Sydney Marathon runners describe chaotic race from ‘start to finish’

September 18, 2023

Questions surrounding the safety of Sunday’s Sydney Marathon have been raised after distressing scenes of runners vomiting and passing out were reported by competitors. Of the 17,000 runners in the 42.2km race, NSW Ambulance said it provided assistance to 40, while 26 were hospitalised and seven were left in a serious condition.

There were significant concerns leading up to the event where thousands of runners would be competing in 30 degree heat and many would not finish until after 2pm.

Following the race, the priorities of organisers have been called into question, with runners accusing organisers of focusing so hard on the race’s candidacy to be an Abbott World Marathon Major (AbbottWMM) that the safety of athletes was compromised. news.com.au