City to Surf

City to Surf

City to Surf is a popular road running event held annually in both Sydney and Perth, Australia.


The 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 the records.

The 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).

The 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.[2] Features en-route include many amateur bands performing along the suburban roads, and many City2Surf participants dressed in novelty themed costumes.


The 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.

The course record is 35:42, set in 2003 by Mark Thompson. (Credit: Wikipedia).



Bondi Beach