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Sydney fun runs

No matter how old you are, there’s a tingle of excitement that’ll run through your body as you picture the idea of a fun day at the zoo. And guess what? Now there’s a running festival that will see thousands of people walking, running or jogging through Sydney Zoo – yes, through the zoo!

A New Zoo for Western Sydney

Western Sydney will be the home to Sydney Zoo in early 2019, and to celebrate they are holding the “Run West”. It’s a 4km or 12km event through Sydney’s biggest backyard… the Western Sydney Parklands followed by Blacktown International Sports Park.

And what’s even better? A huge festival at the finish line to celebrate the occasion! Sunday, March 31, 2019, will be the date of Western Sydney’s first major running festival and community event.

The day has been named a family event, meaning that whether it’s young children or seasoned runners, anyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate.

More than just a fun run

The day is not only a running festival. Throughout the course, entertainment will be provided to keep spirits high, with multiple activations at the start, middle and finish of the track. How does live music, entertainers, popular sports stars and sponsored attractions sound?

And once you’ve finished, enjoy the festival with music, dancing, food, drinks, and rides. And for anyone interested, “come and try” sessions will be held at the Sydney gymnastics and aquatic center.

It will bring people of all ages, fitness levels and backgrounds together for a day of fundraising for important causes, being active and having fun! Mark Arbib, President of Athletics Australia says “We’re thrilled to bring this running festival to life with the support of our founding partner, West HQ, and major partner, the New South Wales Government. We are committed to making this a significant annual event for the people of the West which has strong social, health and economic outcomes.”

So, how much does it cost?

Prices start at just $15 per person for the 4km run, and from $30 per person for the 12km event. And if you book super early, you’ll walk away with a free pass to the new Sydney Zoo. Transportation shuttles between West HQ and Sydney Motorsport Park on the day are also included. Participants will be able to nominate a RunWest feature charity, such as CanToo, Better Foundation, and PCYC where money raised will be redirected into Western Sydney Initiatives.

All ages and abilities are welcome, so grab your joggers, and maybe a pair of your favorite animal printed socks and get on down to Western Sydney to join in on the fun!

How do I register?

Race registrations are now open. For more information or to register for RunWest, please visit

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