A fun run is an excellent way to get some exercise and support a worthy cause. Fun run opportunities abound in Sydney throughout the year, each race having its own inspiring or entertaining twist. Prospective runners need only check the calendar and lace up their trainers to join. Learning more about some of the city's top annual races can help prospective participants choose the fun run that is right for them.
Blackmores Family Fun Run
For a straightforward, family-friendly run, look no further than the Blackmores Family Fun Run held as part of the Sydney Running Festival. Walk, jog, toddle, or sprint in a non-competitive festival that celebrates the pure pleasure of running.
The 3.5-kilometre course starts at Bradfield Park in the Milson's Point area. The route includes the main deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, offering lovely views of the water, the city, and the bridge itself. The run finishes at the Conservatorium of Music at the entrance of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
How it compares
There are no splashy gimmicks and no hazards or outlandish behaviour. This Family Fun Run is a wholesome day in the sun. Taking in the sights is simple along the easy route that even the littlest participants can tackle. Kids five and under are free, and runners 17 and over pay a modest fee to participate. Early bird discounts are available for those who sign up in advance.
Fun-runners looking to get down and dirty have a blast at the annual Mud Run held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre in Horsley Park. A slick and sloppy 7-kilometre obstacle course includes trenches, mounds, walls, and pits covered in wet, slippery goo. Participants must crawl, wade, climb, and stomp through the course, getting covered head to toe in mud along the way. Do not forget goggles or other eye protection. Runners should also don their mud-friendliest shorts and shirts as well.
Although the cost of admission is slightly higher than average, with it comes a fair amount of merchandise and services. Along with great fun and exercise, as well as access to water and showers, Mud Run admission includes:
- Mud Run T-shirt
- After-party beer for runners 18 and over
- Mud Run tattoo
- Shuttle from Rooty Hill Station
Young runners, ages five to 10, who complete the shorter Mud Dash also receive a Finishers Medal. Runners in fancy dress are eligible to receive prizes for being a best-dressed runner.
How it compares
The Mud Run is great fun for adolescents, teens, and high-spirited grown-ups who don't mind getting down and dirty. Seven kilometres is no shabby distance, and runners should keep this in mind if they intend to finish. The slippery course may not be safe for anyone prone to injury.
Swisse Color Run
The Color Run originated in the U.S. but has grown to an international celebration. It is untimed and not an athletic challenge; instead, it has a jolly party atmosphere with dancing, cheering, and, of course, paint splattering along the way. The course is an easy 5-kilometre loop, and volunteers periodically douse runners in bright, harmless colour.
Four separate "Color Zones" mark the track where a colour toss of food-grade pink, orange, blue, or yellow dyed cornstarch happens every 15 minutes. Colours wash completely out in time, although organisers recommend runners leave their fancy gear at home. All ages are welcome, and a dance party rocks the finish line.
How it compares
A great combination of exercise and wackiness, runners walk, jog, and even dance the route. Strollers and toddlers are also welcome. Kids five and under are free, and everyone older pays modest fee comparable to the Blackmores Family Fun Run.
Parkinson's NSW Unity Walk and Run
The Parkinson's NSW Unity Walk and Run is a charity fun run that has raised over $800,000 to support people living with Parkinson's disease, their families, and caretakers. Participants choose either a 4-kilometre walk or an 8-kilometre run amongst the scenic environs of Sydney Olympic Park. Entry fees are low and contribute to a great cause. All participants get a free T-shirt, and prizes go to the first finishers of the 8-kilometre run.
How to buy fun run gear on eBay
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