Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and an awesome place to run a marathon. Take in views of Sydney harbour and the iconic opera house, run on dramatic coastal paths or head to the mountains for spectacular trails and knee busting elevation.
Below is a list of marathons, half marathons and ultra-marathons in Sydney and the surrounding area including the Central Coast and amazing Blue Mountains.
10 Sydney Marathons events
Taking place on the 28th and 29th of September, the Hounslow Classic is a 68km ultra distance marathon or half marathon through the stunning Blue Mountains in NSW. Starting and finishing in Blackheath, participants will traverse the amazing Grose Valley.
Beautiful Centennial Park in Sydney is the location of the second The Sri Chinmoy Mara-Fun Relays on Sunday 20 October. Runners can choose to complete the full 42. 2km marathon distance solo or in relay teams of 2 to 4 members.
A spectacular 5km, 9km, 21km or 29km run along Parramatta River, only 30mins West of Sydney CBD. The course takes in the sites of George Kendall Riverside Park, Meadowbank Park, Rhodes Point, and Newington Nature Reserve using the Parramatta Valley shared use path.
Bouddi Coastal Run is a 14km and 21km trail run only 1. 5 hours North of Sydney CBD. The event is held within Bouddi National Park, a stunning coastal reserve on the NSW Central Coast.
Fast, Flat and Scenic Course – Starts under The Entrance Bridge, at The Entrance and proceeds along The Entrance Road north before linking up with the cycleway and continuing along the path for 5km for Fun Runners and 10. 5km for Half Marathon runners.
The Narrabeen All Nighter is a 12 hour trail race. The course is a 5. 3km loop adjacent to Narrabeen Lake. Taking place on the 4th and 5th of January 2020, participants will start at midnight with the aim of completing the furthest distance in 12 hours. Headlamps required.
The Six Foot Track Marathon will take place on the 14th of March 2020 in the stunning Blue Mountains. The course is a 45 kilometre trail stretching across the Blue Mountains from The Explorer's Marked Tree, near Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.
Ultra-Trail Australia is four day running festival incorporating a 100 kilometre, 50 kilometre, 22 kilometre and 11km trail run through the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.
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The Great NOSH Footrace is an annual trail run along Middle Harbour in Sydney, Australia. Both the 16km and 22km distances start at Lindfield and wind along picturesque water edge trails to Roseville Bridge.
Described as one of the most scenic and spectacular courses in Australia, the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival attracts around 33,000 participants annually. In 2013 the Blackmores Sydney Marathon was the first Australian marathon to be broadcast live in 23 years.