It’s time to lace up your running shoes – the Westlink M7 Blacktown Running Festival will return this July after a two-year absence.
Entries are now open for Western Sydney’s favourite running festival, which will take place at Blacktown International Sports Park on Sunday, 31 July.
There are events for runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities, including: the marathon, half marathon, 5km or 10km fun run and 2km kids’ marathon.
Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM was delighted to see the event return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This year’s festival will be extra special as it will be the first time it has been able to take place since 2019,” Mayor Bleasdale said.
“The running festival caters for everyone – from professional athletes, to adults and kids who just want to have a crack and see what they can achieve.
“We all know how tough it has been these past few years being cooped up inside, so I encourage everyone who can, to come together for this fun day out.
“It’s not about winning, but simply trying your best and having a go!”
This year marks the 15th year of Westlink M7 and Blacktown City Council’s partnership.
The marathon event is one of the world’s most unique traffic-free marathons, with the circuit winding through the AFL/Cricket precinct and Westlink M7 shared pathway in Rooty Hill.
The marathon, half marathon, 10 km and 5 km events are certified by the IAAF/AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) to ensure accuracy of the course.
Prize money is on offer for the top three place getters in all events, excluding the kids’ marathon, where vouchers will be given to first place in each age category (3-5 years, 5-7 years, 8-12 years and 13-15 years).
All finishers will receive a medallion, gift and certificate, with discount vouchers also available from various supporters and sponsors.
Online registrations are now open and will close at 5pm on 30 July. On the day registrations will be open from 6am at the late registrations tent at the event.