The low-down on this year's Sydney Running Festival

Sydney Running Festival

Boasting one of the most scenic courses in the world, the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival returns for a heart-racing event on Sunday 16 September between 6am-12.30pm. Sydney’s most iconic running festival is yet again set to attract thousands of participants from across the globe, who will have the unique opportunity to run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, taking in stunning panoramas across the Harbour as they make their way through Circular Quay, raising funds for charity with each stride. 

Immerse yourself in this spectacular event with the option to spectate from many angles. To ensure front-row access, 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 InterContinental Sydney places you in the heart of the action; however, being in the centre of the action requires a little bit of preparation.  

For spectators, getting around Sydney during the run will be somewhat different than usual. 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 is on hand to guide you with their top tips on where to go and how to ensure you still have a splendid day out in Sydney. There’s no need to veto the city entirely, you just need to be familiar with the routes impacted by the race. As the race concludes at Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay will be incredibly busy during the afternoon, so keep in mind if you’re planning a ferry trip perhaps delay till after 1.30pm. To 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 affected here. 

Major closures in Sydney's CBD include:

  • Full closure of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in both directions from 4am to 11am
  • Sections of the Western Distributor (between Pyrmont and the Sydney CBD)
  • Sydney CBD: Bridge Street, George Street, Macquarie Street, College Street and Sussex Street
  • Circular Quay and The Rocks: George Street and Hickson Road
  • Darlinghurst: Oxford Street and Flinders Street
  • Moore Park: Sections of South Dowling Street and Moore Park Road
  • Pyrmont: Pyrmont Street and Pirrama Road

Please note that arriving and deparing from the hotel will be imapcted on the day with no vehicles able to enter or exit InterContinental Sydney during these times:

  • 6am-7.15am
  • 7.45am-10.30am
  • Limited access between 10.30am-11.30am

To find out more information about the road routes effected by Blackmores Sydney Running Festival click here; or, if you are staying in the hotel, feel free to contact our Concierge team in the front lobby.


August 28, 2018