30,000 at Sydney Running Festival22 September 2015 by News Desk
More than 30,000 athletes and local residents took part in the annual Sydney Running Festival in Australia this year.
The massive road-race saw competitors run from Milsons Point to the Sydney Opera House with runners from around the world, including Kenya, the US and China as well as celebrities, families and corporate entrants taking part, many to raise money for charity.
Japanese runner Hisanori Kitajima won the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 44 seconds. Mirriam Wangari from Kenya won the marathon women’s division, crossing the finishing line at 2 hours, 24 minutes and 38 seconds.
Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley was the first athlete to cross the line in the wheelchair division with a time of 1 hour, 42 minutes and 35 seconds.
The festival featured five courses of different lengths, with the longest being the 42 kilometre marathon, followed by the half marathon, through the CBD and Moore Park area, with competitors finishing at the Sydney Opera House in Circular Quay. The shorter family fun run courses finished at the Royal Botanic Gardens.