The 2014 Sydney City2Surf race was won in emphatic fashion by Olympian Craig Mottram on Sunday, clocking in a time of 41 minutes and 56 seconds to take the top prize.
Adelaide's Casey Wood finished as the top-placing female after 47 minutes and 59 seconds, the official City2Surf Twitter account confirming the 2014 champions:
However, the 14-kilometre race was hit by tragedy after ABC confirmed that a male participant collapsed near the end of the event. His death was confirmed later on Sunday:
A 27-year-old man has died in hospital after collapsing just metres from the end of Sydney's City2Surf fun run. Police said the man fell just as he was about to cross the finish line at Bondi Beach shortly before 11:00am (AEST) and went into cardiac arrest.Ambulance officers carried the man, who was unconscious, on a stretcher and managed to stabilise him. He was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney but died soon after.
The Daily Mail Australia's Ryan Lipman reports this as the third death to occur in the race's 43-year history, all of which have been male, the most recent loss before Sunday's race being Briton Lee Marriage in 2008.
City2Surf paid tribute to the passed competitor, a harrowing twist on the event that saw 80,000 people take part:
The death of a race participant today is a moment of enormous sadness and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.— City2Surf (@City2Surf) August 10, 2014
Mottram was the top runner to cross the finish line, but the first person to actually finish was in fact wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley.
The Sunrise official Twitter account and Women's Health Australia provide images of Mottram and Wood in their moments of glory:
Sydney native Brad Milosevic wasn't far behind Mottram in the end, finishing with a time of 42 minutes and 18 seconds. Melbourne's David McNeill was another 13 seconds behind Milosevic in the third spot.
For the women, Milly Clark and Clare Geraghty finished in second and third, respectively, the former placing 45 seconds after Wood and Geraghty further back with a time of 49 minutes and 29 seconds.
The event saw figures of all shapes, sizes and fame turn out, too, with ex-National Rugby League player and current The Footy Show entertainer Beau Ryan confirming his attendance:
In the end, the sad news of a participant's death will assuredly cloud what should have been a day confined to cheer.
However, Sydney will nevertheless take pride in the charity work its runners have undertaken, both native and foreign, with an aim of raising money through such admirable means.