to Surf is a popular road running event held annually
in both Sydney and Perth, Australia.
annual 14km Sydney race attracts over 50,000 participants,
attracting over 67,000 in 2007, primarily sponsored
and organised by the Sun-Herald. The course starts
in the center of Sydney near Hyde Park in three
groups, and finishes at Bondi Beach. The race
was first held in 1971 with 2000 participants,
and has become the largest timed running race
in Australia. The race held in 2006 took place
on August 13th and attracted over 63,000 runners,
which was a City2Surf record. The 2007, City2Surf
attracted over 67,000 runners, again breaking
course record is 40:03, held by Steve Moneghetti.
Recent years have seen the race won by overseas
athletes, such as Dickson Marwa (2006) and Patrick
Nyangelo Lusato (2003-2006).
route taken by the runners and walkers passes
through the suburbs of Kings Cross, Rushcutters
Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Dover Heights
and Bondi Beach. Features en-route include
many amateur bands performing along the suburban
roads, and many City2Surf participants dressed
in novelty themed costumes.
Perth event was first held in 1975. It is held
annually and organised by the Activ Foundation.
Over 25,000 people, participated in the 2005 race
over the 1km course or 11km wheelchair course
stretching from Perth to City Beach, or a shorter
4km course from Perry Lakes to City Beach.
course record is 35:42, set in 2003 by Mark Thompson.