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!
Please note that where possible we use data from the official results, which usually only include people who actually ran on the day. Race directors frequently inflate the numbers in their press releases with the total number of entrants, whereas there's normally a large number of no-shows on the day.
- The Sun Herald City2Surf in Sydney on 9 August 2020
From small beginnings in 1971 with 2,000 entrants, this event now attracts around 80,000 entrants each year, making it by far the largest fun run in Australia. Run or walk 14km from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach. There were 70,499 finishers in 2019, including the elite wheelchair athletes.
- HBF Run for a Reason in Perth on 19 May 2019
There are 4km & 12km fun runs and a 21.1km half marathon at this event which raises money for their charity partners. 33,323 people entered across all distances in 2019.
- Sydney Running Festival on 20 September 2020
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 34,997 finishers across all distances in 2019.
- Melbourne Marathon Festival on 13 October 2019
There's so much choice at this event which attracted 29,434 participants in 2019: the 5km & 10km Fun Run/Walks, 21.1km Half Marathon and the 42.195km Melbourne Marathon, and the wheelchair marathon. Note this number does not include the 3km walk, which does not have results. With 7,015 marathoners, the marathon event is a larger marathon than both the Gold Coast Marathon (5,774 in 2019) and the Sydney Running Festival (4,492 in 2019).
- Gold Coast Marathon on 4/5 July 2020
There's something for everyone at this event with shorter distances on Saturday and longer ones on Sunday, attracting 23,218 finishers in 2019 across all distances over the two days. The marathon has distinguished itself as one of the most prestigious marathons in the world.
- Bridge to Brisbane Day on 25 August 2019
Choose from 5km & 10km distances, with 21,338 finishers in 2019. Run from Roma Street Parklands or Captain Burke Park to Southbank.
- Run for the Kids on 7 April 2019
There were new courses for this event in 2019, which raises funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. There were 19,326 finishers in 2019.
- City to Surf Perth on 25 August 2019
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 16,300 finishers at the 2018 event.
- 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.
- 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 8,452 solo finishers and 432 relay team finishers in 2019.