There's nothing like running with purpose. On Sunday, August 10, thousands will do just that.
Sydney, Australia, has been the site of the City2Surf 14km run since 1971. It's a race that offers the opportunity for experienced runners, beginners and all those in between to run for a charity of their choice.
The official website talks about the event's humble beginnings:
History tells us that the inspiration for this great event came via a note from Fairfax’s US correspondent, who sent a newspaper clipping in 1970 about the San Francisco Bay to Breakers to the editor of The Sun newspaper, Jack Tier.
From that internal memorandum The Sun City2Surf was born, albeit humbly, in 1971, with just over 2,000 entrants (only 2% of the field was female).
As the event has evolved, the number of charities that sponsor the event has grown to more than 800, per the event's official website.
On Thursday, the total amount of money raised had swelled to more than $3.5 million.
If you're just hearing about the race and are interested in running, chances are you may not make it to register in time. As early as Thursday, the official site had a message that read: "entries closing soon."
It's still worth looking into, but don't get your hopes up.
In case you're already in, or just want to watch a specific group run, here are the start times and locations for each category of runners.
|Elite Wheelchair Athletes||4:50 p.m. ET on Saturday, 7:50 a.m. on Sunday locally||Intersection of Park and College Streets|
|Seeded||4:55 p.m. ET on Saturday, 7:55 a.m. on Sunday locally||Intersection of Park and College Streets|
|Preferred||4:55 p.m. ET on Saturday, 7:55 a.m. on Sunday locally||Intersection of Park and College Streets|
|The Sun-Herald (SH1) Red Start||4:55 p.m. ET on Saturday, 7:55 a.m. on Sunday locally||Intersection of Park and College Streets|
|Gold Charity Start||5 p.m. ET on Saturday, 8 a.m. on Sunday locally||College St North (Intersection of Park)|
|The Sun-Herald (SH2) Green Start||8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, 8:05 a.m. on Sunday locally||Park and Elizabeth Streets|
|LAN Airlines Blue Start||5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, 8:30 a.m. on Sunday locally||College St South (adjacent to the Australian Museum)|
|Westpac Yellow Start||6:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, 9:05 a.m. on Sunday locally||College St North (adjacent to St Mary's Cathedral)|
|Orange Back of the Pack||6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, 9:30 a.m. on Sunday locally||Macquarie St South (adjacent to Hyde Park Barracks)|
The race begins on the intersection of Park and College St. It's right in the heart of the Central Business District, which is decorated with beautiful hotels, museums and other attractions.
From there, runners will rumble up William St and through the tunnel at historic Kings Cross. The area is the most densely populated area in Australia, per the Australian Explorer.
It's known for it's lively entertainment and 24-hour access to its attractions.
Runners will continue on New South Rd up to "Heartbreak Hotel," which represents the halfway point. The elevation is highest at this point of the course. You can see from the image in the tweet above that the last half of the race is only for the strong.
Turning to the corner on Vaucluse onto Old South Heath rd and then onto Military Rd. Runners will finish their trek on Queen Elizabeth Dr. near the south end of Bondi Pavilion.
The forecast couldn't be much better for prospective runners and spectators. According to Weather.com, the high is 70 degrees and the low is 48. There's zero chance of rain and light breeze of nine miles per hour expected out of the west.
It should be a beautiful day to run and raise money for a plethora of worthy causes.