This Sunday’s (10 August) City to Surf fun run in Sydney may be a gruelling 14km, but long distances are clearly no impediment for a team of 67 from The Armidale School who are not just making a 1000km round trip to be part of it, but make up the largest school group entered in the iconic event.
More than 85,000 people have entered this year’s race, which goes from Hyde Park to Bondi.
TAS students have taken part in the event on several previous occasions, and Athletics MIC Jim Pennington said it is only growing in popularity.
“Over the past decade, the City to Surf has evolved beyond a physical challenge for the individual runner. Our boys will also be running for charity, supporting those in need whilst at the same time chasing an intrinsic goal,” said Mr Pennington, who will be running his 19th City to Surf having first completed it as a Year 9 student more than 30 years ago.
It’s inclusion in a new school adventure and challenge award has also boosted interest.
“The City to Surf forms part of a new school award called the TAS Triple Crown, for those students who complete it, the 2km Coffs Harbour Ocean Swim and the 111km overnight Hawkesbury Canoe Classic during their time at the school. There are scores of boys who are aiming to achieve their Triple Crown, and setting such goals is so important in helping them develop into fine young men.”
The group will set off on Saturday afternoon – just as soon as many in the team walk off the field after rugby and football matches.