Festival of fitness
Sun Run – Saturday, February 6
The Sun Run has become a must-accomplish for Peninsula locals, with thousands lining up to compete in the event every year.
While normally the run comprises of a 7km course and Aquathon (run-swim-run), COVID-19 has forced a rejig of the format.
In its 11th edition, there will be just the new 10km race – from The Strand at Dee Why to South Steyne.
The scenic course takes in the picturesque surrounds of Curl Curl, Freshwater and Queenscliff, before runners hit the final straight down the beach promenade at Manly.
“It is fantastic that the Sun Run can go ahead, and exciting the Northern Beaches community can get back to a sense of normality this summer,” Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan says.
“Sun Run is a family-friendly event, open to all in our local community at all skill levels from athletes, non-athletes, families and corporate groups – everyone is welcome.
“There will be continued health safeguards in place, with social distancing guidelines and all health advice being adhered to throughout the running of the event.”
Registrations are now open at sunrun.com.au.
Cole Classic – Sunday, February 7
The day after, shake off any muscle soreness, have a stretch and head back to Manly for the second day of the festivities.
The Cole Classic – named in honour of local identity Graham Cole – has been staged annually since 2005.
Starting from the shores of Shelly Beach, the Classic is split into three swims – 1km, 2km and 5km, with the gruelling 5km course heading north towards Queenscliff before doubling back towards Manly.
There are age restrictions for all courses, with 1km entrants needing to be at least nine years of age; 13 for the 2km splash; and 16 over the 5km route.
It is also a wonderful fundraising event, with non-profits able to register to be included on the Cole Classic charity list.
At the time of writing charities such as Dementia Australia, Cancer Council NSW, Beyond Blue and the Black Dog Institute had attracted donations on the website.
Registrations are now open at coleclassic.com.au.