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Running Events in New South Wales

NSW is a hub for some of Australia’s most popular and exciting running events. Across all standards and distances, it boasts a broad variety of events. Look out for the Sun-Herald City2Surf which is one of the top 5 largest running events in the world with 80,000 participants.
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  • OCT6
    Beach to Brother
    Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

    Use this year's Beach to Brother trail running event as an excuse to visit the impressive and stunning Mid-North Coast!

    The Beach to Brother...

    AUD $25 - AUD $190
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV16
    Long Course Weekend Jervis Bay
    Huskisson, NSW, Australia

    Jervis Bay is host to the annual Long Course Weekend every year. Utilising its stunning beauty as a national park, we've brought to you courses...

    AUD $45 - AUD $370
    • Triathlon
    • Ironman
    • Road Cycling
    • Swimming
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT20
    The Greater Bank Fernleigh 15
    Fernleigh, NSW, Australia

    The 2019 Greater Bank Fernleigh 15 will offer runners the chance to compete as an individual and complete the 15km course by themselves or as a part of a 5...

    AUD $40 - AUD $100
    • Running
  • NOV2
    Sydney Striders 10km Series - Race 10
    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    The Sydney Striders 10K at North Head on Saturday, 2 November 2019 is part of a series is held on the first Saturday of every month from February to...

    AUD $7 - AUD $20
    • Running
    • 10k
  • DEC16
    SMC Road Race Series – Race 4
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV3
    Four Vines Running Festival
    Nagambie, VIC, Australia

    The Four Vines Running Festival is more than just a run! The Shepparton Travel & Cruise Four Vines Running Festival was set up to be a fundraiser for...

    AUD $15 - AUD $159
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV3
    4 Peaks Bright Alpine Climb: Mt Feathertop
    Harrietville, VIC, Australia
    • Running
  • SEP22
    Lawson Trail Run
    Lawson, NSW, Australia
    • Running
  • OCT12
    NSW Corporate Games – Running Events
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • 10k
  • SEP22
    Edgell Bathurst Jog
    Bathurst, NSW, Australia

    The Edgell Jog is an annual community fun run held in Bathurst in September. The circuit is 7.5km starting and ending at the...

    • Running
  • NOV3
    The Bloody Long Walk: Sydney East
    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    The Bloody Long Walk is an amazing challenge which will bring you an incredible sense of achievement.

    Do at your own pace! Whether you walk, jog or...

    • Running
  • OCT5
    ReBoot in Bermagui Fun Run/Walk
    Wallaga Lake, NSW, Australia

    Shake off the winter wobbles and spring into Bermagui on the first weekend in October for ReBoot in Bermagui. A long weekend to run, refresh, relax and...

    • Running
  • FEB23
    Wentworth Falls Trail Run
    Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia

    Wentworth Falls on Sunday 24th February 2019 is arguably one of Running Wild's most stunning short course races. This race has both a 16km and 13km courses...

    • Running
  • DEC8
    Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series Race 6
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
  • MAY10
    Mother’s Day Classic – Sydney
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
  • DEC1
    Murray Quad Running of the Black Bull Half Marathon
    Yarrawonga, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
  • MAY5
    Mt Ainslie Run Up and Power Walk
    Canberra, ACT, Australia
    • Running
  • SEP22
    Ballina Lions Fun Run and Walk
    East Ballina, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT27
    Challenge the Pinch
    Coolangubra, NSW, Australia
    • Running
  • NOV13
    Run in the Dark: Sydney
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
  • SEP28
    Goorooyaroo Off Road Half Marathon
    Canberra, ACT, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT20
    Fernleigh 15
    Newcastle, NSW, Australia
    • Running
  • NOV3
    Mansfield Half Marathon And Fun Run
    Mansfield, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT6
    Rutherglen Rotary Club Muscat Run
    Wahgunyah, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT6
    Newcastle International Half Marathon
    Newcastle, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • AUG30
    Lake Macquarie Running Festival
    Newcastle, NSW, Australia

    This year, the iconic Lake Macquarie event will celebrate over 34 years of running! It makes our event one of the oldest running events around Australia....

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • APR4
    Jabulani Challenge
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Half Marathon
  • APR4
    Jabulani Challenge
    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    The Jabulani Challenge is a stunning 12km, 22km or 45km trail run & charity fundraiser held in the north of Sydney. Predominantly on single track the...

    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Half Marathon
  • DEC8
    Cathedrals Challenge
    Taggerty, VIC, Australia

    Cathedrals Challenge offers a 21.1k and a 10k trail run in one of the most challenging and rewarding networks of trails in...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • OCT13
    Byron Bay Lighthouse Run
    Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

    The annual Byron Bay Lighthouse Run, supporting different charities is coming up! The Byron Bay Lighthouse Run is a 10km run or a 6km walk starting at...

    • Running
    • 10k
  • NOV17
    Run with the Wind Ararat
    Ararat, VIC, Australia
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • Half Marathon
  • JUL12
    The Georges River Festival of the Feet
    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    The Festival of the Feet offers 3km, 7km, 14km or 21.1km runs. All courses are off-road and wind their way along Georges River and around Lake Gillawarna,...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV3
    Women’s and Girls’ Jogalong
    Yarralumla, ACT, Australia
    • Running
  • JUL3
    Bravehearts 777 Marathon - Sydney
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT20
    Trail Kids at Kedumba
    Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia
    • Running
  • JAN26
    Trail Kids at Knapsack
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
  • MAY3
    Women’s and Girls’ Jogalong
    Yarralumla, ACT, Australia

    The Jogalong events are all about participation and enjoyment. It aims to encourage women and girls to get out and get active by providing a physical...

    • Running
  • OCT13
    Forbes Running Festival
    Forbes, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV5
    Mt Ainslie Run Up and Power Walk
    Canberra, ACT, Australia
    • Running
  • NOV26
    YMCA of Canberra Spring Series: Black Mountain Peninsula
    Acton, ACT, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
  • NOV5
    YMCA of Canberra Spring Series: Boathouse East
    Canberra, ACT, Australia
    • Running
    • 5k
  • OCT20
    Kedumba Half Marathon
    Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV2
    4 Peaks Bright Alpine Climb
    Porepunkah, VIC, Australia

    The Bright Alpine Climb 4 Peaks is a 4 day walking and running event based in the Bright area in Victoria. Each day participants tackle a new peak with...

    • Running
  • SEP28
    Grapest 5k Fun Run – Canberra
    Collector, NSW, Australia

    Who said you cant drink wine AND exercise? Experience a great evening with friends, with a little fitness & lots of fun. You will work up a thirst with...

    AUD $25 - AUD $77
    • Running
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV3
    Three Bridges Run
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
  • FEB2
    Women's and Girls' Jogalong
    Yarralumla, ACT, Australia
    • Running
  • JAN26
    Warrigal Australia Day Fun Run/Walk
    Wollongong, NSW, Australia
    • Running
  • JAN7
    Mt Ainslie Run Up and Power Walk
    Canberra, ACT, Australia
    • Running
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More New South Wales Running Events

Running in New South Wales

NSW has a vibrant and pretty varied running scene (see the popularity of Cupid Undie Runs). One of the bigger events is the Sydney Running Festival. With so many fun and friendly races on offer, you'll get to meet awesome people from around the world and probably get overtaken by someone dressed as a giant wallaby.

What you need to know about running

There are heaps of different running events to get involved in. If you want a good mix of fun, or you're just starting out, then Parkruns, colour runs, 5ks, and 10ks, are the way to go. Running is one of the world's most accessible sports, and it's also super sociable too, so grab your friends and break down some barriers (metaphorically speaking).

If you're considering a longer distance, the half marathon and marathon are the next levels to consider. The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon is the biggest you'll find in Australia, and if you don't fancy running the whole thing, there's always the relay option.

Looking to push yourself further still? An ultramarathon might be for you. These races are anything over the 26.2 marathon distance. This could have you trekking for 100k or more. Ultra-Trail Australia is a great example, less than two hours from Sydney. To take on these events you've got to be prepared for anything, and the key is to be well rested and properly fuelled and hydrated. Take it slow, it's an (ultra)marathon, not a sprint. Soak in some breathtaking views and get to know your competitors, you're in it for the long haul.

Training for a running event

Training requires real commitment and motivation. Sometimes it can feel like a slog, particularly if you're by yourself. Try to buddy up if you can, this will help with motivation and can add some zing to your sessions. Everyone should be training ahead of events. Have a read over some of our pre-race training plans to get you on the move: 5k Training Plan; 10k Training Plan; Half Marathon Training Plan; Marathon Training Plan; Ultramarathon Training Plan.