Every city, these days, has its marquee funrun. I’m biased (not having done many), but I feel sure that Sydney’s City to Surf is one of the best. Around 60,000 runners and walkers run from the centre of Sydney to the beach – 14 kilometres.
As public transport pours people from all over Sydney towards the start time, the trains are filled with people smiling at each other and wishing each other luck. Waiting at the start line (which takes up to 40 minutes after the gun goes off, for those at the back) everyone throws their old mismatched clothes to the side for the girl guides to pick up for charity later.
And lining the course are thousands of Sydneysiders – children holding out their hands for a high five, bands playing in people’s front yards along the route, and volunteers holding out water to the exhausted runners.
This year, I had three aims – run the whole way, get under 100 minutes, and not do a new personal worst time. I only managed the first one, but I still had a great time, and Bondi beach looked fantastic in the winter sun.