In its 48th year, this annual city run from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach raises money and awareness for Cure Brain Cancer. Last year more than $300,000 was donated to the foundation, whose mission it is to increase five-year survival to 50 per cent by 2023. Runners can raise money for a charity of their choosing, with City2Surf hoping to raise $5 million this year for over 900 charities.
On August 12 more than 80,000 people will run in the event. The event came about when a newspaper clipping of the San Francisco Bay to Breakers 1970 run landed on the desk of Jack Tier, the then editor of The Sun newspaper. From its humble beginnings in 1971 with only 1500 entrants, The City2Surf is now considered one of the world’s best races.
If you fancy your chances of raising more than $1000 then sign up to run as a charity superstar (entries close on August 11). You’ll be positioned at the start and have access to training support, a running vest and a ticket to the exclusive post-race function in the Cure Brain Cancer marquee.
After making it through the finish line, haul yourself over to North Bondi Fish for the after-party. A line-up of rotating DJS (Aaron Bannie, Rachel May, Kam Adams and Dolso are all on the bill) will play from 12pm until 8pm (the doors open from 10.30am). It’s the perfect chance to try chef Jesse McTavish’s new seafood snacks.
Bucket List is also throwing its popular “Rehydration party” from 2.30pm where Johnny Stone, Katie O and Marcus Rudd will play into the night. Watermelon vodka coolers ($15) are the drink of choice. There are also $8 tacos and burgers. Entry is free.
Double Bay’s The Royal Oak is getting involved by hosting its annual “Chafing the Dream” after-party in Phil’s Bar. The party will kick off at 12pm with a round of post-race canapés and drinks.
The Beach Road Hotel is throwing its own “City2Surf Cool Down” party during the day with DJ sets from Roland Tings, Kayex and Commandeur. Entry is free.
To help get you ready to after-party hop, Nimble Activewear is teaming up with the Blow Bar Co to offer participants free dry hairstyling in the Bondi Beach store (Shop 1, 49 Hall Street) from 9am until 2pm.
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