It’s fun run time! After a year of chaos and cancellations it is so exciting to see Australia starting to open up again, particularly when it comes to family friendly events such as fun run season!
There is nothing better than getting up on a Sunday morning and getting involved in the excitement of doing a challenge like this, not to mention the electric atmosphere that tends to come with events likes these.
Here are 5 favourite fun runs to add to your 2021 calendar
The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10K/5K
This is one of the few fun runs that happens in the middle of winter in Sydney, and due to the 5K and 10K distance options, it is also a great one for families to participate in.
Set against the backdrop of Sydney’s breathtaking harbour, The Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10K and 5K is a certified accurate flat course with incredible views. It can be enjoyed by walkers and runners of all abilities with both 10km and 5km options available.
The event starts and finishes at The Rocks, one of the most picturesque and historic places in Sydney and most participants enjoy an afternoon day in the city once they are done.
This year you can also expect to see Guy and Jules Sebastian participating as the event has partnered with The Sebastian Foundation who help young Australians manage their mental health through the Open Parachute program which provides in-curriculum, peer-to-peer experience based programs for school students in years 5 to 12.
Registrations are open now event https://sydneyharbour10k.com.au/
*Please note change of date due to COVID lockdowns, November 7, 2021.
The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
There is no doubt that the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is one of the most famous in Australia. You just can’t beat a fun run over a closed off Sydney Harbour Bridge and around the most beautiful spots in the city.
This is an event suitable for everyone from families with prams, to competitive runners and there are a few distances to choose from, from there 3.5K family fun run, to the 10K Bridge run, Half Marathon and Marathon. Post event, head to the Blackmores Recovery Village located in the Royal Botanic Gardenswith spectacular harbour views to enjoy some music, food and entertainment.
Register now for the September event: https://sydneyrunningfestival.com.au/
The Run Melbourne event is another certified flat course that offers a half marathon, 10K or 5K distance. This is a beautiful run through the city where you will run past some of Melbournes most famous and iconic landmarks along with entertainment, live music and cheer zones.
July 2021 https://runmelbourne.com.au/
Gold Coast Marathon
One of the most popular marathon events in Australia, the Gold Coast marathon also has a lot on offer from a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5k and junior dash. It is a flat and scenic course on the beautiful beaches in Queensland and it is one lots of people enjoy travelling to as it can easily be paired with a weekend family getaway
July 2021 https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/
Byron Lighthouse Run
Finally, another picturesque event is the Byron Lighthouse Run which is a 10K run or 6K walk starting at Charles Beach. This event is in its 15th year and all money raised goes to charity. This is another great community event that is worth travelling for.
October 2021- https://byronbaylighthouserun.com.au/