Sydney Marathon is one of the world's most scenic races with a fast and relatively flat course that features such landmarks as the Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House. You can enjoy fantastic views of the iconic beaches and the New South Wales coast. Every September, this successful massive race attracts about 40,000 runners from more than 66 countries. Sydney Marathon was awarded Gold Label Road Race from the IAAF in 2015, and it features many elite athletes who are showing record-breaking results.
Sydney Marathon starts at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point, then the course travels over the main deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and finishes at the spectacular Sydney Opera House. The main highlight of the run is, of course, crossing the iconic bridge that will be closed for traffic on occasion. Finishing the Sydney Marathon is a fantastic achievement and the only Australian running event that is broadcast live.
Being a part of the Sydney Running Festival, Sydney Marathon was initiated in 2000 after the summer Olympic Games, held in Sydney. Its main purpose was to promote fitness and health in New South Wales and promote Sydney's tourism. In addition to marathon distance, the festival offers half marathon run, Bridge Run, and Family Fun Run.