84,000 participants will descend upon Sydney, Australia this Sunday, August 11
SYDNEY, Australia / TAMPA, Fla. – The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac will return to its iconic course in Sydney, Australia this Sunday, August 11, with a massive sold-out crowd of 84,000 turning out for the largest fun run in the world. The IRONMAN Group, a Wanda Sports Group company, will continue to champion inclusion for participants of all abilities and fitness levels, from toddlers to centenarians, walkers to piggy-back riders, those in wheelchairs, those smashing personal goals and those raising money for charities.
This year’s City2Surf aims to help raise $5 million for more than 1,000 charities. City2Surf has raised over $40 million since 2008 when the fundraising tally was first recorded.
Commencing in Sydney’s Hyde Park, the globally renowned course runs through the city’s streets, towards the challenging Heartbreak Hill, along New South Head and Military Road to finish along the coast of Bondi Beach.
Dave Beeche, Managing Director for The IRONMAN Group in Oceania, said that City2Surf is the ultimate feel-good experience, encouraging participants to return year after year.
“From the personal satisfaction of crossing the finish line, the health benefits of the training, the ability to give back to the community as a fundraising hero, and of course the unmistakable scenery from downtown Sydney throughout the route to Bondi Beach, there’s something for everyone to feel great about when you’re part of The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac. The entire city of Sydney, and all the accompanying stunning suburbs along the course, are buzzing with positivity and excitement, which is an amazing experience to feel firsthand.”
Runners from all Australian states and territories will be represented, with the greatest number from New South Wales with over 76,000 registered runners, followed by Victoria (2,600+) Australian Capital Territory (2,400+), and Queensland (1,270). While locals love the event, 40 nations will also be represented with participants traveling from as far as Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Poland, South Africa, and Uruguay to race.
Reaching an incredible milestone in 2019, City2Surf will celebrate a decade-long partnership with presenting partner Westpac who is proud to have a long-standing association with one of the world’s biggest events.
Course record holder and Australian Marathon Champion, Steve Moneghetti, will return to City2Surf this year, participating for the first time since 2010. Steve’s long-standing record of 00:40:02.46 has been in place since 1991.
Live race-day coverage can be viewed globally through Facebook Live on @city2surf or @sydneymorningherald pages from 7:30am to 9:45am AEST and will include guest interviews, expert commentary, oncourse coverage, race winners and event ambassadors.
Additional historical facts and stats for this year’s City2Surf:
- The City2Surf is the world’s largest fun run with 84,000+ registered participants.
- The City2Surf started in 1971 and next year the iconic event will celebrate its 50th.
- Over $40 million has been raised for charity since 2008, when the fundraising tally was first recorded.
- In 2019, there are over 1,000 charity organisations participating and they are projected to raise upward of $5 million for the causes they represent. In 2018, the City2Surf charity runners raised $4.6 million for worthy causes.
- Australian marathon runner Steve Moneghetti holds the event record in a time of 40:02:46. The record has been in place since 1991.
- That record could be in jeopardy this year, with two-time winners Harry Summers (2016, 2017) and Liam Adams (2011, 2012) in great form and firmly focused on breaking the record. Harry’s fastest City2Surf was in 2016 in a time of 42:00 whilst Liam has come even closer, finishing in 41:11 in 2011.
- Just over half of the participants at this year’s event will be male 51% whilst 49% are female.
- There will be 5 participants over the age of 90 and nearly 1,500 who haven’t celebrated their 10th birthday yet.
- The oldest participant at this year’s event will be 98 years old. The youngest participant hasn’t even celebrated a birthday yet and will be pushed in a stroller.
- Interstate and overseas participants will take up approximately 7,026 hotel beds over the event weekend.
- There are 25 City2Surf Legends who have participated every year since the event’s inception in 1971. 2019 will mark the Legend’s 49th year participating in City2Surf.
- For the first time in the event’s history, women outnumbered men in the capacity field of 63,451 in 2006.
|2018||Ben St Lawrence||41:42||Ellie Pashley||46:21|
|2017||Harry Summers||42:16||Celia Sullohern||47:11|
|2016||Harry Summers||42:00||Cassie Fine||47:29|
|2015||Brad Milosevic||42:15||Cassie Fine||46:39|
|2014||Craig Mottram||41:51||Casey Wood||47:54|
|2013||Ben Moreau||41:48||Linda Spencer||48:28|
|2012||Liam Adams||41:31||Lara Tamsett||46:55|
|2011||Liam Adams||41:11||Jess Trengrove||47:29|
|2010||Ben St Lawrence||41:05||Lara Tamsett||46:54|
|2009||Michael Shelley||41:07||Melinda Vernon||47:46|
Top 5 times in history:
|1||40:03||Steve Moneghetti||1991||45:08||Susie Power||2001|
|2||40:08||Rob de Castella||1981||45:47||Lisa Martin||1998|
|3||40:15||Steve Moneghetti||1990||45:50||Susie Power||2002|
|4||40:15||Brad Camp||1987||46:21||Ellie Pashley||2018|
|5||40:16||Steve Moneghetti||1988||46:22||Haley McGregor||2004|
City2Surf registration numbers year-on-year:
For more information on The Sun Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac, please visit https://city2surf.com.au/. For more information on The IRONMAN Group and global series of events, visit www.ironman.com.
In its 49th year, The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, returns to the streets of Sydney and to Bondi Beach. Inspiration for this great event came via a note from Fairfax’s US correspondent in 1970 to the editor of The Sun newspaper, Jack Tier, which was accompanied by a newspaper clipping about the San Francisco Bay to Breakers. From that internal memorandum The Sun City2Surf was born – albeit humbly, in 1971 – with just over 1,500 entrants. In the years since, it has been proven that no other fun run in the world matches the City2Surf in terms of organisation, demographics or size. The City2Surf is a true community event that attracts entrants from all walks of life and of all ages. Today’s fun run is now the largest fun run in the world and one of the most loved community events around the globe.
About The IRONMAN Group
As part of Wanda Sports Group, The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Group
Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes.
Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.