Thousands revive Sydney's famous road race after COVID hiatus


SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than 60,000 people thronged Sydney's streets on Sunday for an annual road running event and mass party that returned for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

City2Surf, which calls itself the world’s largest fun run, encompasses landmarks of Australia's biggest city, stretching 14 km (8.7 miles) from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach.

Participants decorated themselves in a variety of fancy dress, including dinosaur costumes, gorillas and stars.

Liam Adams won the men's race in 41 minutes and 8 seconds, while Leanne Pompeani was the first female finisher in 45:43, the Sydney Morning Herald said.

The City2Surf, started in 1971, raises millions of dollars for various charities across Australia.

For the last two years the physical event was called off due to the pandemic, and organisers held a "virtual run", allowing participants to run in their own neighbourhoods.

(Reporting by James Redmayne in Sydney; writing by Praveen Menon; Editing by William Mallard)

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Others

Our paddlers eye chance to enter knockout stage
Surprise package Chuan Leong’s run ends in semis
Daniel finds his horse riding mojo despite work commitments
Wai Ching off to winning start in the US
Ai Xin holds her nerves to upset Puerto Rican Diaz
Olympics-Russia slams idea of making athletes condemn war in order to compete
Olympics-Russian athletes who do not back invasion of Ukraine could return to competing - IOC president
NFL-Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Escobar dies in rock climbing accident
Chess-Federation to form panel to look into cheating allegations
Brazilian soccer star Neymar backs Bolsonaro ahead of Sunday vote

Others Also Read