One of Penrith’s most popular annual sporting events is officially back, 12 months after it was axed due to COVID-19.
The Western Sydney Marathon will return to Sydney International Regatta Centre on Sunday, June 27, with the event featuring five race categories and distances to suit children, families and elite runners.
Office of Sport Chief Executive, Karen Jones, said the COVID-safe event is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
“Whether you’re a family wanting to get active, a recreational runner looking for a challenge or an elite athlete aiming to beat your personal best, the Western Sydney Marathon has something for everyone,” she said.
“So, get your runners on, start training and register for a fantastic day of family fun.”
Ms Jones encouraged families from across Sydney to take part in the event set against the backdrop of the Blue Mountains.
“The Western Sydney Marathon is much more than a race, it provides an opportunity for families and friends to get together outdoors and have fun,” she said.
Cranebrook resident and 2019 Men’s Marathon winner Alexander Matthews said he is excited to see the return of the event later this month after last year’s hiatus.
“The race provides a great opportunity to race in our backyard with our mates on a fantastic course. The organisers should be very proud of what they have achieved,” he said.
Fellow Cranebrook resident Kristen Brace, who finished runner-up in the 2019 Women’s Marathon, said it’s “truly a showcase sporting event”.
“Very welcoming, mixing elite runners through to families, all enjoying the challenge,” she added.
Western Sydney Marathon includes a 2km Youth Dash for kids, a 5km Family Fun Run, 10km run, half marathon and marathon.
Registrations close on Wednesday, June 23 and runners can also register on race day.
For more information and to register, visit www.westernsydneymarathon.com.au.
Nathan Taylor is the Weekender’s Deputy Editor and Senior Sports Writer. He also compiles the weekly Chatter on the Box TV column. Nathan is an award-winning journalist, who has worked at the Weekender for a decade.