The world’s biggest running event heads to Perth

The WAtoday City2Swan run presented by Westpac is a new event in Western Australia and will take place for the first time on Sunday 13th July 2014.

People on escorted Australian tours and locals are estimated to come out in force to watch the runners tackle the 14-kilometre course in Perth.

The run, which is part of the biggest such event in the world, will start in the heart of Perth at St Georges Terrace and after going via Langley Park, Kings Park and ‘Heartbreak Hill’ will finally finish along the Swan River. Alongside the main event, there will also be a 5-kilometre family fun run.

Run to attract thousands

A number of elite runners, joggers and walkers from across the globe will be joined by runners dressed in novelty-themed costumes for the marathon in Perth.

According to organisers, this year’s marathon is set to attract thousands but the long-term aim is for it to bring in over 30,000 competitors every year by 2018.

This event in Perth is part of what is regarded as the biggest running festival in the world - The One to Run series.

This festival includes 14-kilometre runs in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne, while others are being planned for Auckland and Adelaide.

The highlight of the whole ‘The One To Run Series’ is the premier running event in Sydney - The Sun-Herald City2Surf run - which is celebrating its 44th birthday this year.

WAtoday’s Editor-in-Chief Allen Newton says the run in Perth is a welcome addition to the city’s event calendar.

He said, "It's going to be great to see thousands of runners take on one of the most challenging and spectacular running courses we've seen in Perth this July.”

To find out more about the Perth event click here.

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