Marking 16 years since its debut, Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is set to have hearts racing across the Harbour City once again on 17 September between 6am-12pm. Sydney’s most iconic running festival has over 33,000 participants from 66 countries across the globe, and one glance at the course tells us why! Runners have the unique opportunity to run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, taking in stunning panoramas across Sydney Harbour as they make their way through Circular Quay, raising funds for charity with each stride.
Now, for those not participating in the running festival, getting around Sydney may require a little more preparation. Roads surrounding Sydney CBD and Circular Quay are impacted with extensive road closures and many routes have limited access throughout the morning – so you’ll need to plan your trip before leaving the hotel. Luckily, our Concierge team are on hand to guide you with their top tips to keep the sunshine in your stride.
No need to veto the City entirely. You just need to be familiar with the routes impacted by the race, and make sure you don’t take a route that may see you stuck in the midst of traffic jams and closures see a full map detailing roads effected here. As the race concludes at Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay will be incredibly busy during the morning time, if you’re planning a ferry-trip perhaps delay till after 1.30pm.
Pick your picnic spot wisely. If you’re planning a picnic on Saturday morning, set your wicker basket down in either Royal Botanic Gardens or Barangaroo Reserve rather than Royal Botanic Gardens. Unless of course you’re willing to run the risk of the crowds sprinting through your gourmet spread!
Gain front-row tickets to the world’s leading running festival. Not only has this marathon been awarded a Gold Label by the International Association of Athletics Foundation, it’s also the only marathon in Australia that’s broadcast live both nationally and internationally. The course ‘runs’ from Sydney Harbour Bridge, through Royal Botanic Gardens, finishing underneath the white sails of Sydney Opera House. Located in the Harbour City’s dress-circle, footsteps away from both Circular Quay and said icons, InterContinental Sydney places you in the heart of this iconic moment in history. No need to switch on the TV, just look out the window to watch the action.
To find out more information about the road routes effected by Blackmores Sydney Running Festival please follow the links indicated above or, if you are staying in the hotel, feel free to contact our Concierge team in the front lobby. To find out more information about Blackmores Sydney Running Festival in general, visit here.