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 11 August 2019
    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 2018
    There are 4km & 12km fun runs and a 21.1km half marathon at this event which raises money for their charity partners. 35,735 people participated across all distances in 2018.
  3. Sydney Running Festival on 15 September 2019
    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 37,291 participants across all events in 2018.
  4. Melbourne Marathon Festival on 13 October 2019
    There's so much choice at this event with attracted 34,754 participants in 2018: the 3km, 5km & 10km Fun Run/Walks, 21.1km Half Marathon and the 42.195km Melbourne Marathon.
  5. Bridge to Brisbane Day on 25 August 2019
    Choose from 5km & 10km distances at Queenland's largest fun run, with 30,000 participants in 2018. Run from Roma Street Parklands or Captain Burke Park to Southbank.
  6. Gold Coast Marathon on 6/7 July 2019
    There's something for everyone at this event with shorter distances on Saturday and longer ones on Sunday, attracting 27,128 participants in 2018 across all distances over the two days. The marathon has distinguished itself as one of the most prestigious marathons in the world.
  7. Run for the Kids on 7 April 2019
    There are new courses for this event in 2019, which raises funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. There were 23,000+ runners and walkers in 2018.
  8. City to Surf Perth on 26 August 2018
    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. There were 19,406 registered participants are the 2018 event.
  9. Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on 19 May 2019
    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 18,882 entrants in 2018.
  10. City Bay Fun Run in Adelaide on 15 September 2019
    South Australia's largest fun run attracted 15,737 in 2018 to run 3km, 6km or 12km from various points in Adelaide and all finishing at Glenelg.

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