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The Sun Herald City2Surf

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The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac has now been running for 46 years and is owned and organised by The Sun-Herald (formerly The Sun), a Fairfax Media publication. 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.

The reputation of this uniquely Sydney event has grown year on year and the event is widely recognised as a ‘bucket-list’ item for serious runners and adventure lovers around the world. The Telegraph listed the event as one of the 16 Great Running Races Around the World, whilst Runner’s World lists the event in their 20 Races To Do Before You Die. Runtastic counts the event amongst its list of the World’s Most Extraordinary Races and Running Shoes Guru lists the event as one of the Top Ten Running Races In The World. In each of these lists, the City2Surf was the only Australian event to be featured.

Review summary

2 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Ian (Billy) B
"City to surf for me is all about having fun while raising much needed money for..."


Leonie M
"Love the city 2 surf. Have noticed it is getting bigger every year but is still..."
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How to enter the The Sun Herald City2Surf

  1. 14k

    Run 14km
    AUD $62–AUD $174
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The Sun Herald City2Surf route

The City2Surf is 14km in distance starting from Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD, at the intersection of Park St and College St. The course commences on a downhill on William St and heads up through the tunnel at Kings Cross. It continues along New South Head Rd through Rose Bay, then up the notorious “Heartbreak Hill” (the halfway point) and also the most scenic parts of the course. The course then turns the corner at Vaucluse, onto Old South Head Rd, then Military Rd and down the hill with ocean views, before completing a turn around at Curlewis st, into the finish line at the world famous and spectacular Bondi Beach. The City2Surf finish line is located on Queen Elizabeth Drive, adjacent to the children’s playground, north of the Bondi Pavilion, with runners finishing in a southbound direction.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

Sunday, August 12

  • 5:30 am Race HQ opens for race information and bib replacements.
  • 5:45 am Gear drop opens.
  • 7:00 am Gear drop closes – all gear is transported to the Finish.
  • 7:50 am Event starts.
  • 10:00 am Presentations to commence.

Race Etiquette

  • Only Seeded runners are allowed to warm up in front of the start line.
  • Starting before your allocated gun time will result in automatic disqualification.
  • Please no pushing to get over the line, the bib tags ensure that you record an accurate start time based on when you cross the line.
  • Please listen to the announcers for important last minute instructions.
  • Watch your footing for ramps, curbs and potential hazards.
  • Please keep to the left unless overtaking.
  • All pushed wheelchairs, strollers, and prams must enter into the Back of the Pack – Orange Start Group. No pushed wheelchairs, strollers, and prams are permitted in any other start groups. Please keep left and be mindful of other participants.

Safety Tips

  • Do not compete if you have been sick or have had a viral infection in the two weeks prior to race day.
  • No pets, bicycles, scooters, hand cycles, skateboards, roller blades or drones are permitted.
  • Include emergency contact details on the back of your race bib, this will ensure event organisers can get in contact with your emergency contact if necessary.
  • All participants must be wearing the correct race number to ensure that we have the correct medical and emergency details if an incident were to occur.
  • Please refrain from using portable music devices. The use of iPods and other music players while participating have inherent risks and as such Fairfax Events discourages their use by participants.
  • As is the nature of road-based events, there are potential trip hazards along the course. Please ensure to watch your step and remain within the allocated road space.

The Sun Herald City2Surf weather forecast

Windy in the evening and overnight.

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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 19mph

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The Sun Herald City2Surf reviews (2)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 14k in 2019

    City to surf for me is all about having fun while raising much needed money for the Leukaemia Foundation
  • Did the 14k in 2019

    Love the city 2 surf. Have noticed it is getting bigger every year but is still well organised. Transportation to and from the event is simple and cost included. Bonus ! Plenty of options for food etc at end and entertainment on the way is adequate. All round great event considering the crowds and logistics.
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