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Sydney is a city made for running. With great weather year-round and amazing coastal paths and beaches, it is a city that should be on every runner’s list. On our guided running tours, we always look to give the best advice on local activities, including races. The list below details some of the best running races in Sydney, from the marathon to charity fun runs.

Sydney Main Running Races


Sydney running races
Image source: Sydney Marathon

Date: 15 September 2024

A legacy of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the Sydney Marathon started in 2001 to promote health and fitness. Starting in Bradfield Park and finishing at the Opera House, it follows a stunning route, crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and many famous landmarks. It is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. The half marathon (below), a 10km Bridge Run, and 3.5km family run takes place on the same day – known as Sydney Running Festival.

Half Marathon

Date: 15 September 2024

The other main race of the Running Festival, the half marathon follows a similarly beautiful route as the marathon, crossing the Harbour Bridge, following harbour views and finishing at the Opera House. If you prefer, there is also the option of a 10km run.

Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

Date: 5 May 2024

Half marathon through Sydney’s central business district, with views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Botanical Gardens, the Rocks, Pyrmont Peninsula and Hyde Park. It is Australia’s largest half marathon. There is an option for running it as part of a relay. It also has a strong focus on fundraising – the perfect race to choose if you want to help out a good cause.

Smaller Races

Sydney Tower Stair Challenge

Date: TBA 2024

Run the 1504 stairs of the Sydney Tower Eye and raise money for Giant Steps, a charity supporting education for children and young adults with autism. The best thing about it? When you catch your breath, you’ll have the most spectacular views of the city, from a height of 309m.

Sydney Sightrunning

Sydney Sightseeing Run

Date: Various

20km run in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Steeped in history, you’ll run past where colonial Australia began. It is now a truly modern city, with its own vibrant culture. We’ll take you this is a safe run away from traffic, visiting iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, while also winding through little laneways to find secret gems.

Sun Herald City 2 Surf

Sydney running races
Image source: City2Surf

Date: 11 August 2024

City 2 Surf is a hugely popular Sydney running race, attracting over 80,000 entrants. It is a 14km race and described as the “world’s largest fun run”. Expect crazy costumes and a party atmosphere with live music. Check out the race’s website for free training days.

Mother’s Day Classic

Date: 12 May 2024

The Mother’s Day Classic is an annual fun run to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Courses include a 4km walk and run, a 7km walk and an 8km run. There will be plenty of entertainment at the finish line, making it a fun event for all.

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