Sydney's top ten running tracks

Sydney's top ten running tracks
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The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is just around the corner, and will involve runners from Sydney and beyond in four varied events that give them the chance to ‘Run the Bridge’ traffic free.

On Sunday September 21, runners can participate in a marathon, half-marathon, national park trail run or the family 5km fun run.

And whilst this is the highlight of running events on the Sydney calendar, there are plenty of other tracks across Sydney for the public to enjoy at their own leisure.

Sydney Running Festival’s head coach Michelle Bridges says the region is home to some of the most scenic running tracks, which cater for all levels.

“I love running through the Botanical Gardens and there are some great runs along Rose Bay,” Bridges said.

“I also love doing the Bay Run in Drummoyne and running through Lane Cove National Park for a change of scenery.”

Whether you’re an Olympic sprinter or a slow-and-steady kind of runner, you’ll find a track to suit you in this list of top ten Sydney running tracks.

The Harbour Loop: Iron Cove – a 7km Bay Run Loop around Iron Cove that takes in the sights of riverside Rozelle, Lilyfield, Haberfield, Five Dock and Rodd Point. It’s a mostly flat run and takes you over the Iron Cove Bridge, with an official event taking place here each year.

The Coastal Run: Bondi to Coogee – the city’s most popular run, this 14km route winds from Bondi Beach to Bronte via Tamarama, passing Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay, before arriving at Coogee Beach.

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The Sea Eagle Run: Manly to North Head – this track starts from the ferry wharf in Manly and continues down to the beach, then along the Esplanade until you reach Shelly Beach, with a number of cliff lookouts dotted along the 4km journey.

Olympic Glory: Olympic Park – the home of many major Sydney running events, and equipped with limitless running tracks, this route offers over 35km of trails free from traffic, and packed with natural attractions.

The Easy West: Parramatta Lakes – offering three tracks ranging from 1.5km to 4.2km, this area is considered one of the most beautiful bushland remnants in Western Sydney. You’ll spot plenty of exotic wildlife out here.

Go Bush: Lane Cove National Park – an inner-city bush-running track, this route is surrounded by Eucalyptus trees and kookaburras, but doesn’t take you out of the city.

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The Point Push: Cremorne Point Circuit – starting at Cremorne Point Wharf with a full view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, this track gives you limitless routes and even a stair challenge along the way.

The Pool to Pool: North Sydney – kick things off at North Sydney Pool and follow this track over the Harbour Bridge to Circular Quay. From here continue on to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and Andrew Boy Charlton Pool for amazing views of the harbour.

The Two-Bay: Rushcutters Bay to Double Bay – an easy 5.5km run along the foreshore, this track takes you past Sydney’s largest marina and gives you views of Garden Island and the Harbour Bridge.

The Lake Laps: Chipping Norton Lakes – The southwest runner will enjoy this track, which runs 3.2km past Lake Moore, following the lake’s scenic foreshore to Haigh Park.

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