Get Spring Off to a Running Start



More than 40,000 runners are expected to participate across the festival’s four events – the marathon, half marathon, bridge run and family fun run.

Over the years, the festival, which started in 2001, has raised more than $20 million for Australian-based charities, and North Shore locals should be proud of their contribution to this effort as one of the two biggest demographics to participate in the runs each year.

As in previous years, the event, which will be held on September 15, will begin at Milson Point’s breathtaking Bradfield Park, where runners and those looking for a fun day out can enjoy live music, entertainment and coffee.

The races will leave in staggered starts from 6am–9am, with all participants experiencing the unique opportunity of running across Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge.

“One of the most exciting aspects of the event is the stunning course across the Harbour Bridge, with all finishing at the world-famous Sydney Opera House,” event organiser Wayne Larden tells North Shore Living.

“The event marks one of only two times the bridge is closed and the only time people can actually walk or run across it.”

Photographers will be stationed along the bridge to capture this unparalleled experience for runners and walkers.

“The marathon is truly one of the most beautiful courses in the world, spanning the Harbour Bridge, the CBD, Centennial Park, the Rocks, Pyrmont, Barangaroo and the Sydney Opera House,” Wayne adds.

“When you’re feeling tired, the view is sure to spur you on!”

If the view isn’t quite enough, there will be live musicians along the route at all the drink stations and a recovery village with a bar at the finish line where runners can relax and refresh.

“If you haven’t trained, it doesn’t matter, you can still get involved walking,” Wayne says.

“As long as you make the time cut offs for each event, you’re welcome to come along and get involved!”

For those who don’t wish to participate but still want to get involved with the action, Wayne recommends coming to cheer from the sidelines and/or donating via the runners’ fundraising pages to support them and their chosen charity.

Runners and spectators alike are advised not to drive on the day, as many streets around the Sydney CBD and the lower North Shore will be closed. Head to to check out road closures across Milsons Point, Kirribilli and the CBD.

Public transport is free for all participants across Transport NSW buses, trains and metro, so leave the car at home and get ready for a spectacular run to remember!

The Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival will be held on September 15, beginning at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point. The first event – the half marathon – will commence at 6am. Visit for more details.


Stephanie Aikins

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