The best funs runs in Sydney

Add one of these fun runs to your fitness goals for this year

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Sydney has a few major running festivals every year, including one full marathon that traces the streets of the city over Sydney Harbour Bridge and through Centennial Park. For events of a more manageable distance, there are regular 5K, 10K and half marathons that take place every season. There's courses suitable for kids and families, and funds raised by most events go towards charitable organisations around the country.

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It's the big one on the run calendar. Whether you’re a serious runner, jogger, walker, pusher or want to join in for the first time, don’t miss your chance to cry on the way up Heartbreak Hill. There are 80,000 participants each year and entries for Sydney’s biggest fun run are open now. You'll want to start training soon – the hills are a bitch and 14km can feel much longer than it sounds.

Hyde Park , Sydney Sunday August 12 2018

Sydney Running Festival

The annual Sydney Running Festival has distances to suit all runners – from a family-friendly 3.5k to a leg-wobbling 42.2k. Starting at Milsons Point, the courses offer some of the most scenic routes in Sydney, with each distance crossing the Harbour Bridge and finishing up at either the Sydney Opera House or the entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Last year the event attracted 33,000 participants and raised more than $1.7 million for charitable organisations.

Bradfield Park , Milsons Point Sunday September 16 2018

Sydney Harbour 10k and 5k

The main drawcard for these races is that they’re both real flat and real fast. If you’re looking to smash a personal record, this is a fun and scenic way to do it. The 10k course is a one-lap loop through Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo and the Rocks. The 5k course takes runners from the Rocks to Hickson Road and back again, with views of the Opera House and the Bridge. 

Around Sydney , Sydney Sunday July 29 2018

The Colour Run

Known as the happiest five-kilometre on the planet, this untimed event is run all over the world, and sees thousands of entrants get doused with a special colour powder at each kilometre. The year's superhero-themed race kicks off on October 7 at Sydney Olympic Park, so bring your capes and remember to wear white active gear for the best colour effects.

Sydney Olympic Park , Sydney Olympic Park Sunday October 7 2018

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By: Time Out editors