10 Biggest Fun Runs in Australia

There's so much choice when it comes to selecting a fun run in Australia, so we've created a list of the biggest ones for you to plan your year around!

  1. The Sun Herald City2Surf in Sydney on 12 August
    From small beginnings in 1971 with 2,000 entrants, this event now attracts 80,000 participants each year, making it by far the largest fun run in Australia. Run or walk 14km from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach.
  2. HBF Run for a Reason in Perth on 27 May
    There are 4km & 12km fun runs and a 21.1km half marathon at this event which raises money for their charity partners. Over 35,000 people participated across all distances last year.
  3. Sydney Running Festival on 16 September
    You've got the choice of a 3.5km family fun run, 10km fun run, 21.1km half marathon or 42.2km marathon, with all events going over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There were just over 32,000 participants across all events last year.
  4. Melbourne Marathon Festival on 14 October
    There's so much choice at this event with attracts over 30,000 people each year: the ASICS 3km Walk, ASICS 5.7km Fun Run, 10km Fun Run, 21.1km Half Marathon and the 42.195km Medibank Melbourne Marathon.
  5. Bridge to Brisbane Day on 26 August
    Choose from 5km & 10km distances at Queenland's largest fun run, with 16,992 participants in the 10K and 6,828 in the 5K in 2017. Run from Roma Street Parklands or Captain Burke Park to Southbank.
  6. Gold Coast Marathon on 30 June & 1 July
    There's something for everyone at this event with shorter distances on Saturday and longer ones on Sunday, attracting almost 25,000 participants across all distances over the two days last year. The marathon has distinguished itself as one of the most prestigious marathons in the world.
  7. City to Surf Perth on 26 August
    This is the final event each year in the WA City to Surf series and has 4km, 12km, 21.1km half marathon and 42.2km marathon distances. 18,000 participants across all distances last year.
  8. City Bay Fun Run in Adelaide on 16 September
    South Australia's largest fun run attracts more than 10,000 people each year to run 3km, 6km or 12km from various points in Adelaide and all finishing at Glenelg.
  9. Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on 20 May
    The SMH Half Marathon can be run solo or as part of a relay team, with the iconic course taking participants past the beautiful sights of Sydney's harbourside. The course holds an IAAF-AIMS Measurement Certificate and has several separate start groups, with different start times. There were 10,400 entrants in 2018.
  10. City2Sea in Melbourne
    This is the final event in the City Run Series each year with a 15km run from Yarra Park to Catani Gardens and a 5K from St Kilda Rd to Catani Gardens. Join more than 8,000 other runners and walkers. This event has now been discontinued and will not be run in 2018.

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