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The best funs runs in Sydney

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

Runners at Circular Quay
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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 and other annual courses. There's runs suitable for kids and families, and funds raised by most events go towards charitable organisations around the country.

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Two female runners during the City2Surf race
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City2Surf

icon-location-pin Hyde Park, Sydney
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This is the big one on Sydney's fun 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. You'll want to start training soon – the hills are a bitch and 14km can feel much longer than it sounds. 

Marathon runners in Sydney on the Bridge
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Sydney Running Festival

icon-location-pin Bradfield Park, Milsons Point
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These courses offer some of the most scenic routes in Sydney, with each distance crossing the Harbour Bridge and finishing up at either the Opera House or the Royal Botanic Gardens. Take your pick of the Family Fun Run (3.5k), the Bridge Run (10k), the Half Marathon (21.1k) and the Sydney Marathon (42.2k).   

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Runners at Circular Quay
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Sydney Harbour 10k and 5k

icon-location-pin Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour
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The main drawcard for theses races is that they’re both real flat and real fast. Smash you PB on the 10k course, which 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.

People running on a road for the manly fun run.
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Manly Fun Run

icon-location-pin Around Manly, Manly
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The Manly Fun Run is turning ten in 2019, and amblers of all abilities are invited to celebrate with 2km, 5km and 10km races. What are you running for? The money raised goes towards the Manly Rotary, which is responsible for a range of charitable works in the community and further afield. 

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People standing near a fun run finish line.
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Sydney Tower Stair Challenge

icon-location-pin Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney
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When challenged with more than 1,500 steps and a 300 metre vertical climb, Sydney steps up. This stair-based fun run asks competitors to make it up every last flight of stairs inside the Sydney Tower Eye. It will be raising funds for Giant Step Australia, who support and educate children and young adults with autism. 

People running through a park.
Photograph: Gilbert Romane
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Western Sydney Parklands Trail Run

icon-location-pin Western Sydney Parklands, Horsley Park
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Change up your jogging cycle and test your legs at the Western Sydney Parklands Trail Run. The brand new fun run will take you on a loop of the park’s expansive grounds, with 35km, 19km, 11km and 4km courses all kicking off and finishing at Lizard Log. There’s also a 1.6km dash for mini sprinters. 

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Joggers run up stairs,
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Stadium Stomp SCG

icon-location-pin Sydney Cricket Ground - SCG, Moore Park
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Burn all the calories you've been hoarding in the cooler months by climbing up, down and around the SCG. Whatever level of fitness you’re at, competitors can attempt to scale the 6,700 stairs, or opt for the shorter climb of 4000 steps. Or, there's an unlimited climb, if you dare.

People dressed in colourful exercise costumes in a bar.
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The Oktoberfest Beer Run

icon-location-pin Around Marrickville, Marrickville
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If running isn't your favourite activity, you could trick yourself into having a good time with this five kilometre beer run. Dressed in their best Oktoberfest dirndl and lederhosen, competitors will stop in at five different brew houses for an infusion of liquid courage after every kilometre. 

If walking is more your thing...

Friends enjoying the Spit Bridge to Manly walk
Photograph: Destination NSW/James Horan
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