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Sydney Running Festival
Sydney Marathon

brief history ...

The Sydney Marathon was first held in 2001 and was organized as a celebration of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Sydney Marathon 2005
©2006 Gabriel Ditu

In 2001 and 2002, the Sydney Marathon event was offering to choices: a full marathon and half a marathon. In 2003, the Bridge Run was changed to finish at the Opera House. In 2004 the organizers decided that all three runs must finish at the Opera House.

In 2005 Sydney Marathon was renamed, and is called now Sydney Running Festival. In the same year, a new run was introduced: The Family Fun Run (3.8km) which is aimed at the people without a high level of fitness.

Trivia: the history behind the Marathon race. In September 490 BC, on a plain close to Marathon, the Greeks won a decisive battle against the Persian army. According to the legend, an Athenian messenger was sent to Athens to announce the Persian defeat. After a 40km run announced the victory and then he died of exhaustion.


When: Second Sunday in September. Please check here.
Running distance: 42.195 km.
Starting time: Early morning (approx 7:00AM). Please check here.
Age groups: 18-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+ (min 18).
Course Description: The Sydney Marathon course is made of gradual climbs (nothing dramatic) and flat sections. The first 5k are gentle gradual slopes over the bridge, Macquarie Street up to the Mrs Macquarie's Chair section. The next 15km are flat as the course goes through the eastern suburbs and Centennial Park and then back to the city. In the city the course follows Sussex Street, Hickson Road and climbs up to Townes and Dalgety Streets towards to the Observatory Hill. The final section goes to the Cahill Corkscrew towards to the and on to the forecourt of the Opera House which marks the finish line.

tourist information ...

How to get there
The closest train station to the starting point of the race is Milson's Point. See the map for the starting point.

Contact details:
Pont3 Pty Ltd
Lvl 2, 5 Queen Street
Chippendale NSW 2008
Ph: (+61) 2 9310 8120
Web site: Sydney Running Festival - Sydney Marathon
26 January
1788 - The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Sydney Harbour to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Commemorated as Australia Day.

1808 - Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia.
Australian slang
  • back o'Bourke a very long way away
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