On Sunday we had a visit from around 3,800 visitors (including three “wheelies“) in a hurry! The annual Sydney Running Festival, the key legacy event of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, followed that now famous thin blue line from Milsons Point to the Sydney Opera House.
The day was a glorious sunny morning with early 20 degree temperatures. This year’s marathon was won by Japanese runner, Yuki Kawauchi, in course record time, with Australian wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley winning the wheelchair title.
The course itself is a winding course that enters and exits the Parklands through Moore Park, with a circuitous route around Centennial Park thrown in for good measure.
Map extract from www.sydneyrunningfestival.com.au
You can download a map of the full course here.
Readers of this blog will recall a previous post about the marathon course’s ‘thin blue line‘ that winds through Centennial Park. You’ll be happy to hear that it got a foot pounding but is still in great shape!
We are delighted to be part of this annual event and congratulate all runners and event organisers for yet another successful occasion.
Here’s some photos from the event:
Eventual race winner Yuki Kawauchi tucked in second place as he heads down Federation Way in Moore Park
Three ‘wheelies’ competed in this year’s marathon!
There were more than 3,800 competitors in the marathon race
Groups of runners passed through the gates of Centennial Park
There was some running gear ‘team theming’
But…ummm…the theming…ummm…oh dear…