Two weeks before the start of the 2010 Sydney City2Surf, the organisers had to close entries when numbers reached 80,000. To manage a crowd of 80,000 on foot 14km through city streets and then get them back home is no mean achievement – congratulations to the Sun Herald and all of the organisers, sponsors and volunteers.
This was a personal milestone for me – my 40th City2Surf – and it just gets bigger and better every year without loosing any of it’s character.
The City2Surf is an ‘all in group fitness challenge’ and I know many people (myself included) use this event as a focal point to help them keep fit over the winter months.
Like me, thousands converge on Sydney to test their fitness, meet up with friends and enjoy a sunny afternoon relaxing on Bondi Beach.
This year a torn calf frustrated me six weeks prior to the event and with three weeks to go, it was still causing a problem, so I decided to rest it until the day. Unfortunately my conditioning suffered, but I basically came through unscathed. Under the circumstances I’m just glad I managed to do it in under 90 minutes.
I took my phone along and captured the day on video as I experienced it. Love to hear your stories too.
Update April 2013
My City2Surf Training Program is now an eBook
‘How to Break Your Fitness Slump and Comfortably Finish a Fun Run’
My full City2Surf training program is now available as an eBook from all leading online bookstores and contains a link to download the training schedule as an iCal file, so you can import it into your calendar.
Also, feel free to join my free Facebook training group the City2Surf 100 day Challenge.