-see attraction before or after the run! It is Sydney’s one-stop entertainment hub with shopping, attractions and great eats! CTC Travel Tips: Don’t miss the free fireworks display on most Saturdays between 8.30pm and 9pm! 


  1. Sydney Fish Market & Sydney’s Buzzing Weekend Markets

After Sydney Marathon Festival, head over to the Sydney Fish Market for the freshest seafood. CTC Travel Tips: The oysters are a must-try!


For fresh local produce and food, visit the award-winning Carriageworks Farmers Market. CTC Travel Tips: Grab delectable dumplings and pancakes from the celebrity chef Kylie Kwong!

kylie wong
Chef Kylie Kwong at Carriageworks Farmers Market. Photo Credit: Fiona Morris

If authentic local markets are your things, visit The Rocks Markets, Paddington Markets and Bondi Markets for trendy fashion and accessories, emerging designers, arts & crafts and more.

  1. Indulge in Sydney’s thriving café and food scene

For fabulous café fare, head down to The Grounds of Alexandria. CTC Travel Tips: To indulge your fatigued body after a run, grab Black Star Pastry’s acclaimed strawberry watermelon cake and pastries!

Photo Credit: Black Star Pastry

And for the health conscious, visit Agape Organic for healthy pizzas laden with pumpkin, pesto and more.

  1. Experience Sydney’s famous beaches

If the sand and surf are what you love, head over to one of Australian’s most famous beaches, the Bondi Beach. CTC Travel Tips: Have a morning swim and soothe your muscles at the world-renowned Bondi Icebergs Pool! 


CTC Travel Tips: These aren’t enough? Extend your stay with three optional tours!

  1. Rest and relax in the Blue Mountains

Visit Blue Mountains for the freshest eucalyptus-scented air, breath-taking views and the quaint Leura Village!


  1. Savour world renown wines and food at Hunter Valley

Pamper yourself after a run in this Australia’s oldest wine growing region. Wine and dine your way through Hunter Valley, hop on a hot air balloon, taste cheese and chocolates!

Hunter Valley
Photo Credit: Destination NSW
  1. Enjoy thrilling adventures at Port Stephens

For the adrenaline junkies, don’t miss Port Stephens! You can watch dolphins (all year) and whales (May – November) at play. Also, try the quad bike and sandboard down the largest coastal moving mass in the Southern Hemisphere.

Photo Credit: Port Stephens Watersports

CTC Travel Tips: For a road-trip lover,

  1. Road tripping along the Grand Pacific Drive

    Enjoy the delightful coastal drive and take in the sight at the magnificent Sea Cliff Bridge!

Photo Credit: Tourism Illawarra

These can be your itinerary! 

Book now 4D3N Sydney Marathon Festival with CTC Travel or call 6216 3456 or 6536 3345  (CTC Run’cation Team) to enjoy these pre-race inclusions:

  • 6-weeks training program
  • Mizuno long-distance running shoes*
  • Fitness Assessment*
    *For signing-up from now till the closing of registration, while stocks last.

Package Includes:

  • 4 nights stay at local 4* hotel or smilar
  • Daily breakfast + 1 buffet dinner
  • Arrival / departure airport transfer (with stops at ASICS Sport & Leisure Expo)
  • One way transfer to race starting point (full / half marathon)
  • Marathon registration
  • Return airfare on Scoot


Commonwealth Travel Service Corporation Pte Ltd
133 New Bridge Road
#03-03 to 06 Chinatown Point S(059413)
Free n Easy Travel Centre
6536 3345


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